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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks during his weekly news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

'I understand the frustration': McCarthy shifts criticism to Biden for two lawmakers' trip to Kabul

- The Washington Times

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday said it was President Biden's fault that two Congress members took an unannounced trip to Kabul airport to see for themselves the U.S. evacuation effort. "It's not the best idea to go there, but I understand their frustration by the lack of any answers from this administration," Mr. McCarthy, California Republican, said at a press conference.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, departs the Capitol after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., appointed him to lead the new select committee to investigate the violent Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, in Washington, Thursday, July 1, 2021. The probe will examine what went wrong around the Capitol when hundreds of supporters of then-President Donald Trump broke into the building, hunted for lawmakers and interrupted the congressional certification of Democrat Joe Biden's election victory. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) **FILE**

Select Committee seeks Trump records as part of Jan. 6 probe

- The Washington Times

The head of the House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 attack issued a sweeping round of demands for information from the executive branch related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and former President Donald Trump's push to discredit the results of the 2020 election.

In this Oct. 14, 2020, file photo, then-Michigan's 3rd District Congressional Republican candidate Peter Meijer speaks at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Mich. Meijer, one of just 10 Republicans who voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump over the deadly attack on the Capitol, defended his decision while taking pointed criticism from voters Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Reps. Peter Meijer, Seth Moulton make undisclosed visit to Kabul

- The Washington Times

Reps. Peter Meijer, Michigan Republican, and Seth Moulton, Massachusetts Democrat, visited Kabul on Tuesday amid ongoing efforts to evacuate U.S. citizens and Afghan refugees, which they said has no chance of completion before the Biden administration's Aug. 31 deadline.

A U.S. Chinook helicopter flies over the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. Taliban fighters entered the outskirts of the Afghan capital on Sunday, further tightening their grip on the country as panicked workers fled government offices and helicopters landed at the U.S. Embassy. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) **FILE**

Afghanistan craters Biden approval rating

- The Washington Times

President Biden's approval rating has plummeted amid the unfolding mess in Afghanistan, with a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll showing just 41% of voters approve of his performance in office.

New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, left, swears in Kathy Hochul, right, as the first woman to be New York's governor while her husband Bill Hochul holds a bible during a swearing-in ceremony in the Red Room at the state Capitol, early Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, Pool)

Kathy Hochul becomes New York's first female governor

- Associated Press

Kathy Hochul became the first female governor of New York at the stroke of midnight Tuesday, taking control of a state government desperate to get back to business after months of distractions over sexual harassment allegations against Andrew Cuomo.