Daily News Digest – September 1, 2021
Here is your daily news for Wednesday September 1st.
- Defensive President Joe Biden on Tuesday called on the US airlift to extract more than 120,000 Americans, Afghans and other allies from Afghanistan to end a 20-year war an “extraordinary success”, although more than 100 Americans and thousands more have been left behind.
- Twenty-four hours after the last US C-17 cargo plane left Kabul, Biden addressed the nation and vigorously defended his decision to end America’s longest war and withdraw all troops American before the August 31 deadline.
- “I was not going to prolong this war forever,” Biden said from the White House. “And I wasn’t going to extend an outing forever.”
- Biden faced tough questions about how the United States left Afghanistan – a chaotic evacuation with spasms of violence, including a suicide bombing last week that killed 13 U.S. servicemen and 169 Afghans.
- He is the subject of strong criticism, in particular from the Republicans, for his management of the evacuation. But he said it was inevitable that the final start of two decades of war, first negotiated with the Taliban on May 1 by former President Donald Trump, would have been difficult, with likely violence regardless. when it was planned and carried out.
- Read more and watch the full speech HERE.
- U.S. Representative Mike Rogers, R-Ala., Sharply criticized President Joe Biden after his speech Tuesday to the nation on ending the war in Afghanistan.
- Rogers is the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, which makes him one of the leading Republican voices on military matters in Congress. He specifically pointed out that hundreds of Americans were left behind after the military completed its evacuation.
- “An American left behind is one too many. The point is, President Biden abandoned the Americans in Afghanistan, leaving them at the mercy of the Taliban and ISIS-K. The president promised the American people that he would stay until all Americans came out, ”Rogers said in a statement.
- “President Biden’s words today were hollow.”
- Read more HERE.
- While state officials have refused to offer any kind of COVID-19 vaccine incentives statewide, more than a dozen Alabama community colleges are offering benefits to students and staff who get vaccinated.
- Colleges like Gadsden State Community College offer fully immunized students to be eligible for a $ 500 book aid program, and full-time employees can receive a $ 50 voucher at the campus cafeteria or bookstores across the campus. campus.
- Alabama still ranks among the bottom in the country for the percentage of people fully vaccinated with about 38%, according to data from the Mayo Clinic.
- The lack of vaccination has also led to an increase in the number of new cases and a record number of COVID-19 patients in hospital intensive care units.
- The total number of patients infected with the virus in public hospitals was 2,873 on Tuesday, still below the pandemic peak of 3,087 set in January.
- Learn more from Caroline Beck on exactly what community colleges are offering in vaccine incentives HERE.
- An Alabama lawmaker pleaded not guilty on Monday to theft charges related to his former employer.
- Court records show Representative Will Dismukes pleaded innocent at a hearing in Montgomery.
- Dismukes is accused of taking property valued at over $ 2,500 from his former employer, Weiss Flooring.
- Dismukes has said he expects to be exonerated. Dismukes’ attorney Trey Norman said the dispute is better suited to a civil court.
- The criminal case began when the company contacted the public prosecutor. Dismukes started his own business after leaving Weiss.
- Montgomery Judge Brooke Reid also dismissed a defense request on Monday to move the case out of Montgomery County.
- Read more HERE.
- U.S. consumer confidence in August fell to its lowest level since February amid growing concerns over the rapidly spreading delta variant of the coronavirus and concerns over higher inflation.
- The Conference Board announced Tuesday that its consumer confidence index fell to 113.8 in August, from 125.1 revised in July. This is the index’s lowest level since a reading of 95.2 in February.
- The July index has been revised down from the initially reported 129.1, which followed a reading of 128.9 in June, the best performance since before the pandemic hit in February 2020.
- Concerns about the resurgence of COVID cases as well as concerns about rising gas and food prices have contributed to the decline.
- With August’s drop, the overall index is 19 points lower than its pre-pandemic level. August’s decline reflected a weakening of both current conditions and the expectations of index constituents.
- The report showed spending intentions for the purchase of homes, cars and major appliances cooled in August, but the percentage of consumers planning to take vacations in the next six months continued. to increase.
- Read more HERE.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Biden defends his departure from Afghanistan
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Rogers: Biden’s words “hollow”
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama Community Colleges Offer Incentives For Students To Vaccinate
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Dismukes pleads not guilty to theft
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – US consumer confidence drops in August to its lowest level in 6 months
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – As US military leaves Kabul, many Americans and Afghans remain
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – The aftermath of Ida: Thousands of people face weeks without electricity
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – First figures in hand, the redistribution committee begins public hearings on Wednesday
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Record for Virus Infected Patients in Alabama Intensive Care Units
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – SEC will not allow make-up games for shorthanded teams
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Analysis: What We Learned From the Latest Daily News Poll
AL.COM – Tropical Storm Ida’s Final Puzzle: The Danger of Alabama’s Washed-Out Rural Roads
AL.COM – Black Lives Matter supports Bessemer Amazon union effort: “We are not backing down”
AL.COM – Alabama hospital president lost 70 nurses to COVID, begs people to get vaccinated: “Our staff are very exhausted”
AL.COM – House committee investigating insurgency wants Mo Brooks phone records
Montgomery Advertiser – “A Crisis”: Military Medical Team Deploys to Southern Alabama Amid COVID Wave
Montgomery Advertiser – Hurricane Ida Damage to Grand Isle
Decatur Daily – Hospital applies for permit to open ambulance service
Decatur Daily – Residents of Southeast Ninth Avenue meet with police after speeding complaints
Decatur Daily – Mayor of Athens proposes traffic survey for downtown square
Times Daily – Army Corps of Engineers, TVA, Wilson Dam Damage Assessment
Times Daily – Tropical storms mostly damage trees in shallows
Times Daily – Shoals Chamber to welcome Governor
Anniston Star – Berman Museum closed for two months to update exhibit halls
Anniston Star – Jacksonville Police seek information on man who broke into bank
Anniston Star – Local events planned for the 20th anniversary of September 11
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Gas prices set to rise due to the impacts of Hurricane Ida
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – State reports low hospitalizations and deaths among fully vaccinated people
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – How to Prepare Your Child for Virtual Learning
Tuscaloosa News – “A Crisis”: Military Medical Team Deploys to Southern Alabama Amid COVID Wave
Tuscaloosa News – Ida floods roads in southern Alabama
YellowHammer News – Alabama Aerospace and Aviation High School Gets State Board Approval; Opening of the free public charter in 2022
YellowHammer News – Judge Kelli Wise Receives Civil Justice Approval
YellowHammer News – Katie Britt denounces failure to evacuate all Americans from Afghanistan – “Leaving someone behind is a disgrace and un-American”
Gadsden Times – County Commissioners Promote Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Gadsden Times – ‘A Crisis’: Military Medical Team Deploys to Southern Alabama Amid COVID Wave
Gadsden Times – Hallmark announces candidacy for Etowah County Board of Education
Dothan Eagle – The Latest: Virus Cases In Egypt Rise Amid Variant, Fewer Rules
Dothan Eagle – Pope inadvertently quotes Putin to rebuke West Afghan war
Dothan Eagle – Dycom Industries: Fiscal Second Quarter Results Snapshot
Opelika-Auburn News – Indian schools cautiously reopen even as COVID warnings mount
Opelika-Auburn News – Restaurants and malls reopen as restrictions on Thai viruses ease
WSFA Montgomery – Inside Look at Montgomery Area Mental Health Authority’s New Crisis Center
WSFA Montgomery – Small town Dallas County mayor charged with state ethics
WSFA Montgomery – Tornado lands on the west side of Dothan
WAFF Huntsville – New trial request filed for Mike Blakely; What happens next
WAFF Huntsville – Albertville Brothers Plan to Revitalize Former Boaz Outlet Mall
WAFF Huntsville – Disaster Relief Groups Raise Donations and Provide Disaster Relief in Louisiana
WKRG Mobile – Social security fund will run out sooner than expected, government says
WKRG Mobile – Alabama veterans reflect on the end of the war in Afghanistan
WKRG Mobile – Two EF-1 tornadoes confirmed in Mobile and Clarke counties
WTVY Dothan – Tornado causes damage on the west side of Dothan
WTVY Dothan – The Geneva police chief closes the book on 34 years of career
WTVY Dothan – 334 Prevention Project Works To Educate On Drug Overdose Awareness
WASHINGTON POST – Declaring Afghan war over, Biden defends evacuation efforts
WASHINGTON POST – Heavy fighting around last province outside Taliban control
WASHINGTON POST – Withdrawal from Afghanistan exposes Republican divide on foreign policy despite united condemnation of Biden
NEW YORK TIMES – Biden defends Afghan withdrawal, declares nation-building end
NEW YORK TIMES – Ukrainian leader meets with Biden, seeks security guarantees after Afghan withdrawal
NEW YORK TIMES – Texas virtual abortion ban takes effect after Supreme Court fails to act
WALL STREET JOURNAL – US leaving Afghanistan reshuffles global power relations
WALL STREET JOURNAL – Taliban urge US exit from Afghanistan, promise to enforce Islamic rule as Biden sticks to withdrawal
WALL STREET JOURNAL – Hurricane Ida leaves residents without power amid sweltering heat