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On Sept. 8, a letter was created by faculty at Stanford University in hopes of stopping the China Initiative permanently (Flickr).

Professors at Stanford speak out against racial profiling

On Sept. 8, a letter was created by faculty at Stanford University in hopes of stopping the China Initiative permanently. According to Reuters, this letter states “(I)t is harming the United States’ research and technology competitiveness and it is fueling biases that, in turn, raise concerns about racial profiling.” 

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The bill in question boasts a multitude of new regulations on Texans’ that some say restrict voting rights, most in direct response to GOP allegations of fraud during the 2020 presidential election(Fickr).

Texas passes restrictive voting bill

 After a months-long, drawn-out struggle, Texas Republicans have managed to pass strict voting restrictions against overtures from activists and Democratic lawmakers, with Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) signing Senate Bill 1 into law on Sept. 6. 

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The international community is scattered when it comes to economically supporting the new Taliban government(Flikr).

Taliban forms government similar to one 25 years ago

 On Aug. 15, 2021, the Taliban took over Kabul, shocking the international community. With the United States pulling out and Afghan officials fleeing the country, the Taliban have been tasked with creating a new government in Afghanistan. For weeks, the world has been waiting for what this new regime will look like. Now, the Taliban have begun constructing their cabinet and enacting policies. 

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The move comes amid growing concerns about the Delta variant of Covid-19, with the President harshly condemning the unvaccinated minority(Flickr).

Biden announces vaccine requirement

On September 9th, President Biden announced a new vaccine requirement for all federal employees and contractors according to AP. The move comes amid growing concerns about the Delta variant of Covid-19, with the President harshly condemning the unvaccinated minority.  

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Northam ordered the Lee statue to be removed but instantly faced multiple lawsuits, citing an agreement made in 1887(Flikr).

Virginia removes controversial Confederate statue

 Cheers broke out as workers removed a statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia on the morning of Sept. 8. This comes after years of fighting by Democratic Governor Ralph Northam to remove six statues celebrating key Confederate figures on a main road in the state capitol.  

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For the first time in 39 years, Social Security’s costs will exceed its total income and will have to rely on its savings to pay benefits(Flickr).

Social Security to deplete sooner due to Covid-19 recession

 According to a report by the Social Security and Medicare trustees, the Covid-19 recession has led to Social Security’s predicted insolvency being moved up one year to 2034 from last year’s estimate of 2035. The Social Security disability fund is also now predicted to run dry in 2057, eight years sooner than previously expected. Medicare has been unaffected, retaining its depletion deadline of 2026. 

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