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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The First Ten Years of the Roberts Court: A Netroots Nation panel organized by the Alliance for Justice #NN15

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Packed panel table at the voting rights restoration panel today. #NN15

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The three biggest right wing lies about poverty

Robert Reich effectively debunks three lies peddled by right wing elected officials and think tank operatives about America’s poor.

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Adam Bonin presides over the ninth annual Netroots Nation Pub Quiz

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The spread at Bacon, Bourbon, and Beer -- a Netroots Nation tradition #NN15

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Netroots Nation 2015: Where Bernie Sanders is king

CNN files a dispatch from Phoenix reporting the affection that activists feel for Bernie Sanders, whose bold progressivism is exactly what America needs.

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Debra Cleaver speaks during Epic Fail: A look at get-out-the-vote failures (so you don't repeat them) #NN15

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Panel: Ending Inequality For All / Credit: Friday Sawade

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Nexen-owned pipeline spills an estimated five million litres of bitumen, sand and water in Alberta

A pipeline at Nexen’s Long Lake oilsands project in northeastern Alberta has failed, spilling an estimated five million litres of bitumen, produced water and sand. The Canadian Press reports

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Creating effective digital campaign in our rapidly changing world

How do we move beyond impressions, clicks, likes, etc. to make sure our digital programs are actually making a difference in our campaigns? After all of the panelists introduced themselves, they each went into their organization’s digital programs a bit, and the importance they saw of building their programs.

In this portion of the panel, one of the most interesting topics was mentioned by Jenna Lowenstein from Hilary for America. She explained how digital can help create intimacy and connection between people and a candidate at an economy of scale, using the White House’s digital program as an example.

Much of this panel was jargon-y and very specific, but a couple panelists talked about even though part of a digital campaign might fail in the traditional sense (conversions, sign-ups, etc.) it might still add value, such as pushing out talking points that people aren’t paying attention to.

The two big themes that seemed to emerge from the panel was that campaigns use the internet now is completely different than even in the 2012 cycle, and that it’s going to change even more in the future. This elevates the importance of continuously testing messages to ensure the most effective programs are rolled out to everyday folks in the implementation of these campaigns.

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Ask A Sista at Netroots Nation 2015 #NN15

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We are in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's front yard! Arrest Arpaio -- not the people! #NN15

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A few pro-Arpaio protesters shouting racist slurs. So the police are having us move *our* protest. #NN15

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We're on the march... for an Arizona FREE of the monstrous Joe Arpaio! #NN15

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Warren speech ends with a standing ovation and shouting from the audience.

Thank you Elizabeth Warren. It is always a pleasure to hear you speak at Netroots Nation.

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Money and influence peddling are strangling our economy. We need leadership to put working people first. We need leadership to show some backbone against money interests.

“America s Progressive.” But insider Washington isn’t listening. It is up to us to show that America’s agenda is a progressive agenda.

“You don’t get what you don’t fight for.” We need fighters to say “Enough! to Insider Washington!”

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Elizabeth Warren talking about the bill to try to stop the revolving door syndrome between Wall Street and DC. #NN15

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“There is no question that business experience can help in government matters. But…”

“There is a point where the revolving door between business and government becomes a special interest lobbying problem, and we are way past that point.”

“We don’t run this country for Wall Street and Mega-Corporations, we run this country for people.”

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There are too many Citibank alumni in politics. The revolving door between government and banks is a huge problem. Citigroup lobbyists are putting hidden provisions into bills that are being passed into law.

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Warren: Our Values are American Values! American Values are Progressive Values! #NN15