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The United States is continuing evacuations from an airport in Afghanistan despite an attack that hit right outside the gates.

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So that's what a Taliban spokesman says they will do. And we'll be reporting in the weeks and months ahead on what they do. And we start right now with NPR international affairs correspondent Jackie Northam. Jackie, good morning.

The U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is a story of democracy and its shortcomings. In this piece, Steve Inskeep — host of NPR's Morning Edition, as well as NPR's morning news podcast Up First — analyzes how the United States inadvertently took on a mission to democratize Afghanistan, and instead undermined democracy at home, as unpopular wars tend to do.

In 2001, Americans pictured the Afghanistan war as a defense of their democracy. People didn't talk of reforming the country, just punishing the 9/11 attackers.

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Of all debates over responding to the pandemic's latest surge, the most dramatic may be in Florida.

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Gwynne Hogan of our member station WNYC joins us. Good morning.

GWYNNE HOGAN, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve.

INSKEEP: So how much evidence backs up these accusations by the state attorney general?

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All the recent news of the latest covid surge raises a question - how much trouble are we in this time?

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Exactly how much can you change the United States with $3.5 trillion?

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Today, the U.S. Senate takes up a plan to set federal standards for elections.

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The writer Ibram X. Kendi has been reading a lot of books to his five-year-old daughter, Imani. And when he chooses those books, he makes sure they include many kinds of people.

"I'm also really excited now because her favorite color right now is the rainbow," he says. "And so I feel like we're doing something right because I constantly emphasize this sort of human rainbow and appreciating it."

On a warm May night, the sound of footsteps and a stranger's voice in the darkness outside his home startled a man in Afghanistan. Alarmed, he went to investigate. He saw that someone had affixed something to his door.

He found a handwritten note: "You have been helping U.S. occupier forces and ... you are an ally and spy of infidels, we will never leave you alive."

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Today, Joe Biden becomes the latest in a string of U.S. presidents to meet Russia's longtime ruler, Vladimir Putin.

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People who have been eager to remove Benjamin Netanyahu as the leader of Israel had their moment yesterday.

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It was a busy few days in Texas.

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Where exactly did COVID-19 come from? President Biden wants the intelligence community to find the answer.

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Just what does a Manhattan prosecutor think he knows about the businesses of former President Trump?

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