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Gov. Kathy Hochul selected state Sen. Brian A. Benjamin, a Black Democrat from Harlem, as her lieutenant governor. She is scheduled to make a formal announcement on Thursday.

The selection confirms Hochul's pledge to diversify her administration and to balance her administration with her upstate, Buffalo-area roots against Benjamin's deep ties to the New York City area. Benjamin is a self-described progressive and has linked himself to the "defund the police" movement.

Although Hochul's administration did not comment on Spectrum News' NY1 report of her selection of Benjamin as lieutenant governor, it did, later in the day, announce that Hochul is to be in Harlem at 1 p.m. on Thursday with Benjamin for a "special announcement." The event is scheduled for the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. state office building, one block east of the legendary Apollo Theater.......
 

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U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris delivered a sharp rebuke to China for its incursions in the South China Sea, warning its actions there amount to "coercion" and "intimidation" and affirming that the U.S. will support its allies in the region against Beijing's advances.

"We know that Beijing continues to coerce, to intimidate and to make claims to the vast majority of the South China Sea," she said in a major foreign policy speech Tuesday in Singapore in which she laid out the Biden administration's vision for the Indo-Pacific. "Beijing's actions continue to undermine the rules-based order and threaten the sovereignty of nations.".....
 

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Officials: Explosion at Kabul airport appears to be a suicide attack​

From CNN's Kylie Atwood, Jim Sciutto and Barbara Starr

The explosion outside the airport in Kabul was at one of the entry gates and appears to be a suicide attack, according to three US officials.

There have been crowds of Afghans at the gates trying to gain access to the airport.
President Biden has been briefed on the explosion outside Kabul airport, a White House official says.


Biden briefed on explosion outside Kabul's airport

From CNN's Jeremy Diamond

President Biden has been briefed on the explosion outside Kabul airport, a White House official says.
Moments ago, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby confirmed there was an explosion but said possible casualties are unclear.

Explosion reported outside Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport, Pentagon says

From CNN's Barbara Starr and Kylie Atwood

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby confirmed there was an explosion outside Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Kirby tweeted, “We can confirm an explosion outside Kabul airport. Casualties are unclear at this time. We will provide additional details when we can.”

We can confirm an explosion outside Kabul airport. Casualties are unclear at this time. We will provide additional details when we can.
— John Kirby (@PentagonPresSec) August 26, 2021

According to one US official, there are injuries among Afghans, but there is no information yet on any US casualties.

CNN's Barbara Starr noted that the situation continues to develop, and there are still few answers on what occurred.





 

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Pentagon confirms two bombings outside Kabul airport, both U.S. and Afghan casualties
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Just hours after the Defense Department issued warnings about an increased threat from Afghanistan’s version of ISIS, a large explosion occurred outside the airport in Kabul. As The New York Times reported on Wednesday evening, the U.S. issued warnings both on the air and directly to the crowd on the ground, warning them to “leave immediately” because of increased threats from terrorist groups. The credibility of those threats is no longer in doubt, as the Pentagon has confirmed an explosion near the airport.

Reports indicate that several Afghans trying to gain access to the airport may have died in the explosion, and American military members were injured. CNN is now reporting that the blast took place just outside one of the entry gates to the airport and appears to be a suicide bombing. Some reports have indicated that three members of U.S. forces were injured in the bombing. The Pentagon has not yet confirmed this.

In questioning earlier this week, President Joe Biden made it clear that the longer the evacuation continued, the more likely the airport would become a site targeted by ISIS-K or other terrorist groups operating in opposition to both the U.S. and the Taliban. The large number of people gathered along the roadway between Kabul and the airport—and the knowledge that this group could include both Americans and Afghans who assisted the U.S. war effort—makes a vulnerable target of evacuees for terrorist attacks....
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Thursday, Aug 26, 2021 · 10:47:58 AM EDT · Mark Sumner
Reports out of Kabul indicate that planes are continuing to take off and land, continuing the evacuation.
 

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Rep. Veronica Escobar visits Afghan refugees at base: 'I saw infants. I saw a mom nursing her baby'
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"People evacuated from Kabul Afghanistan wait to board a bus that will take them to a refugee processing center at the Dulles International Airport on August 25, 2021 in Dulles, Virginia."

On Wednesday, El Paso Rep. Veronica Escobar visited Afghan refugees at Fort Bliss in Texas, one of several U.S. military bases where allies and their families are being temporarily sheltered before being resettled elsewhere in the United States. “One Afghan translator expressed gratitude,” El Paso Times reported. “He and his wife had fled their country, Escobar said, leaving everyone and everything they knew.”

El Paso Times said that 650 refugees arrived at the site on Monday. Up to 10,000 refugees are ultimately expected to be temporarily housed there before beginning their new lives.
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Escobar told El Paso Times, and later MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, that she was given a tour of the various facilities on the base, including areas where non-governmental agencies providing services to families are located. “She said the Afghan refugees are sleeping on cots, and officials are trying to create privacy for nursing mothers,” the report said. Additionally, the base has set up an area for prayer.

"I saw Afghan families," Escobar told El Paso Times. "I saw infants. I saw a mom nursing her baby, who thanked me. Their parents are stressed out, but these kids are resilient and joyful.” The report said that soldiers had built a makeshift soccer field for the children. Escobar told Maddow during an appearance Wednesday evening that “there’s nothing more hopeful than the resiliency of those kids, and seeing them playing under the southwest sun.”

“They're all getting COVID tested along the way,” Escobar continued to Maddow. “In fact, here at Fort Bliss, of the 1200 guests that have arrived at Ft. Bliss, only one has tested positive for COVID.” She additionally said they’re receiving vaccinations. Of course, you won’t hear about any of that from Republicans busy spreading lies about migrants and disease in order to avoid discussing their own failings.

Escobar also told Maddow that the Biden administration’s recent evacuation flights of thousands of allies and families “has been nothing short of impressive.” Daily Kos’ Mark Sumner recently wrote that during one 24-hour time span earlier this week, nearly 100 military, commercial, and charter flights evacuated more than 21,000 people. “The previous day, military spokesmen reported over 10,000 evacuations.”



KVUE reported earlier this week that Refugee Services of Texas expects to help resettle many of the families who’ve arrived through Fort Bliss. "These are individuals who I believe we have a moral obligation to help,” CEO Russell Smith said in the report. “And we've actually made that promise to them, that they helped us in our efforts in Afghanistan, which has put them and their families' lives at risk. And so both fulfilling our promise and also kind of the moral obligation to get them out of harm's way."

Despite some mainstream media framing, that appears to be the public opinion of Republican officials like John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. The Washington Post reported that Gov. Greg Abbott, who previously tried to block refugees, “has been silent on the issue of Afghan refugees.” Recent polling has shown overwhelming public support—81%—for welcoming Afghan refugees who aided the U.S. military, and refugee advocates have said that donation and volunteer effects have been overwhelming. The American public is overwhelmingly in favor of fulfilling our promise to all allies and families.

While thousands of refugees are now in safety in the U.S., Escobar said that for some, like the translator who expressed gratitude to her during her visit to Fort Bliss, there’s still an immense worry about loved ones. “’He's worried about his family that's left behind,’ she said, including ‘family members that did not work for the (U.S.) government,’” El Paso Times reported.
 

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In an epic "moving of the goal posts" NY Times now declares 250,000 Afghans should be evacuated
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The NY Times and mainstream journalists have absolutely no shame. After more than a month of people saying the goal had to be evacuating 100,000 from Afghanistan, just as the Biden administration is about to accomplish this without a single U.S. casualty, the NY Times Front Page Above the Fold, that no, no, no, actually 250,000 people need to be evacuated — based on a single, very sketchy analysis by a single human being (Kevin Drum actually dispensed with this yesterday) who wanted to stay in Afghanistan at all costs. Our mainstream media are childish, petty, corrupt, greedy cretins. That is all.
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Aug 26, 2021 at 10:38:16 AM

There are 38 million Afghans.


Why not 30 million.