July 18, 2021

Wildfires

California fire prompts evacuations; Oregon blaze balloons

A rapidly growing wildfire south of Lake Tahoe jumped a highway, prompting more evacuation orders and the cancellation of an extreme bike ride through the Sierra Nevada on Saturday as critically dangerous wildfire weather loomed in the coming days. The Tamarack Fire, which was sparked by lightning on July 4, exploded overnight to at least

Wars

Analysis: How Afghan war showed limits of US military power

Photo: Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, left, greets U.S. Army Gen. Scott Miller, the former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.  It took only two months for U.S. invaders to topple the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, a seemingly tidy success against a government that had given refuge to 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. Twenty years later, the United

Politics

South Dakota’s Noem taking swings at potential 2024 rivals

More than 18 months before the first presidential primary of 2024, most potential Republican candidates are just getting a sense of the political landscape, tiptoeing through early-voting states and trying to make friends in key places. Then there’s Kristi Noem. The South Dakota governor has come out swinging as she tries to carve a niche

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