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Taliban resume brutal reign in Afghanistan with public executions, amputations for criminals
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Taliban resume brutal reign in Afghanistan with public executions, amputations for criminals

Hope that a new, softer Taliban would emerge in Afghanistan faded fast Sunday as the U.S. awoke to images of bloody bodies hanging from cranes in the Afghan city of Herat in what Taliban leaders say is a warning to lawbreakers.  The gruesome footage, regional analysts say, should put to rest the Biden administration’s expectation that the Taliban would take more moderate stances during its second reign over Afghanistan and perhaps distance itself from the strict version of Islamic law that defined its rule in the late 1990s. Over the past several days, human rights watchdogs warned that the Taliban had begun a significant rollback of women’s rights. Taliban leaders publicly acknowledged that they would resume executions and amputations for criminals.  Those punishments were hallm...
DHS approved DACA applications in violation of court order
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DHS approved DACA applications in violation of court order

Homeland Security’s legal immigration agency has admitted to a judge that it approved new DACA applications despite the court’s order halting that work. Tracy Renaud, who was acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time, said last week that it had just discovered two applications were approved as renewals, but in fact, they should have been treated as new applications and should have been blocked under Judge Andrew Hanen’s July ruling. Those are in addition to nine other new applications found in late July that had been fully processed. Ms. Renaud, who is now the acting deputy director at USCIS, also said the agency advanced more than 600 initial DACA applications after the judge’s order. None of those were ultimately approved, Ms. Renaud said in a declaration f...
Border chaos reverberates deep in America’s heartland
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Border chaos reverberates deep in America’s heartland

Iron County in Utah is about the furthest thing from a border community. But Sheriff Kenneth Carpenter says incidents like a traffic stop this month on the interstate, where a deputy nabbed a motorist for reckless driving and found 5 pounds of methamphetamine and $8,000 in cash, are the results of the chaos on the U.S.-Mexico boundary. State officials have warned sheriffs that Honduran gangs have stepped up drug trafficking along the Wasatch Mountains, Iron County’s SWAT team callouts are “way up” and deputies are finding more guns when they serve search warrants, Sheriff Carpenter said. “Since the border’s been just wide open now, there’s no control,” he told The Washington Times. “The floodgates have been opened, and we’re seeing it on a much more frequent basis. We’re seeing a surge in ...
After Arizona, election audits become a GOP rallying cry for 2022 races
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After Arizona, election audits become a GOP rallying cry for 2022 races

Republican candidates across the nation are taking up the banner of election audits as a way to connect with primary voters next year in the wake of Arizona’s long-awaited review of the 2020 presidential election. Candidates are eager to claim the mantle of election integrity and earn the support of former President Donald Trump. Josh Mandel, a Republican running for a Senate seat in Ohio, is making sure voters know he wants Arizona to “decertify” its 2020 election results, which showed Joseph R. Biden winning the state. “On Election Day the Arizona officials falsely claimed that Trump lost by 10,457 votes,” Mr. Mandel tweeted. He said the audit of Maricopa County’s results showed “44,000 possibly illegal ballots cast.” One of Mr. Mandel’s Republican rivals for the Senate seat in Ohio, Jan...
Trump keeps stolen election case alive at Georgia rally, claims vindication from Arizona audit
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Trump keeps stolen election case alive at Georgia rally, claims vindication from Arizona audit

Former President Donald Trump on Saturday revved up his allegations of voter fraud in front of an enthusiastic crowd at a “Save America” rally in Georgia, where he insisted the 2020 vote was rigged against him. He attacked Georgia Secretary of State Brian Raffensperger, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and Gov. Brian Kemp, all Republicans, who dismissed Mr. Trump’s unproven claims. “They ignored monumental evidence of rampant fraud,” Mr. Trump said, alleging scores of duplicate and missing ballots in Georgia, where he was the first Republican presidential candidate to lose the state in three decades. SEE ALSO: Herschel Walker debuts Senate campaign around pro-America agenda He also blamed Silicon Valley for interfering in the election to boost Democrats, and he claimed that “at least 7% of t...
Sen. Bernie Sanders’ takeover of American health care
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Sen. Bernie Sanders’ takeover of American health care

ANALYSIS/OPINION: The reconciliation legislation has so many bad features, it is easy to lose track of some of them. The worst, by far, are the provisions that would allow the federal seizure of American medicine. Senator Sanders‘ takeover of health care will lead to higher Medicare premiums, drug shortages, rationing of care, benefit cuts, and tax hikes. It’s expensive, too.  The “health care” provisions are projected to cost $1.3 trillion, about 40% more than the original Affordable Care Act legislation. The plan would expand government programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare.  As more Americans become dependent on government health care – and as private health insurance is destabilized — a point will be reached where nationalization of health care will become ine...
Nancy Pelosi’s backroom arm-twisting ratchets up on Dems ahead of votes on big spending bills
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Nancy Pelosi’s backroom arm-twisting ratchets up on Dems ahead of votes on big spending bills

The thin margins in Congress and the high stakes for muscling through $5.7 trillion of new spending put House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in one of the tightest binds of her long political career. With votes expected this week on two massive spending bills, Mrs. Pelosi has no room for error in bringing together far-left and moderate Democrats to score a desperately needed win for President Biden. But Washington politicos, and the speaker herself, will tell you: Don’t bet against Nancy Pelosi. SEE ALSO: Democrats, GOP barrel toward government shutdown “I don’t consider anything an uphill battle,” Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, recently told The Washington Times. She has mastered an extensive repertoire of negotiating tactics to force defiant members in her caucus back in line. She dang...
Biden ‘Quad’ powers pose challenge to China
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Biden ‘Quad’ powers pose challenge to China

U.S. efforts to forge a new formal alliance of major Pacific Rim democracies to counter China are set to take a step forward at the White House on Friday, as the heads of state from the “Quad” powers gather for the first in-person summit of the strategic alignment that has triggered increasing frustration in Beijing.  Building on a diplomatic push first launched in the Trump administration, President Biden will host the leaders of India, Japan and Australia as part of what is formally known as the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, an ongoing effort to rally the most powerful democracies of the region into a more formal grouping to confront communist China‘s expanding economic and military influence on the world stage. Beijing has been bristling at the effort for months, with Chinese Pr...
Brian Laundrie arrest warrant issued by FBI
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Brian Laundrie arrest warrant issued by FBI

Federal authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie, the missing fiance in the disappearance of Gabby Petito. The U.S. District Court in Wyoming issued the warrant “pursuant to a Federal Grand Jury indictment,” the FBI’s Denver office posted on Twitter. On September 22, 2021, the U.S. District Court of Wyoming issued a federal arrest warrant for Brian Christopher Laundrie pursuant to a Federal Grand Jury indictment related to Mr. Laundrie’s activities following the death of Gabrielle Petito. pic.twitter.com/SSrBVbAeBs — FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) September 23, 2021 Mr. Laundrie remains missing, however, as searchers continue looking for him Thursday in Florida swampland. While Ms. Petito’s death was ruled a homicide earlier this week, that is not the immediate charge against...
Schism erupts between Biden administration, Democrats over treatment of Haitian migrants
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Schism erupts between Biden administration, Democrats over treatment of Haitian migrants

The rift between President Biden and his progressive base widened Thursday over the treatment of Haitian migrants, as the U.S. special envoy to Haiti quit in protest of the administration’s “inhumane” deportations and influential liberal allies called on the White House to suspend flights of migrants back to Haiti. Daniel Foote, a top envoy to Haiti, resigned and torched the administration on his way out the door. In a resignation letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Mr. Foote wrote that the administration’s policy toward the Haitian migrants is “deeply flawed” and deporting them was “counterproductive.” The U.S. has flown more than 1,000 refugees back to Haiti in recent days. White House press secretary Jen Psaki countered that Mr. Foote‘s ideas about promoting democracy in Haiti ...