Also today, it was widely reported that a senior Afghan delegation will fly to Qatar, trying to jump-start stalled peace talks with the Taliban.
The Biden administration intensified warnings to businesses today about forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region. The U.S. and others have charged that Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang are sent to labor camps and subject to other abuses. Today’s warning says that companies with supply chains and investments in the region could violate U.S. law.
Record heat across the Western U.S. has eased slightly, but dozens of wildfires raged on today. More than 60 fires are burning across 10 states, fueled by hot, dry conditions.
We will focus on the largest one, now burning in Southwestern Oregon, later in the program.
President Biden is nominating the former health commissioner of West Virginia to be the nation’s top official in the fight against illegal drugs. The White House says that Dr. Rahul Gupta would be the first physician to serve as drug czar if the U.S. Senate confirms him.
On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 107 points to close at 34888. The Nasdaq fell 55 points. The S&P 500 slipped 15.
And the Emmys made some history today. M.J. Rodriguez of the FX series “Pose” became the first transgender woman nominated for a lead acting role. Overall, “The Crown” on Netflix and “The Mandalorian” on Disney+ tied with 24 nominations apiece. Winners will be announced in September.