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Saying that Afghan Government could hold out for 18 months was still saying the fight against the Taliban was hopeless; soldiers and (more importantly) officers lost any will to continue fighting, and cut their own side deals.
American policy was built around saving face for the Afghan Government. If they looked like they could hold control, they had a hope for the future. Once US started to pull out, it looked like they no longer did.
Source: New York Times
The Food and Drug Administration is pushing to approve Pfizer-BioNTechs two-dose Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, further expediting an earlier timeline for licensing the shot, according to people familiar with the agencys planning.
Regulators were working to finish the process by Friday but were still working through a substantial amount of paperwork and negotiation with the company. The people familiar with the planning, who were not authorized to speak publicly about it, cautioned that the approval might slide beyond Monday if some components of the review need more time.
An F.D.A. spokeswoman declined to comment.
The agency had recently set an unofficial deadline for approval of around Labor Day.
Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/20/us/politics/fda-pfizer-covid-vaccine-full-approval.html?campaign_id=60&emc=edit_na_20210820&instance_id=0&nl=breaking-news&ref=cta®i_id=13550703&segment_id=66860&user_id=c58a2a6b957f0a552d45e1fd8aa3bdab
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Source: Washington Post
Thursdays session effectively ended the months-long Democratic protest over the voting measure at least for now. To stop the bill from advancing, Democrats staged a walkout in May and a mass exodus to Washington in July, breaking the record for longest quorum break in Texas history and forcing Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to order a second special session.
The House had a quorum as of 6:13 p.m. local time after several more Democrats returned to the floor. House Speaker Dade Phelan (R) gaveled the session to order and welcomed one of the Democrats Rep. Garnet Coleman by name, inviting him to deliver the opening prayer.
The majority-Republican chamber quickly referred the voting-restrictions bill to committee, bringing the measure one step closer to passage. Abbott listed elections policy among the 17 issues to be addressed during the second special session, which can last up to 30 days.
Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/08/19/texas-house-quorum-voting-bill-democrats/
Source: Washington Post
The former New York Observer editors arrest marks what is likely the first instance of a local prosecutor pursuing state-level charges against a person after that individual was given a pass by Trump for the same alleged conduct that federal authorities had pursued. A presidents clemency grants apply only in federal cases.
We will not accept presidential pardons as get-out-of-jail-free cards for the well-connected in New York, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said in announcing Kursons arrest.
Vances office is investigating the Trump Organization and its executives. The former presidents company and its Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg have been indicted in a wide-ranging tax fraud scheme. Kursons case is unrelated to that matter.
Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/ken-kurson-kushner-friend-charged-trump-pardon/2021/08/18/d670ef70-ffac-11eb-a664-4f6de3e17ff0_story.html
Source: The Guardian
The power structure that Hashimi outlined would bear similarities to how Afghanistan was run the last time the Taliban were in power from 1996 to 2001. Then, supreme leader Mullah Omar remained in the shadows and left the day-to-day running of the country to a council.
Taliban leadership will meet later this week to discuss and set out the system of governance, but any semblance of democracy has already been ruled out.
There will be no democratic system at all because it does not have any base in our country, Hashimi said in an interview with Reuters. We will not discuss what type of political system should we apply in Afghanistan because it is clear. It is sharia law and that is it.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/aug/19/afghanistan-live-news-taliban-kabul-us-troops-joe-biden-afghan-crisis-latest-updates
Source: The Journal
CHARLESTON Whether U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin decides to run for a third six-year term in 2024 or retires sometime in the near future, a group of progressive activists are creating a framework in the hopes of replacing Manchin down the road.
WV Cant Wait a political group that united several Democrats, Republicans, Mountain Party members, libertarians and Independents to run for office in 2020 under a progressive platform launched ReplaceJoeManchin.com on Tuesday morning.
The website, paid for by the WV Cant Wait Action Committee, is a fundraising effort to support a candidate to challenge Manchin in 2024 or have a candidate ready should Manchin retire.
The fundraising campaign will also support slates of candidates that support WV Cant Waits platform of pro-labor and anti-corporate donations; candidate recruiting and training for city, county, legislative, constitutional and federal elections; defending seats picked up in 2020 and 2021 by WV Cant Wait candidates; and training for activists and community organizers.
Read more: https://www.journal-news.net/journal-news/progressive-group-launches-replacejoemanchin-com/article_ca94786c-338d-5d4d-8655-036a6d7aa33d.html
At least people will know what the Republican who beats their candidate stands for
In NYC, I could walk to multiple storefront testing facilities without an appointment, and get an Antigen test result in 10 minutes, and PCR test results in 4-5 hours. Few options in Seattle and 12-24 hour turnaround.
You can argue that this is a productive way to deal with recidivism. But if youre not going to provide the same benefit to non-violent offenders, much less to the working class poor who havent committed crimes, I dont think youre going to build a strong consensus among the tax paying public.
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