Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Biden repeatedly misled American public about Afghanistan withdrawal

The president has made multiple misleading statements about the U.S.’ deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan that saw 13 service members killed in a suicide bombing last week.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-repeatedly-misled-americans-afghanistan-withdrawal

Autsin hotel group offers 100 free rooms to Hurricane Ida evacuees

An Austin, Texas-based hotel group offered 100 free rooms to Hurricane Ida evacuees until Wednesday.

California firefighters use snow machines to fight Caldor Fire at Tahoe resort

Firefighters working to fend off California's Caldor Fire have been using snow-making machines to douse the ground.

Indianapolis Public Schools promotes racially segregated affinity groups

The Indianapolis Public School District is set to launch a program that will separate staff members by race, sexual orientation, religion and gender into groups.

Instagram 'incorrectly' deleted account of mother of fallen service member Kareem Nikoui

Instagram “incorrectly” and temporarily deleted an account belonging to the mother of Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, one of the 13 U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan last week.

Father of Marine seen cradling Afghan infant reacts to daughter’s death after Kabul blast: ‘Just my baby’

The grieving father of a U.S. Marine killed in a suicide attack at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul just days after she shared the now iconic photo of her cradling an Afghan baby described his daughter in a heartbreaking new interview as his “hero” and a true “warrior.”

Parents of Cpl. Hunter Lopez issue first public statement

The parents of a U.S. Marine Corps corporal who died in the suicide bombing in Kabul have spoken publicly for the first time since the tragedy. 

Family of fallen Marine Rylee McCollum receives police escort in Wyoming; donations for pregnant widow pour in

The family of fallen U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, a soon-to-be father who was killed in a bombing during the mass evacuation in Afghanistan, was welcomed back to Wyoming on Monday with a police escort and people waving American flags as they lined the streets.

3-year-old child among Americans left behind in Afghanistan: report

ABC 7 San Francisco reported that there is a three-year-old child among the Americans left behind in Afghanistan.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/3-year-old-child-among-americans-left-behind-in-afghanistan

Biden to address nation on Afghanistan, 'make clear' his foreign policy will 'keep the American people safe'

President Biden is set to deliver remarks to the American people Tuesday afternoon on his decision to end the two-decade war in Afghanistan, and is expected to make clear his intention to approach foreign policy in ways that will “keep the American people safe.”

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-to-address-nation-on-afghanistan-make-clear-his-foreign-policy-will-keep-the-american-people-safe

Virginia DOE 9/11 sensitivity training video tells teachers to reject American exceptionalism

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) posted a video on YouTube that trains teachers not to teach students about American exceptionalism during lessons on the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/va-doe-9-11-sensitivity-training-video-rejects-american-exceptionalism

Young widow of Army sergeant killed in Kabul says 'if he knew the outcome, he would do it again'

The young widow of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, one of 13 service members killed a suicide bomb attack at Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, said her husband “would not regret” being called for the mission to evacuate Americans and refugees, adding “if he knew the outcome, he would do it again.”

Pentagon denies reports military dogs were left in Afghanistan

The Pentagon is denying reports that it left U.S. military service K-9s in Afghanistan after its Monday withdrawal from the country.

Marine submits resignation letter effective 9/11, cites 'lack of trust and confidence' in leadership

The U.S. Marine who was relieved of his command after criticizing his superiors over their handling of Afghanistan has submitted his resignation, citing a “lack of trust and confidence” in military leaders.

LA teachers union boss says children lost nothing during pandemic, now know words 'insurrection' and 'coup'

The head of the Los Angeles teachers union claimed that there was no “learning loss” for students who were forced into remote learning during the pandemic.

20 states sue Biden admin over guidance allowing biological males on girls’ sports teams

Twenty states have filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration in an attempt to halt directives that extend federal sex discrimination protections to transgender people.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/20-states-sue-biden-admin-biological-males-girls-sports-teams

Marine forced to undergo mental health evaluation after criticizing botched Afghan withdrawal

U.S. Marine Corps officer who was relieved of his command for chastising his bosses over the botched Afghan withdrawal has revealed that he was ordered to undergo a mental health screening.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/marine-forced-to-mental-health-evaluation-after-criticizing-afghanistan-withdrawal

Midterms loom: Republicans squeeze Dems over botched Afghanistan withdrawal

Republicans are not just hammering President Biden over the Afghanistan crisis, but congressional Democrats too.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/midterm-elections-biden-republicans-afghanistan

Rescue efforts continue in Louisiana after Ida weakens to tropical depression

Louisiana communities hit by Hurricane Ida started picking up the pieces this week, as more than a million people were left without power and hundreds of thousands faced shortages of drinking water. 

Honoring US soldiers killed in Kabul: Florida police department, American breweries pay tribute

A Florida police department has arranged 13 patrol cars in the shape of a heart to pay tribute to the young U.S. service members who lost their lives in last week’s suicide bombing at Kabul airport.

Hundreds of California hikers honor Marine killed in Afghanistan blast: ‘Heaven is getting a good warrior'

Hundreds showed up for a memorial hike in southern California Sunday to pay tribute to Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, one of the 13 service members who died in a suicide bomb attack last week at Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul as refugees were still being evacuated.

Oregon man dies after falling 50 feet in Grand Canyon National Park

An Oregon man died after falling 50 feet while hiking in Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park over the weekend, officials said.

Bipartisan group of 34 senators ask VA to help struggling veterans after botched Afghanistan withdrawal

A bipartisan group of 34 senators sent a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough calling on the department to hasten connecting struggling Afghanistan veterans to mental health services in the aftermath of the deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan and Kabul bombing, which killed 13 U.S. service members.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/senators-veterans-affairs-afghanistan-struggling-vets

Monday, August 30, 2021

Sen Johnson investigating report of Americans being turned away from Kabul airport, told ‘rescue is over’

Johnson sent a letter on Friday to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin regarding "troubling" news reports that "contradict the Biden administration’s narrative" on their botched troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/johnson-report-americans-turned-away-kabul-airport

GOP Sen. Hagerty wants Congress to review Biden immigration enforcement limit

FIRST ON FOX: Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., is asking the Government Accountability Office if controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) guidance that dramatically reduced the scope of immigration enforcement could be subject to review by Congress -- days after the Biden administration suffered a legal defeat in federal court over the rules.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/hagerty-gao-if-biden-admin-immigration-policies-review-congress

Another Tesla reportedly using Autopilot hits a parked police car

Another Tesla has hit an emergency vehicle, apparently while using the Autopilot driver-assist feature, adding to a problem that is already the subject of a federal safety probe.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/30/business/telsa-crash-police-car/index.html

Mollie Tibbetts murder: Illegal immigrant who killed university student sentenced to life in prison

The man was living in the U.S. illegally when he murdered Mollie Tibbetts in 2018.

Texas abortion providers ask Supreme Court to block state law that bans procedure after six weeks

Abortion providers are turning to the Supreme Court to block a Texas law that, if unchanged, will ban abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/texas-abortion-providers-supreme-court-block-state-law

Biden calls Black adviser 'boy' during FEMA briefing

The president used the term while introducing his senior adviser Cedric Richmond, a Black former member of Congress for Louisiana for a decade.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-calls-black-adviser-boy

'We're doing all we can': Biden speaks on Hurricane Ida relief efforts

President Joe Biden spoke Monday afternoon on Hurricane Ida relief efforts as he met virtually with a host of leaders involved in the response to the massive storm that has rocked the Gulf Coast.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/30/politics/biden-hurricane-ida/index.html

Otherworldly weather forecasts could help future Mars explorers reach this vital resource

Before we send humans to Mars, creating accurate weather forecasts and mapping resources like water ice will be critical, according to new research.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/30/world/mars-weather-dusty-snow-scn/index.html

Task Force Pineapple: New York teacher, an ex-Green Beret, among US vets assisting Afghanistan evacuations

A former U.S. Army Green Beret-turned social studies teacher who is helping facilitate evacuations from Afghanistan tells Fox News on Monday that he and other special forces personnel are “playing the long game” and “are not leaving [anyone] behind” as the Aug. 31 deadline for American troops to leave the country is now only hours away.

Biden Education Department opens civil rights investigations into 5 states for banning school mask mandates

The U.S. Department of Education is opening an investigation into whether prohibitions on indoor masking mandates constitute discrimination against kids with disabilities.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-education-department-civil-rights-investigations-masks-schools

Bernie Sanders slams California recall in new ad supporting Gov Gavin Newsom

Sen. Bernie Sanders is slamming the effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom of California as “a bold-faced Republican power grab” in a new TV commercial and digital ad supporting the embattled Democratic governor.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bernie-sanders-california-recall-new-ad-gavin-newsom

Death of Massachusetts woman while on sweltering hike with Phoenix cop ruled accidental

The death of a Massachusetts woman, who died last month while hiking on an Arizona mountain in sweltering temperatures with a man she recently met, has been ruled accidental, authorities said.

Wisconsin boy, 12, dies after alleged hammer attack; 8-year-old also injured, report says

A 12-year-old Milwaukee boy was killed and another, 8, was hurt after suffering blunt force trauma injuries during what is believed to have been a hammer attack, according to local reports. 

Virginia school board agrees to $1.3M settlement over transgender bathroom policy

A Virginia school board agreed to pay $1.3 million in settling a federal discrimination lawsuit brought by a transgender former student barred from using the boy’s restroom in high school nearly seven years ago.

Pentagon unable to dispute civilian casualties, defends drone strike on 'imminent threat’

The Pentagon on Monday did not dispute civilian casualties might have resulted from Sunday’s U.S. strike on ISIS-K suicide bombers, saying the strike was to protect against a “very imminent threat.”

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/pentagon-afghanistan-drone-strike-civilian-casualties-imminent-threat

AOC, Cori Bush, Ayanna Pressley, Bernie Sanders silent on plight of Afghan women

Progressives in Congress who are otherwise outspoken on women’s rights have remained noticeably quiet on the plight of Afghan women ever since the Taliban completed its takeover of the country more than two weeks ago.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/aoc-bush-pressley-sanders-afghan-women

Family of Marine killed in Afghanistan slams Biden meeting as scripted, a ‘total disregard' to Marine's death

Biden traveled to Dover, Delaware, on Sunday to attend the dignified transfer of the 13 service members killed in Kabul suicide bombings last week and meet with the families of the fallen.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/marine-family-slams-biden-meeting-scripted

Taliban offered Kabul to U.S., but Americans said no: report

Taliban fighters took the Afghan capital city of Kabul faster than anyone anticipated earlier this month – including the Taliban – but according to a Washington Post report, the U.S. had an opportunity to hold the city only to willingly turn it over.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/taliban-offered-kabul-to-u-s-but-americans-said-no-report

Chicago weekend shootings: 5 killed, 48 total wounded, including suspected unintended targets

Five people were killed and 48 were wounded – including three boys, ages 14 and 15 – in shootings over the weekend in Chicago, police said Monday. 

'Don't trust the Taliban,' hundreds gather outside White House

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the White House over the weekend, demanding that President Biden extend the Aug. 31 deadline to evacuate American citizens and Afghan allies.

Gavin Newsom praised pro-Beijing paper while speaking at annual gala

California Gov. Gavin Newsom praised the "journalistic integrity" of a news outlet that reportedly has ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and was recently designated a foreign agent by the Justice Department. 

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/gavin-newsom-chinese-newspaper

Pentagon on Afghanistan: 'Particularly dangerous time' ahead of Biden withdrawal deadline

The Pentagon on Monday warned that there is still an "active threat" in Kabul that "remains high and remains real," while confirming that U.S. troops will leave Afghanistan by President Biden’s Aug. 31 deadline.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/pentagon-afghanistan-active-threat-biden-troop-withdrawal-deadline

Tlaib sparks backlash for tweet about woman reportedly killed attacking Israeli soldiers with knife

On Saturday, Tlaib shared a picture of Ph.D. student Mai Afana’s mother, claiming that the Israeli government “killed” Afana and would not return her body to her family.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/tlaib-sparks-backlash-tweet-woman-killed-attacking-idf

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Illinois brothers in custody after police discover two bodies buried in backyard of home

The bodies have not yet been identified, but investigators said they will use DNA to determine whether the remains are in fact the brothers' biological relatives.

Hurricane Ida's impact on Louisiana is 'unprecedented,' Cajun Navy Relief president says

She's navigated through Hurricane Laura, Hurricane Harvey and other disasters, but Cajun Navy Relief (CNR) president Colleen Udell says that the impact of Hurricane Ida is "unprecedented."

'Incredible video': Jim Acosta reacts to footage of storm damage

Strong winds from Hurricane Ida ripped the roof off of a Louisiana clinic. Hurricane Ida's forward speed has slowed down, which will increase the flooding potential and the amount of time the winds will last over inland locations.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/08/29/roof-ripped-off-louisiana-building-hurricane-ida-acosta-nr-vpx.cnn

Jacques Rogge, former IOC president, dies at 79

Former International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge has died at the age of 79, the organization announced Sunday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/29/sport/jacques-rogge-ioc-death/index.html

New York City police says 'avoid' Times Square area after reports of gunfire

New York City police officers on Sunday were responding to reports of shots fired in Times Square.

Biden slammed for appearing to look at his watch during memorial service for dead marines

Conservatives and veterans slammed President Joe Biden for appearing to look at his watch during the "dignified transfer" memorial service for the 13 U.S. service members killed in an ISIS-K suicide bombing in Afghanistan.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-slammed-for-appearing-to-look-at-his-watch-during-memorial-service-for-dead-marines

Female journalist flees Afghanistan following groundbreaking TV interview with Taliban spokesman

Earlier this month, Beheshta Arghand made history in Afghanistan.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/29/media/arghand-fleeing-afghanistan/index.html

Four young children hiding in a Kabul apartment have landed in the US -- and will soon reunite with their mother

Four young siblings who had been hiding alone in an apartment in Afghanistan's capital landed in the United States on Sunday evening, marking the end of a frantic, days-long rescue mission to get them to safety.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/29/us/four-children-afghanistan-arrive-in-us/index.html

How the White House and Democrats hope to survive Biden's political bruises

President Joe Biden was likely to lose Democratic control of Congress before last week's carnage in Afghanistan. That's more likely now.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/29/politics/white-house-democrats-political-damage-afghanistan/index.html

Marine fired for criticizing military leaders resigns, says chasing stability makes ‘slave to the system’

The U.S. Marine relieved of his command for calling out his superiors over the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal that led to the deaths of 13 service members said Sunday he was officially resigning.

Biden refuses to take Afghanistan question, walks away after offering to take questions at FEMA

President Biden blew off a question about Afghanistan after offering to take questions at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington on Sunday.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-refuses-afghanistan-question-walks-away-after-offering-to-take-questions-at-fema

Chicago 19-year-old pregnant woman pulled from Lake Michigant, officials investigating death as homicide

The body of a 19-year-old pregnant woman found in Lake Michigan had been stabbed multiple times, authorities said Saturday.

Utah construction worker rescued after being fully buried at site, fire officials say

A Utah construction worker was rescued after being "completely buried" in an apparent accident on Monday evening, authorities sai...