Afghanistan Pullout Deadline Is Here. What Happens Next?

August 31 2021

Good morning from Washington, where President Biden makes a deadline to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, although it means leaving an unknown number of Americans behind. The public needs to know why the operation was such a mess, Heritage Foundation defense expert Tom Spoehr writes. What to expect as the Taliban assumes full control? Heritage foreign policy expert Luke Coffey has answers on the podcast. Plus: a school district sacks a teacher for speaking out on woke policies; college students get short shrift in bloated budgets; and CDC gives faulty guidance on masks at school. On this date in 1888, prostitute Mary Ann Nichols is found murdered and mutilated in London’s Whitechapel district, the first known victim of Jack the Ripper.

Afghanistan Pullout Deadline Is Here. What Happens Next?

ANALYSIS
By Virginia Allen

Will any Afghans try to fight the Taliban? What is ISIS-K, and is it a threat? Will terrorists be able to attack the U.S. from Afghanistan? Heritage Foundation scholar Luke Coffey delves into these topics…

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Teacher Fired After Speaking Against Gender Identity, Critical Race Theory, and Mask Mandates

NEWS
By Virginia Allen

Jonathan Koeppel says he wants to be a voice for anyone who is “sick and tired of being pushed around by the public education system just for being conservative.”

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America Deserves Answers on Botched Afghanistan Withdrawal

COMMENTARY
By Thomas Spoehr

Should the U.S. have blown up all military equipment rather than let it be captured by the Taliban? Should the military have abandoned a prison holding thousands of terrorists?

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Administrative Bloat at Universities Raises Costs Without Helping Students

COMMENTARY
By Jay Greene

Universities employ an army of staff who either distract from that mission by providing therapeutic coddling to students or subvert truth-seeking by enforcing an ideological orthodoxy.

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School Investigates Teacher Who Said She Told Students to Pledge Allegiance to Pride Flag

NEWS
By Kendall Tietz

In a video, a teacher shared that she took down the American flag in her classroom because it made her “uncomfortable.”

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CDC Should Revise Its Guidance Mandating Masks at School

COMMENTARY
By Doug Badger

A study finds that the COVID-19 infection rate in schools requiring students to wear masks “was not statistically significant compared with schools where mask use was optional.”

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