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* Masks required indoors statewide beginning today,
* St. Peter Hospital’s ER overflowing as COVID cases surge,
* US National Park Service birthday is Aug. 25 – free admission!

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Patients arriving on ambulances have also had to wait with emergency medical service crews before entering Providence St. Peter Hospital because there are not enough beds to transfer patients, or they cannot safely wait in the triage area.
Credit: Steve Bloom, The Olympian

*** REGIONAL NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND ***

+ The Olympian: St. Peter Hospital staffers describe life in the overflowing ER as COVID cases surge

+ KING-5 TV: Masks required for all Washington residents in indoor public settings beginning today

+ The Seattle Times: Inslee’s vaccine mandate draws fire from union and questions about unemployment benefits

+ The Points Guy: US National Park Service is celebrating its birthday on Aug. 25 with free admission to all 423 sites

+ KING-5 TV: ‘I feel guilty for putting her there’: Lacey woman demands answers after her mother dies from COVID-19 in nursing home

+ Gate Checked: Canada Will Soon Require All Air Travelers To Be Fully Vaccinated

*** AFGHAN NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND ***

Mediaite: ‘Why Do You Continue to Trust the Taliban, Mr. President?’ Biden Leaves Presser to Chorus of Shouted Questions

The Drive: 800 People Evacuated From Kabul Aboard A Single C-17 Cargo Jet

CNBC: Pentagon orders U.S. airlines to help fly Afghanistan evacuees [Ed. note: Seattle’s largest international carrier included, Delta]

CNBC: President Biden’s job approval ratings drop as Covid cases rise and crisis in Afghanistan mounts

Politico: ‘The Temperature in Saigon Is 105 and Rising’ – What I learned about American power watching the U.S. leave Vietnam — and then Afghanistan decades later.

The New York Times via The Times of India: Afghanistan faces economic shock as sanctions replace aid

Center for Responsive Politics: Defense Contractors Spent Big in Afghanistan Before the Taliban Took Control

The Washington Post: Afghan refugee goes into labor on U.S. evacuation flight, gives birth on landing

*** VIRUS NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND ***

The Washington Post via Stars and Stripes: Vaccine resistance in the military remains strong, a dilemma for Pentagon as mandate looms

The Hill: Fully vaccinated man dies of COVID-19, daughter says he was cautious

KRON-4 TV (San Francisco): Friend Remembers Vaccinated Woman Who Died From COVID-19 in Marin County

ProPublica: As Cases Surge, CDC Only Tracking a Fraction of Breakthrough COVID-19 Infections

The New York Times via Yahoo!: ‘Nursing Is in Crisis’: Staff Shortages Put Patients at Risk

*** TRUMP NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND ***

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow: Trump admin deliberately sabotaged refugee process, stranding war allies: former insiders

Daily Kos: Ex-Pence aide blows whistle on Trump administration’s campaign to keep Afghan allies out of U.S.

CNBC: U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocks reinstatement of Trump-era immigration policy

Mediaite: Senior Trump Officials Rip Former Boss for Afghanistan Pact: ‘The Taliban Didn’t Defeat Us. We Defeated Ourselves.’

MSNBC’s Ali Velshi: Trump admin sabotaged visa process for Afghans. Stephen Miller was the tip of the spear.

Business Insider: Donald Trump booed at Alabama rally after encouraging his supporters to get vaccinated against COVID-19, video shows

MSNBC: Alabama city hosting Trump rally declares Covid emergency before event

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