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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Big or small, your actions matter: Community impact was the theme of this year's @BECU Member Summit #WeAreBECU

Big or small, your actions matter: Community impact was the theme of this year's @BECU Member Summit #WeAreBECU

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@BECU members gather for the 2018 Annual Meeting, which also doubled as the main program of the Member Summit #WeAreBECU

@BECU members gather for the 2018 Annual Meeting, which also doubled as the main program of the Member Summit #WeAreBECU

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@BECU CEO Benson Porter listens to a question at the 2018 Member Summit Executive Forum #WeAreBECU

@BECU CEO Benson Porter listens to a question at the 2018 Member Summit Executive Forum #WeAreBECU

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Highlights from the eighteenth episode of SNL’s forty-third season:

The cold open: Donald Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller), is questioned by Robert Mueller (Robert De Niro).

Host John Mulaney discusses his time as a Saturday Night Live writer and shares how he’s gotten grumpier as he’s gotten older.

Fox Noise Channel anchor Laura Ingraham (Kate McKinnon) shares some of her new sponsors.

Members of a cult (Nasim Pedrad, Kate McKinnon, Beck Bennett, Kenan Thompson) describe their experiences.

Browse all sketches and performances uploaded from this week’s episode.

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This is the nightmare scenario… Everybody figured he’d just hang in there till after the election.

— Former Representative Tom Davis, reacting to Paul Ryan’s retirement

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NPI's 2018 Spring Gala in pictures: Advisory Council Members Rituja Indapure and Marisa Peloquin with Michel Peloquin (Photo: Lincoln Potter for NPI) #NPIGala

NPI's 2018 Spring Gala in pictures: Advisory Council Members Rituja Indapure and Marisa Peloquin with Michel Peloquin (Photo: Lincoln Potter for NPI) #NPIGala

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NPI's 2018 Spring Gala in pictures: State Representative Kristine Reeves with Sarah Servin from Congressman Adam Smith's campaign (Photo: Lincoln Potter for NPI) #NPIGala

NPI's 2018 Spring Gala in pictures: State Representative Kristine Reeves with Sarah Servin from Congressman Adam Smith's campaign (Photo: Lincoln Potter for NPI) #NPIGala

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NPI's 2018 Spring Gala in pictures: Hydroplane legend and reception host Chip Hanauer toasts NPI's success

NPI's 2018 Spring Gala in pictures: Hydroplane legend and reception host Chip Hanauer toasts NPI's success

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Countdown to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala | From 2008: Major General Paul Eaton (Retired) speaks at NPI's very first gala in Redmond (Photo: Rick Hegdahl/NPI)

Countdown to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala | From 2008: Major General Paul Eaton (Retired) speaks at NPI's very first gala in Redmond (Photo: Rick Hegdahl/NPI)

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Countdown to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala | From 2010: King County Executive Dow Constantine urges attendees to give generously to support NPI's research and advocacy (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Countdown to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala | From 2010: King County Executive Dow Constantine urges attendees to give generously to support NPI's research and advocacy (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

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Countdown to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala | From 2011: Future Governor Jay Inslee offers remarks (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Countdown to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala | From 2011: Future Governor Jay Inslee offers remarks (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

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Highlights from the seventeenth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-third season:

The cold open: Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) holds a press conference with the leaders of the Baltic states (Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner).

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Countdown to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala | From 2012: U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell delivers the keynote address (Photo by Andrew Villeneuve) Join us tonight in Renton for NPI's tenth gala! https://npi.li/gala/

Countdown to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala | From 2012: U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell delivers the keynote address (Photo by Andrew Villeneuve) Join us tonight in Renton for NPI's tenth gala! https://npi.li/gala/

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Countdown to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala | From 2013: U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene applauds the work of NPI's team (Photo by Lincoln Potter). Join us tomorrow night and be part of our tenth gala: https://npi.li/gala/

Countdown to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala | From 2013: U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene applauds the work of NPI's team (Photo by Lincoln Potter). Join us tomorrow night and be part of our tenth gala: https://npi.li/gala/

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Countdown to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala | From 2014: Then-NPI President Robert Cruickshank welcomes guests to the gala (Photo by Lincoln Potter). Join us this Saturday and be part of our tenth gala: https://npi.li/gala/

Countdown to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala | From 2014: Then-NPI President Robert Cruickshank welcomes guests to the gala (Photo by Lincoln Potter). Join us this Saturday and be part of our tenth gala: https://npi.li/gala/

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Countdown to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala | From 2015: Attorney General Bob Ferguson delivers the keynote address (Photo by Lincoln Potter). Join us this Saturday and be part of our tenth gala: https://www.nwprogressive.org/gala/

Countdown to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala | From 2015: Attorney General Bob Ferguson delivers the keynote address (Photo by Lincoln Potter). Join us this Saturday and be part of our tenth gala: https://www.nwprogressive.org/gala/

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Countdown to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala | From 2016: Master of Ceremonies Tina Podlodowski welcomes attendees (Photo by Lincoln Potter). Join us this Saturday and be part of our tenth gala: https://npi.li/gala/

Countdown to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala | From 2016: Master of Ceremonies Tina Podlodowski welcomes attendees (Photo by Lincoln Potter). Join us this Saturday and be part of our tenth gala: https://npi.li/gala/

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Countdown to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala | From 2017: Attorney Paul Lawrence accepts his Lynn Allen Award (Photo by Lincoln Potter). Join us this Saturday and be part of our tenth gala: https://npi.li/gala/

Countdown to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala | From 2017: Attorney Paul Lawrence accepts his Lynn Allen Award (Photo by Lincoln Potter). Join us this Saturday and be part of our tenth gala: https://npi.li/gala/

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Closeup shot of support pillar and freshly-placed East Link guideway girders

Closeup shot of support pillar and freshly-placed East Link guideway girders

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Max J. Kuney workers constructing the new East Link guideway in Bellevue

Max J. Kuney workers constructing the new East Link guideway in Bellevue

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All I could think about was how things might have been different if the situation was reversed and that young black state trooper with braces had been behind the wheel, a white trooper cautiously approaching the car. It was impossible not to think that if I were black, I’d be too scared to carry a gun. It was impossible not to recognize how gun culture reeks of privilege.

— David Joy: Gun culture is my culture. And I fear what it has become.