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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Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig listens to a question at CityClub's 2019 legislative preview

Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig listens to a question at CityClub's 2019 legislative preview

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Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler, Deputy House Majority Leader Larry Springer, and House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox enjoy a lighthearted moment at CityClub's 2019 Legislative Preview

Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler, Deputy House Majority Leader Larry Springer, and House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox enjoy a lighthearted moment at CityClub's 2019 Legislative Preview

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U.S. Representative Kim Schrier, the only woman doctor in Congress, has delivered her first speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, concerning the future of the Patient Protection Act, also known as the ACA. Watch it above.

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Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I’m honored to deliver my first floor speech today, speaking about an issue that is deeply personal to me, to the patients I care for as a pediatrician, and to thousands of my constituents in Washington’s 8th District.

As you know, the lawful nature of the ACA has been challenged, and if the decision stands, seventeen million Americans will lose their health insurance. This includes many of my patients, children, and people with pre-existing conditions.

Having seen families struggle to pay ever higher insurance premiums and deductibles each year, I understand that we need improvements in our system. The answer is to shore up the ACA, not dismantle it. As the lone woman doctor in Congress, and as a patient with Type 1 Diabetes, I look forward to leading the conversation.

The first step is to preserve the protections that we have now. This is why I am so pleased that the House will take steps to intervene in this court case. I ask my colleagues to consider the fates of their constituents who might not have access to care without the ACA, and to support this intervention. Millions of Americans and thousands in my district are counting on us.

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Footage courtesy of C-SPAN: Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-California) was elected speaker of the House for the second time, receiving 220 votes. Following her election, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) presented her with the gavel. In her remarks, she said, “Working together, we will redeem the promise of the American dream for every family, advancing progress for every community.”

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Why the West Coast is suddenly beating the East Coast on transportation

The New York Times reports on the important work that cities like Seattle and Los Angeles are doing to expand their transit systems following a trip by New York City Transportation Commissioner to California.

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Happy New Year from NPI! We wish you a safe, happy, prosperous, and peaceful 2019.

Happy New Year from NPI! We wish you a safe, happy, prosperous, and peaceful 2019.

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Flashback to General Election Night 2018: U.S. Representative-elect Kim Schrier finishes a local television news interview (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Flashback to General Election Night 2018: U.S. Representative-elect Kim Schrier finishes a local television news interview (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

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Flashback to General Election Night 2018: A reporter for Q13 reports from The Edgewater (Photo: Theresa Curry Almuti//NPI)

Flashback to General Election Night 2018: A reporter for Q13 reports from The Edgewater (Photo: Theresa Curry Almuti//NPI)

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Flashback to General Election Night 2018: The Alliance for Gun Responsibility celebrates the passage of Initiative 1639 (Photo: Theresa Curry Almuti/NPI)

Flashback to General Election Night 2018: The Alliance for Gun Responsibility celebrates the passage of Initiative 1639 (Photo: Theresa Curry Almuti/NPI)

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Flashback to General Election Night 2018: After results  rolled in, Governor Jay Inslee talked to MSNBC about the seven Democratic gubernatorial pickups (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Flashback to General Election Night 2018: After results rolled in, Governor Jay Inslee talked to MSNBC about the seven Democratic gubernatorial pickups (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

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Flashback to General Election Night 2018: Kim Schrier's victory speech was the highlight of the night for attendees of the Washington State Democratic Party's victory event in Bellevue (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Flashback to General Election Night 2018: Kim Schrier's victory speech was the highlight of the night for attendees of the Washington State Democratic Party's victory event in Bellevue (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

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Flashback to General Election Night 2018: State Representative-elect My-Linh Thai reflects on her groundbreaking campaign (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Flashback to General Election Night 2018: State Representative-elect My-Linh Thai reflects on her groundbreaking campaign (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

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Flashback to General Election Night 2018: Congressman Adam Smith applauds the Democratic ticket (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Flashback to General Election Night 2018: Congressman Adam Smith applauds the Democratic ticket (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

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Flashback to General Election Night 2018: A massive crowd takes in Kim Schrier's victory speech (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Flashback to General Election Night 2018: A massive crowd takes in Kim Schrier's victory speech (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

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Flashback to General Election Night 2018: Washington State Democratic Party Chair Tina Podlodowski talks to Q13 Fox about the blue wave (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Flashback to General Election Night 2018: Washington State Democratic Party Chair Tina Podlodowski talks to Q13 Fox about the blue wave (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

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Flashback to General Election Night 2018: U.S. Senator Patty Murray rejoices in the news that Democrats will control the United States House beginning in 2019 (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Flashback to General Election Night 2018: U.S. Senator Patty Murray rejoices in the news that Democrats will control the United States House beginning in 2019 (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

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New life for old classics as they enter the public domain

Via The New York Times: “This coming year marks the first time in two decades that a large body of copyrighted works will lose their protected status — a shift that will have profound consequences for publishers and literary estates, which stand to lose both money and creative control.”

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Merry Christmas; merry everything and happy always from your friends at the Northwest Progressive Institute!

Merry Christmas; merry everything and happy always from your friends at the Northwest Progressive Institute!

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We will never forget Alex Hendrickson... she did her part to leave behind a better world for her daughter Julia and all of us

We will never forget Alex Hendrickson… she did her part to leave behind a better world for her daughter Julia and all of us

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In appreciation of the late Alex Hendrickson's indispensable contributions to progressive causes, NPI recognized her with a Lynn Allen Award; following NPI's Winter Holiday Party, the Award was given to Alex's daughter, Julia Paige

In appreciation of the late Alex Hendrickson's indispensable contributions to progressive causes, NPI recognized her with a Lynn Allen Award; following NPI's Winter Holiday Party, the Award was given to Alex's daughter, Julia Paige

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Scenes from NPI's 2018 Winter Holiday Party: Washington's newest member of Congress, Dr. Kim Schrier, catches up with NPI supporters

Scenes from NPI's 2018 Winter Holiday Party: Washington's newest member of Congress, Dr. Kim Schrier, catches up with NPI supporters