Biden says Afghanistan war ‘should have ended long ago’ as he defends withdrawal

WASHINGTON — President Biden on Tuesday defended his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, describing the frantic evacuation as an “extraordinary success” even though dozens of Americans and thousands of Afghan allies were left behind.Biden’s remarks were passionate and defiant, reflecting his determination that ending America’s longest war was the right choice despite a wave of…

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Biden digs in with fervent defense of Afghanistan withdrawal

President BidenJoe BidenProgressive Democratic lawmakers urge Biden to replace Powell as Fed Chair Pentagon releases photo of last soldier to leave Afghanistan Overnight Defense & National Security — America’s longest war ends MORE on Tuesday offered a full-throated defense of his decision to withdraw the U.S. military from Afghanistan, saying the 20-year war was no…

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CDC advisers weigh more phased COVID-19 booster plan than White House

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisers anticipate booster doses could be needed to increase COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness and prevent severe disease as the delta variant swarms the country, but in a Monday meeting, they did not endorse President Joe Biden’s plan to start offering boosters to a wide swath of consumers next month.The Biden…

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Homeland Security to oversee entry of Afghans. Refugee agencies brace for mammoth task

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has designated the Department of Homeland Security as the lead federal agency charged with facilitating the entry of Afghans into the United States. Refugee resettlement groups say the process has been too slow, but they remain hopeful the nation is up to the task.Homeland Security will coordinate efforts across federal agencies to…

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