Offering asides, recommended links, blogworthy quotations, and more, In Brief is the Northwest Progressive Institute's microblog of world, national, and local politics.

Photo

Senator Jeff Merkley shows off his new, first of its kind hat, which says:Dump TrumpDitch MitchSave America#OregonSummit

Senator Jeff Merkley shows off his new, first of its kind hat, which says:Dump TrumpDitch MitchSave America#OregonSummit

Photo

Progressive activists come to the biennial #OregonSummit to be inspired, and this year's gathering is certainly giving them that opportunity

Progressive activists come to the biennial #OregonSummit to be inspired, and this year's gathering is certainly giving them that opportunity

Photo

Multnomah County Commissioner Lori Stegmann watches a CNN report about her decision to quit the Republican Party, renounce Donald Trump, and join the Democrats #OregonSummit

Multnomah County Commissioner Lori Stegmann watches a CNN report about her decision to quit the Republican Party, renounce Donald Trump, and join the Democrats #OregonSummit

Photo
Nancy Pelosi confronts Donald Trump

Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, confronts Donald Trump in the White House. (Official White House Photo.)

Photo

Congratulations to Patty Murray's 2019 Golden Tennis Shoe Award winners: Jane Weiss

Congratulations to Patty Murray's 2019 Golden Tennis Shoe Award winners: Jane Weiss

Photo

Congratulations to Patty Murray's 2019 Golden Tennis Shoe Award winners: Tarra Simmons⁠

Congratulations to Patty Murray's 2019 Golden Tennis Shoe Award winners: Tarra Simmons⁠

Video Clip

Watch highlights from the third episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fifth season, hosted by David Harbour of Stranger Things fame:

The cold open: At CNN’s Equality Town Hall 2020 candidates Cory Booker (Chris Redd), Pete Buttigieg (Colin Jost), Elizabeth Warren (Kate McKinnon), Julian Castro (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Joe Biden (Woody Harrelson) discuss LGBTQ issues.

Read More »

Photo

Congratulations to Patty Murray's 2019 Golden Tennis Shoe Award winners: Javi Barria-Optiz

Congratulations to Patty Murray's 2019 Golden Tennis Shoe Award winners: Javi Barria-Optiz

Photo

Former Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards (now with Supermajority) speaks at Patty Murray's Golden Tennis Shoes

Former Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards (now with Supermajority) speaks at Patty Murray's Golden Tennis Shoes

Photo

U.S. Representatives Kim Schrier, Pramila Jayapal, and Suzan DelBene welcome attendees to Patty Murray's 2019 Golden Tennis Shoes

U.S. Representatives Kim Schrier, Pramila Jayapal, and Suzan DelBene welcome attendees to Patty Murray's 2019 Golden Tennis Shoes

Photo

Senator Patty Murray offers remarks at her 2019 Golden Tennis Shoe Awards⁠

Senator Patty Murray offers remarks at her 2019 Golden Tennis Shoe Awards⁠

Recommended Link

California just legalized public banking, setting the stage for more affordable housing

The Guardian explains why Governor Gavin Newsom’s approval of AB 857, the Public Banking, is such a big deal. The bill will allow city and county governments to create or sponsor public banks.

Quotation

Trump’s old techniques are failing — and not just due to the volume of the bad news. What’s unique about this phase of his presidency is that he’s being attacked with so much damning information from so many directions and so many different power centers that he can’t keep up. Not even a street fighter with Bruce Lee’s skills could repulse this sort of pile-on.

Politico senior media writer Jack Shafer

Video Clip

Highlights from the second episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fifth season, hosted by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with musical guest Taylor Swift:

The best sketch of the night: Senator Elizabeth Warren (Kate McKinnon) talks to Colin Jost about outfundraising Joe Biden in her 2020 bid for president and addresses a marine affair conspiracy theory.

Read More »

Aside

NPI wishes President Jimmy Carter a happy ninety-fifth birthday

Former United States President Jimmy Carter turns ninety-five today. 

Carter has become the longest-lived American president.

In appreciation of President Carter’s service and life of good works, NPI offered the following congratulatory message to the President today.

Mr. President:

A very happy birthday to you! You are a true statesman, patriot, and role model for all Americans. We are so blessed that you served these United States as our President for four years and have been active in retirement with Habitat for Humanity and other worthy causes. Thank you for inspiring others to service and living by the Golden Rule. May your goodness and good example be contagious!

You can send your own birthday message to Carter here.

Tags:

Quotation

We’ve established a goal to eliminate single-use plastics across the fleet, which is a substantial undertaking… The Just Water container goes as far as technology allows today in eliminating anything not renewable or recyclable in a container that will store water.

— Andy Stuart, the chief executive of Norwegian Cruise Line, discussing the company’s plans to abandon plastic water bottles (The New York Times: Major cruise line to abandon plastic water bottles)

Photo

King County Executive Dow Constantine speaks at a reception for the Yakima County Democrats

King County Executive Dow Constantine speaks at a reception for the Yakima County Democrats

Recommended Link

‘Total panic’ as ‘shell-shocked’ White House struggles to find impeachment footing

While many in the Trump White House are battle-tested from the Mueller investigation, this is starting to feel different, aides and advisers told NBC News.

Video Clip

NBC’s Emmy-award winning comedy magazine Saturday Night Live returned last night for its forty-fifth season premiere, airing live coast to coast.

Here are highlights from that first episode:

The cold open: With the threat of impeachment looming, Donald Trump (Alex Baldwin) calls those closest to him including Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon), Kanye West (Chris Redd), William Barr (Aidy Bryant), Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), Kim Jong-un (Bowen Yang), Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong) Eric and Don Jr. (Alex Moffat, Mikey Day), and actor Liev Schreiber.

Read More »

Video Clip

WATCH: Georgia Democratic Representative John Lewis takes to the House floor to call for the beginning of impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump in the wake of a whistleblower complaint about the president’s July 25th phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart, in which he reportedly pressured him to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

Photo

Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell accepts the Joan Thomas Award from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition after being honored by Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Chair Brian Cladoosby (Spee pots)

Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell accepts the Joan Thomas Award from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition after being honored by Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Chair Brian Cladoosby (Spee pots)