*** REGIONAL NEWS FROM WEDNESDAY ***
+ KING-5 TV: Officials recommend universal masking in indoor public spaces for most Washington counties – The new guidance is in line with the CDC’s recent reversal for counties with “high” and “substantial” transmission risk for COVID-19.
+ Thurston County Auditor: License plate shortage will require Auditor Licensing Services and Subagents to issue paper plates
+ KING-5 TV: Light wildfire smoke moving into western Washington
*** NATIONAL NEWS FROM WEDNESDAY ***
NBC News: $550 billion infrastructure spending deal passes key test vote in Senate – after Trump decries the bill
ABC News: US reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the world [Ed. note: Now just why is that when the U.S. has one of the leading rates of vaccination? Breakthrough cases are on the rise.]
Edward Snowden: Daniel Hale, one of the great American Whistleblowers, was sentenced to four years in prison. His crime was telling this truth: 90% of those killed by US drones are bystanders, not the intended targets. [“Hale, 33, told a federal judge he felt compelled to leak about a program that he believed was indiscriminately killing civilians in Afghanistan.’}
*** TRUMP NEWS FROM WEDNESDAY ***
The Washington Post: As Trump pushed for probes of 2020 election, he called acting AG Rosen almost daily
MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber: Trump under oath in 2021? New DOJ ruling rattles Trumpworld
Sidney Blumenthal in Veterans Today: What did Jim Jordan know about the insurrection and when did he know it? I have some questions for the Republican congressman about events at the US Capitol on 6 January
Truthout: Jim Jordan Admits on Fox News That He Spoke to Trump on January 6. It’s why he should probably expect a subpoena.