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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You are looking at the next Speaker of the Washington State House of Representatives! One of these four distinguished women will be designated by their colleagues as the future Speaker next Wednesday (July 31st)

You are looking at the next Speaker of the Washington State House of Representatives! One of these four distinguished women will be designated by their colleagues as the future Speaker next Wednesday (July 31st). From left to right: NPI’s Gael Tarleton, June Robinson, Monica Jurado Stonier, Laurie Jinkins.

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East Link on track: A worker applies a protective substance to the apparatus supporting the rails

East Link on track: A worker applies a protective substance to the apparatus supporting the rails

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East Link on track: An innovative track bridge awaits installation on the Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge

East Link on track: An innovative track bridge awaits installation on the Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge

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Another view of the East Link construction zone on Lake Washington, looking towards Mercer Island

Another view of the East Link construction zone on Lake Washington, looking towards Mercer Island

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A welder installs tie rods on the Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge

A welder installs tie rods on the Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge

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Meet the man who created the fake presidential seal — a former Republican fed up with Trump

The news that Donald Trump got trolled at a right wing event that resembled a Hitler Youth rally has been widely reported. Now, meet the man who designed the satirical presidential seal that appeared onscreen behind Trump at the event.

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East Link on track: This is one of the inventive track bridges that will be used to allow trains to safely traverse the I-90 floating bridge

East Link on track: This is one of the inventive track bridges that will be used to allow trains to safely traverse the I-90 floating bridge

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East Link on track: A view of the work being done to prepare the Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge for high capacity transit service

East Link on track: A view of the work being done to prepare the Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge for high capacity transit service

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Via NBC News, this is quite the find: “Newly found footage from NBC News’ archives shows Donald Trump apparently talking about women with Jeffrey Epstein, now a registered sex offender, at a party at Mar-a-Lago in November 1992. The party was a decade before Epstein’s plea deal in Florida.”

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Rush Limbaugh schools one of his callers: “Nobody is a fiscal conservative anymore”

CALLER: Republicans can nominate a young, potentially two-term president, one that believes in fiscal conservatism. We’re gonna have – in 2019, there’s gonna be a $1 trillion dollar deficit. Trump doesn’t really care about that. He’s not really a fiscal conservative. We don’t, we have to acknowledge that Trump has been cruelly used.

RIGHT WING TALK SHOW HOST RUSH LIMBAUGH: Nobody is a fiscal conservative anymore. All this talk about concern for the deficit and the budget has been bogus for as long as it’s been around.

Via Media Matters, this is a snippet of everyone’s favorite bloviating, raging right wing radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, shamelessly renouncing his previous position about deficit spending on his program.

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The Northwest Progressive Institute proudly stands with Representative Ilhan Omar against the hatred and bigotry of Donald Trump and his white supremacist base

The Northwest Progressive Institute proudly stands with Representative Ilhan Omar against the hatred and bigotry of Donald Trump and his white supremacist base

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Jay Inslee participates in Netroots Nation's 2019 presidential leadership forum #NN19

Jay Inslee participates in Netroots Nation's 2019 presidential leadership forum #NN19

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Elizabeth Warren participates in Netroots Nation's 2019 presidential leadership forum #NN19

Elizabeth Warren participates in Netroots Nation's 2019 presidential leadership forum #NN19

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Julián Castro participates in Netroots Nation's 2019 presidential leadership forum #NN19

Julián Castro participates in Netroots Nation's 2019 presidential leadership forum #NN19

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Kirsten Gillibrand participates in Netroots Nation's 2019 presidential leadership forum #NN19

Kirsten Gillibrand participates in Netroots Nation's 2019 presidential leadership forum #NN19

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Five extraordinary women leaders take the stage at Netroots Nation 2019: Aimee Allison, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Deb Haaland #NN19

Five extraordinary women leaders take the stage at Netroots Nation 2019: Aimee Allison, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Deb Haaland #NN19

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Representatives Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib emphasized the need to conintinue working towards the impeachment of Donald Trump #NN19

Representatives Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib emphasized the need to conintinue working towards the impeachment of Donald Trump #NN19

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Representative Barbara Lee -- the sole vote against the authorization of military force resolution passed by Congress in 2001 -- was lauded for her pioneering leadership at Netroots Nation 2019 #NN19

Representative Barbara Lee — the sole vote against the authorization of military force resolution passed by Congress in 2001 — was lauded for her pioneering leadership at Netroots Nation 2019 #NN19

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Representative Ilhan Omar participates in a plenary panel discussion at Netroots Nation 2019 #NN19

Representative Ilhan Omar participates in a plenary panel discussion at Netroots Nation 2019 #NN19

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Northwest pride: Pramila Jayapal and Jeff Merkley were a treat at Netroots Nation 2019, offering a valuable bicameral postmortem of the southwest border crisis funding bill #NN19

Northwest pride: Pramila Jayapal and Jeff Merkley were a treat at Netroots Nation 2019, offering a valuable bicameral postmortem of the southwest border crisis funding bill #NN19

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Northwest pride: That's *our* U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal, discussing the strategy to increase the Progressive Caucus' clout in Congress #NN19

Northwest pride: That's *our* U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal, discussing the strategy to increase the Progressive Caucus' clout in Congress #NN19