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* WA revamps COVID safety rules for schools’ sports,
* “The Pandemic of the Vaccinated Is Here” – winter surge, Omicron mean COVID is everyone’s problem.
* Tenino featured in Thurston’s Bountiful Byway story!

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Tenino featured in “An Eclectic Trip on the Thurston Bountiful Byway”
Credit: Thurston Highlands

*** REGIONAL NEWS FROM FRIDAY ***

+ The Olympian: WA revamps COVID safety rules for schools’ indoor, high-contact sports after outbreaks – An estimated 200 cases now tied to events in early December

+ The Olympian: Out and About: Hear heaps of holiday music, or find out ‘What’s Up’

+ KING-5 TV: Washington to get federal funding to clear port backlog

+ KING-5 TV: Gov. Inslee calls for increased spending thanks to improving economy, federal aid – In his supplemental budget proposal for 2022, Inslee unveiled plans Thursday for more than $4 billion in requests for increased spending.

+ Daily Mail (UK): America’s new boomtowns revealed: Six cities in Northwest among top 10

*** VIRUS NEWS FROM FRIDAY ***

The Atlantic: The Pandemic of the Vaccinated Is Here – A coming winter surge and the spread of Omicron have made it clear that COVID is everyone’s problem.

Africa Is Watching: South Africa President Reveals the Evil Reason the West is Stopping Africa From Making its own Vaccines 

The Washington Post: Children exposed to covid can safely stay in class with in-school testing, CDC says

The Washington Post: As the omicron variant threatens to wipe out monoclonal antibodies, the U.S. is saving up one that will still work – Sotrovimab, a treatment from Vir Biotechnology and GlaxoSmithKline, is expected to remain effective against omicron

The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC): New data released from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) showed a total of 965,843 reports of adverse events following COVID vaccines, including a total of 20,244 reports of deaths.

*** NATIONAL NEWS FROM FRIDAY ***

Washington Examiner: 3 Retired generals urge Pentagon to take steps to avert ‘civil war’ after 2024 election

MSNBC Opinion: These House members tried to overturn an election. They must be turned out of Congress.

NBC News: McConnell says Jan. 6 committee’s findings are ‘something the public needs to know’

CNBC: Southwest CEO Gary Kelly tests positive for Covid after Senate hearing with other airlines chiefs

NBC News: 2021 in Pictures – In a year of change, deep division and an unrelenting pandemic, tenuous signs of hope emerged.

CNBC: Biden picks Caroline Kennedy and Michelle Kwan to be ambassadors

NBC News: Fox News loses bid to dismiss Dominion defamation lawsuit over election coverage

Newsweek: 2,000-Year-Old Synagogue Found in Supposed Birthplace of Mary Magdalene, Jesus’ Follower

*** TRUMP NEWS FROM FRIDAY ***

CNBC: Trump says American Jews ‘either don’t like Israel or don’t care about Israel’ in new interview

MSN: Trump Spews More Anti-Semitism, Says Jews Used To Control Congress

MSNBC’s The Reidout: Self-proclaimed rich man Donald Trump turns GOP into his personal piggy bank – The Republican National Committee has reportedly agreed to pay up to $1.6 million to help the former president fight investigations into his businesses. The Washington Post reported Thursday that the Republican National Committee agreed this summer to pay up to $1.6 million to help Trump — a self-proclaimed rich man — fight investigations into conduct that largely preceded his time in office. The New York Times confirmed the report later Thursday.

MSNBC’s Morning Joe: Forbes editor appears before grand jury investigating Trump over 2015 cover story

Daily Kos: In December 2020, Louie Gohmert sued Mike Pence to try to force him to go along with coup

Politico: GOP blows off Trump’s bid to oust McConnell, Just two Senate candidates — and no senators — have publicly called for replacing the Republican leader.

Daily Kos: Roger Stone begs for money to help him plead the Fifth

NBC News: Here’s one way Trump has reshaped the GOP in his own image after Jan. 6

NBC News: Trump White House made ‘deliberate efforts’ to undermine Covid response, report says

MSNBC’s The Mehdi Hasan Show: Trump still profiting from presidency -Trump family expert and Pulitzer prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston is out with a new book delving into how much the former president and his family cost American taxpayers.

Posted by Steve on December 18, 2021 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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