*** REGIONAL NEWS FROM THURSDAY ***
+ The Weather Channel: No rain in the forecast for the rest of the month – today marks 66 consecutive days without measurable precip. – the previous record was 55 days set in 1960 and broken last week.
+ The Seattle Times: Washington’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate is among the strictest in the nation
+ KING-5 TV: Vaccine mandate for Washington school workers comes amid staffing shortages – Bus drivers in particular face shortages as school districts prepare for the 2021-2022 school year. [Ed. note: Unemployment set to rise on top of 10 million unfilled jobs in the U.S.]
+ South Sound Business: Public Works Board Approves More Than $123M in Pre-Construction, Construction Loans
*** AFGHAN NEWS FROM THURSDAY ***
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow: ‘Wheels up’: The story of one desperate vet, and how he saved his Afghan interpreter [Ed. note: This is a must-see story!]
*** NATIONAL NEWS FROM THURSDAY ***
KING-5 TV: Start-up US airlines say bookings sag as COVID cases rise [Ed. note: leisure travel is the bell-weather of consumer sentiment concerns.]
Bloomberg News: Soaring Cost of Food Is Forcing Families to Scrimp at the Dinner Table – Inflation is slamming fridges shut and leading households around the world to make sacrifices
CNBC: Oil falls for a sixth straight day, sinks to the lowest level since May on fears of slowing growth [below $64 a barrel]
Wikileaks: Julian Assange speaking in 2011: “The goal is to use Afghanistan to wash money out of the tax bases of the US and Europe through Afghanistan and back into the hands of a transnational security elite. The goal is an endless war, not a successful war” #Afghanistan [Ed. note: And Biden’s Justice Department doubled down on persecuting him. Assange must have hit on a truth the powers do not want revealed!]
The New York Times via The Seattle Times: Potential GOP takeover of Atlanta-area election board inches forward
*** TRUMP NEWS FROM THURSDAY ***
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow: Ken Kurson, friend of Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who was pardoned of federal charges by Trump before he ever went to trial, now faces charges from New York State, which is not bound by federal pardons.