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* Putin cements fascist dictatorship, oligarchs appear to take flight,
* WA. state prohibits Texas-style abortion lawsuits,
* N.C. investigating Trump aide Mark Meadows over voter reg.!

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Putin cements his fascist dictatorship, and oligarchs appear to take flight
Mural by Bulgarian artist Nikolay Doychinov depicting Putin carrying his own dead body.

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*** REGIONAL NEWS FROM THURSDAY ***

+ The Olympian: Washington state prohibits Texas-style abortion lawsuits – Gov. Inslee signed a measure that prohibits legal action against people seeking an abortion and those who aid them.

+ CNBC: [Seattle-based] Amazon closes deal to buy MGM movie studio – MGM bolsters Amazon Prime Video’s offering with more than 4,000 film titles.

*** NATIONAL NEWS FROM THURSDAY ***

CNBC: Hunter Biden criminal probe heating up with testimony from mom of his daughter

USA Today: Ketanji Brown Jackson would be Supreme Court’s first federal public defender, a line of attack for critics

The Washington Post: Sleep experts say Senate has it wrong: Standard time, not daylight saving, should be permanent

*** UKRAINE NEWS FROM THURSDAY ***

Rep. Eric Swalwell Tweet: Good reminder that if Trump were president and Kevin McCarthy were speaker, Putin would have addressed Congress [instead of Zelensky].

MSNBC’s The Reidout Blog: Every American should listen to Schwarzenegger’s viral message to Russians – Invoking his family history, the actor and former California governor pleaded with Russians to reject disinformation. Click here for the video message.

CNBC: U.S. accuses Russia of war crimes after bombing of Mariupol theater

MSNBC’s Frank Figliuzzi: I was head of counterintelligence at the FBI. Here’s how I think Biden is helping Ukraine.

The Washington Post: Inside Russia’s propaganda bubble: Where a war isn’t a war

NBC News: ‘He’s clearly angry’: Experts who study Putin are alarmed by his emotional, ranting speech

The Washington Post: Why the Kremlin is still active on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – Social media companies are tolerating Russian officials unless their posts violate specific rules, as some lawmakers call for tougher stands

The Washington Post: Computer programmers are taking aim at Russia’s propaganda wall

Dot Esports: Western cloud storage providers creating a digital crisis in Russia

The New York Times: ‘They’re Willing to Risk Ruining Their Lives.’ Putin’s War Is Driving Russians Out.

CNBC: Why Russian people need tech companies to stay: It’s terrifying ‘how dark that place could become’

Business Insider: Russian generals are dying in Ukraine because they keep going near the front hoping to rescue the invasion, Western officials say

*** VIRUS NEWS FROM THURSDAY ***

The Jimmy Dore Show: Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla is an unlikely candidate for spreading vaccine hesitancy, but he recently came pretty close when he acknowledged to an interviewer that he was initially skeptical about plans to develop an mRNA vaccine to combat COVID-19. He was persuaded, he said, by company scientists, despite Pfizer’s lengthy track record with traditional vaccines, and only two years of research producing zero products with mRNA vaccines.

FOX Business: JetBlue, American, Southwest pilots sue CDC over federal mask mandate

*** TRUMP NEWS FROM THURSDAY ***

CNBC: North Carolina investigating Trump aide Mark Meadows over voter registration

Daily Kos: RNC really wants to keep Trump campaign data away from Jan. 6 probe

The Guardian: Trump White House aide was secret author of report used to push ‘big lie’

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