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Pentagon spokesman John Kirby speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, Monday, July 19, 2021.

U.S. launched several airstrikes in support of Afghan forces

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, Monday, July 19, 2021.

July 22, 2021, 11:43am Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military launched several airstrikes this week in support of Afghan government forces fighting Taliban insurgents, including in the strategically important province of Kandahar, officials said Thursday. Read story

FILE - In this June 8, 2021, file photo, Tracy Stone-Manning listens during a confirmation hearing for her to be the director of the Bureau of Land Management, during a hearing of the Senate Energy and National Resources Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. West is facing pressure to withdraw over her ties to environmental activists convicted of spiking trees to sabotage a national forest timber sale more than 30 years ago.

Democrats back Biden U.S. lands pick assailed by Republicans

FILE - In this June 8, 2021, file photo, Tracy Stone-Manning listens during a confirmation hearing for her to be the director of the Bureau of Land Management, during a hearing of the Senate Energy and National Resources Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. West is facing pressure to withdraw over her ties to environmental activists convicted of spiking trees to sabotage a national forest timber sale more than 30 years ago.

July 22, 2021, 11:20am Latest News

BILLINGS, Mont. — A U.S. Senate panel deadlocked Thursday on President Joe Biden’s pick to oversee vast government-owned lands in the West, as Democrats stood united behind a nominee whose credibility was assailed by Republicans over her links to a 1989 environmental sabotage case. Read story

In this June 25, 2021 photo, former Afghan interpreters hold placards during a demonstrations against the US government, in front of the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.  The Biden administration says it will evacuate about 2,500 Afghans who worked for the U.S. government and their families to a military base in Virginia pending approval of their visas. The administration notified Congress on Monday that the Afghans will be housed at the Fort Lee Army base south of Richmond starting next week.

House votes to evacuate more Afghan allies as U.S. war ends

In this June 25, 2021 photo, former Afghan interpreters hold placards during a demonstrations against the US government, in front of the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.  The Biden administration says it will evacuate about 2,500 Afghans who worked for the U.S. government and their families to a military base in Virginia pending approval of their visas. The administration notified Congress on Monday that the Afghans will be housed at the Fort Lee Army base south of Richmond starting next week.

July 22, 2021, 9:30am Politics

The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to allow in thousands more of the Afghans who worked alongside Americans in the Afghanistan war, citing the urgency of protecting those on-the-ground allies from Taliban retaliation as the U.S. military withdrawal enters its final weeks. Read story

Cameras are visible in the foreground as President Joe Biden accompanied by CNN journalist Don Lemon, right, appears at a CNN town hall at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

Biden says getting COVID-19 vaccine ‘gigantically important’

Cameras are visible in the foreground as President Joe Biden accompanied by CNN journalist Don Lemon, right, appears at a CNN town hall at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

July 22, 2021, 9:30am Health

CINCINNATI — President Joe Biden expressed pointed frustration over the slowing COVID-19 vaccination rate in the U.S. and pleaded that it’s “gigantically important” for Americans to step up and get inoculated against the virus as it surges once again. Read story

Vilsack defends farmworker changes against immigration attacks

July 22, 2021, 9:28am Politics

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack batted back attacks from Republicans on the Biden administration’s border policies while discussing migrant farmworker programs at a Wednesday hearing, where Sen. Ted Cruz called Vilsack’s view on immigration “fertilizer.” Read story

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson talks to reporters in August 2019 during a news conference in Seattle.

Washington AG rejects opioids settlement, wants trial

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson talks to reporters in August 2019 during a news conference in Seattle.

July 22, 2021, 9:15am Health

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Wednesday said he has formally rejected the state's proposed part of a $26 billion settlement with the nation's three largest drug distribution companies and drugmaker Johnson & Johnson related to the opioid addiction and overdose crisis. Read story

Workers repair a park near the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 21, 2021, as senators struggle to reach a compromise over how to pay for nearly $1 trillion in public works spending, a key part of President Joe Biden's agenda. (AP Photo/J.

AP-NORC poll: Parties split on some infrastructure proposals

Workers repair a park near the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 21, 2021, as senators struggle to reach a compromise over how to pay for nearly $1 trillion in public works spending, a key part of President Joe Biden's agenda. (AP Photo/J.

July 22, 2021, 9:01am Politics

WASHINGTON — The overwhelming majority of Americans -- about 8 in 10 -- favor plans to increase funding for roads, bridges and ports and for pipes that supply drinking water. But that’s about as far as Democrats and Republicans intersect on infrastructure, according to a new poll from The Associated… Read story

Rick Romero of Send It Direct Mail in Portland helps prepare election ballots for Clark County prior to the 2018 general election.

Clark County voters, have you received your ballots?

Rick Romero of Send It Direct Mail in Portland helps prepare election ballots for Clark County prior to the 2018 general election.

July 22, 2021, 6:04am Clark County News

Local voters should have received their ballots for the Aug. 3 primary election by now, according to the Clark County Elections Office. Read story

The Columbian's Editorial Board met virtually with Vancouver City Council Position 1 candidates Kim Harless, Mike Pond and John Blom on Tuesday, June 29, in Vancouver.

3 vying for Vancouver City Council Pos. 1 tout their experiencevideo icon

The Columbian's Editorial Board met virtually with Vancouver City Council Position 1 candidates Kim Harless, Mike Pond and John Blom on Tuesday, June 29, in Vancouver.

July 21, 2021, 6:07pm Clark County News

Three of the candidates running for an open Vancouver city council seat this year share a lot of the same opinions. So instead of spending their conversation with The Columbian’s editorial board drawing contrasts between their goals for the city, they focused on a different angle — why they’re the… Read story

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley speaks at a press briefing at the Pentagon, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 in Washington.

Gen. Milley says Taliban appear to have ‘strategic momentum’

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley speaks at a press briefing at the Pentagon, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 in Washington.

July 21, 2021, 2:51pm Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Taliban appear to have “strategic momentum” in the fight for control of Afghanistan as they put increasing pressure on key cities, setting the stage for a decisive period in coming weeks as American forces complete their withdrawal, the top U.S. military officer said Wednesday. Read story