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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Reminder: Washingtonians, get those ballots to a drop box by 8 PM tonight!

Happy Election Day, Washingtonians! Please vote by 8 PM tonight. Candidates have been working so hard to earn your vote. Only the top two get through to November — it’s a heartbreaking night for most, a thrilling night for the winners.

Please honor their willingness to serve by exercising our most sacred right, the right from which all other rights become possible.

Because when we vote, we elect the people who write the laws. We elect judges who determine whether our rights are protected or violated. Elections are about protecting our democracy where rule of law must prevail. Please vote today.

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Richard Hanna becomes first Republican member of Congress to endorse Hillary Clinton

“While I disagree with her on many issues, I will vote for Mrs. Clinton. I will be hopeful and resolute in my belief that being a good American who loves his country is far more important than parties or winning and losing. I trust she can lead. All Republicans may not like the direction, but they can live to win or lose another day with a real candidate,” Hanna declared.

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Washington’s crowded contest for Lieutenant Governor gets lively

“The realist, the fighter, the outsider, and the really, really experienced one — that’s how you might think about the four top candidates in the race for lieutenant governor, which will be narrowed down to two spots [this Tuesday],” writes Crosscut’s Tom James.

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Warren Buffett rips Trump on tax returns, bankruptcies at rally

What will Donald Trump say about Warren Buffett in the wake of today’s rally with Hillary Clinton in Omaha, Nebraska? That he’s a failure? Buffett is only one of the most successful businessmen in American history. Buffett’s fortune is real, unlike Trump’s.

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There used to be some things that were sacred in American politics, that you don’t do, like criticizing the parents of a fallen soldier, even if they criticize you… If you’re going to be leader of the free world, you have to be able to accept criticism, and Mr. Trump can’t.

— South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham (via The Washington Post: Khizr Khan calls Trump a ‘black soul’ and says Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan have ‘moral’ obligation to repudiate him)

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Art installation at The Electric Factory

Art installation at The Electric Factory

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Tim Kaine introduces Hillary Clinton at post-convention rally

Tim Kaine introduces Hillary Clinton at post-convention rally

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Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally in Philadelphia following the Democratic National Convention

Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally in Philadelphia following the Democratic National Convention

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Snoop Dogg performs at a unity concert following the Democratic National Convention

Snoop Dogg performs at a unity concert following the Democratic National Convention

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Balloons and confetti rain down at the conclusion of the 2016 Democratic National Convention

Balloons and confetti rain down at the conclusion of the 2016 Democratic National Convention

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Hillary Clinton embraces her running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, following the conclusion of her acceptance speech

Hillary Clinton embraces her running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, following the conclusion of her acceptance speech

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Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic Party's nomination for the presidency of the United States

Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic Party's nomination for the presidency of the United States

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No TPP! Bernie delegates make clear they're opposed to another corporate giveaway inside the Wells Fargo Center

No TPP! Bernie delegates make clear they're opposed to another corporate giveaway inside the Wells Fargo Center

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Clinton/Kaine rally signs at the 2016 Democratic National Convention

Clinton/Kaine rally signs at the 2016 Democratic National Convention

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President Barack Obama closes out the third day of the Democratic National Convention with uplifting address

President Barack Obama closes out the third day of the Democratic National Convention with uplifting address

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Virginia's Tim Kaine accepts the Democratic Party's nomination for Vice President of the United States

Virginia's Tim Kaine accepts the Democratic Party's nomination for Vice President of the United States

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"We love you, Joe!": Democratic delegates greet Vice President Joe Biden

"We love you, Joe!": Democratic delegates greet Vice President Joe Biden

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Vice President Joe Biden was a highlight of the third day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention

Vice President Joe Biden was a highlight of the third day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention

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Second Lady Jill Biden speaks at the 2016 Democratic National Convention

Second Lady Jill Biden speaks at the 2016 Democratic National Convention

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Broadway stars perform at the 2016 Democratic National Convention

Broadway stars perform at the 2016 Democratic National Convention

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Gabby Giffords electrifies the 2016 Democratic National Convention

Gabby Giffords electrifies the 2016 Democratic National Convention