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As the son of a Holocaust survivor, Delta Airlines pilot Alexander Kahn says helping Afghans evacuate was "special." "I was able to put myself in their position," he said. "This is going to be a frightening experience ... But it has the potential to be an excellent experience."
"The United States needs to maintain an over-the-horizon counterterrorism capability to deprive [terrorists] of a base of operations in Afghanistan, and to bring to justice the architects of this attack and to prevent future attacks," Democratic Rep. Jake Auchincloss says.
"I'm not here about gun control. I'm here about preventing gun violence and gun death," @CDCDirector Dr. Rachelle Walensky says about her plan to reduce gun violence in the United States.
"It's ludicrous and I think it's empty words." Florida GOP Rep. Michael Waltz reacts to President Biden issuing a warning to those responsible for the Kabul airport attack in Afghanistan on Thursday, saying, "we will hunt you down and make you pay."
CNN’s @clarissaward reports on the picture that’s emerging on how the attackers were able to carry out the blasts at the Kabul airport.
Baltimore County declares a state of emergency as it sees a 370% increase in Covid-19 cases. County Executive Johnny Olszewski: "74% of eligible residents are vaccinated, but ... a lot of our younger people and those who are unvaccinated are still catching this deadly variant."
In Mississippi, the rise in Covid-19 cases due to the Delta variant is pushing some stressed and exhausted nurses to resign. @EricaRHill reports.
.@drsanjaygupta answers some questions about the coronavirus pandemic.
August 31 is the official US exit from Afghanistan but for people trying to escape the window will close in hours. "They're screaming to get out," @TrueBoots says, of her sources on the ground. “They’re screaming to live. They're screaming for their children to live."
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This man's wife and five children are struggling to get out of Afghanistan. "I tried all my network" he says, adding that given the approaching deadline, he believes many Afghans, despite having a green card like his family, "will [be] left behind."
Right-wing media and various GOP lawmakers are condemning the acceptance of Afghan refugees but America is “a nation of immigrants and refugees,” @JohnAvlon says. “Let’s hope that our commitment to refugees who helped our country has not been forgotten.” #RealityCheck
Taliban telling women: we need you to stay home because we need to protect you ... from the Taliban. A Taliban spokesperson says they need time to train members to "not treat women the way they have been treating them," @kileycnn reports.
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“What I’m going to measure” the $3.5 trillion budget bill on “is the impact on my district, and make sure that taxes don’t go up for the people I represent,” Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer says.
Booster doses of Johnson & Johnson's one-shot coronavirus vaccine generated a big spike in antibodies, the frontline immune system defenses against infection, the company reported Wednesday. @drsanjaygupta explains
Robin Zinsou says her 32-year-old pregnant daughter, who died of Covid-19, regretted not getting vaccinated. "She was afraid she would harm the baby," Zinsou says, adding that she was always worried about her daughter not being vaccinated. "It was my worst fear."
.@JohnAvlon explains why the California recall election should matter to Americans living outside the Golden State. #RealityCheck
As the Delta variant spreads, "we have a moral responsibility to do everything we can to protect our kids as they go back to school...And that means that we've got to make sure that schools have mask requirements," US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy says
Arkansas Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero answers common questions about the Covid-19 vaccines.
The US is "going to need a little bit more time to do what is morally, absolutely essential, which getting out those people who helped us, every last American ... and that's going to require the cooperation of the Taliban," Rep. Jim Himes says as the Aug. 31 deadline approaches.
"It broke my heart to leave my life behind, everything I had built," Bilal Sarwary says about leaving Afghanistan to escape the Taliban's rule. "I was forced to hide, and no place was safe for me ... so at least I made it out safely with my family."
Freelance journaIist Nazira Karimi says she doubts that the Taliban have modernized themselves. "If it's the new generation, I welcome them ... but I doubt it. I think it's too soon. Time will show that."
The Texas governor "suspended multiple laws" but school board trustees have "exclusive authority over anything having to do with public schools ... we chose to include [masks] in the dress code," says Dennis Eichelbaum, attorney for Paris, Texas, Independent School district.
Danielle Allen says her 84-year-old father, who was vaccinated, died of Covid-19 because of lax vaccination policy at his assisted living home. “There wasn’t a lot of masking and there [were] a lot of questions about the vaccination status” of workers and residents, she said
"The American promise ... people are taking that with a grain of salt," says Lynsey Addario, a photojournalist who has covered Afghanistan since 2000. If people can't get out, it means they either "will be executed, or your life is pretty much over ... living in fear."
If already-fatigued doctors and nurses "begin to develop PTSD and other things that lead them to departing the bedside, then the public's going to feel that," says Ballad Health's Alan Levine. "We're seeing it now with 10- to 12-hour ER wait times...because of the short staffing"
The Special Immigrant Visa process that Afghans have to apply for is very challenging, former VP Pence aide Olivia Troye says. The number of approvals decreases every year and the number of applicants stuck and waiting increased "under the Trump administration," she adds
.@JohnAvlon: “From whatever way you look at it, US policy in Afghanistan has not been working. And while the collapse finally occurred on Joe Biden’s watch, the policy of abandoning Afghanistan to the Taliban began under Donald Trump.” #RealityCheck
The Taliban have sentenced the brother of an Afghan translator to death, according to letters obtained by CNN, accusing him of helping the US and providing security to his brother, who served as an interpreter to American troops.
A photo of a military aircraft packed with evacuees flying out of Afghanistan went viral. There were 823 evacuees on board, the crew told CNN.
This Afghan interpreter says he faced death several times while working with US troops, and now his family is stranded in Afghanistan. "Do my family deserve to go through that kind of situation? Is that what the reward is that I receive? Is that what an American moral is?"
What you are not saying -- I'm hearing in there that you're prepared to leave people behind [in Afghanistan] @WHCommsDir: We're doing everything we can to get as many people out who want to get out before the August 31st deadline.
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Here at the Iowa State Fair some folks skeptical of the vaccine have decided to get the shot -- others say they will never be convinced. @DonLemonTonight
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The US has "evacuated 9,000 people since Kabul fell," White House communications director Kate Bedingfield says. "This is an incredibly violent and chaotic scene on the ground... It's dangerous for our troops who are there working to get people out," she adds. "Speed is safety"
An Oklahoma woman helped evacuate 10 girls on the Afghanistan all-girls robotics team. "I knew ... it would require some pretty powerful people, which is a little above my pay grade and my network. But I just couldn't sit on my hands and do nothing," Allyson Reneau said.
Hospitals are rescheduling other services, deploying more staff and using auditoriums and cafeterias to address the rising Covid-19 cases, says Florida Hospital Association's Mary Mayhew. "These hospitalizations ... are preventable," she adds. "We need them to get vaccinated."
She adds: "I spoke to another British soldier who broke down while I was talking to him, just broke down. He said... I'll have more PTSD from the last week than from either of those two deployments [in Helmand]"
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.@clarissaward *inside* the chaotic scene at Kabul airport "People telling us awful stories of being separated from their families. Being crushed. I spoke to one soldier who said that a woman has been trampled almost to death... Babies being thrown over the razor wire..."
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Nikki Haley blasts Taliban talks, despite praising Trump for the same @jaketapper: There is an attempted memory hole that is just insulting to everyone...
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CNN’s Daniel Dale fact-checks President Joe Biden’s comments on the chaos and crisis in Afghanistan following the United States’ decision to withdraw its troops.
Vaccine protection against the worst of Covid-19 remains strong but the “trend in decline in protection will continue,” US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy says. It may result in “a reduction in protection against those severe outcomes. That’s what we want to be ahead of.”
The fate of female journalists is uncertain and many reporters are self-censoring due to the Taliban, says Lotfullah Najafizada, head of TOLO news TV in Afghanistan. "There is this vacuum right now ... we cannot say what's going to happen" to female journalists.
Biden on Afghanistan pullout: "I don't think it was a failure" @clarissaward: I think a lot of people outside that airport, particularly those taking the kinds of extreme actions we're talking about, would like to know if this isn't failure - what does failure look like exactly?
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Shots ring out behind @clarissaward - as she stands less than 200 yards from the entrance of the Kabul airport. "It's definitely chaotic, she says. "It's definitely dangerous."
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"We control the airport, at least in part. The Taliban controls everything else. President Biden has said rightly so that we are going to take these people out ... We need to operationalize that," Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski says.
Here’s a look at the global reaction to the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
A Missouri wife and mother of two lost her husband almost one year ago to Covid-19, and ultimately, she lost her home due to the financial hardship that followed. As a single, working mother, "there was no way I could manage," Lisa Grim said.
NATO has told the Taliban that "we expect them to provide safe passage" for people trying to get to the airport, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says. "It was actually politically impossible for European allies to continue in Afghanistan" after US decided to withdraw.
Days after the Taliban reclaimed control of Afghanistan, @clarissaward reports on what life looks like in Kabul at the moment.
Kelly McHugh-Stewart's father was killed in Afghanistan in 2010. Seeing the crisis unfold in the country today, she says she feels Gold Star families will never get closure. "I think that that's a shame...Seeing the Taliban resurge the way they have, we won't have that closure"
"Where Biden is so fundamentally wrong is this isn't an Afghan problem, this is a global problem. And terrorism that grows in Afghanistan will spread like a cancer. It won't stay there. It will follow us back," GOP Rep. Michael Waltz says about the crisis unfolding in Afghanistan
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