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US Goes Out in Blaze of Glory, Carpet Bombing Taliban in Afghanistan “for funsies”

Posted on August 2, 2021

US airstrikes pound Taliban positions as militants threaten key cities in Afghanistan

The United States has ramped up airstrikes against the Taliban in a bid to turn back the militants' advances on a number of key provincial capitals in Afghanistan, a senior Afghan security official said Monday.

Over the past 72 hours, US airstrikes have targeted Taliban positions around the cities of Herat, Kandahar, and Lashkar Gah, the official said.

“They strike multiple times when the Taliban try to enter the city,” the official said, adding that the three cities were considered “endangered” by Taliban advances.

American officials have recently confirmed that US airstrikes are active in Afghanistan again, yet declined to provide details of the targets.

CNN

Well, that didn't last long. Tbh, he did say he'd pull out all troops (and presumably stop bombing the hell out of them) by September 11, 2021, so Biden still has time to make good on his promise.

I guess.


US senators unveil text of $1tn bipartisan infrastructure bill

US senators have unveiled a nearly $1tn bipartisan infrastructure package after much delay, wrapping up days of painstaking work on the inches-thick bill and launching what is certain to be a lengthy debate over President Joe Biden’s big priority.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was produced Sunday night and clocked in at some 2,700 pages. Senators could begin amending it soon. The final product was not intended to stray from the broad outline senators had negotiated for weeks with the White House.

“We haven’t done a large, bipartisan bill of this nature in a long time,” said Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York. He said a final vote could be held “in a matter of days”.

Guardian

This is good, right? Until you read the story below. They could have DONE THAT instead (or, of course, in addition to, but Congress can't fart and breathe at the same time, so…)


Evictions expected to spike as pandemic moratorium ends

BOSTON (AP) — Evictions, which have mostly been on pause during the pandemic, were expected to ramp up Monday after the Biden administration allowed the federal moratorium to expire over the weekend and Congress was unable to do anything to extend it.

Housing advocates fear the end of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium could result in millions of people being evicted. But most expect the wave of evictions to build slowly over the coming weeks and months as the bureaucracy of removing people from their homes restarts.

On Sunday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic leaders called on the Biden administration to immediately extend the moratorium, calling it a “moral imperative” to prevent Americans from being put out of their homes during a COVID-19 surge.

The Biden administration announced Thursday it would allow the ban to expire, arguing its hands were tied after the U.S. Supreme Court signaled the measure had to end.

AP

This could have grave consequences for the country. I mean that literally. Homeless people are in dire danger of contracting COVID-19 and will spread it far and wide.

Read more about our shitty federal government here.


Florida breaks record for new coronavirus cases as surge of infections rips through state

Florida reported 21,683 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the state’s highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to data released Saturday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The data shows the severity of the surge in Florida, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak and now responsible for 1 in 5 new infections nationally. The previous peak in Florida had been on Jan. 7, when the state reported 19,334 cases, according to the CDC — before the widespread availability of coronavirus vaccinations. Florida has reported an average of 15,818 new cases a day over the past seven days, according to data compiled by The Washington Post.

The Florida Department of Health reported that coronavirus cases in the state had jumped 50 percent in the past week. In that time, the state has reported 409 deaths.

WaPo

“Florida man… dies… because he's… (checks notes)… STOOPID.”


Dozens of legislators from other states to join Texas lawmakers in D.C. to lobby for voting bills

More than 100 state legislators from across the country will converge in Washington on Monday to join their Texas counterparts in pushing the Senate and President Biden to take action on voting reform legislation.

The lawmakers represent more than 20 states, including some in which Republican-led legislatures have passed or are considering new voting restrictions, and will urge senators to pass the For the People Act, or at least show progress on a federal voting law, before their summer recess. They are scheduled to rally outside the Capitol on Tuesday and press their case during other public events and private meetings.

The For the People Act, which would set voting standards and overhaul campaign finance and ethics rules, has stalled in the 50-50 Senate because it can’t get the support of 60 members needed to pass most legislation there. And at least two Democratic senators — Joe Manchin III (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) — have resisted calls to eliminate that filibuster rule, or make an exception for the bill, and allow it to pass with a simple majority.

WaPo

GOOD. Put pressure on Congress like they haven't felt since the Vietnam War.


Inside the extraordinary effort to save Trump from covid-19

His illness was more severe than the White House acknowledged at the time. Advisers thought it would alter his response to the pandemic. They were wrong.

This article is adapted from Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic That Changed History which was published June 29 by HarperCollins.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar’s phone rang with an urgent request: Could he help someone at the White House obtain an experimental coronavirus treatment, known as a monoclonal antibody?

If Azar could get the drug, what would the White House need to do to make that happen? Azar thought for a moment. It was Oct. 1, 2020, and the drug was still in clinical trials. The Food and Drug Administration would have to make a “compassionate use” exception for its use since it was not yet available to the public. Only about 10 people so far had used it outside of those trials. Azar said of course he would help.

Azar wasn’t told who the drug was for but would later connect the dots. The patient was one of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers: Hope Hicks.

WaPo

Read the whole thing here.

Of course, you know the end to the story: #TFG took the medicine, too. And then tried to profit off it like the professional grifter he is.


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