The Morning Dispatch: Biden Defends Afghanistan Strategy

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  • President Joe Biden addressed the nation Monday on the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban. He defended his decision to withdraw, blamed the situation on his predecessor, criticized Afghanistan’s political leadership, and said, “It is wrong to order American troops to step up when Afghanistan’s own armed forces would not.”

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is opening an investigation into Tesla’s autopilot system, citing 11 incidents in which Teslas have crashed into emergency vehicles that were responding to earlier accidents.

  • Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his cabinet have resigned after Yassin lost majority support in the country’s parliament. Yassin had governed with a slim majority since March 2020. The country is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, the economy has suffered because of lockdowns, and Yassin has had to contend with infighting in his governing coalition. 

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