*** REGIONAL FROM THE WEEKEND ***
+ Yelm Dollars for Scholars: Auction bidding is open
+ Office of Gov. Jay Inslee: Inslee directive bans state contracts with Russian government entities
+ The Olympian: Inslee directs state agencies to identify, cancel contracts with Russian entities – State’s investment exposure to Russia is small.
+ KING-TV: Some King County businesses keeping proof-of-vaccination in place, even though King County lifted a requirement that bars and restaurants check for proof of vaccination last week.
+ The Olympian: Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall on “Why does the Thurston County ballot processing center need to be improved?“
+ The Olympian: Climatologists: Drought to worsen in Oregon, Idaho this year
+ The Olympian: Anti-mandates rally on WA state Capitol Campus falls short of attendance expectations – About 500 attended Saturday afternoon rally, down from a previous estimate of 2,500.
*** NATIONAL NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND ***
Airways Magazine: The USA’s Boeing 747 “Doomsday Plane” seen over Nebraska on training mission
*** UKRAINE NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND ***
The Telegraph (UK): ‘Russia faces ruin’ – What price will Putin’s economy pay for invasion? Leaders across Europe are now thinking: ‘Russia is no longer a dependable supplier of energy’. By forcing Europe’s hand, problems will hit Russia sooner and harder than many feared.
Common Dreams: Putin Issues Warning About “Future of Ukrainian Statehood” Amid Refugee Crisis – Putin’s rhetoric has heightened fears about potential nuclear war.
MSNBC Opinion: Why white evangelical Christians are Putin’s biggest American fan base – Evangelicals are a long way from how they historically thought about Russia and communism.
Truthout: Biden Offers Protected Status for Ukrainians, Shielding Them From Deportation [Ed. note: not so for people of color from Haiti, Latin America, eh?]
The Washington Post: After Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Moldova worries it might be next
*** VIRUS NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND ***
The Defender: Booster Shots Causing More Injuries Than Previously Thought, Israeli Survey Shows
*** TRUMP NEWS THE WEEKEND ***
Business Insider: Trump told GOP donors that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un had ability to make his advisers ‘cower,’ jokingly saying he also wants his staff to ‘act like that’ [Ed. note: this is dangerous for a country’s leader to not get the truth/facts from their “cowering” staffs.]