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Have a good evening. Here is the latest at the end of Tuesday.
1. President Biden vehemently defended the decision to end the war in Afghanistan.
Speaking from the White House a day after the last transport plane carrying American troops had left Kabul, Biden called the evacuation operation of the American and Afghan allies “an extraordinary success” and declared the end of an era in which the United States uses military might “to remake other countries.”
Biden blamed former President Donald Trump for negotiating a bad withdrawal deal with the Taliban. “It was the choice, the real choice between leaving or stepping up,” he said. “I was not going to prolong this war forever.”
2. The Texas legislature has passed a bill that will tighten up what were already some of the toughest voting rules in the country.
The new voting restrictions are a victory in Republicans’ nationwide push to change voting rules and change the administration of elections following false allegations about the 2020 presidential election. Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, is expected sign the bill.
The law prohibits voting methods introduced last year to facilitate voting during the pandemic, including drive-thru polls and 24-hour voting, as well as temporary polling places. It also prohibits election officials from promoting the use of postal voting and greatly empowers election observers.
4. After crossing a ridge, the Caldor fire threatens tens of thousands of homes and hotels that surround Lake Tahoe.
Thousands of residents and tourists have been evacuated from South Lake Tahoe, the most populous city on the lake. The blaze progressed despite the efforts of thousands of firefighters, supported by 25 helicopters, more than 400 fire trucks and 70 tankers.
The Caldor fire was humiliating and heartbreaking for California firefighters. Experts say he lays bare some futility in trying to fully control even the most aggressive forest fires.
Use our tracker to follow the fires in the West.
5. Many Republican governors are redoubling their efforts to resist the demands for vaccines and masks.
The actions several governors have taken against the coronavirus restrictions reveal how hardened the Republican Party’s grassroots policy has become when it comes to curbing Covid. While some Republican-led states, including Florida, face their most severe epidemics to date, even the increase in the number of deaths is seen as less damaging politically than the imposition of coronavirus warrants.
In the European Union70 percent of adults are now fully vaccinated, placing the bloc among the world leaders. This compares to 63 percent of adults in the United States
6. Mike Richards, executive producer of “Jeopardy!”, Will be leaving fully the program.
It was a staggering downfall for a game show manager who just three weeks ago landed one of television’s most coveted jobs replacing Alex Trebek.
Richards resigned as “Jeopardy!” Host on August 20 after a report revealed offensive and sexist comments he made on a podcast several years ago. After signaling its support for Richards to remain as executive producer, Sony referred to ongoing “internal disruptions and difficulties” and announced that it would step down immediately.
Nine days after R. Kelly’s trial began, five accusers testified that the singer had sexual contact with them when they were minors.
7. Highest Ranked Women’s Singles Player Ashleigh Barty, won their first game at the US Open.
Barty, who has never reached the quarter-finals in his five US Open appearances, beat Vera Zvonareva to advance to the second round. Barty has won 12 straight games, including his second major title at Wimbledon.
At 7 p.m. Novak Djokovic will enter the Open looking to win a 21st career Grand Slam title. Djokovic will face Holger Rune, an 18-year-old Dane. Follow our live coverage.
Last night Naomi Osaka won her first round match. If there’s one thing about Osaka, writes our sports reporter, it’s that nothing about Osaka is routine.
8. After more than a year of waiting, the young dancers of Broadway can finally show their talent.
Atticus Ware, 13, was very concerned that he could physically overtake his role in the new musical “Flying Over Sunset”, which was hours away from his first glimpse when the pandemic struck and the industry froze. Now he’s relieved, as he’s almost certain – but not quite – to make his debut in a role he was supposed to play at age 11.
“Because, I mean, you never know,” he said. “I might hit a giant growth spurt in the next few months, or my voice might drop.”
As summer turns into fall, the opportunities to catch classical music options in New York multiply. The deluge of performance has only just begun.
9. Kanye West’s “Donda” is set to have one of the biggest opening weeks of the year.
Our pop music reviewer calls the launch of West’s 10th album a “multimedia soap opera”. The music itself has been in motion – different versions of “Donda” have been performed at separate listening events – and West’s refinement can be seen as his true artistic endeavor.
“Instead of focusing on ‘Donda’ as an album, or a playlist version of an album, it helps to think of it more as theater,” writes Jon Caramanica. “He’s gone from the regional company to Off Broadway to the Great White Way – every stop on this trip counts. “
And if you have five minutes, The Times team and musicians have compiled a short list of songs to make you fall in love with the trumpet.
10. And finally, no thoroughbreds left behind.
Jessica Paquette, a self-described “strange horse girl”, learned pedigree and rhythm after school from alumni on a racetrack. Today, more than three decades later, she has a busy schedule as a disabled person, analyst, equestrian, and communications director at a foundation that works to protect retired horses. She even rides a few on a farm.
These links with the horse world have borne fruit. This month, she picked the horse that won the $ 1 million Saratoga Derby Invitational, which awarded punters $ 2 with a payout of $ 44.20.
But that’s not the only way horses have enriched his life. “All I have is because of the horses,” she said.
Have a rewarding evening.
Bryan Denton and Marcus Payadue compiled photos for this briefing.
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