Liveblog - In case you missed it: Headlines 08/18/21

With so many crazy things happening, sometimes things fall through the cracks.  Here are some headlines that you may find interesting and worth discussing. Please feel free to post ‘headlines’ you would like to share that we may have missed.

Afghanistan:

Watch What They Do, Not What They Say:

Read What The Taliban Told NPR About Their Plans For Afghanistan

Images of bloodied Afghans contradict Taliban’s claims of moderation

The militants are trying to consolidate their control of the country amid a campaign to paint a more moderate image.

U.S. working with Taliban to evacuate Americans and allies out of Afghanistan, Pentagon says

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said 5,000 people have been evacuated to date.

President Biden/Biden Administration:

Congress:

COVID-19 Updates/COVIDIOTS:

US records more than 1,000 COVID deaths in a day for first time since March

Over 20,000 Mississippi students in Covid quarantine after first week of school

A grieving aunt whose teen niece died from Covid-19 in Mississippi said, “I found out Friday it was a positive test. And then on Saturday, she passed.”

Should’ve Got the Vaccine:

An Alabama doctor watched patients reject the coronavirus vaccine. Now he’s refusing to treat them.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) is telling unvaccinated officers that they must wear masks at all times while on duty.

“As per Mayoral Executive Order 74, members of the service who wish to remove their face coverings in the workplace must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to the Medical Division,” an NYPD spokesperson said in a statement to The Hill on Wednesday.

DeSantis promotes Covid drug that top donor invests in

DeSantis has been flying around the state promoting Regeneron, a monoclonal antibody treatment that was used on then-President Donald Trump after he tested positive for Covid.

The American Taliban/White ISIS/Wing Nuts/Gunz!:

The Former Guy:

State News:

Recall candidate John Cox interrupted at debate with court order to pay ad agency $100,000

Other News:

Over 130 pet deaths may be linked to Midwestern Pet Foods, FDA says

“Inspections of Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc.’s manufacturing plants revealed evidence of violations,” said the director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.

Aquarium announces two gay penguin couples during nesting season

Tiger and Branston and Jones and Klaus are the latest same-sex pairings at the Melbourne aquarium.

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