Pentagon backs efforts by US veterans to evacuate Afghans
The Defense Department supports the ongoing efforts of US military veterans to help evacuate at risk Afghans from the country, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Monday. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin “shares the same concerns that so many of these veterans groups and individual veterans have for our Afghan allies that are still there and still want to leave the country,” Kirby told reporters. “You’ve heard him say many times that we believe we have a sacred obligation to those who helped us over the last 20 years,” the spokesman said. “Nothing’s changed about that so he shares their concerns and he welcomes their input.”
Son of man killed by Georgia trooper seeks federal inquiry
The son of a Black man killed last year by a Georgia state trooper attempting a traffic stop over a broken tail light said Monday he will march across a stretch of southeast Georgia in hopes of getting federal authorities to take up the case. Brooks Bacon is trying to get renewed attention to the slaying of his father, 60-year-old Julian Lewis, nearly three months after a grand jury in rural Screven County declined to indict the trooper who shot him in the head.
US Cash Products-Gulf Coast CBOB rises after cycle change
US Gulf Coast A-grade gasoline cash differentials edged higher on Monday, traders said, as the product began trading on Colonial Pipeline’s 53rd cycle for delivery to New York Harbor.
US August budget deficit falls as revenues recover
Two more deaths from heat attributed to Ida in Louisian
Two deaths in the Baton Rouge area have now been attributed to Hurricane Ida, the Louisiana Health Department said Monday. That raises the state’s death toll from the storm to 28. Ida came ashore in Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane on August 29. The Health Department said on its Twitter page that the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office reported the deaths of a 69-year-old man and an 85-year-old woman, both from excessive heat during an extended power outage.
Biden lays out picks for two top Commerce Department economic posts
President Joe Biden on Monday tapped Indeed.com chief economist Jed Kolko and New York City planning official Marisa Lago for top economic posts at the US Commerce Department, the White House said.
Biden promotes climate goals in Idaho on first stop of western US trip
President Joe Biden sounded the alarm on climate change during a trip to Idaho on Monday, his first stop on a three-state western U.S. tour, where he pledged support for higher wages for firefighters and more resources to fight wildfires. Read full story
Biden announces nominees to CFTC – White House
US President Joe Biden plans to nominate Rostin Behnam as chair and commissioner of Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Kristin Johnson and Christy Goldsmith Romero as commissioners for the regulator of US derivatives markets, the White House said on Monday.
US election regulator dismisses claim that Twitter broke law by blocking story: source
he Federal Election Commission (FEC) has dismissed a claim that Twitter Inc violated election laws when it prohibited users from posting links to a New York Post story about then-presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, according to a source familiar with the matter. The Republican National Committee lodged a complaint after the social media site blocked the story link in October. The RNC argued that Twitter blocking the story meant it was illegally contributing to Democratic candidate Biden’s presidential campaign.
Jury hears of ‘sprawling’ US college admissions fraud scheme as first trial underway
Two businessmen sought to use their wealth to fraudulently secure spots for their children at elite US universities, a federal prosecutor said on Monday at the start of the first trial in the “Operation Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal.
Family of US hostage held by Taliban calls for envoy’s firing
The family of Mark Frerichs on Monday urged US President Joe Biden to fire his chief Afghanistan peace negotiator, charging that the envoy has done little to win the release of the last American believed to be held hostage by the Taliban. Read full story
Abortion providers urge US Supreme Court to uphold Roe v. Wade landmark
Abortion rights advocates on Monday urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide – a 1973 landmark imperiled in the legal fight over Mississippi’s attempt to ban the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy. “The fallout would be swift and certain. As abortion bans are enforced – or the threat of enforcement looms – large swaths of the South and Midwest would likely be without access to legal abortion,” said lawyers for Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only abortion clinic in Mississippi.
US CDC warns against travel to Afghanistan, Albania, Serbia, Belize, Lithuania, Slovenia over Covid-19 risks
Tropical Storm Nicholas gets stronger, threatens to hit Texas as hurricane
Tropical Storm Nicholas gathered strength Monday and threatened to blow ashore in Texas as a hurricane that could bring up to 20 inches of rain to parts of the Gulf Coast, including the same area hit by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and storm-battered Louisiana. Read full story
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No evidence that staying longer would have made any difference in Afghanistan: Antony Blinken
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday vigorously defended the decision of the Biden administration to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, which has resulted in the Taliban recapturing power in the war-torn country and the collapse of the US-backed democratically elected regime. Read full story
US budget deficit rises to $2.71 trillion through August
Biden to host leaders of Australia, Japan, India Sept. 24: US official
Oklahoma board urges governor to commute death sentence
Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board on Monday recommended the governor commute the death sentence of convicted killer Julius Jones, who has maintained his innocence in a case that has garnered national attention. Read full story
Biden to host leaders of Australia, Japan, India September 24