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Scenes from NPI's 2019 Spring Gala: Patricia King briefs supporters on the destructive impact of Trump's attempt to prevent transgender servicemembers from openly serving in the military (Photo: Lincoln Potter/Samaya LLC for NPI)

Scenes from NPI's 2019 Spring Gala: Patricia King briefs supporters on the destructive impact of Trump's attempt to prevent transgender servicemembers from openly serving in the military (Photo: Lincoln Potter/Samaya LLC for NPI)

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Scenes from NPI's 2019 Spring Gala: Guests catch up during the reception (Photo: Lincoln Potter/Samaya LLC for NPI)

Scenes from NPI's 2019 Spring Gala: Guests catch up during the reception (Photo: Lincoln Potter/Samaya LLC for NPI)

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Scenes from NPI's 2019 Spring Gala: Willard Bill Jr. of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe provides an introductory blessing

Scenes from NPI's 2019 Spring Gala: Willard Bill Jr. of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe provides an introductory blessing

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TODAY'S THE DAY! All week long, we've been counting down the days till NPI's 2019 Spring Fundraising Gala with scenes of spring! Tickets remain available for advance purchase or at the door; we hope to see you tonight! https://npi.li/gala/

TODAY'S THE DAY! All week long, we've been counting down the days till NPI's 2019 Spring Fundraising Gala with scenes of spring! Tickets remain available for advance purchase or at the door; we hope to see you tonight! https://npi.li/gala/

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One to go: We're counting down the days until NPI's 2019 Spring Fundraising Gala with scenes of spring! We invite you to join us *tomorrow* in Renton for an uplifting progressive evening! Tickets: https://npi.li/gala/

One to go: We're counting down the days until NPI's 2019 Spring Fundraising Gala with scenes of spring! We invite you to join us *tomorrow* in Renton for an uplifting progressive evening! Tickets: https://npi.li/gala/

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Two to go: We're counting down the days until NPI's 2019 Spring Fundraising Gala with scenes of spring! We invite you to join us *this* Friday in Renton for an uplifting progressive evening! Tickets: https://npi.li/gala/

Two to go: We're counting down the days until NPI's 2019 Spring Fundraising Gala with scenes of spring! We invite you to join us *this* Friday in Renton for an uplifting progressive evening! Tickets: https://npi.li/gala/

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Largest e-recycling fraud in U.S. history sends owners of Kent’s “Total Reclaim” to prison

For years, people have taken used monitors and other electronics to Kent’s Total Reclaim, falsely believing that their gear was being responsibly recycled. But that wasn’t the case. Instead, LCD monitors were being shipped to Hong Kong and smashed by workers there, causing toxic chemicals to be released into the air. The firm’s owners have now been sentenced to prison for their con.

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Three to go: We're counting down the days until NPI's 2019 Spring Fundraising Gala with scenes of spring! We invite you to join us *this* Friday in Renton for an uplifting progressive evening! Tickets: https://npi.li/gala/

Three to go: We're counting down the days until NPI's 2019 Spring Fundraising Gala with scenes of spring! We invite you to join us *this* Friday in Renton for an uplifting progressive evening! Tickets: https://npi.li/gala/

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Four to go: We're counting down the days until NPI's 2019 Spring Fundraising Gala with scenes of spring! We invite you to join us *this* Friday in Renton for an uplifting progressive evening! Tickets: https://npi.li/gala/

Four to go: We're counting down the days until NPI's 2019 Spring Fundraising Gala with scenes of spring! We invite you to join us *this* Friday in Renton for an uplifting progressive evening! Tickets: https://npi.li/gala/

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Happy Easter from NPI! With five days to go, the countdown to our 2019 Spring Fundraising Gala continues! We invite you to join us *this* Friday in Renton for an uplifting progressive evening! Tickets: https://npi.li/gala/

Happy Easter from NPI! With five days to go, the countdown to our 2019 Spring Fundraising Gala continues! We invite you to join us *this* Friday in Renton for an uplifting progressive evening! Tickets: https://npi.li/gala/

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Happy Passover from NPI! With six days to go, the countdown to our 2019 Spring Fundraising Gala has begun! We invite you to join us *this* Friday in Renton for an uplifting progressive evening! Tickets: https://npi.li/gala/

Happy Passover from NPI! With six days to go, the countdown to our 2019 Spring Fundraising Gala has begun! We invite you to join us *this* Friday in Renton for an uplifting progressive evening! Tickets: https://npi.li/gala/

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King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci congratulates Sound Transit and its contractors on reaching the East Link light rail fifty percent completion milestone

King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci congratulates Sound Transit and its contractors on reaching the East Link light rail fifty percent completion milestone

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This is the soon to be South Bellevue Station platform where riders will soon board Blue Line trains going west to Seattle or east to Redmond

This is the soon to be South Bellevue Station platform where riders will soon board Blue Line trains going west to Seattle or east to Redmond

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Sound Transit's Chad Frederick is interviewed atop the East Link guideway about the progress of construction

Sound Transit's Chad Frederick is interviewed atop the East Link guideway about the progress of construction

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Sound Transit's East Link light rail line extension is fifty percent built out; here's a look at the elevated guideway at the forthcoming South Bellevue Station

Sound Transit's East Link light rail line extension is fifty percent built out; here's a look at the elevated guideway at the forthcoming South Bellevue Station

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Private equity pillage is what’s killing brick and mortar retail — not online competition

Eileen Appelbaum and Rosemary Batt have a must read up at CEPR. They explain: “The private equity business model is to strip assets from companies that they acquire. The latest victims: retail grocery chains.”

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Forget CNN — turn to France 24 English for a French perspective of the catastrophic events of Monday, April 15th, 2019 at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.

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

A group of prisoners (Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Pete Davidson, Chris Redd, Michael Keaton, Kyle Mooney) discuss why they got arrested.

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Freshman Democratic Congresswoman Katie Porter asked JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon a simple arithmetic question about his employee’s pay. Representative Katie Porter joins Lawrence O’Donnell to explain why he couldn’t answer.

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Julian Assange got what he deserved

“Don’t continue to fall for his phony pleas for sympathy, his megalomania, and his well-established promiscuity with the facts,” Michael Weiss says to Assange sympathizers.

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Sound Transit's Peter Rogoff and Chad Frederick share a laugh at a news conference announcing that East Link has reached the 50% construction milestone

Sound Transit's Peter Rogoff and Chad Frederick share a laugh at a news conference announcing that East Link has reached the 50% construction milestone