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Rare pink water bird lands in Michigan, delighting public
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Rare pink water bird lands in Michigan, delighting public
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Bird lovers with cameras and binoculars are traveling to a stream in southeastern Michigan to see a rare creature with pink feathers and a long bill.

The roseate spoonbill was found in Saline in the Koch Warner Drain, the first to be seen in Michigan, said Molly Keenan of Michigan Audubon.

The bird, which typically lives in the Gulf Coast region, escaped from a zoo or is “very confused,” said Saline police, which placed traffic cones on a road to manage the flow of people.

“Sometimes they wander a bit too far,” said Benjamin Winger, bird curator at the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology.

You can read the rest of the AP’s article at ABCnews.com

What Taliban advances could mean for the future of Afghanistan
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What Taliban advances could mean for the future of Afghanistan
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With U.S. ground forces in Afghanistan set to leave the country by the end of August and Taliban fighters quickly gaining a foothold in the country, CBS News senior foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata says confrontation between a fragile Afghan government and Taliban insurgents is looming.

“The important thing is how quickly [the U.S. withdrawal] has accelerated the disintegration of Afghanistan,” D’Agata told CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett in this week’s episode of “The Takeout” podcast. “There is a two-minute offense that the Taliban were starting to implement… it has stunned everybody — the Afghans, Americans, the White House — how quickly the Taliban advance in the offensive has gone on in the past six weeks or so.”

This week’s departure of General Scott Miller, the longest serving commander in Afghanistan, marked the symbolic end of the U.S. military mission in the country. Taliban militants continue to surround provincial capitals “waiting for the last American soldier to leave before pulling the trigger [on further military action],” D’Agata said.

D’Agata said that the Afghan government may have no choice but to negotiate a long-term solution with Taliban leaders.

“There may be a diplomatic solution, but the Afghan government, the Afghan people, sadly, are really going to be staring down any kind of negotiations through the barrel of a gun,” D’Agata said, adding that the endgame of the Taliban is to run Afghanistan’s government and to remove what it sees as a puppet government that favors U.S. political interests.

D’Agata also said younger Afghans are afraid of more war and destruction, including a potential “rewinding of the clock” that could push girls out of school and return the country to Sharia Law.

You can read the rest of Jacob Rosen’s article at CBSnews.com

Federal court says restrictions on handgun sales to people under 21 are unconstitutional
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Federal court says restrictions on handgun sales to people under 21 are unconstitutional
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A federal appeals court said Tuesday that federal laws that bar the sale of handguns to young adults under the age of 21 are unconstitutional under the Second Amendment.

In a 2-1 decision by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the court found that 18-year-olds possess the constitutional right to keep and bear arms and said the restrictions at issue in the legal battle amount to a “total ban” on buying a handgun from a licensed firearms dealer for those under the age of 21.

“Looking through this historical lens to the text and structure of the Constitution reveals that 18- to 20-year-olds have Second Amendment rights. Virtually every other constitutional right applies whatever the age. And the Second Amendment is no different,” the court said in its decision.

The divided panel of the 4th Circuit noted the nation’s “most cherished constitutional rights” vest no later than the age of 18, and said that at the time of the nation’s founding, 18-year-olds were required to serve in the militia and provide their own weapons.

“Despite the weighty interest in reducing crime and violence, we refuse to relegate either the Second Amendment or 18- to 20-year-olds to a second-class status,” Judge Julius Richardson, appointed by former President Donald Trump, wrote for the two-judge majority.

The Justice Department said in a statement that “we respectfully disagree with the court’s decision and are considering our options.”

The legal battle was brought by two young adults, aged 19 and 20 at the time, who tried to buy handguns from licensed dealers but were denied because of their age. The two sued the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, arguing federal statutes that prohibit federally licensed firearms dealers from selling handguns and handgun ammunition to 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds violate the Second Amendment.

Since bringing their suit, one of the young adults, Tanner Hirschfeld, has turned 21. The other, Natalia Marshall, is still under the minimum age to purchase a handgun.

You can read the rest of Melissa Quinn’s article at CBSnews.com

Top U.S. general in Afghanistan steps down as military mission nears end
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Top U.S. general in Afghanistan steps down as military mission nears end
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General Scott Miller stepped down today as both the last and longest serving American commander in America’s longest war. At a small ceremony at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Miller called the assignment “the highlight of my military career,” saying the people of Afghanistan “will be in my heart and on my mind for the rest of my life.”

His departure marks the symbolic end of the 20-year U.S. military mission in Afghanistan. And it comes amid a surge in violence from Taliban militants who have launched coordinated offensives across the country.

Miller said he told Taliban representatives, “It’s important that military sides set the conditions for a peaceful and political settlement in Afghanistan, but we know that with that violence, it would be very difficult to achieve a political settlement.”

Miller has been in charge of U.S. and NATO forces since 2018, a role that will now be led from afar — from CENTCOM headquarters in Tampa, to be exact.

Central Command Marine General Frank McKenzie made the trip to Kabul for the handover ceremony. As CENTCOM commander, McKenzie already had authority over Afghanistan and much of the rest of the region, including Iraq and Syria.

On the flight to Kabul, McKenzie told a group of reporters that he believed the Taliban are pursuing a “military victory” over the Afghan government, as evidenced by the insurgent group’s rapid battlefield gains in recent weeks.

The Taliban have taken control of more than one-third of Afghanistan’s 421 districts, seizing several strategic locations including border crossings with Iran, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

You can read the rest of Charlie D’Agata’s article at CBSnews.com

Richard Branson, crew go to space and back on Virgin Galactic spaceship
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Richard Branson, crew go to space and back on Virgin Galactic spaceship
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Mission accomplished.

Billionaire Sir Richard Branson flew to the lower edge of space and back to planet Earth on Sunday in the first fully crewed flight from his private space tourism firm Virgin Galactic.

“What a day. What a day. What a day,” Branson said at a news conference following the historic flight. “I think like most kids I have dreamt of this moment since I was a kid and honestly nothing can prepare you for the view of Earth from space.”

He said he was honored to “test the customer experience” and declared, “Welcome to the dawn of a new space age.”

“It’s just magical. I’m just taking it all in. It’s just unreal,” said Branson, who popped a bottle of champagne after he and his crew were presented their Virgin Galactic astronaut wings.

Branson, 70, served as a mission specialist on the flight, the fourth crewed spaceflight for Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity spacecraft. Unity was launched from the Eve mothership at an altitude of 50,000 feet and live stream video showed it shooting into space. Within 30 seconds the spacecraft reached Mach 2 speed and a few seconds later hit Mach 3 at an altitude of weightlessness.

Onboard video showed Branson and the three other astronauts smiling as they looked out the windows of the spacecraft. They briefly unbuckled their seatbelts to float around the cabin and take in view of the curvature of Earth.

At around 11:40 a.m. ET the spacecraft touched back down on Earth, making a smooth landing back in New Mexico to loud applause and cheers at mission control.

You can read the rest of ‘s article at ABCnews.com

US official: No plans to send troops to Haiti after government request
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US official: No plans to send troops to Haiti after government request
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The U.S. will not be sending troops to Haiti, according to a senior administration official, after the Caribbean nation’s government requested help to stabilize the country and secure critical infrastructure like oil reserves and its port and airport in the wake of the assassination of its president earlier this week.

The deployment of U.S. forces would have marked a major escalation of U.S. involvement.

“There are currently no plans to send U.S. military assistance to Haiti,” the official said.

The pledge for FBI and DHS assistance comes after two U.S. citizens were among the 17 men arrested by Haitian authorities for the head of state’s shocking murder, which threatens to plunge Haiti further into chaos amid competing claims to power.

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2 U.S. citizens arrested in Haitian president’s assassination
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2 U.S. citizens arrested in Haitian president’s assassination
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Haiti is a country under siege as the manhunt for the killers of President Jovenel Moïse ramps up. More than a dozen suspects have been arrested in the last 24 hours, and at least seven others have been killed.

Two of those arrested are a U.S. citizens from Florida, James Solages and Joseph Vincent.

Authorities are still trying to figure out why a hit squad of roughly two dozen men assassinated the president on Wednesday at his home. Moïse was shot 12 times in the head and body, while his wife was shot three times. Their daughter survived by hiding in a bedroom and managing to escape.

“This was a contracted hit to go ahead and kill the president, silence the president,” he told CBS News on Thursday. “The world cannot wait. It’s important for every nation’s security and for the country’s stability to get to those who have financed this assassination of the president.”

Moïse had become increasingly unpopular for clinging to power after his term expired in February. Protesters had been demanding his resignation for months before he was killed.

A new power struggle has since begun — and in the Haitian capital, the fear is palpable.

You can read the rest of Vladimir Duthiers’ article at CBSnews.com

Biden announces U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will end August 31
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Biden announces U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will end August 31
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President Biden said the withdrawal from Afghanistan of U.S troops after 20 years of war will conclude on August 31, ahead of the September 11 deadline he announced in mid-April.

“We are ending the nation’s longest war,” the president said in remarks at the White House Thursday.

At the time he announced the September deadline, about 3,500 troops remained. Earlier this week, the Pentagon said that the withdrawal was 90% complete. It proceeded quickly for a reason.

“Our military commanders advised me that once I made the decision to end the war, we needed to move swiftly to conduct the main elements of the drawdown, and in this context, speed is safety,” the president said. A different approach “would have certainly come with an increased risk of safety to our personnel,” and he noted that so far, no U.S. military personnel have been lost in the process.

U.S. forces last week exited Bagram Airfield, the largest American base in the country. The turnover of Bagram to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces completed the U.S. transfer of all seven bases to Afghanistan, in effect, finishing the logistical part of the withdrawal.

Although the president made August 31 the formal deadline for U.S. troops to be out of Afghanistan, the withdrawal is for all intents and purposes complete, with the transfer of control of Bagram. The commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, General Scott Miller, will soon be leaving the remaining forces in the charge of a two-star general.

You can read the rest of Eleanor Watson and David Martin’s article at CBSnews.com

Gas prices climb as crude oil briefly hits highest prices in 6 years
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Gas prices climb as crude oil briefly hits highest prices in 6 years
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Crude oil prices briefly reached their highest levels in six years early Tuesday before retreating slightly, as surging post-pandemic oil demand and fizzled talks among producers casts new volatility over energy markets.

Futures on West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. crude benchmark, were trading at $73.32 a barrel by midday Tuesday after topping $76.90 a barrel earlier. The price of WTI crude has skyrocketed by more than 50% since the beginning of the year.

Futures on Brent crude, the international benchmark, was $74.50 by midday Tuesday, a slight fall from its early morning high of $77.82. Since the beginning of the year, prices for Brent crude have climbed more than 45%.

The volatility comes as the waning pandemic is leading to a surge in demand for oil as industries reopen and global travel bounces back. In addition, a meeting of members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries scheduled for Monday was abruptly called off. In a brief statement, OPEC Secretary General HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo did not give a reason for the last-minute cancellation, saying the date of the next meeting will be decided “in due course.” The oil producers were expected to discuss increases in production after failing to reach an agreement last week.

You can read the rest of ‘s article at ABCnews.com

Judge blocks Michigan’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes
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Judge blocks Michigan’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes
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A Michigan judge temporarily blocked the state’s weeks-old ban on flavored e-cigarettes Tuesday, saying it may force adults to return to smoking more harmful tobacco products and has irreparably hurt vaping businesses.

Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens put the prohibition on hold until “further order of this court.” The preliminary injunction will be appealed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who ordered the creation of the emergency rules in a bid to combat the epidemic of teen vaping.

The judge said two businesses that sued showed a likelihood of prevailing on the merits of their contention that the rules are procedurally invalid, because state officials did not justify short-cutting the normal rule-making process.

“Thus, and at this stage of the litigation, defendants have undercut their own assertions of an emergency by the fact that they demurred on taking action for nearly a year, and in the case of some information even longer than that, after they were in possession of the information cited in support of the emergency declaration,” Stephens wrote.

She also said improved health outcomes for adults who switch to vaping products from combustible tobacco “could, and likely would, be lost under the emergency rules.”

Several states have banned the sale of flavored vaping products amid a rising number of vaping-related lung illnesses and an epidemic of teen e-cigarette use. As of last week, vaping-related illnesses in the U.S. had reached about 1,300 cases in 49 states and one U.S. territory, including at least 26 deaths.

Most who got sick said they vaped products containing THC, the marijuana ingredient that causes a high, but some said they vaped only nicotine.

In New York, a state appeals court this month preliminarily blocked the state from enforcing a prohibition on flavored e-cigarette sales.

The Michigan lawsuits, which were consolidated, were filed by Houghton-based 906 Vapor and A Clean Cigarette, which has 15 locations across the state.

“We are pleased today that the court saw the ban of flavored vaping products for what it truly is: an overreach of government into the lives of adults,” said Andrea Bitely, spokeswoman for the Defend MI Rights Coalition, a vaping industry group. “We are ready to work through the normal legislative process to arrive at a balanced solution that protects the rights of adults to use vaping products as an alternative to combustible cigarettes and at the same time get these products out of the children’s hands.”

Read the rest of the David Eggert’s article at ABCnews.com

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Blinken warns of ‘deeply, deeply troubling’ reports of atrocities in Afghanistan amid US withdrawal
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Blinken warns of ‘deeply, deeply troubling’ reports of atrocities in Afghanistan amid US withdrawal
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They “certainly do not speak well of the Taliban’s intentions for the country as a whole,” he told ABC News.

As he and other Biden officials have argued, however, he said that the international community would make a “pariah state” of an Afghan government that “does not respect the rights of its people, an Afghanistan that commits atrocities against its own people.”

“The Taliban says that it seeks international recognition, that it wants international support for Afghanistan,” and that it wants sanctions and travel bans on its leaders lifted, he added, saying there’s “only one path” to achieving those aims, “and that’s at the negotiating table.”

But it doesn’t seem that the Taliban — which now control nearly half of the country’s districts since launching their offensive in May, according to the Pentagon — agrees.

The group’s leadership has also denied responsibility for the atrocities Blinken mentioned, including extrajudicial killings, forced displacements and attacking civilian infrastructure — a sign that their promises remain empty and they do believe they can take power by force or that they don’t have full control of their fractured forces across the country.

President Joe Biden announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops before the 20th anniversary, this fall, of the Sept. 11th attacks that brought American forces to Afghanistan to destroy al-Qaida’s operations there and topple the Taliban government that gave them sanctuary.

In the weeks since then, the Taliban have won control of dozens of districts by force or through surrenders, as they dawdle at negotiations with the Afghan government meant to secure a ceasefire and decide on the country’s future government.

You can read the rest of ‘s article at ABCnews.com

McCarthy derides Kinzinger and Cheney as ‘Pelosi Republicans’
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McCarthy derides Kinzinger and Cheney as ‘Pelosi Republicans’
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy mocked Republican Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger Monday as “Pelosi Republicans” Monday over their appointment to the select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol assault.

A small number of Republicans are pushing for Cheney and Kinzinger to be punished for agreeing to serve on the select committee, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of McCarthy’s picks for the committee and McCarthy in turn said no Republicans would serve on the committee if all five of the men he chose could not. Pelosi then selected Cheney and Kinzinger to join Democrats on the committee.

McCarthy made the comments to reporters ahead of an event in the White House Rose Garden. Asked if the two Republicans will face consequences for serving on the select committee, McCarthy responded, “We’ll see.”

Pelosi dismissed McCarthy’s shot at the two outspoken Republicans.

“I don’t care what he said,” she told CBS News.

The GOP infighting comes the day before the committee holds its first hearing, when four law enforcement officers will testify about what they saw when rioters stormed the Capitol following then-President Trump’s rally.

Kinzinger and Cheney, both of whom voted to impeach the former president, have been the most vocal Republican critics of the former president and have pushed for an investigation into the events surrounding January 6.

You can read the rest of Kathryn Watson’s article at CBSnews.com

US concludes combat mission in Iraq as Biden meets with Iraqi prime minister
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US concludes combat mission in Iraq as Biden meets with Iraqi prime minister
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The president, while meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi Monday afternoon, said the U.S. role there will be focused on training and assisting to combat the Islamic State group.

“Our shared fight against ISIS is critical for the stability of our region and our counterterrorism cooperation will continue, even as we shift to this new phase we’re going to be talking about,” Biden said.

A U.S. official told ABC News Thursday the change in mission is more of a semantic one and the number of U.S. troops in Iraq will not dramatically differ as they shift their emphasis to training and assisting.

As with anywhere around the world, the official added, U.S. troops reserve the right to defend themselves too.

Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S. Fareed Yasseen told ABC News last week that Iraqi forces will continue to request direct U.S. assistance for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and training.

Several U.S. officials have said the 2,500 U.S. troops in Iraq are already largely in that kind of advise-and-assist role.

Both sides have repeatedly committed to U.S. troops exiting once the coalition to defeat ISIS completes its work, essentially kicking the can down a long road now to appease political pressure in Iraq, fueled by Iranian-backed factions and militias and U.S. air strikes against them.

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Jill Biden cheers on Team USA as Olympic Games get underway in Tokyo, Japan
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Jill Biden cheers on Team USA as Olympic Games get underway in Tokyo, Japan
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With fans unable to attend, Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron were part of a sparse crowd watching the women’s 3-on-3 basketball game between the United States and France.

The first lady was patriotically dressed for the occasion, sporting an American flag top and an official Ralph Lauren Team USA Navy blazer as she cheered on the U.S. competitors to a 17-10 victory.

In a video posted by USA Basketball after the game, Biden was seen congratulating the players on their win.

“Congratulations. We’re so proud,” Biden can be heard saying.

“Thank you for coming. It means a lot,” Stefanie Dolson, a member of the team replied. “First one’s done, so we’re good now,” she joked.

You can read the rest of Molly Nagle’s article at ABCnews.com

Here’s how to choose the right Xbox Series X video settings for your 4K TV
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Here’s how to choose the right Xbox Series X video settings for your 4K TV
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If you’re using an HDMI 2.1 compatible TV, you’ll have the ability to set the Xbox Series X to output 4K HDR content at 120Hz. Those with HDMI 2.0 TVs will be limited to outputting 4K content at 60Hz. HDMI 2.0 TVs are also forced to make use of chroma subsampling to display 4K HDR content.

As such, those with HDMI 2.0 TVs should enable the “allow YCC 4:2:2” option. This is an improvement over the console’s default method of outputting 4K HDR content using 4:2:0 subsampling for HDMI 2.0 TVs. For those with HDMI 2.1 TVs, you don’t need to enable this option, as your TV does not need to make use of chroma subsampling.

Color depth should be set to 8-bit regardless of which HDMI version your TV supports. This is to protect the image fidelity of SDR games. The console will automatically output at the correct color depth when playing HDR content.

Most people will probably prefer to have the Dolby Vision and variable refresh rate options enabled, if they’re available to you. However, these should be left to personal preference. Some might prefer the look of HDR10 to Dolby Vision. Some may also prefer having a fixed refresh rate.

Color space should be set to standard unless you’re using a computer monitor or display that you know supports full range. If you’re not using a computer monitor, there is a very tiny chance that your display supports full range.

Also, keep in mind that some games do not properly function as they should with HDR enabled. For example, Cyberpunk 2077 cannot output HDR properly, even though the game claims to support the feature. The game should be played in SDR.

In these cases like these, it’s best to manually turn the HDR feature off via the console’s settings, not the game’s settings. Simply enable HDR again when playing other content. Most games that claim to support HDR do function properly, but it’s worth doing a quick check online before playing.

That’s all you need to know about your Xbox Series X settings. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, just lets us know down in the comment section.

2,500 Afghan visa seekers, families to be housed at US military installation
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2,500 Afghan visa seekers, families to be housed at US military installation
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The Pentagon will temporarily house Afghan workers who aided the U.S. military or diplomatic missions and are trying to leave the country at Fort Lee, an Army installation in central Virginia, while they complete the application process for a special visa, according to the State Department.

It is the “first tranche” of Afghans who are being evacuated by the U.S. as it completes a military withdrawal from Afghanistan, nearly 20 years after American service members first arrived to topple the Taliban government and destroy al-Qaida’s operations in the country.

But there are thousands more Afghans, including other U.S. contractors, who are desperate to exit the country and fear for their lives as the militant group takes dozens of districts by force. The House of Representatives voted Thursday to expand and expedite the Special Immigrant Visa, or SIV, program for these Afghans and create more openings as soon as possible.

The measure passed in a strong, 407-16 bipartisan vote, and now heads to the Senate where negotiations are ongoing about passage of the bill and an earlier, similar measure.

The State Department requested that the Defense Department house this initial group of 700 Afghans “who are closest to completing special-immigrant processing,” according to State Department spokesperson Ned Price, along with hundreds of their family members, for a total of 2,500 Afghans.

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GOP seeks records on possible U.S. funding of research at Chinese lab before pandemic
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GOP seeks records on possible U.S. funding of research at Chinese lab before pandemic
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A group of congressional Republicans is stepping up a push for records about a possible link between a U.S. medical research agency and a lab in Wuhan, China – a link that is still very much in dispute amid the ongoing investigation into the origins of COVID- 19.

In an exclusive interview, senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge spoke with Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who, along with other Republicans, has been requesting those records from the National Institutes of Health, including in a recent letter shared with CBS News.

“We want to know what was funded through taxpayer dollars,” said McMorris Rodgers, the top Republican on the House Energy & Commerce Committee.

The NIH recently confirmed that funds went to the Wuhan lab through the EcoHealth Alliance, an American research group but emphasized that its application “did not propose research to enhance any coronavirus to be more transmissible.”

In the recent letter, McMorris Rodgers and other House Republicans said the NIH has “not provided a single document” about “whether NIH funding played a role in risky research in China.”

Asked why those records still matter 16 months into the pandemic, McMorris Rodgers replied, “Think about every loved one that we’ve lost, every health care worker that’s been on the front lines of combating the coronavirus or every student now that is struggling with mental health because of isolation. We deserve these answers.”

In a statement to CBS News, the NIH says it “has provided information requested by [Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers] both in a letter and a subsequent briefing … [and] is currently working to provide additional information.”

When asked by Herridge whether providing the specific records she’s requesting would strip away the politics, McMorris Rodgers said, “Absolutely. We need to know the origins of COVID-19.”

The committee’s Democratic chairman, Frank Pallone, of New Jersey, told CBS News he’s waiting for results from an intelligence review ordered by President Biden.

You can read the rest of the article at CBSnews.com

Former Detroit police chief launches exploratory committee for Michigan governor
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Former Detroit police chief launches exploratory committee for Michigan governor
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Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig effectively launched his campaign for Michigan governor on Wednesday, announcing that he has formed an exploratory committee for the position.

Craig, a Republican, retired as Detroit police chief on June 1. Seven other Republicans have formed campaign committees, but Craig is more widely known than the other contenders and is seen by some Michigan Republicans as a top contender to challenge Democratic incumbent Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Craig’s campaign said in a press release that a formal campaign launch and rallies will likely take place after Labor Day. For now, Craig is starting to raise money and will be going on a statewide listening tour.

“I led as Chief of Police — and began my life — on the streets of Detroit,” Craig said in a statement. “Now it is time to travel the state, and visit other communities. I will be talking with law enforcement, hosting small business roundtables, and meeting with voters in their homes to hear about the negative impact the current Governor’s policies are having on their communities, their workplaces, and their families.”

In a video released by the campaign, Craig touted his career in law enforcement and experience leading the Detroit Police Department. He highlighted his efforts to keep Detroit safe last summer amid nationwide protests against the police killings of Black people. He also spoke about his memories of Detroit’s 1967 riots and his work to improve the city’s police department.

“We led from the front, we turned it around and made Detroit a safer city,” Craig said in the video.

Craig also took a thinly veiled swipe at Whitmer, saying Michigan has “had enough” of politicians not following their own rules. Whitmer apologized in May after she was pictured not following COVID regulations at a restaurant with friends.

You can read the rest of Adam Brewster’s article at CBSnews.com

Biden says eliminating filibuster would ‘throw the entire Congress into chaos’
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Biden says eliminating filibuster would ‘throw the entire Congress into chaos’
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President Biden essentially rejected the idea of eliminating the filibuster, asserting, that doing so would “throw the entire Congress into chaos, and nothing would get done.”

He was in Cincinnati at a town hall Wednesday night, and his desire to preserve the filibuster, with some reforms, came despite prodding from CNN host Don Lemon about the role of the filibuster in stalling civil rights legislation, and amid clear support among audience for eliminating it.

When a first-year law student asked about eliminating the filibuster, which has meant in modern times that most legislation needs 60 votes to end debate and move forward, the audience cheered. While some Democrats have said eliminating the filibuster is the only way to pass voting rights, Mr. Biden demurred and suggested that he wants —  and believes he can get — a broader coalition. He said he wanted to bring Republicans along, too.

The president  pushed the Senate to move forward with voting rights legislation and not get  “wrapped up whether this is all about the filibuster.”

In Mr. Biden’s second town hall since taking office, COVID-19 and restarting the economy dominated the discussion. He addressed the spike in coronavirus cases, declining vaccination rates,  and also immigration, the opioid crisis and the ongoing debate in the Senate over his infrastructure bill.

You can read the rest of Kathryn Watson, Caroline Linton’s article at CBSnews.com

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