Offering asides, recommended links, blogworthy quotations, and more, In Brief is the Northwest Progressive Institute's microblog of world, national, and local politics.

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Congratulations to Patty Murray's 2019 Golden Tennis Shoe Award winners: Jane Weiss

Congratulations to Patty Murray's 2019 Golden Tennis Shoe Award winners: Jane Weiss

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Congratulations to Patty Murray's 2019 Golden Tennis Shoe Award winners: Tarra Simmons⁠

Congratulations to Patty Murray's 2019 Golden Tennis Shoe Award winners: Tarra Simmons⁠

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Watch highlights from the third episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fifth season, hosted by David Harbour of Stranger Things fame:

The cold open: At CNN’s Equality Town Hall 2020 candidates Cory Booker (Chris Redd), Pete Buttigieg (Colin Jost), Elizabeth Warren (Kate McKinnon), Julian Castro (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Joe Biden (Woody Harrelson) discuss LGBTQ issues.

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Congratulations to Patty Murray's 2019 Golden Tennis Shoe Award winners: Javi Barria-Optiz

Congratulations to Patty Murray's 2019 Golden Tennis Shoe Award winners: Javi Barria-Optiz

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Former Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards (now with Supermajority) speaks at Patty Murray's Golden Tennis Shoes

Former Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards (now with Supermajority) speaks at Patty Murray's Golden Tennis Shoes

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U.S. Representatives Kim Schrier, Pramila Jayapal, and Suzan DelBene welcome attendees to Patty Murray's 2019 Golden Tennis Shoes

U.S. Representatives Kim Schrier, Pramila Jayapal, and Suzan DelBene welcome attendees to Patty Murray's 2019 Golden Tennis Shoes

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Senator Patty Murray offers remarks at her 2019 Golden Tennis Shoe Awards⁠

Senator Patty Murray offers remarks at her 2019 Golden Tennis Shoe Awards⁠

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California just legalized public banking, setting the stage for more affordable housing

The Guardian explains why Governor Gavin Newsom’s approval of AB 857, the Public Banking, is such a big deal. The bill will allow city and county governments to create or sponsor public banks.

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Trump’s old techniques are failing — and not just due to the volume of the bad news. What’s unique about this phase of his presidency is that he’s being attacked with so much damning information from so many directions and so many different power centers that he can’t keep up. Not even a street fighter with Bruce Lee’s skills could repulse this sort of pile-on.

Politico senior media writer Jack Shafer

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Highlights from the second episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fifth season, hosted by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with musical guest Taylor Swift:

The best sketch of the night: Senator Elizabeth Warren (Kate McKinnon) talks to Colin Jost about outfundraising Joe Biden in her 2020 bid for president and addresses a marine affair conspiracy theory.

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NPI wishes President Jimmy Carter a happy ninety-fifth birthday

Former United States President Jimmy Carter turns ninety-five today. 

Carter has become the longest-lived American president.

In appreciation of President Carter’s service and life of good works, NPI offered the following congratulatory message to the President today.

Mr. President:

A very happy birthday to you! You are a true statesman, patriot, and role model for all Americans. We are so blessed that you served these United States as our President for four years and have been active in retirement with Habitat for Humanity and other worthy causes. Thank you for inspiring others to service and living by the Golden Rule. May your goodness and good example be contagious!

You can send your own birthday message to Carter here.

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We’ve established a goal to eliminate single-use plastics across the fleet, which is a substantial undertaking… The Just Water container goes as far as technology allows today in eliminating anything not renewable or recyclable in a container that will store water.

— Andy Stuart, the chief executive of Norwegian Cruise Line, discussing the company’s plans to abandon plastic water bottles (The New York Times: Major cruise line to abandon plastic water bottles)

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King County Executive Dow Constantine speaks at a reception for the Yakima County Democrats

King County Executive Dow Constantine speaks at a reception for the Yakima County Democrats

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‘Total panic’ as ‘shell-shocked’ White House struggles to find impeachment footing

While many in the Trump White House are battle-tested from the Mueller investigation, this is starting to feel different, aides and advisers told NBC News.

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NBC’s Emmy-award winning comedy magazine Saturday Night Live returned last night for its forty-fifth season premiere, airing live coast to coast.

Here are highlights from that first episode:

The cold open: With the threat of impeachment looming, Donald Trump (Alex Baldwin) calls those closest to him including Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon), Kanye West (Chris Redd), William Barr (Aidy Bryant), Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), Kim Jong-un (Bowen Yang), Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong) Eric and Don Jr. (Alex Moffat, Mikey Day), and actor Liev Schreiber.

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WATCH: Georgia Democratic Representative John Lewis takes to the House floor to call for the beginning of impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump in the wake of a whistleblower complaint about the president’s July 25th phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart, in which he reportedly pressured him to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

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Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell accepts the Joan Thomas Award from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition after being honored by Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Chair Brian Cladoosby (Spee pots)

Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell accepts the Joan Thomas Award from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition after being honored by Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Chair Brian Cladoosby (Spee pots)

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Attorney General Bob Ferguson announces a new lawsuit against the Trump regime, this time over the theft of Bangor funds for Trump's vanity wall

Attorney General Bob Ferguson announces a new lawsuit against the Trump regime, this time over the theft of Bangor funds for Trump's vanity wall

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John Bolton leaves the Trump regime

There goes another one.

[Donald] Trump on Tuesday pushed out John R. Bolton, his third national security adviser, amid fundamental disputes over how to handle major foreign policy challenges like Iran, North Korea and most recently Afghanistan.

The departure ended a 17-month partnership that had grown so tense that the two men even disagreed over how they parted ways, as Mr. Trump announced on Twitter that he had fired the adviser only to be rebutted by Mr. Bolton, who insisted he had resigned of his own accord.

Calling it a partnership seems like a stretch. It was more like an arrangement.

Few people can last long doing the bidding of neofascist Donald Trump, except for perhaps his children and a few other soulless sidekicks.

The Trump regime has been characterized by turnover since its very first days, when Michael Flynn was forced out as National Security Advisor.

And there’s an even bigger problem that goes beyond turnover. The regime has neglected to nominate people to key posts, leaving lots of holes in the country’s executive branch. As National Security Action noted:

“The senior echelons of our national security institutions may be hollower than ever. The administration has no National Security Advisor, no Secretary or Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, no Director or Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and features acting officials in nearly twenty top positions at the Pentagon and several key ambassadorial posts.”

Yikes!

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The lowdown on the “Texodus”

Christopher Hooks, a journalist who writes about politics for Texas Monthly and The Texas Observer, explains why Republican members of the United States House of Representatives from the Lone Star State are retiring en masse, and what’s going wrong for the Republican Party in one of the country’s biggest states, which is a must-win for Donald Trump in 2020.

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Our new Cabinet has no majority and no mandate … It is not a Cabinet of all available talents. It is a faction of a faction, with no counter-balance of opinion to hold it back. Upon Brexit, the Cabinet non–believers are mere window dressing. They will not be listened to, and will always be out-voted.

— Sir John Major, delivering a withering indictment of Boris Johnson’s government.

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