*** REGIONAL NEWS FROM TUESDAY ***
+ The Olympian: Thurston County health officer Dimyana Abdelmalek continues to ask all residents to continue masking in public indoor settings until 70% of the population is vaccinated. 49.6% of the total county population has been fully vaccinated and 53.9% have initiated vaccinations.
+ The Olympian: 119 COVID-19 cases in 2 weeks prompts closure of UNFI’s Centralia distribution center – serves 825 grocery stores in the region, plus a large military operation.
+ The Olympian: Kurt Cobain’s childhood home is now a historic landmark, Washington officials say – the lead singer and guitarist of grunge band Nirvana, formed in 1988 after Cobain and his fellow band members moved to Olympia.
*** NATIONAL NEWS FROM TUESDAY ***
Associated Press: US hits 70% vaccination rate — a month late, amid a surge
McClatchy News: About 1 in 5 workers would quit jobs if masks or COVID vaccines mandated, poll finds [Ed. note: Then what will happen to all of those millions unemployed?]
The New York Times: Americans Suffer Pandemic Whiplash as Leaders Struggle With Changing Virus
The Washington Post: Heat waves to drastically worsen in Northern Hemisphere, studies warn
*** POLITICAL NEWS FROM TUESDAY ***
The Wall St. Journal: Two More Police Officers Who Responded to Jan. 6 Capitol Attack Died by Suicide – Deaths bring number of suicides among officers engaged during riot to four
*** TRUMP NEWS FROM TUESDAY ***
The New Yorker’s Jayne Mayer: The Big Money Behind the Big Lie – Donald Trump’s attacks on democracy are being promoted by rich and powerful conservative groups that are determined to win at all costs.
Bloomberg via Daily Kos: Despite Trump’s nonstop bragging his GDP was the worst since the Great Depression