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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Placards at the Permanent Defense Fifteenth Anniversary Celebration

Placards at the Permanent Defense Fifteenth Anniversary Celebration

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Tina Podlodowski and Joe Pakootas, the Chair and Vice Chair of the Democratic Party

Tina Podlodowski and Joe Pakootas, the Chair and Vice Chair of the Democratic Party

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Lake Washington on a rare sunny winter day

Lake Washington on a rare sunny winter day

Quotation

According to the Premier’s hyper-partisan political playbook, you never apologize to your enemy – not if you can avoid it. But on this matter, she found herself increasingly boxed in.

— Has Premier Christy Clark had her enough’s enough scandal? (Gary Mason, writing for The Globe and Mail).

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Highlights from this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live:

The sketch that everyone’s talking about: “White House press secretary Sean Spicer (Melissa McCarthy) and secretary of education nominee Betsy DeVos (Kate McKinnon) take questions from the press (Bobby Moynihan, Kristen Stewart, Cecily Strong, Vanessa Bayer, Alex Moffat, Mikey Day).”

Trump (Alec Baldwin) calls Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (Beck Bennett), Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto (Alex Moffat) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Kate McKinnon).

Super Bowl sketch: “Justin Bieber (Kate McKinnon), Samuel L. Jackson (Leslie Jones), Paula Deen (Aidy Bryant) and Roger Goodell (Beck Bennett) take on Gisele Bündchen (Kristen Stewart), Bill Belichick (Bobby Moynihan), Casey Affleck (Alex Moffat) and Lady Gaga (Melissa Villaseñor).”

Fake ad: The U.S. customs welcome video has recently undergone some changes.

Host Kristen Stewart remembers when Donald Trump was obsessed with her.

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‘Data-driven’ campaigns are killing the Democratic Party

“Over four straight cycles, Democrats have suffered historic losses. Why? Because they learned all the wrong lessons from Obama’s success.”

Quotation

I never ever saw a time when a member of the Senate asked to put into the record a letter — especially by a civil rights icon — and somebody objected.

— Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, denouncing Republicans’ rebuke of Elizabeth Warren (via CNN: Silencing Elizabeth Warren backfires on Senate Republicans)

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Democrats promise to fight threats to kill net neutrality

“Six Democrats in the Senate say the Trump administration will have a major fight on its hands if Republicans try to dismantle net neutrality protections,” CNET reports.

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Republicans vote to rebuke Elizabeth Warren, saying she impugned Sessions’s character

“I will not be silent about a nominee for Attorney General who has made derogatory & racist comments that have no place in our justice system,” declared Elizabeth Warren, after Senate Republicans voted to have her speech against Sessions stricken from the record and prohibit her from speaking again during the debate over Sessions’ nomination. Warren’s offense? Reading a letter Coretta Scott King wrote in the 1980s opposing Sessions’ nomination for a judgeship.

Quotation

Republican politicians have pushed one policy after another that has favored the rich and powerful over everyone else, and far too often, Democrats have gone right along… And no matter how extreme Republicans in Washington became, Democrats might grumble or whine, but when it came time for action, our party hesitated and pushed back only with great reluctance. Far too often, Democrats have been unwilling to get out there and fight.

— Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren gives progressives in Congress a rousing call to arms against Trump (The Huffington Post)

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How Washington State upended Trump’s travel ban

The New York Times profiles Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson. The nation’s attention is now on Washington after the state won a sweeping victory against the Trump regime in federal court, incensing the so-called president.

Quotation

Democrats either need to feed, nurture and aggressively champion the resistance, or they need to get out of the way in favor of someone who will. The usual rules no longer apply.

— Markos Moulitsas, speaking to The New York Times (As Democrats take to the streets, lawmakers rush to keep up).

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Mexico: We will not pay for Trump border wall

Mexico’s political leaders have wisely chosen defiance instead of capitulation. In a nationally televised address, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto declared that his country does not believe in walls and will not finance the border barrier that Trump has vowed to build. If the last few days have taught us anything, it’s that by uniting together against Donald’s bigotry, we can stop neofascism in its tracks.

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Crowd scientists say women’s march in D.C. had three times as many people as Trump’s inauguration

Two crowd scientists from Manchester Metropolitan University in Britain worked with the New York Times to compare the size of Trump’s Friday crowd with the next day’s women’s march. They “analyzed photographs and video taken of the National Mall and vicinity” to draw their conclusions.

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Chelsea Manning is going free: President Obama commutes thirty-five year prison sentence

Chelsea Manning, the transgender soldier sentenced to thirty-five years in prison for leaking documents to WikiLeaks will be released this coming May after President Obama granted a commutation.

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Scenes from the Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Schools: Signs in the crowd

Scenes from the Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Schools: Signs in the crowd

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Scenes from the Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Schools: I Have A Dream

Scenes from the Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Schools: I Have A Dream

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Scenes from the Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Schools: Thousands of activists prepare to visit their representatives

Scenes from the Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Schools: Thousands of activists prepare to visit their representatives

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Scenes from the Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Schools: Washington legislators, remember your paramount duty

Scenes from the Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Schools: Washington legislators, remember your paramount duty

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Scenes from the Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Schools: Make 2017 noteworthy by fully funding arts education!

Scenes from the Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Schools: Make 2017 noteworthy by fully funding arts education!

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Scenes from the Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Schools: Activists march to lawmakers' offices

Scenes from the Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Schools: Activists march to lawmakers' offices