CNN's Lemon: Trump Supporters 'Not Playing with Reality'– Should Face 'Consequences' for Believing Trump Won

CNN anchor Don Lemon on Monday during the handoff from Chris Cuomo said that supporters of former President Donald Trump were not in “reality” and should face consequences for the damage they’re doing to our democracy by believing Trump won in 2020.
Lemon said, “There is one political party in this country that is working on reality, and that is the Democratic Party. But even in that, they’re not governing very well at the moment. They are not performing the duty of being good politicians in the moment. They don’t see the urgency of what is happening across the country with voting rights, the urgency of what is happening with the big lie. They are still operating on thinking that ‘Oh, everything is normal. You know, we’ve got to play politics, as usual.’ It’s not politics as usual. What is happening of the right is not politics as usual. What is happening on the right is not right. It’s wrong. They should pay the consequences for what they’re doing to our democracy, the damage they’re doing to our democracy, and the damage they’re doing to this republic.”

He continued, “We listen to the fringes too much. The fringes have the loudest voices. The fringes all the way on the right have the loudest voices. The people who are not, you know, playing with reality, the Trumpers, we listen to them too much.”

Lemon added, “I’m telling you, if you’re Republican and you care about what is happening in this country, you need to get on the Democrat side to get your party in order. That is the only way to fix it.”
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Hong Kong 'Tiananmen Vigil' Group Disbands Citing Chinese Pressure

A Hong Kong pro-democracy group known for organizing the city’s annual Tiananmen Square vigil disbanded on Saturday, citing political pressure from pro-China forces in Hong Kong’s government, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on Monday.
The group, officially known as the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, “voted 41-4 to disband” at a final meeting on September 25 in Hong Kong after 32 years of operation.

Pro-China forces in Hong Kong’s government recently accused the group of “acting as the agent of a foreign power, with leaders Chow Hang-tung, Albert Ho, and Lee Cheuk-yan arrested on suspicion of ‘incitement to subvert state power,’ and the group’s assets frozen,” RFA recalled on September 27.
The Hong Kong police force investigated the alliance under a “national security” law imposed on the city by the Chinese Communist Party’s rubber-stamp legislature on July 1, 2020. The law came in response to a year of regular pro-democracy protests across Hong Kong that included participation by members of the now-disbanded group.
In this June 4, 2021, file photo, people hold LED candles to mark the anniversary of the military crackdown on a pro-democracy student movement in Beijing, outside Victoria Park in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, one of Hong Kong’s most established pro-democracy civic organizations said Saturday, July 10, it is letting go its paid staff and halving the size of its steering committee amid Beijing’s crackdown on opposition activity in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China organized a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park each year to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, in which China’s People’s Liberation Army initiated a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy activists. The event regularly attracted tens of thousands of participants but was officially banned by Hong Kong municipal authorities for the past two years. City officials cited the Chinese coronavirus pandemic as the official reason for prohibiting the large gathering.
Several of the alliance’s members, including its two top leaders, are currently in jail. Chairman Lee Cheuk Yan and Vice-Chairman Albert Ho are both serving jail sentences for various “offenses and outstanding charges,” according to Voice of America (VOA). The two men “pleaded guilty in May of participating in an illegal assembly during 2019 anti-government protests.”
The alliance’s vice-chairwoman, Hang Tung Chow, is currently facing criminal charges “in relation to promoting unauthorized assembly for this year’s June 4 candlelight vigil,” according to VOA. Hong Kong police arrested Chow on September 8 after she rejected an earlier police demand to surrender information related to their investigation of the alliance as an alleged agent of “foreign forces,” which is a crime under the national security law.
In this May 6, 2021, file photo, Chow Hang Tung, the vice chair of The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, speaks to media outside a court in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police on Friday, June 4, arrested the committee member that organizes the city’s annual June 4 museum and candlelight vigil, on the 32nd anniversary of a bloody military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, according to local media reports. (AP Photo/Rafael Wober, File)
Chinese public security minister Zhao Kezhi encouraged the Hong Kong Police Force to continue its “crackdown” on the city’s “radical secessionists” on September 26, China’s state-run Global Times reported.
“The police force must have a clear head … crack down all kinds of disruptive, subversive activities by hostile forces at home and abroad, resolutely cut off the mastermind of hostile forces that endanger national security, [and] smash the Hong Kong version of the ‘color revolution’ plot,” Zhao said at a Communist Party meeting of the Chinese Ministry of Public Security.

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Blackburn: You Can't Call 1-800-Taliban to Vet Unvetted Afghan Evacuees, Only 3% of Evacuees Were Vetted SIV Holders

On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Evening Edit,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said the evacuation of Afghanistan resulted in evacuating people who weren’t vetted and trying to vet them on the back end, when there’s no way to do so due to the disorder in Afghanistan, while only 3% of the evacuees were vetted under the process for special immigrant visas.
Blackburn said, “[Y]ou have people bringing in — these men that are bringing in child brides. We have heard of these assault cases. We know that that indictment has been issued. We know the investigation is taking place on the attack on our female servicemember, and these are individuals who have not been vetted. There is a very specific vetting process for our special immigrant visa holders. But look, out of the people that they got out, that they were bragging about this as an extraordinary success, only 3% were visa holders, 3%. … And now, they’re trying to vet them on the back end.”

She added, “You cannot call 1-800 Taliban and find out if somebody is who they claim to be. Because your government institutions, your processes are basically nonexistent in Afghanistan. Because the Taliban’s a terrorist group.”
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'Not an Isolated Incident': 6-Year-Old Boy Wears Mask in School Photo Following Mom's Orders

A 6-year-old boy in Las Vegas has since gone viral on social media after wearing a mask for his school photo.
In a Facebook post last week, Nicole Peoples shared that her son, Mason, refused to take off his mask for his school photo even though the photographer said he could remove it. According to her, the boy was mistakenly following her orders to always wear the mask. She phrased the exchange as follows:

Photographer: Ok, take your mask off.
Mason: My mom said to keep it on all the time unless I’m eating and far away from everybody.
Photographer: I’m sure it’s ok to take it off for your pictures.
Mason: No, my mom seriously told me to make sure to keep it on.
Photographer: Are you sure you don’t want to take it off for 2 seconds?
Mason: No Thank you, I always listen to my mom!
Photographer: Ok, say cheese!
Though admittedly feeling “proud” of him, Nicole regretted not giving him clearer rules.
“I’m so proud of him for sticking to his word but I should have been more clear about my rules on this day,” she said.
According to ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA) the photo of the boy wearing his mask before a blue backdrop has since gone viral, with multiple sources noting that his was not an “isolated incident.”

“Mason is not the only student who chose to keep a mask on for school photos this year, according to Matthew Comfort, branch manager for Dorian Studio, the photography studio that took Mason’s school photo,” reported GMA.
Comfort told GMA that Dorian Studio has “taken hundreds and hundreds of students this fall wearing their masks.”
“It’s not an isolated incident,” Comfort testified.
Comfort noted that the photographer who gave Mason the option of removing his mask was following the proper guidelines:
Comfort said that Dorian Studio first asks schools if they want to give students the option to remove their mask for their school photo. If the school allows masks to be removed for the photo, then the photographer gives each student the option.
After her Facebook post went viral, Nicole Peoples issued an update directing people to a GoFundMe page.
“Thank you for showing him that his honesty and integrity will make a big difference in this world,” she posted. “Many of you have reached out to ask how you can send money for gifts, ice cream, or Mason’s college scholarship fund so I have created this GoFundMe [sic] to do just that.”
As of this writing, the GoFundMe page has raised $24,120.

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Blue States Ask American Taxpayers to Subsidize Housing for Poor Afghans

Some blue states are mulling plans to ask American taxpayers to subsidize housing for newly arrived Afghans brought to the United States by President Joe Biden’s administration as they struggle to afford housing costs in particular cities.
The Biden administration is hoping to bring 95,000 Afghans to the U.S. over the next 12 months. Already, about 37,000 Afghans are in the U.S. and will soon need housing in about 46 states.

In certain cities and regions, Afghans running into high housing costs — partially pushed up by the nation’s legal immigration levels that bring millions of new arrivals to the U.S. every decade, all of whom need housing and thus increase demand.
“Population growth results in higher housing costs … Aside from San Diego, they all have higher population growth rates than the nation as a whole,” NumbersUSA’s Andrew Good has previously written. “San Diego is what happens when a locality won’t, or can’t build enough additional housing to sustain higher population growth. But thanks to the aggregate pressures from national population growth, housing prices still go up.”
Refugees board buses that will take them to a processing center after they arrive at Dulles International Airport after being evacuated from Kabul following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan August 27, 2021, in Dulles, Virginia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

That impact is now reaching Afghans, most of whom have only been in the U.S. for a few weeks and are still in the process of completing their immigration processing.
In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) wants state taxpayers to foot the bill for the issue, requesting nearly $17 million to fund “cash assistance” for thousands of Afghans who will be resettled in the state. Some of that funding would go toward providing housing for Afghans.
A similar approach is being taken up in Massachusetts where elected state Democrats are asking taxpayers to provide $12 million in funding for Afghans to help them, among other things, with housing costs.
Mass migration groups have similarly been lobbying elected state Democrats in New York to allocate more taxpayer money toward Afghans. Some of that money, the groups have said, should fund housing.
In the Washington, DC, and northern Virginia area, where many Afghans will be resettled, refugee contractors are attempting to sweep up enough affordable housing to place newly arrived Afghans, according to the Washington Post.

“[T]here aren’t enough homes in the area those families can afford with the limited federal assistance most are eligible to receive: $2,275 per individual for housing and other basic services, an amount that is meant to last 90 days,” the Post reports.
President Joe Biden answers questions from members of the media as he speaks about the evacuation of American citizens, their families, SIV applicants, and vulnerable Afghans in the East Room of the White House, Friday, Aug. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
On the federal level, as Breitbart News has reported, House Democrats have approved a spending package that includes $6.4 billion in taxpayer money to fund Biden’s massive resettlement operation, which includes covering housing costs and providing cash assistance to Afghans after they arrive in the U.S.
The housing issue is not exclusive to Afghans in the U.S., but it is exacerbated by much of the demographic group’s relatively recent history of living in poverty.
The most recent Census Bureau data shows that close to 51 percent of Afghan immigrant-headed households live in or near the poverty line. In addition, more than 65 percent of households headed by Afghan immigrants use at least one major form of welfare.
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New York Times Issues Correction After Claiming Border Patrol Used Horse Reins to Strike at Migrants

The New York Times corrected an article from last week which asserted that horseback Border Patrol agents used their reins to “strike at running migrants. The Times‘ correction states the original version of the article “overstated what is known about the behavior of some Border Patrol agents on horseback.”
The Times White House Correspondent Michael D. Shear wrote an article on September 24 where he reported President Joe Biden’s call for “consequences” for Border Patrol agents’ actions against migrants crossing the border near Del Rio, Texas.

In the original article, Shear wrote:

President Biden vowed Friday that Border Patrol agents who mistreated Haitian migrants crossing the Rio Grande “will pay” after an investigation, calling the scene at the border “horrible to see” in his first comments on actions by his administration that have drawn severe condemnation from many of his own supporters.
“It’s outrageous,” he said. “I promise you, those people will pay. There will be an investigation, underway now, and there will be consequences. There will be consequences.”
The images of agents on horseback chasing, and in some cases using the reins of their horses to strike at running migrants, came as Mr. Biden’s administration moved to forcefully round up and deport more than 2,000 of the 15,000 migrants who gathered in a makeshift camp in Del Rio, Texas. Thousands more have been moved to other parts of the country or have been released with orders to appear in court later.

Since that time, a photographer who shot many of the images now at the center of the controversy told KTSM NBC9 in El Paso he “didn’t ever see them (the agents) whip anybody,” Breitbart Texas reported.
Photographer Paul Ratje said his photos have “really been misconstrued.”

Among those who apparently misconstrued the images is the President of the United States. “To see people treated like they did, horses running them over and people getting strapped, it’s outrageous I promise you those people will pay,” the president said during a press conference on Friday.
AP journalist Sarah Blake Morgan tweeted a video taken from the middle of the Rio Grand showing three horse-mounted Border Patrol agents attempting to block a group of Haitian migrants from entering the U.S. The agents in this video do not appear to have struck any of the migrants with reins.
As the lack of evidence that agents struck, whipped, or strapped migrants with their horses’ reins, the Times published a correction that reads:
Correction:Sept. 24, 2021
An earlier version of this article overstated what is known about the behavior of some Border Patrol agents on horseback. While the agents waved their reins while pushing migrants back into the Rio Grande, The Times has not seen conclusive evidence that migrants were struck with the reins.

Shear’s corrected article, now dual bylined by Katie Rogers, states:

“It’s outrageous,” Mr. Biden said. “I promise you, those people will pay. There will be an investigation, underway now, and there will be consequences. There will be consequences.”
Later, Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, added that the president was not “prejudging” the outcome of the investigation.
Images of Border Patrol agents on horseback waving their reins while pushing migrants back into the Rio Grande have prompted a torrent of criticism from Democrats and civil rights groups who have accused Mr. Biden of continuing some of the most aggressive approaches to immigration put in place by President Donald J. Trump.

The Times article went from claiming Border Patrol agents were “using the reins of their horses to strike at running migrants” to its current version that says the agents were “waving their reins while pushing migrants back into the Rio Grande.”
The original article also does not appear to provide any of the numerous photographs taken at the scene to provide context for their now debunked claims.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point? Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

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Poll: Republican Colorado Senate Win 'Within Striking Distance'

Former Olympic athlete and first-time Republican U.S. Senate candidate Eli Bremer is “within striking distance” of current Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet (D) in a matchup for the 2022 midterms, according to a poll from Bremer’s campaign released to Colorado Politics.
BEIJING – AUGUST 21: Eli Bremer of the United States competes in the Men’s Fencing Epee One Touch held at the Fencing Hall during Day 13 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 21, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
GOP pollster co/efficient President Ryan Munce said in a statement:

The reality on the ground in Colorado is that the recently launched campaign of Eli Bremer is within striking distance of an incumbent with lackluster support, and the Democrat brand, in Colorado, as it is across the country, is rapidly losing value among independent voters.

2022 #COSen General Election Poll:
Michael Bennet (D-Inc) 40%Eli Bremer (R) 32%
co/efficient/@elibremer (R) Internal ~ 742 LV ~ 9/9-9/12
— PollTracker (@PollTrackerUSA) September 26, 2021

According to the poll, which surveyed 742 likely voters between September 9-12, 40 percent stood behind Bennet and 32 percent chose Bremer. Bennet, who launched a failed presidential bid in 2020, is seeking a third term as senator.
“…[The results] show[s] President Joe Biden and Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet underwater with Colorado voters 13 months before the 2022 election,” according to the report.
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 23: Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) speaks a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on February 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. The hearing focused on the 2020 cyberattack that resulted in a series of major data breaches within several U.S. corporations and agencies and departments in the U.S. federal government. (Photo by Demetrius Freeman-Pool/Getty Images)
Munce said the survey found that 22 percent of all voters and 36 percent of unaffiliated voters are undecided between the two candidates. When given the option between a generic Democrat candidate and a generic Republican candidate, 44 percent of voters chose Democrat and 42 percent chose Republican in a close matchup.
Republicans are hoping to take back the House and the Senate in 2022, though taking back the Senate could prove to be a trickier task than flipping five seats in the House. The GOP is largely hoping Democrats’ policy failures on several fronts lead to a big shift at the polls during the midterm elections. According to the report:
Biden, who won Colorado’s electoral votes last year by a 13-point margin over then-President Donald Trump, faces an upside-down job approval rating in the state, with 45% approving and 52% disapproving. Bennet is viewed favorably by 34% of state voters and unfavorably by 35%, the pollster found.
Colorado Politics said “election forecasters” have surmised that the Colorado Senate seat will most likely “stay in Democratic hands,” though it admitted public polling has been “scant” because of a lack of well-known challengers.

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Maricopa County: 23,344 Mail-In Ballots Voted from a Prior Address 'Legal Under Federal Election Law'

Maricopa County officials tweeted Friday, 30 minutes into the Arizona Senate hearing on the report of the Forensic Election Audit of the county’s 2020 election results, it “is legal under federal election law” that 23,344 mail-in ballots were voted from a prior address.
In its first comment about the issue, the official Maricopa County Twitter account tweeted:

CLAIM: 23,344 mail-in ballots voted from a prior address. BOTTOM LINE: Cyber Ninjas still don’t understand this is legal under federal election law. To label it a “critical” concern is either intentionally misleading or staggeringly ignorant. AZ senators should know this too.
Maricopa County officials did not offer the details of the federal election law under which the county claimed 23,344 mail-in ballots voted from a prior address is legally authorized.
The official Maricopa County Twitter account then offered four explanations for 23,344 mail-in ballots voted from a prior address that was highlighted as a ballot issue “critical” to the outcome of the 2020 election in the report released on Friday at the hearing in the Arizona State Senate:

1) Military and overseas voters can cast a “federal only ballot” despite living outside the U.S. The address tied to their ballot would be their prior address in AZ.
2) People are allowed to move from one house to another (or even one state to another) in October and November of an election year (yes, shocking!). If the driver’s license address matches the voter registration address, they are still allowed to vote.
3) For the November General Election Maricopa County had 20,933 one-time temporary address requests. In addition, snowbirds and college students tend to have forwarding addresses when they are out of the county.
4) Mail-in ballots are not forwarded to another address.

Here’s what the report, Maricopa County Forensic Audit, Volume III: Result Details, said about those 23,344 mail-in ballots voted from a prior address:

Mail-in ballots were cast under voter registration IDs for people that may not have received their ballots by mail because they had moved, and no one with the same last name remained at the address. Through extensive data analysis we have discovered approximately 23, 344 votes that may have met this condition. If a registered voter does not have a secondary mailing address listed with the county and no longer lives at the address listed on their voter registration, they should not receive their mail-in ballot by automatic postal forwarding. In certain circumstances, however, it may be possible for them to receive a ballot, for example, if they know the present occupant, or if the ballot is improperly forwarded. . .
The Final Voted File, or VM55, was cross-checked against a commercially available data source provided by Melissa called Personator. Personator is a best-in-class identity and address validation tool. It confirms that an individual is associated with an address, indicates prior and current addresses, tracks when and where the individual moves, tracks date-of-birth and date-of-death. To accomplish this, it utilized both private and government data sources such as the US Postal Service’s National Change of Address (NCOA) service and the Social Security Administration’s Master Death List
Addresses were not included in the results if there was a valid secondary mailing address as part of the voting record. Only moves prior to October 5, 2020 are included in the move numbers. (emphasis added)
“There are potential ways that a voter could receive their ballot which in some cases would not violate the law. Additional investigation by the Attorney General is recommended for any conclusive determination,‘ the report stated. (emphasis added)
The report also broke down the 23,344 mail-in ballots voted from a prior address into three categories:

15,035 mail-in votes from voters who moved within Maricopa County prior to the registration deadline.
6,591 mail-in votes from voters who moved out of Arizona prior to the registration deadline.
1,718 mail-in votes from voters who moved within Arizona but out of Maricopa prior to the registration deadline.

“The county’s response demonstrates they are more interested in protecting their reputation than conducting a transparent and accountable election. They simply provide possible explanations rather than answers. They do not know,” Phill Kline, executive director of the Amistad Project, told Breitbart News.
Joe Biden was certified as the winner of Arizona’s 11 Electoral College votes over former President Donald Trump in the 2020 election by a margin of 10,457 votes out of 3.3 million votes cast in the state.
You can see the series of tweets from the official Maricopa County Twitter account here:

EXPLANATION:1) Military and overseas voters can cast a “federal only ballot” despite living outside the U.S. The address tied to their ballot would be their prior address in AZ.
— Maricopa County (@maricopacounty) September 24, 2021

3) For the November General Election Maricopa County had 20,933 one-time temporary address requests. In addition, snowbirds and college students tend to have forwarding addresses when they are out of the county.
4) Mail-in ballots are not forwarded to another address.
— Maricopa County (@maricopacounty) September 24, 2021

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Obama: Stop Pretending It's 'Hardship' for Wealthiest to Pay More Taxes to Make Economy Fair

Former President Barack Obama said Monday in an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts that will air Tuesday on “Good Morning America” that it was “unsustainable” for people to pretend it was hardship for the wealthiest of Americans to pay more taxes.
Obama said, “I think the ‘Build Back America Program,’ the package is something that America desperately needs. You’re talking about us stepping up and spending money on providing childcare tax credits, making those permanent to help families, who for a long time have needed help when it comes to things like childcare. You’re looking at making our infrastructure function more efficiently and effectively. You’re talking about rebuilding a lot of buildings, roads, bridges, ports so that they are fortified against climate change. And also, that we start investing in the kinds of energy efficiency that’s going to be required to battle climate change.”

He continued, “It’s got a headline price tag of $3.5 trillion, but that is not a single year. This is spread out over a number of years. Most importantly, it’s paid for by asking the wealthiest of Americans, who have benefited incredibly over the last several decades — and even in the midst of a pandemic, saw their wealth and assets rise enormously — asking them to pay a few percentage points more in taxes in order to make sure that we have an economy that’s fair for everybody.”

Obama added, “I think that they can afford it. We can afford it. I put myself in this category now. I think anybody who pretends that it’s a hardship for billionaires to pay a little bit more in taxes so that a single mom gets childcare support or so that we can make sure that our communities aren’t inundated by wildfires and floods and that we’re doing something about climate change for the next generation, you know, that’s an argument that is unsustainable.”
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Biden Undercuts Pelosi: $5 Trillion Spending Agenda Might Not Pass by End of Week

President Joe Biden voiced doubt Monday that his two-tracked $5 trillion agenda would pass the House of Representatives by the end of the week.
“Well, it may not be by the end of the week,” he told reporters. “I hope it’s by the end of the week.”

Biden’s comments undercut House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s insistence that the top three pieces of legislation need to pass this week, as she fights to resolve infighting in her party between House moderates and the far left.

“This week, we must pass a Continuing Resolution, Build Back Better Act and the BIF,” she wrote to her House colleagues on Saturday, pointing to Biden’s $3.5 trillion entitlement bill, his $1.5 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, and a bill to fund the government.
Pelosi noted further “The next few days will be a time of intensity,” but urged colleagues to come together. But the president acknowledged, although he wants to get as much as he can get done legislatively, he indicated it could take much longer.
“[A]s long as we’re still alive, we got three things to do: the debt ceiling, the continuing resolution, and the two pieces of legislation,” Biden said to reporters at the White House. “If we do that, the country is going to be in great shape.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday it was too early to make a prediction about the future of Biden’s priorities.
“Let me just tell you that, one, we all ate our Wheaties this morning. I expect that’s going to be the breakfast all week,” she said.
When asked if the White House expected negotiations to last beyond the week, she replied, “We’ll see.”

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State Department: About 100 U.S. Citizens, Green Card Holders Stranded in Afghanistan

Roughly 100 U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPR) are still seeking to flee Afghanistan, an unnamed senior State Department official told reporters Monday.
“We assess it’s around 100 Americans and LPRs currently ready to go,” the official declared. “And that’s the pool we’re focused on at the moment.”

For weeks, President Joe Biden’s administration has repeatedly asserted that “about 100” American citizens were stranded in Afghanistan, without providing a number for LPRs (green card holders).
Now, the State Department official is saying roughly 100 U.S. citizens and green card holders remain in the country, noting that the administration has evacuated at least 85 U.S. citizens and 79 LPRs since President Biden pulled out all U.S. troops on August 31, ending a two-week-long military evacuation effort before pulling out all American civilians.
Refugees disembark from a U.S. air force aircraft after an evacuation flight from Kabul at the Rota naval base in Rota, southern Spain, on August 31, 2021. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP via Getty Images)
“The reason I say ‘at least’ is because an additional number of American citizens and legal permanent residents have departed Afghanistan in the last month on private charters,” the official explained.

State Department officials are unsure how many Americans have fled Afghanistan on private charters because those flights go to other countries and do not get direct support from the Biden administration, the official added.
“Our highest priority in Afghanistan, of course, remains helping those American citizens who wish to leave the country now to do so,” the official noted, without specifying when the estimated 100 U.S. citizens and green card holders will fly out of Kabul.
The unnamed official conceded the State Department does not have a precise count of Americans stranded in Afghanistan because it changes every day, the official stressed.
“Reminder: Americans are still stranded in Afghanistan,” Rep. Andy Briggs (R-AZ) wrote on Twitter Monday.

Reminder: Americans are still stranded in Afghanistan.
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) September 27, 2021

Following the complete U.S. military withdrawal, the State Department took over evacuation efforts.
After the group of roughly 100 U.S. citizens and LPRs leave, the State Department will continue to help with the evacuation of any other Americans in Afghanistan “whether they’re people who have just come to our attention, whether they’re people that we’ve been talking to and in touch with on a periodic basis who changed their mind,” the unnamed official said.
“We’re also going to continue working closely with other governments and with a range of outside advocates to support the departure of some Afghans who are seeking to leave the country,” the official added.
The State Department continues to push the Taliban to reopen the Kabul airport to commercial traffic and grant safe passage to U.S. citizens, legal residents, and at-risk Afghans seeking to flee Afghanistan.
An armed Taliban fighter escorts veiled women as they march during a pro-Taliban rally outside the Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul on September 11, 2021. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images)
“Many people continue to work this problem all day, every day, in pretty much every time zone,” the official said, adding:
In all of our interactions and our communications with the Taliban, whether it’s directly or indirectly, we continue to stress one of our top priorities … is freedom of movement and safe passage for our citizens, our legal residents, and for a range of Afghans who wish to travel and want to leave the country at this time, whether it’s for a temporary or a longer-term.
Moreover, the official said the State Department is “constantly touching base with American citizens that we think are still in the country … to see if they’re ready to leave.”
The Taliban declared victory on August 15 and demanded that all foreign forces pull out of the country by August 31. Biden caved into the Taliban’s request.
State Department officials have helped Americans board at least four Qatar Airways chartered flights from Kabul to Qatar.

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