Commander of Afghan forces says they were ‘betrayed by politics and presidents’

Gen. Sami Sadat, a commander in the Afghan National Army, said his forces were “betrayed by politics and presidents” during his fight to keep the Taliban at bay.

Sadat was involved in fighting against the Islamist militant group in southern Afghanistan for the past three months. He was in Kabul as of Aug. 15, but his current whereabouts are unclear.

“I fought day and night, nonstop, in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand Province against an escalating and bloody Taliban offensive,” he wrote Wednesday. “Coming under frequent attack, we held the Taliban back and inflicted heavy casualties.”



“I am exhausted. I am frustrated. And I am angry,” he continued in a New York Times opinion article, noting President Joe Biden’s remark that Afghan allies lost the will to fight the Taliban.

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Renewed fears of political violence grip Capitol Hill ahead of right-wing rally

Now, as security preparations ramp up for a “Justice for J6” rally planned for September 18 on the Capitol grounds, serious discussions are underway about reinstalling the temporary fencing around the Capitol’s perimeter, according to multiple sources familiar with the planning.

Some members of Congress are also amplifying their warnings that far-right conspiracy theories, extremist online rhetoric and the GOP’s continued embrace of former President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election could lead to more politically motivated attacks that could impact Capitol Hill and beyond.

“You don’t get an insurrection on January 6 and all threats of violence go away. In fact, the fear is that future planning will produce other violent acts,” said Rep. Madeleine Dean, a Pennsylvania Democrat.

“I’m most concerned for my staff … and I also worry for the Capitol Police,” she added. “They are strained, they have been heroic and they saved all of

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Tito Ortiz done with politics after brief reign as mayor: ‘When they started attacking my character … I knew I needed to walk away’

Tito Ortiz is done with political office after a brief six-month reign as the mayor of Huntington Beach, Calif.

The former UFC champion, who was sworn in as mayor for his hometown this past December, ultimately stepped down in June while offering his resignation after claiming he was a victim of “character assassination” and the constant attacks led him to fear for the safety of his family.

Ortiz was originally elected after earning more than 42,000 votes — the most in the history of the Huntington Beach City Council — but his constant clashes with fellow councilmen and women became a huge distraction over time. At one point back in February, Ortiz was nearly ousted from the job after he refused to wear a face mask to council meetings.

Now as he prepares to face off with Anderson Silva in a boxing match for Triller Fight Club on Sept. 11,

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Malaysia’s political turmoil: Five things to know | Coronavirus pandemic News

Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is expected to resign on Monday after a tumultuous 17 months in power marked by his government’s poor response to the COVID-19 pandemic and growing division within the ruling coalition, local media reports have said.

He is expected to inform the king of his decision after chairing his last cabinet meeting at 10am (02:00 GMT).

Muhyiddin, who has defied calls for him to step down, held a series of meetings with his party on Sunday after admitting in a televised address last week that he no longer had a majority to rule.

Afterwards, Mohamad Redzuan Yusof, a minister in the prime minister’s department, told online newspaper Malaysiakini that Muhyiddin had told the party he planned to resign the following day.

The political upheaval comes amid rising public anger at the continued surge in coronavirus cases despite months of various levels of lockdown.

Many Malaysians

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The Politics of Regulation Intrude on Fed Succession

If the Federal Reserve’s management of the economy were all that mattered, Chairman Jerome Powell would probably be cruising toward reappointment. His response to the pandemic and focus on full employment have drawn bipartisan praise.

But the Fed is also a financial regulator, an inherently more political role than monetary policy. Mr. Powell’s shot at another term when this one expires in February is now threatened by progressive Democrats whose priority is a more activist Fed on regulation and other nonmonetary matters.

Mr. Powell almost certainly has enough votes from both parties to be confirmed; the question is whether the holdouts can persuade President Biden to nominate someone else. Last week The Wall Street Journal reported that Mr. Biden’s economic team generally supports giving Mr. Powell a second term, but resistance from Democrats including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) could lead to his replacement. “Over and over and over he

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‘Breaking point’: Why the red state/blue city conflict is peaking over masks

The effort by statewide GOP leaders in multiple states to strip local Democratic officials of their authority over masking “is very consistent with what we’ve been seeing” for years, says David Damore, a University of Nevada at Las Vegas political scientist and co-author of the recent book “Blue Metros, Red States.” “But now you have a public health issue, so it’s upped the ante compared to a fight over, say, who should regulate Uber. Here it is something that is affecting every community in the country.”

The new Census Bureau figures released last week help explain the intensity of this struggle. Those new data, according to several previously unpublished analyses shared with me, show that in the fastest-growing Sun Belt states, the large metropolitan areas facing the most persistent conflicts with state Republican leaders dominated population growth over the past decade. Sun Belt metro areas like those centered on Atlanta,
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Kamala Harris’ Damage Control Squad

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With Phil Rosen.

Leah Daughtry, Donna Brazile, Tina Flournoy, Minyon Moore, Karen Finney, and Ashley Etienne.

Kamala Harris allies in Washington (clockwise from top left): Leah Daughtry, Donna Brazile, Tina Flournoy, Minyon Moore, Karen Finney, and Ashley Etienne.

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1. INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE: Washington’s version of the “KHive” is swarming to defend Vice President Harris. Her team includes some of the most powerful women in Washington who have long played defense for male politicians like Bill Clinton, Mike Bloomberg, and Bernie Sanders.

Here are some of the members of her team:

  • Minyon Moore: Moore was a guest at a recent DC-area dinner focused on how to help Harris fight back against negative press, per Axios
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Haiti can’t rebuild after its earthquake and Tropical Storm Grace without fixing it political crises

Over the weekend, Haiti was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on the western part of the island.

Thus far, nearly 2,000 people have been reported dead and nearly 7,000 injured, and about 1.2 million people have been impacted, according to UNICEF. The homes of up to 1.5 million residents have been damaged, per the New York Times. And to make matters worse, Tropical Storm Grace made landfall on the island Monday, bringing flooding and mudslides and further limiting access to food, shelter, and water for those in need.

The earthquake and storm are expected to be particularly devastating given the political instability Haiti is experiencing. Harley Etienne, who studies urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan and researched land tenure policies in post-earthquake Haiti, says while the early figures are not as bad as the 2010 earthquake — when well over 100,000 people died, and

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Joe Biden’s political honeymoon is officially over

His average approval ratings is now below 50% in the running averages maintained by 538 (49.3%) and Real Clear Politics (49.6%). (Hat tip to Politico’s Playbook for first noting it!)

While polling averages are less-than-a-perfect measure — they take in lots and lots of polling data, of varying degrees of expertise and rigor — they do make clear that Biden has been on a downward trend. Gallup confirms the erosion in Biden’s support; as of late July his approval rating stood at 50%, the lowest of his term to date.

It also seems unlikely that Biden’s somewhat-freefall has stopped just yet.

There’s also the ongoing fourth spike of Covid-19 ravaging the country, with new cases up 52% nationally as compared to two weeks ago and deaths up 87% during that same time frame, according to The New York Times.

Given all of that — and

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What Kamala Harris’ Law School Years Reveal About Her Politics

In the fall of 1986, Harris arrived on campus at Hastings a week before most of her classmates. She was part of the pre-orientation Legal Education Opportunity Program (LEOP), which had been founded in 1969 to help law students from disadvantaged communities navigate the stringent demands of the first-year curriculum. Harris had come to a predominantly white institution after four years at a historically Black university. Beyond introducing students to Socratic pedagogy, case-briefing and exam-taking, the pre-orientation also gave students of color a sense of community and a hamlet of solidarity in a cut-throat environment.

“There was already a disadvantage that we didn’t know how things like wills and trusts and intestacy would affect real people,” Matsuda, who met Harris through LEOP, says. “It was a big learning curve for a lot of us.”

In a class of about 125 LEOP first-years, Harris quickly made an impression on Richard Sakai,

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