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Updated Tuesday, August 24, 2021 | 21 clock

Despite criticism of the Kabul deadline on August 31, Biden is sticking to it

US President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he was sticking to his August 31 deadline for completing a risky airlift with Americans, vulnerable Afghans and others seeking to flee Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. The decision defies Allied leaders who want to give the evacuation more time and opens Biden to criticism for giving in to the Taliban’s deadlines. “Every day we are there is another day we know that ISIS-K is trying to target the airport and attack both us and allied forces and innocent civilians,” Biden said in white House, referring to the Afghanistan of the IS group subsidiary, which is known for staging suicide bombings on civilians.

The Supreme Court orders the reinstatement of the “stay in Mexico” policy

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court said Tuesday the Biden administration likely broke federal law in trying to end a Trump-era program that forces people to wait in Mexico while they are in the US Seeking asylum refused to block a lower court ruling ordering the government to reintroduce the program informally known as Remain in Mexico. It is not clear how many people will be affected and how quickly. The lower court ruled that the administration must try “in good faith” to resume the program. There is also nothing stopping the administration from trying again to exit the program officially called Migrant Protection Protocols.

House hands over 3.5 tons of Biden blueprint by arrangement with moderates

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Democratic leaders of the House of Representatives reached an agreement with the moderates on Tuesday, taking President Joe Biden’s multi-trillion-dollar budget bill over an important hurdle, ending a risky stalemate and restoring the party’s domestic infrastructure agenda on the right track. The 220-212 vote was a first step in drawing up Biden’s $ 3.5 trillion rebuilding plan this fall, and the slim result signaled the power some votes have to rule the debate and the impending, given the unanimous Republican opposition Changing challenges that still threaten to turn the President’s agenda upside down. From the White House, Biden praised the result as “one step closer to really investing in the American people.” He said at a press conference that he called to congratulate the House of Representatives on their work.

US outbreaks force an early reversal of personal learning

ATLANTA (AP) – A few weeks into the new school year, more and more US districts have stopped personal learning or switched to hybrid models due to the rapidly increasing coronavirus infections. More than 80 school districts or charter networks in more than a dozen states have closed or postponed classroom teaching for at least one entire school. Others have sent entire grades home or asked half of their students to stay home on hybrid timetables. The setbacks in mostly small, rural districts that returned to the first are dampening hopes for a sustainable, nationwide return to the classroom after two years of schooling disrupted by the pandemic.

House passes law to strengthen groundbreaking electoral law

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats in the House of Representatives on Tuesday passed bill that would bolster a landmark civil rights-era electoral law that has been weakened by the Supreme Court over the past decade, a move that party leaders consider advancement in their struggle against the states led by the Republicans to praise advanced electoral restrictions. The bill, part of a wider democratic effort to carry out a major election overhaul, was passed 219-212 with no Republican support. Its passage was commended by President Joe Biden, who said it protected a “sacred right” and called on the Senate to “send this important bill to my desk.”

Trump-backed Herschel Walker is looking for a seat in the Georgia Senate

ATLANTA (AP) – Herschel Walker filed paperwork to run for the U.S. Senate in Georgia on Tuesday after months of speculation and joins other Republicans trying to oust Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock in 2022. Walker, 59, is a well-known participant in the race and won the 1982 Heisman Trophy as running back from the University of Georgia. Perhaps more importantly in today’s Republican Party, it has the support of former President Donald Trump. Walker has never run for office and is likely to review his tumultuous personal history as well as his political positions. But if it emerges from the Republican primary, two blacks would be vying for a seat in the heart of the deep south in the Senate contest.

Report details of mishandling the police emergency call system on 1/6

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Capitol Police did not respond adequately to frantic calls for help from officials when they pressed panic buttons on their radios to seek immediate assistance when dozens of pro-Trump rioters beat officers with bats, poles and other weapons, found an inspector general report. The report received from The Associated Press included new details about the shortcomings of law enforcement agencies during the January 6th uprising at the Capitol. The report found that most emergency activations from individual officers’ radios were never broadcast simultaneously over the police radio, a standard protocol developed to notify other officers of emergencies and crises.

Another virus surge brings more misery to the Louisiana hospital

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) – Lauren Debroeck is slowly leaning closer to her husband’s face, hoping this could be the day he wakes up after almost a month. Debroeck gets her hair and make-up impeccable every morning because she wants him to look at her and knows that despite the tangle of wires and tubes around his hospital bed, everything is fine. “I love you so much,” she whispers while caressing the 36-year-old’s forehead. Debroeck herself was hospitalized three doors away from her husband earlier this month in her own battle against COVID-19, and nurses rushed in every time she heard medical device alarms or someone gasped for breath echoing down the hallway to reassure her it t her beloved Michael.

No point of contact for earthquake victims in Haiti after discharge from hospital

LES CAYES, Haiti (AP) – Nurses pushed Jertha Ylet’s bed aside from the center of the infirmary so that Dr. Michelet Paurus could connect his electric saw. She was silent when the doctor cut off her plaster cast in measured lines. Today she would have to leave the hospital, said the doctor. Ylet had struggled until the cast fell off. She had been at Les Cayes General Hospital since she was taken there unconscious and with a broken leg on August 14 after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake destroyed her home, killing her father and two other relatives, and severely affecting her brother had hurt.

Drummer Charlie Watts, the backbone of the Rolling Stones, dies aged 80

LONDON (AP) – Charlie Watts, the humble and steadfast drummer for the Rolling Stones who helped anchor one of rock’s greatest rhythm groups and used his “day job” to support his continued love of jazz, has died, according to his publicist . He was 80 years old. Bernard Doherty said Tuesday that Watts “died peacefully today with his family in a London hospital”. “Charlie was a valued husband, father and grandfather, and one of the greatest drummers of his generation as a member of the Rolling Stones,” said Doherty. Watts had announced that it would not go on tour with the Stones in 2021 due to an undetermined health problem.

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