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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Dow Constantine kicks off Senator-elect Manka Dhingra's victory party #waelex

Dow Constantine kicks off Senator-elect Manka Dhingra's victory party #waelex

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Senator-elect Manka Dhingra takes a photo with a supporter at her victory party

Senator-elect Manka Dhingra takes a photo with a supporter at her victory party

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Burn Donald Trump to the ground if you ever want to win another vote from a woman, a black person or a Latino… Look at the exits and the composition of the electorate. We’re getting slaughtered with women. We’re getting slaughtered with minorities.

— Rick Wilson, a Republican strategist who has vocally opposed Trump, speaking to The Washington Post after the conclusion of voting in Virginia’s 2017 elections.

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Manka Dhingra's Teen Campaign Committee celebrates victory

Manka Dhingra's Teen Campaign Committee celebrates victory

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Watch out, Donald Trump. Here come the Democrats.

“In Virginia, New Jersey and Washington, a blue wave rises,” writes The Huffington Post’s Nick Baumann, Amanda Terkel, and Igor Bobic.

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Today is Election Day! Vote and ask your neighbors if they have voted

Today is Election Day! Vote and ask your neighbors if they have voted

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Tis the time of year for vibrant autumn colors... but they won't last!

Tis the time of year for vibrant autumn colors… but they won't last!

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Democratic State Senate Manka Dhingra speaks to volunteers at one of her last canvassing kickoffs

Democratic State Senate Manka Dhingra speaks to volunteers at one of her last canvassing kickoffs

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Supporters of Republican candidate Jinyoung Lee Englund wave signs after dusk on eve of election

Supporters of Republican candidate Jinyoung Lee Englund wave signs after dusk on eve of election

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We went through the worst mass shooting in modern American history just over a month ago. Politicians offered their `thoughts and prayers’ tweets. This uniquely American cycle must stop. Americans are slain in their houses of prayer and all their elected officials will offer is prayer. We must do more.

— Josh Horwitz, Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, following the latest senseless massacre of Americans outside of San Antonio, Texas.

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Saturday Night Live aired the fourth episode of its forty-third season last night. Here are a collection of notable sketches.

Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) checks in on Paul Manafort (Alex Moffat) and sends Melania Trump (Cecily Strong) to Asia in his place.

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Spider-Man enroute to work in downtown Seattle: Happy Halloween!

Spider-Man enroute to work in downtown Seattle: Happy Halloween!

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Jimmy Kimmel’s Halloween prank can scar children. Why are we laughing?

“Anyone can take candy from a baby,” writes psychiatrist . “The question is whether we should feel good about it… This year, I ask Kimmel to consider retiring the prank and encouraging his viewers to be kind to their children instead.”

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The walls are closing in… Everyone is freaking out.

— A senior Republican in close contact with top Trump staffers who spoke to the Washington Post on the condition of anonymity to speak candidly (Upstairs at home, with the TV on, Trump fumes over Russia indictments)

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A couple on an autumn stroll

A couple on an autumn stroll

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Fall color on a beautiful autumn day

Fall color on a beautiful autumn day

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Governor Jay Inslee speaks in support of Manka Dhingra's candidacy for the Washington State Senate

Governor Jay Inslee speaks in support of Manka Dhingra's candidacy for the Washington State Senate

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Hundreds of volunteers prepare to canvass in support of Manka Dhingra's candidacy for the Washington State Senate

Hundreds of volunteers prepare to canvass in support of Manka Dhingra's candidacy for the Washington State Senate

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Governor Jay Inslee shares a laugh with Democratic State Senate candidate Manka Dhingra and her family at a Saturday canvassing kickoff

Governor Jay Inslee shares a laugh with Democratic State Senate candidate Manka Dhingra and her family at a Saturday canvassing kickoff

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The principles that underlie our politics, the values of our founding, are too vital to our identity and to our survival to allow them to be compromised by the requirements of politics because politics can make us silent when we should speak and silence can equal complicity. I have children and grandchildren to answer to.

— Retiring Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, delivering a noteworthy speech on the floor of the United States Senate today.

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The nine: Washington State's Supreme Court justices at work; photographed during a hearing in McCleary v. State

The nine: Washington State's Supreme Court justices at work; photographed during a hearing in McCleary v. State