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来自@WSJopinion。保罗-沃尔福威茨(Paul Wolfowitz)写道:"将那些与我们并肩作战的人留在身后,让他们自己和他们的家人面临风险,这将是一个道德污点,而且这将阻止其他人在未来帮助我们,。

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2021 年 第 33 周归档(08.16 - 08.23)

A New Orleans hospital has had as many as 20 children hospitalized for Covid-19 at a time in the past three weeks. About half of the kids hospitalized recently didn’t have underlying conditions. (on.wsj.com)
The Taliban engaged in overnight battles with the budding resistance forces in northern Afghanistan as political negotiations on a broader government moved ahead in Kabul (on.wsj.com)
The QR code you use to scan restaurant menus takes advantage of the same mathematics once used to keep compact discs from skipping (on.wsj.com)
The U.S. Naval Academy said it expelled 18 midshipmen after an investigation found they had cheated on an online physics final exam (on.wsj.com)
The Delta variant changed companies’ return-to-office timelines. It’s also making bosses worry that the longer people stay at home, the more challenging it will be to bring them back. (on.wsj.com)
Migrants are attempting to cross the southern U.S. border in record numbers. Here’s why they aren’t likely to spread Covid-19 once they arrive. (on.wsj.com)
No one can throw a summer bash like Jay Gatsby. For a stylish page-turner, why not dip back into Fitzgerald’s "The Great Gatsby," a classic tale of indulgence and spirit during a sweltering season in the Roaring ’20s. (on.wsj.com)
Breaking: The U.S. is enlisting commercial airlines to help transport Afghan evacuees from bases in Europe and the Middle East, the Pentagon said (on.wsj.com)
Researchers at the highest point of Greenland’s ice sheet observed rain there for the first time on record (on.wsj.com)
A California judge said Proposition 22, the November ballot measure that allowed Uber, Lyft and DoorDash to continue treating their drivers as independent contractors, is unenforceable and unconstitutional (on.wsj.com)
The illusion of safety shattered quickly in Kabul’s last days of freedom before the Taliban seized control (on.wsj.com)
Police Sgt. Deborah Clem studies Filipino martial arts and Brazilian jujitsu to boost her fitness and self-defense skills. "When a fight happens in the field, I know I can handle it." (on.wsj.com)
The FDA is expected to grant full approval of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine next week. The two-dose shot was first cleared in December by the agency on an emergency use basis. (on.wsj.com)
Vaccinated Americans are drawing sharper lines around who they choose to spend time with, while the unvaccinated grow testy over being excluded and feeling judged (on.wsj.com)
So how did one of television’s biggest hits, "Ted Lasso," end up giving viewers a Christmas episode in August? Thank Apple. (on.wsj.com)
You send 🙂. But Gen Z sees 🤔🙁🤨. The language of emojis has different translations, depending on your age. (on.wsj.com)
The Biden administration is making preparations to invoke an emergency civil aviation program, while adding to the number of U.S. bases that can house Afghan evacuees. (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: The abandonment of our allies in Afghanistan will have significant costs. When the world’s rogues sense that a superpower lacks the will to support its friends, they soon look for ways to take advantage, writes The Editorial Board. (on.wsj.com)
Sha'Carri Richardson, who missed the Tokyo Games after a positive marijuana test, finished last in a much-anticipated women’s 100-meters race Saturday. The three Jamaican women who swept the 100 meters in Tokyo also swept this event. (corrects typo) (on.wsj.com)
What went wrong in Afghanistan? As America’s longest war draws to an end, sharp disagreements remain about its aims, direction and success (on.wsj.com)
Sydney is extending a lockdown to enable more Australians to get vaccinated, as measures that eliminated earlier strains don’t work with the Delta variant (on.wsj.com)
As the Delta variant pushes Covid-19 infections to averages of about 100,000 a day in the U.S., exhausted healthcare workers say they wish more people in their communities were vaccinated (on.wsj.com)
Jack Ma stood with Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk as a global tech giant. But he failed to please China’s leader Xi Jinping and has largely disappeared from view. (on.wsj.com)
The Biden administration is making preparations to enlist U.S. airlines to help transport evacuees from the Kabul airlift, officials said (on.wsj.com)
"Are you vaccinated?" The question can damage personal and professional relationships if not handled carefully. Here’s how to ask at work, with friends and with family. (on.wsj.com)
The perimeter of Kabul’s international airport remained a scene of teeming chaos Friday, with troops firing tear gas to control desperate crowds, while U.S. officials weighed dispatching forces to rescue Americans stuck beyond Taliban checkpoints (on.wsj.com)
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The first-ever water shortage on the Colorado River triggered cutbacks that will hit Southwest farmers hard, likely causing thousands of acres to go unplanted #WSJWhatsNow (twitter.com)
R&B star the Weeknd bought a $70 million mansion in Bel Air in one of the largest deals in Los Angeles so far this year (on.wsj.com)
She took a taxi to work this time to avoid angering the Taliban. She was dragged from the car by a gunman and whipped anyway. (on.wsj.com)
A California judge said a ballot measure allowing companies like Uber and Lyft to classify their drivers as independent contractors is unconstitutional (on.wsj.com)
After Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, former head of state Hamid Karzai has sought to cast himself as a leader of the people (on.wsj.com)
Taliban fighters battled a local militia in northern Afghanistan in some of the first significant armed clashes since the group’s rapid takeover of the country (on.wsj.com)
Jack Ma stood with Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk as a global tech giant. But he failed to please China’s leader Xi Jinping and has largely disappeared from view. (on.wsj.com)
On Friday the 13th, Kabul was in a panic. ATMs ran out of cash. Embassies started packing. This is what happened in the final days before Afghanistan’s fall (on.wsj.com)
A nurse who lost both her parents to Covid-19 says she does not regret their decision not to get the vaccine, but that she resents judgment from friends asking why they didn't get the shot: “Some people make us feel like it’s our fault they’re gone.” (on.wsj.com)
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Here's an early look at the front page of The Wall Street Journal's weekend edition (on.wsj.com)
Crocs and Birkenstocks were just the beginning. Shoes just keep getting more casual and more unsightly—and trend-conscious customers can’t get enough. Here's a guide to the confounding world of weird footwear. (on.wsj.com)
Vaccinated Americans are drawing sharper lines around who they choose to spend time with, while the unvaccinated grow testy over being excluded and feeling judged (on.wsj.com)
She took a taxi to work this time to avoid angering the Taliban. She was dragged from the car by a gunman and whipped anyway. (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: Last November, when Trump announced his rapid, ill considered drawdown plans for Afghanistan, Republican leaders slammed him. So why are the Democrats so unwilling to challenge Biden, asks @KimStrassel. (on.wsj.com)
President Biden intends to nominate veteran diplomat Nicholas Burns to serve as U.S. ambassador to China and former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as his top diplomat in Japan (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: One of the more serious consequences of the misbegotten Afghanistan withdrawal is the way it has damaged America’s relationships with its allies, especially in Europe, writes The Editorial Board (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: Retired Gen. David Petraeus offers unsparing words about Trump and Biden, a defense of nation-building, and he says U.S. soldiers may have to re-enter Kabul in force to rescue Americans (on.wsj.com)
Republican and Democratic lawmakers ramped up pressure on the Biden administration to speed the evacuation of Afghans eligible for special immigrant visas for their service to the U.S. (on.wsj.com)
The Delta variant is so infectious that some Australian leaders believe it will be impossible to get down to zero cases again (on.wsj.com)
Heard on the Street: A speech on wealth inequality by China’s president has wiped around $70 billion off the value of Europe’s top luxury stocks (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: Thanks to Allyson Reneau, a 60-year-old Oklahoma mother, 10 members of the Afghan Girls Robotics team have escaped from Afghanistan. Maybe President Biden should put her in charge (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: With over 10,000 fighters already in Afghanistan from groups like Al Qaeda and Islamic State, Biden quickly needs to adopt an armed surveillance strategy using intelligence and air power to target terrorists, writes @SethGJones (on.wsj.com)
Essay: Shouting doesn’t persuade people, yet we do it more when we’re uncertain of being listened to. That leads to a downward spiral of dwindling influence. (on.wsj.com)
Beijing delayed legislation that threatened companies in Hong Kong with violating Chinese law if they complied with U.S. or European sanctions (on.wsj.com)
As a college freshman, Malcolm Mitchell struggled with reading. Now the NFL veteran is a children’s book author and literacy activist. (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: The Editorial Board: A nation that hesitates to rescue its people for fear of the Taliban is behaving like a pitiful, helpless giant. Time for a NATO military operation to rescue those trapped behind Taliban lines (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: Conservatives claim to believe in American exceptionalism, and they once took pride in welcoming exiles from authoritarian lands. Afghans who fought with us deserve no less, writes The Editorial Board. (on.wsj.com)
The FDA is expected to grant full approval of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine next week. The two-dose shot was first cleared in December by the agency on an emergency use basis. (on.wsj.com)
A new $369 cellphone slated to arrive this fall can make calls and send texts, but can't access social media, take photos or send email. Its maker, Mudita, is among a number of startups trying to establish the product category of minimalist phones. (on.wsj.com)
Vice President Harris's trip to Southeast Asia will give the Biden administration an opportunity to put the focus back on countering China at a time when the U.S.’s chaotic exit from Afghanistan is raising questions about its reliability as an ally (on.wsj.com)
The U.S. Naval Academy said it has expelled 18 midshipmen after an investigation found they had cheated on an online-based physics final exam (on.wsj.com)
Apple will delay its back-to-work plans for employees in U.S. corporate offices until early next year as a rise in Covid-19 cases in the country continues to disrupt plans for companies seeking to have employees back on campus (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: One of the more serious consequences of the misbegotten Afghanistan withdrawal is the way it has damaged America’s relationships with its allies, especially in Europe, writes The Editorial Board (on.wsj.com)
A round of golf can take five hours—but not when it’s Lauren Cupp. Meet the new world record holder in “Speedgolf,” who just played 18 holes, 1-under par—in just over 50 minutes. (on.wsj.com)
President Biden said the U.S. has helped evacuate 13,000 people from Afghanistan since Aug. 14 and vowed to evacuate any American who wants to leave the country (on.wsj.com)
The Taliban faced new defiance Thursday against their takeover of Afghanistan and dispersed peaceful protesters with deadly force, while U.S. diplomats were arriving at Kabul’s airport to clear the backlog of Afghans and U.S. citizens seeking to flee (on.wsj.com)
Jack Ma stood with Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk as a global tech giant. But he failed to please China’s leader Xi Jinping and has largely disappeared from view. (on.wsj.com)
New "Jeopardy!" host Mike Richards is stepping down from the job following controversy over offensive comments he made years ago (on.wsj.com)
The Taliban have wasted little time in collecting weapons from Afghanistan’s military, raising concerns about how easily troves of U.S.-made arms, military aircraft and armored vehicles have fallen into enemy hands and the new capabilities they bring (on.wsj.com)
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Take an early look at the front page of The Wall Street Journal (on.wsj.com)
U.S. forces fired tear gas to control the crowds trying to access Kabul airport, a day after the Pentagon said order was being restored and evacuations would be accelerating (on.wsj.com)
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“It’s intended to be friendly.” Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla Bot, a humanoid robot he said the company plans to build, drawing on some of the technology used for its vehicles #AIDay #WSJWhatsNews (twitter.com)
News organizations have made progress in their efforts to get their journalists out of Afghanistan following the Taliban’s rapid takeover of the country, while some are committing to continuing their coverage on the ground, at least for now (on.wsj.com)
AstraZeneca will seek regulatory approval for an antibody drug after a study showed strong efficacy in preventing symptomatic Covid-19 (on.wsj.com)
China approved a sweeping privacy law that will curb wide-ranging data collection by tech companies, but that policy analysts say is unlikely to limit the state's use of surveillance (on.wsj.com)
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Take an early look at the front page of The Wall Street Journal (on.wsj.com)
Major League Baseball and its players' union struck exclusive baseball card agreements with a new company controlled by online sports-merchandise retailer Fanatics, breaking Topps's decades-long grip on the trading-card market (on.wsj.com)
Companies are offering "Sabbath mode" on more appliances to help Jewish users abide by religious laws restricting electricity on holidays. But a feature that freezes an oven’s settings is making some cooks think they broke theirs. (on.wsj.com)
Review: Netflix’s new series, "The Chair," starring Sandra Oh as the first female chair of an English department at a university, is an engaging sendup of higher education (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: Forget the damage to the economy. Forget the harm to our culture. The child tax credit will hold people down by keeping them reliant on government handouts, writes Nick Stehle. (on.wsj.com)
Review: In the documentary "The Smartest Kids in the World," four high-school students are sent around the world to see what lessons the education systems of other countries hold for America. The results are enlightening, perhaps a little depressing. (on.wsj.com)
Vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna are on track to notch billions more in sales than previously expected, as new booster-shot strategies and concerns about the Delta variant push demand, and the companies raise prices in the U.S. and elsewhere (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: The drama in Texas over election reform isn’t really about Democrats fighting to ensure access to voting; it’s about them dividing Americans by race, through fear, for political advantage, writes @KarlRove (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: Biden and his administration are responsible for putting Americans and our allies in harm’s way. His top priority, his only priority, has to be getting them out of Afghanistan no matter what it takes, writes The Editorial Board. (on.wsj.com)
Lorde’s new album "Solar Power" arrives Friday, with a scaled-down tour in cozier venues to follow. “I’m sure there is someone with a spreadsheet somewhere, who can point to the ways in which I’m making less money.” (on.wsj.com)
About two dozen State Department officials at the U.S. embassy in Kabul warned last month in a confidential memo of the city's potential collapse soon after the Aug. 31 U.S. troop withdrawal deadline, people familiar with the matter say (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: As Biden’s approval rating falls, the President needs a win. But Congress isn’t poised to provide, as Democrats feud over the infrastructure bill and budget resolution, writes @BillGalston (on.wsj.com)
Manhattan prosecutors are moving to advance their criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s business affairs, fighting with his company over evidence and continuing talks with the lawyer of a Trump Organization executive (on.wsj.com)
R&B star the Weeknd bought a $70 million mansion in Bel Air in one of the largest deals in Los Angeles so far this year (on.wsj.com)
President Biden approached Russian President Vladimir Putin at their June summit about keeping U.S. counterterrorism forces in Central Asia after the Afghanistan pullout. Putin rebuffed the plan. (on.wsj.com)
Three former Netflix software engineers and two of their close associates were charged with insider trading after accumulating about $3 million in profit from trading confidential information about the streamer’s subscriber growth, according to the SEC (on.wsj.com)
The Biden administration is wiping out more than $5.8 billion in student loans for more than 323,000 borrowers who are permanently disabled (on.wsj.com)
Toys “R” Us will roll out shops at more than 400 Macy’s locations in the U.S. in 2022, the companies said, revamping the toy emporium’s brick-and-mortar presence in the country since it filed for bankruptcy in 2017 (on.wsj.com)
It is getting more expensive to pay with a credit card. More small businesses—and even some larger ones—are charging shoppers a fee for credit-card purchases to offset the various fees they pay on credit-card transactions. (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: When circumstances demand it, Afghans show the same unbreakable character as the mighty mountains that dominate our landscape. We can never truly give up our music or our way of life, writes Ahmad Naser Sarmast. (on.wsj.com)
Two of Florida’s largest school districts have voted to implement mask mandates, setting up a clash with the state, which has moved to punish other districts that passed similar orders (on.wsj.com)
Breaking: U.S. Capitol Police ordered an evacuation of a House of Representatives office building near the Library of Congress after a suspicious vehicle was found in the area (on.wsj.com)
A study that was the basis for testosterone regulation in women’s track events—and which prevented South African two-time gold medalist Caster Semenya from competing in the Tokyo Olympics—has been corrected by its publishers. (on.wsj.com)
Colleges and universities are wrestling with how to treat, and budget for, unvaccinated students. A few schools are making such students pay to be tested regularly for Covid-19. (on.wsj.com)
Toyota said it is cutting production by 40% next month in Japan, affecting some of its best-selling vehicles, because of the chip shortage (on.wsj.com)
As the Taliban overran Afghanistan last week, 25,000 Marines and other U.S. Navy personnel held exercises to simulate the capture and control of islands in the Western Pacific, one of the largest military drills since the Cold War (on.wsj.com)
In China, the slogan “common prosperity” is popping up. It heralds the Communist Party's plan to return to its roots by empowering workers, and limiting capitalists’ gains when needed to fix inequities, analysts say. (on.wsj.com)
“The Taliban will kill us. They are only behaving a bit so far because the Americans are here”: Many Afghans and Westerners are fearful of crossing Kabul to reach the airport (on.wsj.com)
An Amazon department store? Long a retail disrupter, the online shopping pioneer plans to open several large physical locations to sell clothing, household items and other goods. (on.wsj.com)
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Take an early look at the front page of The Wall Street Journal (on.wsj.com)
Ken Kurson, a former Trump ally and a former editor in chief of the New York Observer, was charged with cybercrimes Wednesday, making him at least the third person pardoned by former President Donald Trump to face scrutiny from New York state prosecutors (on.wsj.com)
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Take an early look at the front page of The Wall Street Journal (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: Beijing’s propagandists will take any opportunity to denigrate the U.S. But its strategic opportunities from the Afghanistan withdrawal are real, writes The Editorial Board (on.wsj.com)
A multibillion-dollar oil project planned for Alaska was blocked by a federal judge, who said the government failed to assess its impact on climate change (on.wsj.com)
While the US froze billions of dollars in Afghan government assets and halted cash shipments to the country as the Taliban seized control, the terror-group’s income from drug sales and other illicit activities may sustain it (on.wsj.com)
In Michigan, a state forest known as “Big Wild” is generating fresh revenue by limiting logging and creating carbon offsets (on.wsj.com)
The U.S. and its allies are denying the Taliban billions of dollars in financial assistance tagged for Afghanistan—but the group has drug earnings to sustain it (on.wsj.com)
She took a taxi to work this time to avoid angering the Taliban. She was dragged from the car by a gunman and whipped anyway. (on.wsj.com)
The EPA is banning the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on all food, citing it as toxic to children's brains (on.wsj.com)
Afghans and Westerners stranded in Kabul started trickling into the city’s airport for evacuation flights, but entry remained extremely difficult, with Taliban checkpoints on most access roads and no clear system to bring people in (on.wsj.com)
The EPA is banning the farm pesticide chlorpyrifos, widely used to control crop pests, which it says is toxic to children’s brains (on.wsj.com)
The Biden administration plans to tell nursing homes to vaccinate their staffs against Covid-19 or risk losing federal funding, officials said (on.wsj.com)
Ken Kurson, a former Trump ally and a former editor in chief of the New York Observer, was charged with cybercrimes Wednesday, making him at least the third person pardoned by former President Donald Trump to face scrutiny from New York state prosecutors (on.wsj.com)
At least two U.S. officials stationed in Germany sought treatment for symptoms of Havana Syndrome, according to American diplomats. Some officials say the unexplained illness could be caused by attacks using radio-frequency energy. (on.wsj.com)
Members of Congress who did military tours in Afghanistan or developed relationships with Afghans during congressional visits are rushing to help as many people as they can to flee the country. “To let somebody fall through the cracks is a death sentence.” (on.wsj.com)
Early data from Israel suggests a booster shot of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine can significantly improve immunity in those aged 60 and above, as other countries plan additional doses to increase protection against the highly infectious Delta variant (on.wsj.com)
Many parents who couldn’t wait to send their kids back to the classroom are now doing daily Covid-19 risk calculations and wondering: Do we need a backup plan? (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: Biden received plenty of warnings about the need to rush the visa process for the thousands of Afghans who risked their lives for Americans, yet his administration’s actions betrayed a lack of urgency, writes @AdamWSJ (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: There’s a reason the U.S. kept at it in Afghanistan for 20 years: The alternative was worse, as events may soon prove. When Biden consigned Afghanistan to its fate, he knew exactly what he was doing, writes @HolmanJenkins (on.wsj.com)
The Biden administration is expected to call for a third Covid-19 shot for Americans who were fully vaccinated with the two-shot regimen, citing the threat from the Delta variant and concerns over data showing initial immunity wanes over time (on.wsj.com)
Breaking: Deposed Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, whose whereabouts had been unknown since he fled the country, is in the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf state said (on.wsj.com)
Breaking: The U.S. will offer a third Covid-19 shot starting in the fall for Americans fully vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna, to be administered about eight months after the second dose (on.wsj.com)
A large portion of the Afghan Air Force has ended up in neighboring Uzbekistan, after hundreds of Afghan service members used U.S.-supplied planes and helicopters to flee the Taliban, U.S. officials said (on.wsj.com)
Two Democratic lawmakers took aim at Tesla and Elon Musk for “repeated overstatements” of vehicle capabilities (on.wsj.com)
How to deal with Covid anxiety for the long haul: Don't ignore it—that makes it a mental drain. Recognize it, understand it, and it can become a source of energy. (on.wsj.com)
Military veterans say they forged lasting bonds with Afghan interpreters. Now some vets are feeling anger, shame and a deep sense of betrayal amid the U.S. retreat. (on.wsj.com)
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Take an early look at the front page of The Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com)
The death toll from the Haiti earthquake has risen to 1,941 people, authorities said, with nearly 10,000 people injured (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: As the Taliban seizes power in Afghanistan, Iran is mounting a no less significant push. Behind both offensives is the perception that the regional order is failing and the U.S. is retreating, writes Jonathan Spyer. (on.wsj.com)
PepsiCo plans to cut water consumption in half at sites where supply is at risk, with a goal to replenish more water than it uses by 2030 (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJOpinion: President Biden needs to tell the Taliban that American troops won’t leave behind the thousands of Afghans who helped the U.S. (on.wsj.com)
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Take an early look at the front page of The Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com)
Military veterans say they forged lasting bonds with Afghan interpreters who ate meals with them, bunked alongside them and, on occasion, saved their lives. As many now rush to try to save old friends, they feel anger, shame and a deep sense of betrayal. (on.wsj.com)
The Florida Board of Education voted unanimously to punish two school districts for implementing mask mandates that ran afoul of a state order barring such requirements (on.wsj.com)
The U.S. cancelled shipments of dollars headed for Afghanistan as the Taliban gained ground, to keep cash out of the group's hands, people familiar say (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJOpinion: The U.S. legacy in Afghanistan cannot be that we abandoned its people, particularly women and girls, because we became weary. We must stand with the women of Afghanistan, now more than ever, writes Charity Wallace. (on.wsj.com)
Islamist extremist social media lit up with celebratory messages as the Taliban cemented its control over Afghanistan, raising concerns that a weakened al Qaeda and other terrorist groups could stage a comeback (on.wsj.com)
North Carolina lawmakers unanimously voted to raise the legal age of marriage in the state from 14 to 16, further restricting child marriage but stopping short of outlawing it (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: The Taliban safe-haven in Pakistan was crucial to the group’s longevity and eventual military success (on.wsj.com)
"Please hold my hand and help me." Zakia Khudadadi was set to become the first woman from Afghanistan to compete in the Paralympics. Now, after the Taliban's takeover, she's stuck in Kabul and pleading for help. (on.wsj.com)
The battle against Covid-19 is shifting into long-term, low-intensity mode in Europe, as countries including Germany, Italy and France go from seeking to end the pandemic to preparing to live with it (on.wsj.com)
The world still has little idea who Afghanistan’s new leaders are and how they will rule the country. But if the Taliban movement has a face, today it is Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJOpinion: Weakness arouses evil, and the magnitude of evil now rising in Afghanistan speaks volumes about the weaknesses of President Biden, writes Mike Pence (on.wsj.com)
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The first-ever water shortage on the Colorado River triggered cutbacks that will hit Southwest farmers hard, likely causing thousands of acres to go unplanted #WSJWhatsNow (twitter.com)
The Washington Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal issued a joint statement to the Biden administration requesting safe passage for their journalists out of Afghanistan following the Taliban’s rapid takeover (on.wsj.com)
The U.S. declared the first-ever shortage of water on the Colorado River, triggering cutbacks that will hit farmers hard amid a punishing drought across the Southwest (on.wsj.com)
Military veterans say they forged lasting bonds with Afghan interpreters who ate meals with them, bunked alongside them and, on occasion, saved their lives. As many now rush to try to save old friends, they feel anger, shame and a deep sense of betrayal. (on.wsj.com)
A usually fractious coalition of investors, exchanges, financiers and social-media influencers like Ashton Kutcher and Elon Musk joined forces to battle a tax provision for digital currencies (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: Biden failed to accept responsibility and explain how he would fix the mess in Afghanistan, making it clear he is the main architect of this needless American surrender. His words of "support" will be cold comfort for the Afghan people. (on.wsj.com)
"Please hold my hand and help me." Zakia Khudadadi was set to become the first woman from Afghanistan to compete in the Paralympics. Now, after the Taliban's takeover, she's stuck in Kabul and pleading for help. (on.wsj.com)
Thousands of stranded Afghans faced Taliban airport checkpoints, where those trying to cross were beaten. One evacuation flight left with 7 passengers aboard. (on.wsj.com)
President Biden had soured on the war in Afghanistan and was determined to pull troops out. Most of his advisers had objections of various kinds. He pushed ahead anyway and the result so far has been chaos. (on.wsj.com)
Beijing worries Taliban rule could be destabilizing for its restive Xinjiang region but is wary of getting tangled up in a volatile situation (on.wsj.com)
A host of countries in Latin America are now inoculating against Covid-19 at a far higher rate than the U.S., with people eager to get vaccinated and largely trusting of vaccines (on.wsj.com)
Islamist extremist social media lit up with celebratory messages as the Taliban cemented its control over Afghanistan, raising concerns that a weakened al Qaeda and other terrorist groups could stage a comeback (on.wsj.com)
As the Delta variant tears through the U.S., vaccines are still the best protection against serious illness, a WSJ analysis of infection data shows. “Basically everyone who is on a ventilator is unvaccinated.” (on.wsj.com)
Desperate Afghans in America are trying everything to get family members out of the country, where many have gone into hiding amid threats from the Taliban: “Their only hope is on me to get them out and I can’t.” (on.wsj.com)
New Zealand placed its largest city, Auckland, into lockdown for seven days following the first case of Covid-19 in the community since February (on.wsj.com)
On their first day in control of Kabul, Taliban fighters commandeered streets and searched the homes and offices of government officials and media outlets, spreading fear and menace across the Afghan capital (on.wsj.com)
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The battle against Covid-19 is shifting into long-term, low-intensity mode in Europe, as countries including Germany, Italy and France go from seeking to end the pandemic to preparing to live with it (on.wsj.com)
The Taliban have been roaming the streets of Kabul, questioning passersby. They make it near impossible to get to the airport and flee. (on.wsj.com)
U.S. efforts to isolate the Taliban could be undercut by the new regime's outreach to Russia, China and neighbors (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: Jimmy Carter’s name remains a synonym for weakness. For Biden and his team the analogies to Jimmy Carter and the Iranian hostage crisis might be even more unsettling than the parallels to the fall of Saigon, writes @wjmcgurn (on.wsj.com)
The world still has little idea who Afghanistan’s new leaders are and how they will rule the country. But if the Taliban movement has a face, today it is Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. (on.wsj.com)
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U.S. officials declared the first-ever water shortage on the Colorado River, triggering cutbacks that will hit farmers particularly hard during a drought that has punished the Southwest with little letup since the turn of the century (on.wsj.com)
The U.S. is expected to recommend that Americans get a Covid-19 booster shot eight months after being fully vaccinated, people familiar with the matter say (on.wsj.com)
Scenes from Kabul on the first day of Taliban control: Ads for bridal dresses, where women exposed strands of hair, are covered with paint. Passersby on the streets are questioned. A husband is beaten for trying to protect his wife from a search. (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: Biden is determined in retreat, defiant in surrender, and confident in the rightness of consigning Afghanistan to jihadist rule. We doubt the world will see it the same way in the months ahead, writes The Editorial Board. (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: The gap between fantasy in Washington and reality in Afghanistan explains how we have arrived at this point. The end of self-delusion is necessary if there is any hope of mitigating a disaster, write H.R. McMaster and Bradley Bowman. (on.wsj.com)
Desperate Afghans in America are trying everything to get family members out of the country, where many have gone into hiding amid threats from the Taliban: “Their only hope is on me to get them out and I can’t.” (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJOpinion: Biden believes that a Taliban win in Afghanistan will not seriously affect U.S. power and prestige worldwide. One fears he may be wrong, writes @wrmead (on.wsj.com)
President Biden said Monday that he he stands “squarely behind” his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, casting much of the blame for the fall of the Afghan government on its American-trained military for failing to fight the Taliban (on.wsj.com)
U.S. women’s soccer star Carli Lloyd, one of the most accomplished and experienced players in the sport’s history, will retire this fall (on.wsj.com)
Kabul’s international airport was in the throes of chaos Monday as desperate Afghans tried to flee on departing U.S. jets, Taliban gunmen roamed the terminals, and U.S. troops killed at least two men (on.wsj.com)
Desperate Afghans in America are trying everything to get family members out of the country, where many have gone into hiding amid threats from the Taliban: “Their only hope is on me to get them out and I can’t.” (on.wsj.com)
Haiti earthquake: What we know following Saturday's magnitude 7.2 quake (on.wsj.com)
Turkey said it would allow people who got Chinese-made Covid-19 shots to be fully revaccinated with Pfizer and BioNTech, to help ease travel to countries that haven’t approved the Chinese vaccines (on.wsj.com)
On their first day in control of Kabul, Taliban fighters commandeered streets and searched the homes and offices of government officials and media outlets, spreading fear and menace across the Afghan capital (on.wsj.com)
U.S. officials declared the first-ever water shortage on the Colorado River, triggering cutbacks that will hit farmers particularly hard during a drought that has punished the Southwest with little letup since the turn of the century (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi supports Biden’s Afghan withdrawal but is now worried about the fate of Afghan girls and women. A little late for that. (on.wsj.com)
Afghanistan’s national army and police forces, trained and equipped at huge cost by the U.S. and Western allies, were supposed to be a powerful deterrent to the Taliban. But the U.S. withdrawal meant the Afghan military couldn’t function anymore. (on.wsj.com)
Pfizer and BioNTech began the formal process of seeking FDA clearance for a Covid-19 booster shot, submitting data showing a third vaccine dose generated higher levels of neutralizing antibodies against the original virus and its Beta and Delta variants (on.wsj.com)
As the Taliban overtook Afghanistan, many American military veterans were left wondering if it was all worth it. Some were ready for the war to be over. Others wanted the U.S. to stay. But most agree this was not the ending they wanted. (on.wsj.com)
Walmart is seeking to hire a cryptocurrency expert, joining a growing number of companies looking to develop strategies for digital currencies such as bitcoin (on.wsj.com)
America’s failures in Afghanistan were thoroughly bipartisan and long in the making, and its retreat widely supported by the public. @geraldfseib asks: What does that tell us about ourselves? (on.wsj.com)
The U.S. will send an additional 1,000 troops to Hamid Karzai International Airport to help restore order and evacuate American and Afghan personnel, the Pentagon said Monday (on.wsj.com)
Federal Reserve officials are nearing agreement to begin scaling back their easy money policies (on.wsj.com)
Tesla is being investigated by U.S. auto-safety regulators over its Autopilot driver-assistance system after a series of crashes (on.wsj.com)
Concerns about the fast-spreading Delta variant are prompting more U.S. employers to impose vaccine mandates on their workforces, according to a new survey (on.wsj.com)
At least three Afghans clinging to the side of a U.S. Air Force jet leaving Kabul airport were run over and killed, a U.S. official said (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: Some 50,000 Afghans who would qualify for U.S. visas couldn’t escape before the Taliban victory because of slow American bureaucracy (on.wsj.com)
The battle against Covid-19 is shifting into long-term, low-intensity mode in Europe, as countries including Germany, Italy and France go from seeking to end the pandemic to preparing to live with it (on.wsj.com)
Malaysia’s prime minister resigned amid criticism over his Covid-19 policies, bringing renewed uncertainty to a government that has been marked by political infighting (on.wsj.com)
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Starting today, New York City will require people to show proof of at least one vaccine dose for indoor dining, as the Covid-19 Delta variant spreads in the U.S. and some consumers rethink their return to dining out #WSJWhatsNow (twitter.com)
U.S. troops shot and killed two armed men at Kabul’s international airport, according to a U.S. official, as thousands of people converged there in hopes of getting on an evacuation flight after the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan (on.wsj.com)
As the Taliban overtook Afghanistan with surprising speed, many American veterans were left wondering if it was all worth it. The answer isn’t always clear. “I’m far more apathetic than I thought I would be.” (on.wsj.com)
An alcoholic version of Mountain Dew is in the works, with black cherry and watermelon among its flavors (on.wsj.com)
Thousands of Afghans have converged on the passenger terminal of Kabul’s international airport in the hope of getting an evacuation flight after the Taliban takeover (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: Pundits repeat the mantra that there was "no military solution." The Taliban seem to have come up with one, write H.R. McMaster and Bradley Bowman. (on.wsj.com)
Dining out in some places now requires proof of Covid-19 vaccination. Customers have canceled reservations and gotten angry when showing up unaware of the new rules. (on.wsj.com)
At least three people were killed by gunfire at the passenger terminal of Kabul’s international airport, where thousands of Afghans have converged in hopes of getting an evacuation flight after the Taliban takeover (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: President Biden tries to duck responsibility for the worst U.S. humiliation since the fall of Saigon in 1975, writes The Editorial Board (on.wsj.com)
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The turmoil that has engulfed Afghanistan led President Biden to send 4,000 American troops back to the country only weeks after he had taken 1,500 out. Former officials say the crisis could have lasting humanitarian and national-security consequences. (on.wsj.com)
Wendy Kozma has had this classic Mustang since 1979, and knows everything about it, down to the date it rolled off the assembly line: July 26, 1966 (on.wsj.com)
The good news is: You're not the one killing your plants. The bad news is: It's your cat. (on.wsj.com)
You send 🙂. But Gen Z sees 🤔🙁🤨. The language of emojis has different translations, depending on your age. (on.wsj.com)
Successive U.S. administrations followed strategies that inadvertently fueled support for the insurgency and missed key windows to negotiate. The expectation that the U.S. departure would be orderly is the latest miscalculation. (on.wsj.com)
The final hours of Kabul: "Today was one of the worst days of my life. We are leaving people we know behind, in danger. It’s terrifying." (on.wsj.com)
In recent days, Biden administration officials expressed their surprise at how quickly the Taliban were moving through the country, overtaking one provincial capital after another while Afghan forces barely put up a fight (on.wsj.com)
The number of farmers under 35 has climbed in recent years. Here’s what prompted these new farmers to ditch their desk jobs. (on.wsj.com)
At least 1,297 people were killed and some 2,800 injured by the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti this weekend (on.wsj.com)
The belief that the U.S. would depart Kabul in an orderly fashion is the latest in 20 years of costly miscalculations by U.S. administrations (on.wsj.com)
“​Everyone left the war and escaped.“​ How the Afghan army, built by the U.S. and allies over 20 years, collapsed on contact with the Taliban. (on.wsj.com)
NBC faced complaints that the fragmented nature of its coverage in Tokyo, often with a time delay, made it confusing to watch the Olympics (on.wsj.com)
From @WSJopinion: Student loan forbearance has already cost taxpayers $80 billion, and Biden’s new extension will add $20 billion. If Democrats in Congress think cancelling debt is a political winner, why don’t they want to vote on it? (on.wsj.com)
More than 700 people are dead after Saturday’s magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Haiti, authorities said. In the hard-hit city of Les Cayes, there were more than 1,500 buildings destroyed, including churches, hospitals and schools. (on.wsj.com)
From farm to bottler to supermarket cooler, a liter of Coca-Cola creates 346 grams of carbon dioxide emissions. Soon, the company may need to report its greenhouse gases to the government. (on.wsj.com)
Decades of drought conditions throughout the West have brought down the water level at Lake Mead, endangering a source of hydroelectric power for some 1.3 million people across California, Nevada and Arizona (on.wsj.com)
Vaccinated Americans are drawing sharper lines around who they choose to spend time with, while the unvaccinated grow testy over being excluded and feeling judged (on.wsj.com)
The turmoil that has engulfed Afghanistan led President Biden to send 4,000 American troops back to the country only weeks after he had taken 1,500 out. Former officials say the crisis could have lasting humanitarian and national-security consequences. (on.wsj.com)
The U.S. and China are trading places in the economic-growth race. Economists say the American edge should continue for at least the next few quarters. (on.wsj.com)
The death toll in Haiti's earthquake rose to at least 724 people, with hundreds still missing and some 2,800 injured, authorities said (on.wsj.com)
You don’t have to be a professional ballet dancer to benefit from these six core exercises (on.wsj.com)