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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U.S. Representative Jeff Van Drew plans to betray the Democratic Party and join the Trump cult

New Jersey’s Jeff Van Drew, who opposes impeachment, has decided to sell out to the Party of Trump, presumably because he is desperate to get reelected in his Republican-leaning congressional district. Already, five of his senior staff have resigned in protest. In defecting to the Republicans, Van Drew is executing an awkward about-face from just a few weeks ago, when he declared: “I am absolutely not changing.” His self-serving treachery epitomizes what’s wrong with our politics.

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Outside Sound Transit's new Roosevelt Station: Exterior art will be a fixture between the entrances

Outside Sound Transit's new Roosevelt Station: Exterior art will be a fixture between the entrances

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Watch highlights from the ninth episode of SNL’s forty-fifth season, hosted by Scarlett Johansson, with Niall Horan as the musical guest.

The cold open: American households around the country discuss the impeachment of Donald Trump.

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Inside Sound Transit's new Roosevelt Station: Bright, colorful artwork has already been installed on the station walls

Inside Sound Transit's new Roosevelt Station: Bright, colorful artwork has already been installed on the station walls

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Inside Sound Transit's new Roosevelt Station: This train truck has been specially outfitted so that it can run on rails

Inside Sound Transit's new Roosevelt Station: This train truck has been specially outfitted so that it can run on rails

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Inside Sound Transit's new Roosevelt Station: A magnified view from the platform of one of two tunnels leading to Northgate

Inside Sound Transit's new Roosevelt Station: A magnified view from the platform of one of two tunnels leading to Northgate

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Inside Sound Transit's new Roosevelt Station: New "transit grade" escalators are being extensively tested ahead of the 2021 opening of Northgate Link

Inside Sound Transit's new Roosevelt Station: New "transit grade" escalators are being extensively tested ahead of the 2021 opening of Northgate Link

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Slowly, gradually, but inexorably, our country is accepting the unacceptable. We thought we had a consensus about basic norms that protect freedom and self-government. That consensus has been swept away by Republican partisans who value political power over the constitutional liberties they have always claimed to revere above everything else.

— E.J. Dionne: Our country is accepting the unacceptable

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Inside Sound Transit's new Roosevelt Station: Riders will be greeted by an homage to the old Standard record store and radio outfit at one of the entrances

Inside Sound Transit's new Roosevelt Station: Riders will be greeted by an homage to the old Standard record store and radio outfit at one of the entrances

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Watch highlights from the eighth episode of SNL’s forty-fifth season, hosted by Jennifer Lopez , with DaBaby as the musical guest.

The cold open: Foreign leaders (Jimmy Fallon, Paul Rudd, James Corden) that were caught making fun of Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) at the 2019 London NATO summit continue their taunting in the cafeteria.

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NPI at RedmondLights 2019: An art installation along the Luminary Walk

NPI at RedmondLights 2019: An art installation along the Luminary Walk

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NPI at RedmondLights 2019: The tree is lit!

NPI at RedmondLights 2019: The tree is lit!

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NPI at RedmondLights 2019: Flaming marshmallows were a recurring sight at the fire pits

NPI at RedmondLights 2019: Flaming marshmallows were a recurring sight at the fire pits

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NPI at RedmondLights 2019: Redmond Mayor John Marchione welcomes Santa Claus

NPI at RedmondLights 2019: Redmond Mayor John Marchione welcomes Santa Claus

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NPI at RedmondLights 2019: Hot air balloons illuminate the night sky

NPI at RedmondLights 2019: Hot air balloons illuminate the night sky

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As Australia burns, its right wing prime minister Scott Morrison refuses to act on climate

“I really don’t see how this governmental attack on genuine concerns, coupled with a lack of action on both emissions and adaptation policies, can stand for much longer — especially in the face of increasing disasters and emergencies,” David Schlosberg, director of the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney, told The New York Times.

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Last year at Attorney General Bob Ferguson's annual luncheon: A true American hero, Khizr Khan, praises Washington State's defense of the United States Constitution and rule of law

Last year at Attorney General Bob Ferguson's annual luncheon: A true American hero, Khizr Khan, praises Washington State's defense of the United States Constitution and rule of law

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Happy Thanksgiving 2019 from NPI!

Happy Thanksgiving 2019 from NPI!

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The scene in Judge Marshall Ferguson's courtroom as attorneys for the state and local governments argue the constitutionality (or lack thereof!) of Tim Eyman's Initiative 976

The scene in Judge Marshall Ferguson's courtroom as attorneys for the state and local governments argue the constitutionality (or lack thereof!) of Tim Eyman's Initiative 976

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Watch highlights from the seventh episode of SNL’s forty-fifth season, hosted by alum Will Ferrell, with King Princess as the musical guest.

Clocking in at twelve minutes, our first highlight is one of the longest Saturday Night Live sketches in the history of the show. It features Melissa Villaseñor as Rachel Maddow, Rachel Dratch as Amy Klobuchar, Woody Harrelson as Joe Biden, Will Ferrell as Tom Steyer, Maya Rudolph as Kamala Harris, Larry David as Bernie Sanders, Chris Redd as Cory Booker, Bowen Yang as Andrew Yang, Kate McKinnon as Elizabeth Warren, Cecily Strong as Tulsi Gabbard, Fred Armisen as Michael Bloomberg, and Colin Jost as Pete Buttigieg. Yep, all in one sketch.

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Scenes from the 2019 Sounders' championship parade: Let the march to Seattle Center begin

Scenes from the 2019 Sounders' championship parade: Let the march to Seattle Center begin