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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Big Brother on wheels: Why your car company may know more about you than your spouse

“Though drivers may not realize it, tens of millions of American cars are being monitored,” reports The Washington Post, “and the number increases with nearly every new vehicle that is leased or sold. The result is that carmakers have turned on a powerful spigot of precious personal data, often without owners’ knowledge, transforming the automobile from a machine that helps us travel to a sophisticated computer on wheels that offers even more access to our personal habits and behaviors than smartphones do.”

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The violence in El Salvador today is a direct result of both American foreign policy during the Salvadoran civil war and the immigration policy immediately following. In vowing to send nearly 200,000 people back to a country plagued by violence, we seem destined to repeat the same mistakes, with consequences perhaps even more dire than before.

— Lauren Markham: No place for 200,000 people to go

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Highlights from the ninth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-third season:

Mika Brzezinski (Kate McKinnon) and Joe Scarborough interview Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff (Fred Armisen), Steve Bannon (Bill Murray) and Oprah Winfrey (Leslie Jones).

Lil Pump (Pete Davidson) and Sam Rockwell pay homage to Stanley Tucci with “Tucci Gang.”

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week’s biggest news, including the publication of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. Oprah Winfrey (Leslie Jones) and Stedman Graham (Chris Redd) stop by to discuss Winfrey running for president.

Two scientists’ (Sam Rockwell, Mikey Day) latest project confuses potential investors (Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, Beck Bennett).

Browse all of the sketches uploaded from this week’s episode.

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The next Republican panic: Gubernatorial races

“Republicans concede that a handful of once-competitive battlegrounds are nearly out of reach for them in 2018,” reports Politico’s Gabriel Debenedetti and Daniel Strauss.

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U.S. Senate now in Russian hackers’ crosshairs, says cybersecurity firm

Via The Associated Press: “The same Russian government-aligned hackers who penetrated the Democratic Party have spent the past few months laying the groundwork for an espionage campaign against the U.S. Senate, a cybersecurity firm said Friday.”

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Governor Inslee waves to the galleries following the conclusion of his 2018 State of the State Address

Governor Inslee waves to the galleries following the conclusion of his 2018 State of the State Address

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Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib introduces His Excellency Governor Jay Inslee #waleg

Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib introduces His Excellency Governor Jay Inslee #waleg

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House Speaker Pro Tem John Lovick prepares for Governor Inslee's State of the State Address

House Speaker Pro Tem John Lovick prepares for Governor Inslee's State of the State Address

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Governor Jay Inslee delivers his 2018 State of the State Address

Governor Jay Inslee delivers his 2018 State of the State Address

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2018 Washington State Legislature Opening Ceremonies: Senator Karen Keiser takes care of the paperwork after having been elected President Pro Tempore #waleg

2018 Washington State Legislature Opening Ceremonies: Senator Karen Keiser takes care of the paperwork after having been elected President Pro Tempore #waleg

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2018 Washington State Legislature Opening Ceremonies: Senator Rebecca Saldaña shakes hands with Justice Steven Gonzalez following her swearing-in

2018 Washington State Legislature Opening Ceremonies: Senator Rebecca Saldaña shakes hands with Justice Steven Gonzalez following her swearing-in

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2018 Washington State Legislature Opening Ceremonies: Senators Dean Takko and Lisa Wellman congratulate Senator Patty Kuderer #waleg

2018 Washington State Legislature Opening Ceremonies: Senators Dean Takko and Lisa Wellman congratulate Senator Patty Kuderer #waleg

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Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler speaks on the first day of the 2018 legislative session #waleg

Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler speaks on the first day of the 2018 legislative session #waleg

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2018 Washington State Legislature Opening Ceremonies: Manka Dhingra waves to onlookers in the Senate gallery #waleg

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2018 Washington State Legislature Opening Ceremonies: Manka Dhingra is sworn in again, this time at the Senate rostrum #waleg

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2018 Washington State Legislature Opening Ceremonies: House Speaker Frank Chopp listens to his Republican counterpart Dan Kristiansen from the rostrum #waleg

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2018 Washington State Legislature Opening Ceremonies: Senators are welcomed to Olympia by tribal representatives #waleg

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2018 Washington State Legislature Opening Ceremonies: Presentation of the colors in the Senate #waleg

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2018 Washington State Legislature Opening Ceremonies: @tina_orwall is sworn in as House Speaker Pro Tem #waleg

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2018 Washington State Legislature Opening Ceremonies: John Lovick is sworn in as House Speaker Pro Tem #waleg

2018 Washington State Legislature Opening Ceremonies: John Lovick is sworn in as House Speaker Pro Tem #waleg

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2018 Washington State Legislature Opening Festivities: Presentation of the colors in the House

2018 Washington State Legislature Opening Festivities: Presentation of the colors in the House