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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
Shortly before midnight last night, the Supreme Court issued a brief statement saying it would not block Texas’s new abortion law from going into effect while legal challenges against it work through the courts. The unsigned opinion was the work of five of the Court’s six GOP-appointed justices; Chief Justice John Roberts and the three Democrat-appointed justices each penned their own dissent.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Wednesday that nearly 24,000 “Afghans at risk” have arrived in the United States since the outset of the Kabul airlift, defining that group to include Special Immigrant Visa applicants, P-1/P-2 referrals, and “perhaps others as well.” A senior State Department official, however, told multiple news outlets yesterday that the Biden administration believes it left behind “the majority” of Afghan interpreters and allies who applied for visas in an effort to escape the Taliban.
The Biden administration has struggled in recent days to clarify how it views the United States’ relationship with the Taliban going forward. White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Tuesday he didn’t “know if we will ever recognize [the Taliban’s] government,” while Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters in a press briefing that “it’s possible” the U.S. will work with the Taliban to fight ISIS-K. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin jumped in shortly after Milley’s remarks to say he “would not want to make any predictions.”