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As Biden ends mission in Afghanistan, a refugee backlash looms at home

September 2, 2021
Anita Kumar | Politico
President Joe Biden has faced a torrent of criticism for abandoning Afghan partners as their country fell to the Taliban. Now, there is also a looming political controversy over the thousands of Afghans Biden will end up resettling over here.
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Did 9/11 permanently change life in the US? More Americans say so than ever before

September 2, 2021
Susan Page, Sarah Elbeshbishi | USA Today
The sense among Americans that the Sept. 11 attacks permanently changed life in the USA has grown, not faded – as the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches and a new peril threatens the nation.
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What Does FDA Approval of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Mean?

August 27, 2021
This week, the FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer vaccine, prompting companies to impose vaccine and mask mandates. The panel discussed what the approval of the vaccine means, and what to expect going forward.

Attack on Kabul Airport: What’s Next?

August 27, 2021
Days after President Biden warned of potential terror threats, explosions outside of Kabul’s airport in Afghanistan killed over 100 people, including U.S. service members. The panel also discussed President Biden’s challenges as evacuations of Americans and Afghan allies continue, and what comes next for the country.
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Kabul Airport Attack Kills 12 U.S. Service Members, at Least 60 Afghans

August 26, 2021
Nancy Youssef, Sune Engel Rasmussen, Yaroslav Trofimov | The Wall Street Journal
At least 60 Afghans and 12 U.S. service members were killed at the Kabul airport Thursday when two blasts ripped through crowds trying to enter the American-controlled facility, disrupting the final push of the U.S.-led evacuation effort.
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Democrats set aggressive timeline to pass Biden's multitrillion-dollar plans, with pitfalls

August 26, 2021
Sahil Kapur | MSNBC
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi overcame a squabble within Democratic ranks this week and got her members to cast a unified vote Tuesday to advance President Joe Biden’s top legislative priorities.
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Biden receives inconclusive intelligence report on covid origins

August 26, 2021
Yasmeen Abutaleb | The Washington Post
President Biden on Tuesday received a classified report from the intelligence community that was inconclusive about the origins of the novel coronavirus, including whether the pathogen jumped from an animal to a human as part of a natural process, or escaped from a lab in central China, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
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CDC Recommends COVID-19 Booster Shots Next Month

August 20, 2021
This week, President Biden announced that COVID-19 booster shots will become available to Americans as early as next month. The panel also discussed the data that motivated the new guidance on booster shots, the debate over mask mandates in schools and the politics of the pandemic. Pete Williams of NBC News guest moderates.

Crisis in Afghanistan: What’s Happening Now & What’s Next?

August 20, 2021
The panel took an in-depth look at the crisis in Afghanistan and what’s next for the nation. The panel also discussed how the U.S. is handling evacuations as President Biden faces pressure to do more for the Afghan interpreters, and how the crisis could have been prevented. Pete Williams of NBC News guest moderates.
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