The Morning Dispatch: Afghanistan Crumbles

Happy Friday! Today’s the day, according to the MyPillow Guy, that Donald Trump is going to be reinstated as president. I guess we’ll see!

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The Taliban on Thursday captured the Afghan cities Kandahar and Herat (two of the country’s largest), as well as the strategic provincial capital of Ghazni, which is less than 100 miles from Kabul. In response, the Pentagon announced the deployment of several thousand Marines and soldiers tasked with evacuating all but a “core diplomatic presence” in the American Embassy in Kabul.

  • The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday amended the emergency use authorizations for Pfizer and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines, allowing for certain immunocompromised individuals—including organ transplant recipients—to receive an additional dose. “Other individuals who are fully vaccinated are adequately protected and do not need an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine at this time,” acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said.

  • The U.S. government released more detailed data from the 2020 Census on Thursday that showed the United States’ population grew 7.4 percent since 2010—the second-slowest decade of growth in U.S. history—with the Sun Belt leading the way. The non-Hispanic white population shrank 2.6 percent in absolute terms over the past decade—its first such decline on record—and now makes up 57.8 percent of the country.

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