Biden Defends Ending “Forever War” in Afghanistan & Criticizes Using War as Tool for Nation-Building

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: We begin today’s show looking at Afghanistan. On Tuesday, President Biden forcefully defended his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: I was not going to extend this forever war, and I was not extending a forever …
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Scotland’s deputy first minister defends the Manchester travel ban decision

Support us and go ad-free The Scottish government’s decision to impose a travel ban on people entering the country from Greater Manchester has been defended by the deputy first minister. John Swinney said the restriction on non-essential travel was justified by rising coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in the Greater Manchester and Salford areas. At the weekend, …
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Sturgeon defends right of orphaned teenager to stay in Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon has defended the right of an orphaned teenager who has lived in Scotland for a decade to remain in the country after residence permits expired in December. “Giorgi is Scottish” Giorgi Kakava, 13, was aged just three when he fled to Scotland from Georgia with his mother Sopio Baikhadze, who died in 2018. …
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Tory MP, aged 40, defends decision to accept Covid-19 jab

A Conservative MP who volunteered at a local hospital has defended accepting a dose of Covid-19 vaccine, despite being 40 years old. Brendan Clarke-Smith, who represents Bassetlaw in north Nottinghamshire, was given the AstraZeneca jab on Friday after having done a shift at Retford Hospital vaccination centre. Vaccinations are currently limited to the government’s four …
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As Unicef step in to feed hungry UK kids, No 10 defends £45k pay rise to Dominic Cummings

Downing Street has defended Dominic Cummings’ pay rise of around £45,000 as taking him to the “correct level of salary” for his role as a “most important” special adviser. His salary raise to up to £144,999 provoked anger for rewarding an individual whose trip to Barnard Castle during the first lockdown has been cited as …
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Foreign Secretary defends aid cut and outlines priorities in ‘British interests’

Dominic Raab has denied the Government is “salami slicing” all parts of the UK’s overseas aid spending as he outlined the priorities for the slashed budget. The foreign secretary said the long-term strategic aims of the country’s international work will be based on “our values and grounded in the British national interests”. Raab listed his …
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Hancock defends ‘unbelievable’ range of private-sector deals during pandemic

Secretary for health and social care Matt Hancock has defended what he called the “extraordinary broad range of companies” the government has employed during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The health secretary said that the government “had to” work with the private sector in its work tackling the virus. He likened the Covid-19 testing programme to …
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Biden Admits Past Mistake Supporting Crime Bill as Trump Defends Attacks on Black Lives Matter

President Trump and Joe Biden sparred on their records over race and criminal justice in Thursday’s presidential debate. Trump simultaneously promoted his criminal justice reform efforts while continuing to lean on “tough on crime” rhetoric. Trump also criticized Biden for authoring the 1994 crime bill and supporting other laws that intensified mass incarceration in the …
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Biden Admits Past Mistake Supporting Crime Bill as Trump Defends Attacks on Black Lives Matter

President Trump and Joe Biden sparred on their records over race and criminal justice in Thursday’s presidential debate. Trump simultaneously promoted his criminal justice reform efforts while continuing to lean on “tough on crime” rhetoric. Trump also criticized Biden for authoring the 1994 crime bill and supporting other laws that intensified mass incarceration in the …
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