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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Sample this delicious pecan pie by joining us at our Winter Holiday Party this afternoon! RSVP here: https://www.nwprogressive.org/events/holidayparty

Sample this delicious pecan pie by joining us at our Winter Holiday Party this afternoon! RSVP here: https://www.nwprogressive.org/events/holidayparty

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Another vantage point: Sunset's afterglow as seen from Kenmore's shores (no filter)

Another vantage point: Sunset's afterglow as seen from Kenmore's shores (no filter)

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Sailboat on Lake Washington

Sailboat on Lake Washington

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Sunset's afterglow as seen from Kenmore's waterfront (Filter: Lark)

Sunset's afterglow as seen from Kenmore's waterfront (Filter: Lark)

Quotation

There is a big difference between not getting information and the press using the entire briefing time to ask the same two or three questions over and over and being upset that the answers don’t change no matter how many times they ask it.

— Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania (Noah Bierman: The White House press briefing, always a spin zone, is now approaching uselessness)

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The view from Madrona: Clear weather gives Bellevue's skyline a Cascade Mountain backdrop

The view from Madrona: Clear weather gives Bellevue's skyline a Cascade Mountain backdrop

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Obama had the most popular tweets of the year, not Trump

Recode’s Kurt Wagner: “Twitter came out on Tuesday with its annual list of the most popular tweets, moments and hashtags of 2017. As expected, a U.S. president was responsible for many of the most “Liked” and retweeted posts of the year. Perhaps unexpectedly, that president was Barack Obama, not Donald Trump.”

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Mount Baker is visible in the distance beyond Lake Washington on a clear December day

Mount Baker is visible in the distance beyond Lake Washington on a clear December day

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Is Chief Justice John Roberts becoming more liberal?

“His leftward shift may have as much to do with institutional pressures as ideology,” writes FiveThirtyEight’s Oliver Roeder.

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Scenes from RedmondLights 2017: Holiday fireworks

Scenes from RedmondLights 2017: Holiday fireworks

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Scenes from RedmondLights 2017: Tree lighting

Scenes from RedmondLights 2017: Tree lighting

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Scenes from RedmondLights 2017: Mayor John Marchione welcomes revelers to City Hall, accompanied by Santa Claus

Scenes from RedmondLights 2017: Mayor John Marchione welcomes revelers to City Hall, accompanied by Santa Claus

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Scenes from RedmondLights 2017: Let It Snow

Scenes from RedmondLights 2017: Let It Snow

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I’m a Depression historian. The Republican tax scam is straight out of 1929.

“Republican policies in the ’20s instead pushed to concentrate more of the income at the top. Nine decades later, Republicans are rushing to do it again — and they are sprinting toward an economic cliff. Another round of Government of the People, by the Republicans, for the super-rich will be catastrophic. The American people must call a halt before it’s too late,” writes Robert S. McElvaine.

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Manka Dhingra is sworn in as Washington's newest state senator, representing the 45th District

Manka Dhingra is sworn in as Washington's newest state senator, representing the 45th District

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Seattle Executive Order 2017-13: Affirming the Race and Social Justice Initiative

Seattle Executive Order 2017-13: Affirming the Race and Social Justice Initiative

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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signs an executive order affirming the city's commitment to the Race and Social Justice Initiative

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signs an executive order affirming the city's commitment to the Race and Social Justice Initiative

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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan takes the oath of office for the fourth time Tuesday at the Wing Luke Museum

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan takes the oath of office for the fourth time Tuesday at the Wing Luke Museum

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Seattle Mayor Emeritus Tim Burgess looks on as Teresa Mosqueda is sworn in

Seattle Mayor Emeritus Tim Burgess looks on as Teresa Mosqueda is sworn in

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New Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda smiles midway through her inauguration speech

New Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda smiles midway through her inauguration speech

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New Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan delivers her fourth inauguration speech of the day

New Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan delivers her fourth inauguration speech of the day