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The Afghan president on Monday blamed the American troops' speedy pullout for the worsening violence in his country and said that his administration would now focus on protecting provincial capitals and major urban areas in the face of the rapidly advancing Taliban. Ashraf Ghani also urged lawmakers to back a national mobilization drive against the Taliban amid an intensifying war between the Taliban and Afghan government forces over the past few months as U.S. and NATO troops complete their pullout from the war-torn country. “An imported, hasty” peace process — a reference to Washington's push for negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban — “not only failed to bring peace but created doubt and ambiguity" among Afghans, Ghani said in his address to Parliament.
Mexico has barred the United States from sending migrant families back across the border, using emergency measures put in place at the start of the pandemic, the Washington Examiner has learned, a development that threatens to exacerbate the border crisis. The decision to prohibit a great number of non-Mexican migrant families from returning to Mexico is expected to force Border Patrol to release more people into the U.S. because it lacks space at existing facilities to hold the thousands coming into custody daily. Late last week, Mexico quietly began refusing to accept certain groups of migrant families who were caught at the border.
(Reuters) - The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. Among people infected by the Delta variant of the coronavirus, fully vaccinated people with "breakthrough" infections may be just as likely as unvaccinated people to spread the virus to others, new research suggests. In one Wisconsin county, after Delta became predominant, researchers analyzed viral loads on nose-and-throat swab samples obtained when patients were first diagnosed.
With the California gubernatorial recall 43 days away and with ballots about to be mailed to voters later this month, there are three numbers you need to know to understand this race. 36 percent: That's the percentage of registered voters in California who said they'd vote to support the recall of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, per last week's LA Times/Berkeley IGS poll. If that 36 percent looks familiar, well, it's the exact same percentage of registered voters who backed the recall in April and January, per the same poll, suggesting a limited ceiling of recall supporters in the state.
Employed Americans said they are most likely to quit a job immediately if faced with COVID-19 vaccination and/or mask mandates, a new Morning Consult poll reveals. When asked to describe something their employer could do to make them submit their resignation on the spot, 18 percent of respondents mentioned "vaccine, mask, or testing requirements," even without Morning Consult having mentioned COVID-19 in the prompt. Notably, the 18 percent opposed to vaccination and mask mandates "skews heavily Republican compared with the poll's broader sample of working Americans, and is also less likely to have graduated from college."
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is facing several calls by Democrats to resign after reports surfaced that he joked about hitting Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a gavel. On Saturday night, McCarthy was reportedly gifted a large gavel by members of Tennessee's Republican congressional delegation during a dinner event. The gavel had the words "Fire Pelosi" inscribed on it, referencing the minority leader's repeated optimistic stance that the GOP will retake the House following the 2022 midterm elections.
(Reuters) - Former U.S. President Donald Trump will challenge a recent U.S. Justice Department order that his tax returns should be turned over to a House of Representatives committee, one of his personal lawyers signaled on Monday. "There is no evidence of any wrongdoing here and I object to the release of the returns not only on behalf of my client but on behalf of all future holders of the Office of the President of the United States," said Trump lawyer Ronald Fischetti in a statement. "This politicization and harassment of Mr. Trump is uncalled for and outrageous," Fischetti said, adding that he had "never seen anything like this" in his career as a lawyer.
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Photos of a maskless Muriel Bowser, her office said, were taken “during the indoor dinner, when she was eating or drinking.” Muriel Bowser, the Democratic mayor of Washington, D.C., is pushing back against conservative media slamming her for going maskless at a wedding this weekend after her office reinstated an indoor mask mandate in the wake of rising coronavirus cases due to the delta variant. “If Mayor Bowser was photographed indoors without a mask, it was during the indoor dinner, when she was eating or drinking,” the mayor's office told WTOP in a statement.
San Francisco and six other Bay Area counties announced Monday that they are reinstating a mask mandate for all indoor public settings as COVID-19 infections surge because of the highly contagious delta variant. The new mandate applies to everyone, regardless of their vaccination status, and takes effect on Tuesday in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma counties, as well as the city of Berkeley. In a news conference announcing the new orders, Bay Areafor health officers also recommended that people gather outdoors if they have that option.
Over the weekend, former President Barack Obama announced plans for a lavish birthday party at his Martha's Vineyard estate. The bash will attract around 500 guests, to be entertained by the rock band Pearl Jam, and served by a staff of 200. Obama is just the most recent president who adopted a plutocratic lifestyle after leaving office, partly at public expense.
The Republican committee in a Philadelphia suburb is calling for the local school board president to resign or attend anger management counseling after he demanded that a mother concerned about critical race theory stop speaking at a meeting last week, grabbed her microphone, and had her escorted out by police. In a letter released Sunday, the Republican Committee of Chester County in Pennsylvania called West Chester school board president Chris McCune's conduct “reprehensible,” and accused him of trying to intimidate the immigrant mom. The encounter between McCune and a mom named Anita occurred at the end of last week's two-hour board meeting, during which many parents and teachers expressed their opinions about the district's diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
A Texas woman survived a fatal rollover crash near Interstate 27 in Lubbock on Saturday, but her husband was found dead at the scene of a wreck she says he caused, according to Lubbock police. The woman later told police at an area hospital that their marriage had been falling apart, and they were arguing behind the wheel. She “has been trying to get a divorce” because he was “treating her bad” and they were having other “relationship issues,” according to a police report.
The Republican lawmaker said he's experiencing mild symptoms akin to a "sinus infection," as he indicated that he will quarantine for the next 10 days. “I was just informed by the House physician I have tested positive for COVID-19 even after being vaccinated," Graham, 66, said in a statement. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted infections among fully vaccinated people, called breakthrough cases, are to be expected.
He's been trying to help numerous clients wade through the sometimes byzantine application process required by the federal government, which gave Lexington $29 million to make sure COVID didn't dramatically increase Lexington's homeless population. It's good they're helping,” he said of the fund, but “it's been a pain in the ass. Monday was the first day of eviction court since the CDC's eviction on moratoriums expired Saturday.
COVID-19 cases are rising sharply in the U.S., thanks to the more easily transmissible Delta variant, but while many Americans may have to mask up again, "I don't think we're going to see lockdowns," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top federal infectious disease expert, said on Sunday's ABC This Week. "We're looking, not, I believe, to lockdown, but we're looking to some pain and suffering in the future because we're seeing the cases go up, which is the reason why we keep saying over and over again, the solution to this is get vaccinated and this would not be happening." Fauci, the chief medical adviser to President Biden, said "we are seeing an outbreak of the unvaccinated" now, adding that "from the standpoint of illness, hospitalization, suffering, and death, the unvaccinated are much more vulnerable."
As soon as it became clear last week that a Texas congressional candidate backed by Donald Trump would be defeated in a special election, the former president's allies quickly shifted their attention to Ohio to ward off another embarrassing loss.
A third officer who protected the U.S. Capitol against a pro-Trump mob on Jan. 6 has died by suicide, police confirmed Monday afternoon. D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Gunther Hashida was discovered dead at his home on Thursday after taking his own life, the department said. “We are grieving as a Department as our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Hashida's family and friends,” MPD spokesperson Brianna Burch told The Daily Beast in an email.
The House select committee on the 6 January insurrection at the Capitol, according to chairman Bennie Thompson, should “not be reluctant” to include on its witness list Republicans including the minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, Jim Jordan and others who have knowledge of or may have been implicated in the attack.
His lawyer, Detroit-based criminal defense attorney Ellen Michaels, investigated the case and says marijuana dealers hacked into a trucking company's computers, created a fake order for coil springs, and then filled the truck with marijuana instead. "I had not done anything wrong," Tasbir Singh, 32, told the Detroit Free Press, part of the USA TODAY Network. "They did not believe me when I told them that I am innocent."
Christine Weston Chandler, known online as Chris Chan, was arrested on a charge of incest. Christian Weston Chandler, known online as Chris Chan, has been arrested and charged with incest after a leaked phone conversation spread online. Chandler, 39, is currently being held in the Henrico County Jail after being brought in by police on Sunday afternoon.
The U.S. has finally reached the Biden administration's milestone of 70% of American adults having received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot, nearly a month after President Biden's original goal of July 4. As of Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 70% of American adults have at least one shot, while 60.6% of American adults are fully vaccinated. All three vaccines approved for emergency use in the U.S. provide strong protection against serious illness or death from COVID-19, including in cases caused by the highly contagious Delta variant.
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Nearly a year and a half after the former Illinois governor was freed from federal prison after serving eight years for corruption he wants the door re-opened to run for statewide office again.
A Texas state representative is asking campaign donors to help pay his legislative staffers. Gov. Greg Abbott defunded the legislature after Democrats fled the state to prevent restrictive voting laws from passing. Unlike staffers' salaries, state legislator pay is enshrined in the constitution.
“[The program] stands likely to leave millions of families — disproportionately the poorest and most fragile ones — behind.”
“[Paying] families monthly, instead of one lump sum ... will provide parents with more stability knowing when cash is coming.”
“More parents will disappear from the workforce, and more children will be locked into dependency.”
“Poverty is a political choice, not an inevitability.”
“Time is running out. There are only six months until monthly payments of the credit cease."