*** REGIONAL NEWS FROM MONDAY ***
+ The Weather Channel: Winds from the west bring cooler air, clear skies as Mt. Rainier is visible again.
+ Thurston County Auditor: Last Primary Ballot vote count was August 16th before certification today. Yelm Council candidates moving ahead to Nov. ballot: Pos. 3 = Jalene McAtee, Joshua Crossman, Pos. 4 = Holly Smith, and one vote separates Steffen Burney and Kayla Russell, Pos. 7 = Terri Kaminski, Christopher Chai.
+ South Sound Business: Report: Washington’s Solar Energy Production Up Nearly 2,500 Percent
+ JOLT News: [Yelm man one of] three Thurston jail inmates accused of destroying fire suppression and intercom components
+ The News Tribune (Tacoma): Some people fleeing Afghanistan will settle in Tacoma, Seattle – Many people arriving with special immigrant visas served alongside U.S. troops and diplomats.
+ Alaska Airlines: Announced continued fleet optimization by ordering more Boeing 737-MAX jets
*** AFGHAN NEWS FROM MONDAY ***
The Washington Post: Afghan security forces’ wholesale collapse was years in the making – American commanders hid fatal flaws in the Afghan army and police for more than a decade, according to documents obtained for the forthcoming book “The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War.”
The Daily Beast: Even Biden’s Allies Think He Screwed Up Afghanistan
The Atlantic: Biden’s Betrayal of Afghans Will Live in Infamy – Our abandonment of the Afghans who helped us, counted on us, and staked their lives on us is a final, gratuitous shame that we could have avoided.
MSNBC’s Opinions: Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal speech missed something important – The president regrets nothing — but the images out of Afghanistan will haunt him.
*** NATIONAL NEWS FROM MONDAY ***
MSNBC’s Meet The Press Daily: [Former AG Eric] Holder on gerrymandering: ‘Democrats don’t have to cheat. … Republicans do’
AARP: Loud Noise: The Not-So-Silent Killer Is Back – The fading of the pandemic means the return of ear-piercing sounds and related health issues