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The cold open: “Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) checks in with Vice President Mike Pence (Beck Bennett) and takes shots at [Tennessee] Senator Bob Corker and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson [formerly head honcho at Exxon].”

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A magical moment: Manka Dhingra introduces Elizabeth Warren

A magical moment: Manka Dhingra introduces Elizabeth Warren

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Senator Maria Cantwell with the 2017 Women of Valor: Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Bobbe Bridge, Hyeok Kim, Constance Rice, Faye Sarkowsky, Margaret Walker, Racha Haroun, Harriet Bullitt

Senator Maria Cantwell with the 2017 Women of Valor: Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Bobbe Bridge, Hyeok Kim, Constance Rice, Faye Sarkowsky, Margaret Walker, Racha Haroun, Harriet Bullitt

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Senator Maria Cantwell anchors her ninth annual Women of Valor Awards

Senator Maria Cantwell anchors her ninth annual Women of Valor Awards

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U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal introduces Senator Maria Cantwell

U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal introduces Senator Maria Cantwell

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Max Ferrer performs a beautiful rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at Maria Cantwell's ninth annual Women of Valor Awards

Max Ferrer performs a beautiful rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at Maria Cantwell's ninth annual Women of Valor Awards

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View from the sky bridge

View from the sky bridge

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View from the sky bridge
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Public Schools Matter

Public Schools Matter

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Police brought in some heavy equipment to block off the street

Police brought in some heavy equipment to block off the street

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#LOL

#LOL

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New American, Bellevue Highschool graduate

New American, Bellevue Highschool graduate

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#LOL looks just like him #trump

#LOL looks just like him #trump

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Tina Podlodowski

Tina Podlodowski

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Just a slice of the crowd here

Just a slice of the crowd here

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Mayor of Bellevue

Mayor of Bellevue

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AG Ferguson.

AG Ferguson.

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Dow Constantine is fired up in front of a large supportive crowd.

Dow Constantine is fired up in front of a large supportive crowd.

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Seattle: lose your ego, get an ambassador

“In our own minds,” writes Knute Berger, “Seattle is a gleaming model of progressivism. But folks look at homelessness, housing prices, affordability, crime, taxes and traffic and, at the very least, have their doubts. They shake their heads, and some sneer: This is the progressive city on the hill?”

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BET has an announcement for America: “Eminem is back! And he’s in classic bar-for-bar form blasting at Donald Trump from his Detroit home.”

Sample lyric from the rap: “This is his form of distraction/Plus, he gets an enormous reaction/When he attacks the NFL, so we focus on that/Instead of talking about Puerto Rico or gun reform for Nevada/All of these horrible tragedies and he’s bored and would rather cause a Twitter storm with the Packers.”

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Jinyoung Englund at Seattle CityClub's 45th District Senate Debate

Jinyoung Englund at Seattle CityClub’s 45th District Senate Debate