Women who were employed by Afghanistan's women's ministry were locked out of their former workplace in Kabul on Thursday. The next day its signs had been replaced with those of the Taliban's moral police: "Ministries of Prayer and Guidance and the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice," Reuters reported.
The new ministry enforces the Taliban's interpretation of Sharia law, which enforces a strict dress code, floggings, and public executions, according to Reuters. Although a senior Taliban figure said women shall not work alongside men on September 13, it is still unclear what capacity women will be able to work, if at all, Reuters reported.
Hochul said she would transfer another 200 individuals to state prisons in the coming days, citing staffing issues and a rise in COVID-19 transmission in recent weeks, according to the Times.
There are more than 6,000 individuals currently jailed at Rikers.
"Unfortunately, in 2021 we have witnessed the collapse of basic jail operations, such that today I do not believe the city is capable of safely managing the custody of those it is charged with incarcerating in its jails, nor maintaining the safety of those who work there," said Ross MacDonald, chief medical officer for the city's Correctional Health Services, according to a letter obtained by NY1. "The breakdown has resulted in an increase in deaths which we refer to as jail-attributable, where jail conditions meaningfully contributed to the death."
Guards have been forced to work consecutive shifts, staying on duty for 24 hours or longer, to compensate for the approximately 2,000 officers who are out sick or unable to work daily, the Times reported.
The staffing shortages have created conditions that contribute to jail-attributable deaths, including delays in processing and housing new admissions to the jail, fights over basic necessities like food and medication, and overcrowding resulting in detainees and inmates standing in their own excrement for days, MacDonald said in the letter.
COVID-19 transmission has also been exacerbated by the jail's crises. Data from the city's Correctional Health Facilities places the jail population's positivity rate at 5.32%, much higher than city's seven-day average of 2.96%.
"In the more than 12 years I've been coming to Rikers, I've never been as traumatized by what I witnessed as I was today. Hundreds sit in one Intake Pen with one toilet for weeks. Covid will kill them. This is barbaric. I plead w [Hochul] to visit now & end this torture," New York City Councilmember Daniel Dromm tweeted following his tour of Rikers on September 16.
To put that sum into context, we took a look at how much California is spending on some of its key issues this year, from homelessness and battling wildfires to combating COVID-19. Figures on California's spending have been sourced from the state's 2020-2021 budget.
Per California's 2020-2021 budget, $550 million was allocated to the Department of Housing and Community Development for Project Homekey, a sum intended to provide housing for homeless individuals and families. The $276 million spent on the recall election could have funded more than half of this amount.
The average cost of building a single unit of housing for the homeless in Los Angeles rose to $531,000 in 2020, according to an audit from City Controller Ron Galperin. Based on this metric, with $276 million, the state could have financed more than 500 units of housing with the cost of the recall election.
The state's 2020-2021 budget allocated $50 million to a general fund to mitigate the effects of power shutdowns, in a bid to reduce the risk of wildfires sparked by utility-owned equipment. The AP reported that the state approved a $1.5 billion budget to prevent wildfires - nearly a fifth of which could have been funded by the recall election's cost.
Additionally, $276 million could have gone a long way to funding programs to battle smog and climate change. According to a report from local news site CalMatters, key environmental programs saw funding cuts of nearly $105 million in July 2020. These funding cuts hit programs that promoted green vehicles and tackled methane excretions from cows.
A large part of the state's 2020-2021 budget focused on measures that could mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state's 2020-2021 budget shows $716 million was set aside for COVID‑19 contingencies. Another $3.5 billion was allocated for direct COVID-19 related expenditures. This sum is being earmarked for spending on personal protective equipment, expanding the surge capacity at hospitals and medical facilities, providing hotels for healthcare workers who need to quarantine after coming into contact with COVID-19 patients, and improving statewide contact tracing.
The $276 million from the recall election could have paid for more than a third of the state's COVID-19 contingency fund, or funded slightly over a tenth of its state-wide COVID-19 related expenditures.
Less than an hour after polls closed, Insider and Decision Desk HQ projected that Californians overwhelmingly voted against recalling Gov. Gavin Newsom. The speedy outcome left many wondering why the effort to recall public officials is so easy, and if it should be reformed.
Five attempts to recall Newsom failed before a sixth petition, led by retired sheriff's sergeant Orrin Heatlie and his California Patriot Coalition, collected the required number of signatures and triggered the recall election on July 1.
US Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., told ABC News anchor Linsey Davis that it's too easy to recall officials in California, citing more than 68 recalls happening throughout the state targeting officials in various levels of government, including school boards, city councils, and district attorneys.
California is one of just 19 states that allow recall elections. Within 60 days, petitioners recalling a California official must collect signatures from 12% of the electorate from the last election, and from at least five counties.
"This could be a strategy to essentially grind government to a halt, to paralyze government," Bass said. "I'm very interested in analyzing who started all these recalls. Who's funding them? You can't just recall someone without significant financial backing."
"You saw what happened in Texas, and the fact that we have other Republican governors that hope to model that Texas legislation as it relates to denying women the right to choice," Newsom said. "We may have defeated Donald Trump, but we have not defeated Trumpism; Trumpism is still on the ballot in California."
Biden took the stage and endorsed Newsom as one of the "best governors in the country," while dubbing Elder a "Trump clone." He listed several reasons to keep Newsom as governor, including his respect for women, belief in climate change, and respect for scientific guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The eyes of the nation are on California because the decision you're about to make isn't just going to have a huge impact on California. It's going to reverberate around the nation, and quite frankly - not a joke - around the world," Biden said.
California's recall election for governor is set for September 14. If more than 50% of voters vote "yes" to recalling Newsom, he will be replaced by the opposing candidate who garners the most support. In the event that he is recalled, county officials would have 30 days to count votes and on the 38th day, California Secretary of State Shirley Weber would certify the election results.
Congressional security officials are expected to authorize the installation of a seven-foot fence and use of deadly force for a far-right rally next weekend on Capitol Hill's plaza demanding the release of rioters who descended on the building on January 6, according to The Guardian.
Look Ahead America said on its website that the "Justice for J6" rally in Washington DC is scheduled to take place on September 18 in Union Square, along with additional rallies at capitals, parks, and courthouses in 13 other states.
The organization's Executive Director Matt Braynard, former director of data and strategy for the Trump campaign, said in a video that the goal of the rallies is to raise awareness about the civil rights violations endured by "political prisoners" arrested in relation to the January 6 riot.
He also asked attendees to refrain from wearing or bringing political paraphernalia, banners, or flags referencing a political candidate, organization, or the 2020 election.
Braynard predicted 700 people will be in attendance when he filed for the event's permit, according to The Guardian. Sources familiar with intelligence gathered by federal officials said far-right extremist groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers are planning to attend the rally.
Security officials weighed whether to request the National Guard at the Washington DC rally but decided against its deployment following a threat assessment, The Guardian reported.
Final recommendations will be unveiled Monday in a briefing with congressional leaders.
After attempting multiple freelance rescue missions in Afghanistan, Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., told Fox News' Brett Baier that "blood is on [President Joe Biden's] hands."
Mullin said he attempted to enter Afghanistan via Georgia and Tajikistan with a large sum of cash to get through Taliban checkpoints and rent a helicopter for a rescue mission. The Washington Post reported that this effort failed when John Mark Pommersheim, the US ambassador to Tajikistan, declined to assist him in skirting Tajikistan's laws on cash limits.
Mullin said he has a list of 50 Americans trapped in Afghanistan who want out.
When Baier asked Mullin if he thinks the US will be able to get the remaining Americans out of Afghanistan, he replied: "We're going to get some, but there's going to be some that are going to die because of the failure from President Biden."
In his August 31 speech about the end of the 20-year war in Afghanistan, Biden said that about 100 to 200 Americans remain in Afghanistan with some intention to leave, despite previously saying that he would get 100% of Americans out before withdrawing forces, the Associated Press reported.
On a July 18 episode of Prager University's "The Candace Owens Show," Larry Elder said an argument could be made that slave owners were owed reparations after the Civil War because slavery was legal and their "property" had been taken.
"When people talk about reparations, do they really want to have that conversation? Like it or not, slavery was legal," Elder said. "Their legal property was taken away from them after the Civil War, so you could make an argument that the people that are owed reparations are not only just Black people but also the people whose 'property' was taken away after the end of the Civil War."
Owens and Elder's conversation on reparations began when Owens said the US was one of the first countries to ban the slave trade.
It was one of the last countries to abolish slavery, according to PolitiFact.
Elder replied that the United Kingdom compensated slave owners for their loss of property, stating that the "substantial amounts of money" they received from the government prevented civil war from breaking out like it did in the US.
During an interview for the Australian Broadcast Company's two-part series, "Fox and the Big Lie," Sidney Powell struggled to respond to "basic factual errors" that correspondent Sarah Ferguson pointed out in her claims and threatened to end the interview.
At one point during the interview, Powell responded to a line of questioning by asking Ferguson if she works for Smartmatic and stated that she was confused about why Ferguson came to interview her in Highland Park, Texas.
"Because you've made a series of very strong allegations against Smartmatic and against Dominion containing many errors of fact," Ferguson responded.
Shortly after, Powell attempted to stop the interview, saying it was "wholly inappropriate" because of pending litigation.
After reluctantly returning to finish the interview, Powell continued to stick by her baseless claims that widespread election fraud was perpetrated in 2020.
"I am saying that thousands of Americans had some role in [2020 election fraud], knowingly or unknowingly. It was essentially a bloodless coup where they took over the presidency of the United States without a single shot being fired," Powell said.
After Powell added that the election fraud had been planned for at least three years, Ferguson asked her, "Do you ever hear yourself and think it sounds ridiculous?"
"No, I know myself very well. I've been in me a long time. I know my reputation. I know my level of integrity," Powell replied.
Powell formerly served as a federal prosecutor and represented former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to making false statements to FBI investigators in 2017 and was later pardoned by then-President Donald Trump.
At the time of her hiring, Politico reported that representatives of the entities Allen listed on her résumé said her titles were "embroidered at best, and completely untrue at the most." Allen was 20 years old when she began working for Giuliani and was still in the process of completing her communications degree online at Liberty University, according to Politico.
Insider has reached out to Allen and Giuliani for comment.