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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Inside the forthcoming Roosevelt Link light rail station: Another look at the heavy duty, "transit grade" escalators that will be in use from Day One

Inside the forthcoming Roosevelt Link light rail station: Another look at the heavy duty, "transit grade" escalators that will be in use from Day One

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Highlights from the eleventh episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fourth season:

The cold open: Tucker Carlson (Alex Moffat), Jeannine Pirro (Cecily Strong), Ann Coulter (Heidi Gardner), Wilbur Ross (Kate McKinnon) talk about the government shutdown and Roger Stone (Steve Martin) stops by to talk about his arrest.

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From 1999: “Roof Opener” (Synopsis: Edgar drives a convertible that has a remote control for Safeco Field’s retractable roof.)

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Inside the forthcoming Roosevelt Link light rail station: Heavy duty, "transit grade" escalators will be installed at this new station from the get-go

Inside the forthcoming Roosevelt Link light rail station: Heavy duty, "transit grade" escalators will be installed at this new station from the get-go

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Inside the forthcoming Roosevelt Link light rail station: This view from the platform shows one of the tunnels that goes to the University District

Inside the forthcoming Roosevelt Link light rail station: This view from the platform shows one of the tunnels that goes to the University District

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Inside the forthcoming Roosevelt Link light rail station: A worker applies paint

Inside the forthcoming Roosevelt Link light rail station: A worker applies paint

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Highlights from the tenth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fourth season:

Steve Harvey (Kenan Thompson) hosts a special Deal or No Deal where President Trump (Alec Baldwin) fields offers from members of Congress, like Nancy Pelosi (Kate McKinnon), Chuck Schumer (Alex Moffat), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Melissa Villaseñor) and Maxine Waters (Leslie Jones), to end the government shutdown.

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Inside the forthcoming Roosevelt Link light rail station: The future south entrance

Inside the forthcoming Roosevelt Link light rail station: The future south entrance

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Inside the forthcoming Roosevelt Link light rail station: A view of the platform under construction

Inside the forthcoming Roosevelt Link light rail station: A view of the platform under construction

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2019 State of the State Highlight: Representative Melanie Morgan observes a stirring rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner"

2019 State of the State Highlight: Representative Melanie Morgan observes a stirring rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner"

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2019 State of the State Highlight: Representative Mike Pellicciotti catches up with Representative Tina Orwall

2019 State of the State Highlight: Representative Mike Pellicciotti catches up with Representative Tina Orwall

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2019 State of the State Highlight: Presentation of the American flag

2019 State of the State Highlight: Presentation of the American flag

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2019 State of the State Highlight: Newly reelected Justice Steven Gonzalez greets Representative Mari Leavitt

2019 State of the State Highlight: Newly reelected Justice Steven Gonzalez greets Representative Mari Leavitt

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2019 State of the State Highlight: Presentation of the Washington State flag

2019 State of the State Highlight: Presentation of the Washington State flag

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2019 State of the State Highlight: First Lady Trudi Inslee is recognized by her husband, Governor Jay Inslee

2019 State of the State Highlight: First Lady Trudi Inslee is recognized by her husband, Governor Jay Inslee

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2019 State of the State Highlight: State Representative Debra Lekanoff, the first Native American woman to be elected to the House, acknowledges onlookers in the galleries

2019 State of the State Highlight: State Representative Debra Lekanoff, the first Native American woman to be elected to the House, acknowledges onlookers in the galleries

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Governor Jay Inslee delivers the 2019 State of the State Address as House Speaker Pro Tem John Lovick looks on

Governor Jay Inslee delivers the 2019 State of the State Address as House Speaker Pro Tem John Lovick looks on

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There they go! New and returning members of Washington's State House of Representatives enter the Chamber to begin the 2019 Session

There they go! New and returning members of Washington's State House of Representatives enter the Chamber to begin the 2019 Session

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Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: The State Patrol color guard exits the House Chamber after the presentation of the colors

Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: The State Patrol color guard exits the House Chamber after the presentation of the colors

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Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: Activists rally for a Green New Deal in the Rotunda

Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: Activists rally for a Green New Deal in the Rotunda

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Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: Representative Mari Leavitt takes a photo with Washington State Democratic Party Chair Tina Podlodowski

Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: Representative Mari Leavitt takes a photo with Washington State Democratic Party Chair Tina Podlodowski