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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Bonus July fireworks: Colorful bursts at the grand finale of Redmond Derby Days

Bonus July fireworks: Colorful bursts at the grand finale of Redmond Derby Days

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Bonus July fireworks: Composite from the Redmond Derby Days grand finale

Bonus July fireworks: Composite from the Redmond Derby Days grand finale

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45th LD Senate candidate Manka Dhingra finishes the Grand Parade at the seventy-seventh annual Redmond Derby Days

45th LD Senate candidate Manka Dhingra finishes the Grand Parade at the seventy-seventh annual Redmond Derby Days

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The Ferris Wheel at Redmond Derby Days

The Ferris Wheel at Redmond Derby Days

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I talked with the marketing director of the small hospital in Greenville, Maine, yesterday at lunch… She told me that the hospital is the biggest employer in town, with 180 employees, and that it relies on Medicaid for 65 percent of its revenues. It is unlikely that this community hospital could survive the cuts that are in the Senate bill.

— Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine (The New York Times: Republican support of Senate health repeal erodes during break)

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A young constituent asks a question at Senator Cantwell's #NetNeutrality town hall

A young constituent asks a question at Senator Cantwell's #NetNeutrality town hall

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Senator Maria Cantwell discusses the importance of defending #NetNeutrality with Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and WTIA CEO Michael Schultzer

Senator Maria Cantwell discusses the importance of defending #NetNeutrality with Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and WTIA CEO Michael Schultzer

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A constituent asks a question at Senator Cantwell's town hall

A constituent asks a question at Senator Cantwell's town hall

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The crowd at Senator Cantwell's healthcare town hall

The crowd at Senator Cantwell's healthcare town hall

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Senator Maria Cantwell listens to a question at her Seattle town hall on healthcare #CantwellTownHall

Senator Maria Cantwell listens to a question at her Seattle town hall on healthcare #CantwellTownHall

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Close-up of a green and white tinged burst

Close-up of a green and white tinged burst

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Red, white, and blue: Happy Fourth from NPI!

Red, white, and blue: Happy Fourth from NPI!

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Lakefire: A long exposure makes for remarkable, waterfall-like light trails

Lakefire: A long exposure makes for remarkable, waterfall-like light trails

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Rocket’s red glare: Beautiful bursts over South Lake Union

Rocket’s red glare: Beautiful bursts over South Lake Union

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Fourth of July fireworks on Lake Union, seen from Gas Works Park

Fourth of July fireworks on Lake Union, seen from Gas Works Park

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Photopalooza: Horizon after a spectacular Lummi sunset (Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Photopalooza: Horizon after a spectacular Lummi sunset (Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

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Photopalooza: Dungeness Spit on a cloudy day (Rennie Sawade/NPI)

Photopalooza: Dungeness Spit on a cloudy day (Rennie Sawade/NPI)

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Photopalooza: A spectacular Lummi sunset (Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Photopalooza: A spectacular Lummi sunset (Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

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Photopalooza: The New Dungeness Lighthouse in Sequim, Washington (Rennie Sawade/NPI)

Photopalooza: The New Dungeness Lighthouse in Sequim, Washington (Rennie Sawade/NPI)

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July Fourth photopalooza

In honor of our nation’s independence, we’re going to be running a series of photos through Tuesday evening celebrating the beauty of the Pacific Northwest taken last month. Enjoy the images and have a safe Fourth!

Recommended Link

To comprehend Trump, read this

Bloomberg’s Alfred Hunt: “It’s happening more and more: The phone rings and there’s an old acquaintance on the line, often a mainstream Republican, asking, ‘What’s wrong with Donald Trump?’ Instead of ranting in response, as I’d been doing for months, I’m now offering up a reading list. Here it is.”