Start Your Day Here: A Senator's Warning On Afghanistan And The New N.Y. Governor's Plan

Published August 25, 2021 at 7:15 AM EDT
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is sworn in on Tuesday.
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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, next to her husband William Hochul, is sworn in by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore during a ceremony at the New York State Capitol in Albany on Tuesday.

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Criticism of the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan keeps coming, less than a week before President Biden's deadline to get U.S. forces out. Today we're looking at the latest on that effort and other news to get your day going:

Getting Americans out: Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., says it will be a disaster if U.S. troops pull out of Afghanistan without also evacuating all Americans. He calls the Tuesday deadline "arbitrary" and dangerous.

Restoring credibility in New York: Gov. Kathy Hochul, who took over this week, says COVID-19 vaccinations and mask mandates are top priorities for her. She's also promising more transparency in the wake of the Cuomo administration.

Voting rights update: The House has approved voting legislation that’s likely to hit a wall in the Senate, while voting restrictions keep cropping up around the country.

🎧 Also on Up First, our daily podcast, the Supreme Court disrupts Biden's plans for asylum-seekers at the Southern border.

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