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Trump Ordered Close of Last Two US Consulates in Russia — Now a Fight to keep them Open

"The closure of all U.S. consulates in Russia would appear a U.S. retreat and capitulation to the diplomatic visa pressures applied by elements of the Russian government.” -- Derek Norberg, president of the Seattle-based Council for U.S.-Russia Relations

Second Take: Handicapping the Race for Seattle Mayor

As Seattle politics veers left and the state is worried about jobs and taxes, some ambitious Seattle figures may want to avoid the stigma of being Seattle mayor, which is a political albatross in the county or statewide.

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The Mutating COVID: What it Means for You

Taken together, the new variant means that accelerating our herky-jerky vaccine rollout becomes even more important, our use of non-pharmaceutical protections needs to increase for at least the first half of 2021, and we need, together, to accept vaccination as soon as it is offered, and reach out to everyone who is hesitating to be vaccinated and persuade them to join us in the jab queue.

Second Take: Handicapping the Race for Seattle Mayor

As Seattle politics veers left and the state is worried about jobs and taxes, some ambitious Seattle figures may want to avoid the stigma of being Seattle mayor, which is a political albatross in the county or statewide.

That Was Fast: Biden Voids Giveaway of Arctic Wildlife Leases

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Biden is not stopping with the Arctic Refuge. Initial executive orders include canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline, stopped by President Obama in 2015 but revived by Trump in 2017. He is immediately rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, three years after Trump took the United States out of the agreement to begin curbing climate change.

State GOP Tells Its Moderate Wing to Stop Using the R-Word

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Along with other King County Republican leaders, Joshua Freed ought to show up at the Cascade Conference and learn how to win elections. The GOP has been hemorrhaging legislative seats in the state’s largest population center.

Is it 1861 again?

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And here we are, just days from what was once a powerful symbol of democracy, of American strength - its peaceful inauguration of a new president - looking at rows and rows of uniformed troops, as with Lincoln so long ago, gathered to protect that sacred moment from armed disruption. In this year of 2021.

Vaccinatin’ Rhythm

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West Virginia currently leads the nation in vaccination rate (7.1% of population with first dose, compared to a national average of 3.4% and Washington's rate of 3.0%), and they're doing it by a conscious policy choice.

A Simpler Way to Ban Trump from Holding Office Again?

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It will be interesting, if Artlcles 3 and 5 come into play, how the literalist court and originalist Republicans will explain away the clear language. It might be an effective fall-back position for the Democrats, in case the impeachment trial falters in the Senate.
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“Drive-By Chalking”: The Sheep and Jackasses of Ferry County

The commissioners wanted motor bikes on the trail, which follows an old railroad bed. Crusty Commissioner Michael Blankenship described as “sheep” and “jackasses” advocates of a walking, jogging, and pedaling trail.

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