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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2016 Maggie Award winners: Marcus Riccelli, Blaine Tamaki, Richard Wright, Debbie Hartman, Tina Podlodowski, Jessa Lewis, Julie Johnson

2016 Maggie Award winners: Marcus Riccelli, Blaine Tamaki, Richard Wright, Debbie Hartman, Tina Podlodowski, Jessa Lewis, Julie Johnson

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State Senator Cyrus Habib speaks at the 2016 Warren G. Magnuson Awards banquet

State Senator Cyrus Habib speaks at the 2016 Warren G. Magnuson Awards banquet

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Summertime delight: The view heading down from Chinook Pass on SR 410, which is only open to auto traffic seasonally

Summertime delight: The view heading down from Chinook Pass on SR 410, which is only open to auto traffic seasonally

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Mount Rainier from Tipsoo Lake

Mount Rainier from Tipsoo Lake

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Unwinding a lie: Donald Trump and ‘birtherism’

The New York Times’ Michael Barbaro: “The essential question — why promote a lie? — may be unanswerable. Was it sport? Was it his lifelong quest to court media attention? Was it racism? Was it the cynical start of his eventual campaign for president?”

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At long last, Victoria region to get modern sewage treatment plant

Following decades of prodding, local leaders representing communities in the greater Victoria area have approved a plan to build a modern state of the art sewage treatment plant at McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt. When the plant is complete, Victoria will subject its sewage to a tertiary treatment process (the highest and best level available) instead of dumping raw sewage into the Strait of Juan de Fuca as it does today. The plant and related infrastructure is slated to be built by 2020.

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Hillary Clinton’s twenty questions that Donald Trump needs to answer — now

Earlier today, Hillary Clinton’s campaign tweetstormed a host of questions that Donald Trump should be compelled to answer after Newsweek published a piece by Kurt Eichenwald concluding that any international policy decision Trump might make would raise serious conflicts of interest (How the Trump Organization’s Foreign Business Ties Could Upend U.S. National Security).

Clinton’s tweetstorm:

  1. Will you sever ties with your company linked to foreign leaders, questionable organizations, and criminals if you become president? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  2. How will you handle non-cancelable contractual obligations with parties whose interests conflict with those of the United States? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  3. While refusing to release your tax returns, how will you confirm that you do not have dangerous financial ties to bad actors abroad? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  4. If you were willing to work with Qaddafi—a known terrorist and dictator—is there anyone you aren’t willing to make a deal with? Who? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  5. How can you be tough on Iran, given your business partnership with someone connected to Iranian money laundering? pic.twitter.com/1AdDm2kfvy — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  6. Given that you’ve already questioned our commitments to NATO allies, what is your answer to this? pic.twitter.com/qp5vMqtcs1 — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  7. To what extent would your foreign policy be dictated by potential financial benefits for your business partners? pic.twitter.com/4Nd9KSdTfi — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  8. Will you disclose the nature of your personal and business relationships with all of the Russian oligarchs you are “close” to? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  9. Have you or your campaign discussed U.S.-Russian relations with the Russian billionaires with whom you’ve done business? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  10. How did the Russian mob boss who ran a criminal organization out of Trump Tower get a VIP pass to your Miss Universe pageant in Moscow? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  11. With business ties to politically-connected Indian developers, how can you conduct foreign policy that puts the U.S. above your profits? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  12. How can we be sure you’d be willing to be tough on any nation if necessary, if it would put your interests and profits at risk? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  13. How can we know you won’t (again) impulsively damage relationships with crucial allies to preserve your own ego? https://t.co/j1VtaFhA6C — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  14. We know you engaged extensively in pay-to-play here at home. Have you bribed foreign officials or other parties abroad? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  15. To what extent are you and your family currently contractually tied to payments from foreign business partners, or governments? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  16. You’ve mentioned ~120 foreign deals, including in countries with national security implications. Where and with whom are you working? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  17. Will your children disclose all of the foreign trips and business deals they’ve undertaken during the campaign, and with whom they met? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  18. We’ll let @kurteichenwald ask this one: pic.twitter.com/xnIl6JazS3 — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  19. In sum, how will Trump guarantee that if forced to choose between America’s security and his own bank account, he won’t pick the latter? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  20. It’s pretty clear: Trump’s spent his life unscrupulously looking out for his own wallet above all. Why would that change as president? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
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Bellevue Mayor John Stokes makes the case for Sound Transit 3, a bold investment in regional mobility

Bellevue Mayor John Stokes makes the case for Sound Transit 3, a bold investment in regional mobility

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Heroin, Nazis, and Agent Orange: Inside the $66 billion proposed merger between Bayer and Monsanto

“These companies used to sell heroin and Agent Orange. Now, they want to form the world’s largest supplier of seeds and pesticides,” reports Bloomberg’s Lydia Mulvany. Yuck! NPI fiercely opposes this merger and will ask the governments of the United States and Europe to block it.

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Republican Kim Wyman and Democratic challenger Tina Podlodowski square off in Seattle Secretary of State forum

Republican Kim Wyman and Democratic challenger Tina Podlodowski square off in Seattle Secretary of State forum

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NCAA moves championship events out of North Carolina, citing anti-LGBT law

Breaking from The New York Times: “The National Collegiate Athletic Association said on Monday that it would relocate all seven previously awarded championship events from North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year because of concerns over laws passed by the state that it said violated the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.”

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Community Transit's SWIFT operating on SR 99

Community Transit's SWIFT operating on SR 99

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Hillary Clinton needs to take a stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline

“The fight at Standing Rock is a big damned thing,” writes Bill McKibben. “It’s a Flint-in-the-making, and it’s also a chance to for once do right by the continent’s oldest inhabitants. Surely Hillary Clinton can rise to the occasion. Can’t she?”

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All aboard SWIFT: Community Transit's bus rapid transit lines provide frequent and convenient service in south Snohomish County

All aboard SWIFT: Community Transit's bus rapid transit lines provide frequent and convenient service in south Snohomish County

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Lisa Wellman addresses the thirtieth annual Eastside Democratic Dinner

Lisa Wellman addresses the thirtieth annual Eastside Democratic Dinner

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Democratic Secretary of State candidate Tina Podlodowski enjoys a light moment with her tablemates at the thirtieth annual Eastside Democratic Dinner

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Tina Podlodowski enjoys a light moment with her tablemates at the thirtieth annual Eastside Democratic Dinner

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Senator Mark Mullet speaks at the thirtieth annual Eastside Dinner

Senator Mark Mullet speaks at the thirtieth annual Eastside Dinner

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Russ Feingold wants to lead a new Progressive Era in the Senate

“If he wins the race to regain his Wisconsin seat, he’ll join Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in their fight for economic justice,” The Nation’s John Nichols writes.

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KCTS host Enrique Cerna moderates the Q&A portion of Reaching the New American Majority: Case Studies of Success

KCTS host Enrique Cerna moderates the Q&A portion of Reaching the New American Majority: Case Studies of Success

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@DanniAskini discusses issues that LGBT civil rights activists are working on as part of the panel discussion Reaching the New American Majority: Case Studies of Success

@DanniAskini discusses issues that LGBT civil rights activists are working on as part of the panel discussion Reaching the New American Majority: Case Studies of Success

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Hillary Clinton has spent years in the trenches doing the hard work needed to prepare herself to lead our nation. In this race, at this time, she deserves your vote.

— “We recommend Hillary Clinton for president“: The Dallas Morning News backs the Democratic nominee for the first time in seventy-five years.

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