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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"Becoming" is Michelle Obama's bestselling book; the demand was so great during the past holiday season that retailers couldn't always keep it in stock because print runs weren't sufficient to ensure a healthy supply

"Becoming" is Michelle Obama's bestselling book; the demand was so great during the past holiday season that retailers couldn't always keep it in stock because print runs weren't sufficient to ensure a healthy supply

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People wait in line to see Michelle Obama at the Tacoma Dome on the Washington State stop of her "Becoming" tour

People wait in line to see Michelle Obama at the Tacoma Dome on the Washington State stop of her "Becoming" tour

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Spring has sprung! Join us Friday, April 26th in Renton to celebrate the season of renewal: https://npi.li/gala/

Spring has sprung! Join us Friday, April 26th in Renton to celebrate the season of renewal: https://npi.li/gala/

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U.S. Representative Kurt Schrader honors outgoing Oregon Democratic Party Chair Jeanne Atkins

U.S. Representative Kurt Schrader honors outgoing Oregon Democratic Party Chair Jeanne Atkins

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown speaks at a fundraising dinner organized by the Oregon Democratic Party and Polk County Democrats

Oregon Governor Kate Brown speaks at a fundraising dinner organized by the Oregon Democratic Party and Polk County Democrats

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Democratic Party says Fox Noise Channel won’t be a media partner for any 2020 debates

Fox Noise Channel — which has been described at times as an arm of the Republican National Committee as well as the parent company of the Trump White House — won’t be hosting any Democratic presidential debates in 2020, party Chair Tom Perez says.

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It’d be a little different… If President Obama had done the national emergency, Republicans would have gone crazy.

— Idaho Republican Mike Simpson, a long-serving member of the United States House of Representative, publicly acknowledging the party’s double standard.

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Highlights from the fourteenth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fourth season, with host John Mulaney and musical guest Thomas Rhett:

The cold open: The Congressional Oversight Committee (Kenan Thompson, Bill Hader, Kyle Mooney, Kate McKinnon, Beck Bennett, Melissa Villaseñor) question Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller) about his former boss.

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The fact that this sorry individual has not been condemned by the Republican officeholders in the state of Alabama should tell the world what kind of people we are down here.

We are a bunch of right wing, pretend Christians. We want to control the lives of everyone else without practicing the slightest bit of self control.

We are a gun loving, animal abusing, group of hypocrites who have no conscience except when it comes to telling a woman whether to maintain a pregnancy. We are men who impregnate women and then take off, never to be seen or heard from again.

We are mainly white and frequently suck [leech] off the federal government pretending to be disabled while leveling criticism at people of color for needing financial help.

In short, we are a shameful part of the United States and I think that any corporate entity considering doing business here should rethink its decision.

And the corporate entities who are already here should speak out and condemn this man and every rotten sick thing he stands for.

An anonymous Alabama Democratic activist, commenting on the news that Goodloe Sutton has resigned as editor and publisher of the Democrat-Reporter newspaper in Linden after publishing an editorial calling for the Ku Klux Klan to ride again. Sutton’s decision came to step down was sudden and unexpected. Initially, he defended his racist, hate-filled editorial, telling the Montgomery Advertiser:

“If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we’d all been better off… We’ll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them.”

However, he has now turned his paper over to his clerk… a black woman.

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The 91st Oscars are coming up this Sunday. Among the awards that will be presented are Best Documentary Feature and Best Documentary Short Subject.

If you’d like to know more about this year’s outstanding documentary nominees before the winners are announced on Sunday, then check out these trailers for each of the nominees in each of the documentary categories.

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Republicans admit fraud took place in NC-09; new election ordered

“After a stunning reversal by Republican Mark Harris, North Carolina election officials Thursday unanimously ordered a new election in the 9th Congressional District, which has gained national attention as the last unresolved House race for the 2018 election,” the Charlotte Observer reports.

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Highlights from the thirteenth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fourth season:

The cold open: Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) takes questions at press conference.

For more, read The Washington Post’s recap.

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‘These maps are bogus’: U.S. lawmakers tear into telecom execs over spotty rural coverage

“Members of Congress are fed up with the state of cellphone coverage in the United States, and on Wednesday, they weren’t afraid to lodge their complaints personally — with the leaders of some of the country’s biggest wireless networks,” The Washington Post reports.

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Seattle’s snowiest February in seventy years draws (inter)national media coverage

Mount Baker and Mount Rainier are among the snowiest places on Earth, but the nearby Western Washington lowlands are not. Cities like Seattle don’t usually see much snow during the winter months. But this February is different. It’s the Emerald City’s snowiest second month of the year in seven decades.

Here is a roundup of recent national media coverage of the region’s Arctic blast:

Stay warm and safe out there!

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Highlights from the twelfth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fourth season:

First they were women, and then they were fed up women, now they are the women of Congress (Halsey, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, Melissa Villaseñor, Leslie Jones, Heidi Gardner, Kate McKinnon, Ego Nwodim).

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Greater Seattle may feel like Narnia right now, but winter won't last forever! Get ready for the season of renewal by securing your early-bird ticket for NPI's 2019 Spring Fundraising Gala on Friday, April 26th, 2019. Tickets are up to 25% off until 11:59 PM Pacific on Sunday, February 10th, so don't delay! Score yours: https://npi.li/gala/

Greater Seattle may feel like Narnia right now, but winter won't last forever! Get ready for the season of renewal by securing your early-bird ticket for NPI's 2019 Spring Fundraising Gala on Friday, April 26th, 2019. Tickets are up to 25% off until 11:59 PM Pacific on Sunday, February 10th, so don't delay! Score yours: https://npi.li/gala/

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Lunar Eclipse flashback: The "super blood wolf moon" was hyped as a not to be missed stargazing opportunity, and this image shows why

Lunar Eclipse flashback: The "super blood wolf moon" was hyped as a not to be missed stargazing opportunity, and this image shows why

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Lunar Eclipse flashback: Occasionally cloudy skies made eclipse watching even more of a thrill

Lunar Eclipse flashback: Occasionally cloudy skies made eclipse watching even more of a thrill

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Inside the forthcoming Roosevelt Link light rail station: The future north public entrance, as seen from, within the construction site

Inside the forthcoming Roosevelt Link light rail station: The future north public entrance, as seen from, within the construction site

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Inside the forthcoming Roosevelt Link light rail station: Work continues at the surface with the project about seventy percent complete

Inside the forthcoming Roosevelt Link light rail station: Work continues at the surface with the project about seventy percent complete

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Inside the forthcoming Roosevelt Link light rail station: Prefer to take the stairs? This and other new Sound Transit light rail stations will have always accessible stairs that go all the way down to the platform

Inside the forthcoming Roosevelt Link light rail station: Prefer to take the stairs? This and other new Sound Transit light rail stations will have always accessible stairs that go all the way down to the platform