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Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

All Americans stranded in the Mazar-e Sharif airport in Afghanistan have been evacuated and have landed in Qatar, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced Thursday and a senior State Department official has confirmed.

The big picture: With the Kabul airport closed, people instead went to the Mazar-e Sharif airport. Blumenthal had been vocally frustrated with the administration about the delay in evacuating people from the country.

What they're saying: "Although the nearly 800 men, women and children on these two planes have now managed to escape to freedom, there remain hundreds just like them throughout Afghanistan," Blumenthal said in a statement to reporters.

  • "There are countless interpreters, journalists, development workers and civil rights advocates who are in severe danger because they sided and worked with U.S. troops, diplomats and organizations," the senator added.

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Afghan interpreter who helped rescue Biden in 2008 safely leaves Afghanistan

President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at the White House residence. Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty Images

An Afghan interpreter who helped rescue President Biden in Afghanistan in 2008 when he was a senator has safely left the country with his wife and five children, the State Department confirmed to Axios on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Aman Khalili, who was instrumental to the mission that rescued Biden's helicopter when it was caught in a snowstorm according to U.S. veterans, was forced into hiding after the Taliban took over Kabul.

Obama says Powell exemplified what America "can and should be"

Then-President Obama speaks alongside former Secretary of State Colin Powell (left) during a meeting in the Oval Office in 2010. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Obama called Colin Powell an "exemplary soldier and an exemplary patriot" in a statement honoring the former general following his death from COVID complications on Monday.

Why it matters: Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, was known as a Republican but played a critical role in helping Obama get elected in 2008.

Justice Department asks Supreme Court to block Texas abortion ban

Abortion rights activists rally at the Texas State Capitol on Sept. 11 in Austin, Texas. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images

The Justice Department on Monday asked the Supreme Court to temporarily block Texas' near-total ban on abortions while federal courts consider its constitutionality.

The big picture: The court last month allowed the ban to take effect, rejecting an emergency application by abortion-rights groups. The law bars the procedure after cardiac activity is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.