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USA news live updates: Afghan collapse rooted in 2020 deal with Taliban, says US General – Times of India

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Kim Jong-un says US offer of talks is a cover for hostile policy, reports Reuters quoting KCNA

Afghan collapse rooted in 2020 deal with Taliban, says US General Frank McKenzie, reports AP

Joe Biden agenda at risk as Democrats squabble ahead of shutdown deadline
Divisions among congressional Democrats threatened to derail President Joe Biden's agenda on Wednesday, as moderates voiced anger at the idea of delaying a $1 trillion infrastructure bill ahead of a critical vote to avert a government shutdown. The White House said talks over twin bills revitalizing the nation's roads and airports, as well as addressing social spending and climate change, were at a "precarious" point as moderates and progressives disagreed over the scope of some $4 trillion in spending. Read full story
Senate Republicans for a second day in a row blocked a bid by President Joe Biden’s Democrats to head off a potentially crippling US credit default, reports Reuters

The collapse of the Afghan government last month could be traced to a 2020 US agreement with the Taliban, senior Pentagon officials told Congress, reports AP
General Frank McKenzie said the deal depleted the morale of the Afghan government and military.
US stocks-S&P 500, Dow gain amid inflation concerns, debt ceiling debate, reports Reuters

New York governor uses God unfairly in vaccine fight: Lawyer
New York governor Kathleen Hochul has encouraged religious-minded people to get a Covid-19 vaccine by saying it is God's will that they get inoculated. A lawyer argued before a federal appeals court on Wednesday that the Democrat's comments about God could be encouraging hospitals and nursing homes to ignore court orders that – for now – are supposed to prevent them from punishing workers who won't take the vaccine because of religious objections. Read full story
‘Unmitigated disaster’: Republicans attack Joe Biden’s defence of Afghan pullout
Republican US lawmakers tried on Wednesday to pick apart President Joe Biden's defence of his withdrawal from Afghanistan as they attacked his judgment and honesty during a second day of contentious Congressional hearings with Pentagon leaders. Democrat Biden has faced the biggest crisis of his presidency over the war in Afghanistan, which he argued needed to be brought to a close after 20 years of stalemated fighting that had cost American lives, drained resources and distracted from greater strategic priorities. Read full story
I’m happy to look at a trillion-dollar target for India-US trade and happy to engage with US and look for expanding our economic partnership so that all Quad members will’ve strong economic ties with each other: Union minister of commerce, Piyush Goyal at US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (ANI)

Wall Street closes up amid inflation concerns, debt ceiling debate, reports Reuters

New Line 3 pipeline ready to move oil from Canada to US, announced Endbridge (AFP)

New York attorney general blasts Cuomo’s criticism of her report
New York attorney general Letitia James on Wednesday dismissed former governor Andrew Cuomo's repeated complaints that the sexual harassment investigation that led to his resignation was tainted by politics, saying the Democrat has "never taken responsibility for his own conduct." James, speaking to a civic group in New York City, defended the 165-page report her office released in August that found Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women. Read full story
US Democratic Senator Joe Manchin says it is ‘going to take a while’ to negotiate large domestic investment bill; unlikely to be done in ‘a week or two or three’ (Reuters)

White House says Joe Biden is working in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi on timing of two pieces of legislation

US justice department says it obtains over $1.5 million from American Honda Finance Corporation to compensate servicemembers whose federal rights were violated (Reuters)

White House says Joe Biden is disappointed in Mitch Mcconnell’s stance on debt ceiling

A month after Hurricane Ida, small communities that took the brunt of the Category 4 storm in Louisiana are still suffering. Many residents are without power. Others have lost nearly all their belongings to Ida’s devastating storm surge, reports AP

White House says it has the sense Senator Sinema does want to see a reconciliation bill

US generals concerned over Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal in wake of Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, reports ANI

US defence secretary says he is concerned for Afghan pilots held in Tajikistan, reports Reuters

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