Sign up for our daily briefing

Make your busy days simpler with Axios AM/PM. Catch up on what's new and why it matters in just 5 minutes.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Catch up on the day's biggest business stories

Subscribe to Axios Closer for insights into the day’s business news and trends and why they matter

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Sign up for Axios Pro Rata

Dive into the world of dealmakers across VC, PE and M&A with Axios Pro Rata. Delivered daily to your inbox by Dan Primack and Kia Kokalitcheva.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Sports news worthy of your time

Binge on the stats and stories that drive the sports world with Axios Sports. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Tech news worthy of your time

Get our smart take on technology from the Valley and D.C. with Axios Login. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Get the inside stories

Get an insider's guide to the new White House with Axios Sneak Peek. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Denver news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Denver

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Des Moines news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Des Moines

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Twin Cities news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Twin Cities

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Tampa Bay news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Tampa Bay

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Charlotte news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Charlotte

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Nashville news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Nashville newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Columbus news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Columbus newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Dallas news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Dallas newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Austin news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Austin newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Atlanta news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Atlanta newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Philadelphia news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Philadelphia newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Chicago news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Chicago newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Sign up for Axios NW Arkansas

Stay up-to-date on the most important and interesting stories affecting NW Arkansas, authored by local reporters

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

President Joe Biden. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden on Friday said his administration was considering "every opportunity and every means" to get Americans and Afghan allies through Taliban checkpoints and into the Kabul airport.

State of play: Biden said Taliban militants are allowing those with American passports to pass through their checkpoints, but added that the United States is now figuring out how to handle the "mad rush" of non-Americans who are attempting to cross.

  • "We’re making the same commitment. There’s no one more important than bringing American citizens out, I acknowledge that. But they’re equally important," Biden said.
  • "Almost all of those — those SIVs [Special Immigrant Visa applicants] we call them — who, in fact, helped us, that were translators, that went into battle with us, that were part of the operation, as well as we’re also trying to get out as many NGOs —nongovernment organizations, women’s organizations, et cetera. We’re doing all we can," the president added.
  • Responding to a question about reports of criticism from American allies surrounding the withdrawal and chaotic evacuation, Biden said: "The fact of the matter is, I have not seen that,” the president said, adding: "Matter of fact, the exact opposite. I’ve got the exact opposite thing. … We’re actually committing to what we said we would do."

By the numbers: Biden said that 18,000 people have been evacuated since July, 13,000 since the military lift began on Aug. 14 and "thousands more" on chartered flights.

  • He said that U.S. forces went outside the airport gate and brought 169 Americans over the wall.
  • The Biden administration also worked with the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post to "successfully" evacuate 204 of their employees in the country.

What he's saying: "This is one of the largest, most difficult air lifts in history, and the only country in the world capable of projecting this much power on the far side of the world with this degree of precision is the United States of America," Biden said.

  • "But let me be clear: any American who wants to come home, we will get you home. Make no mistake, this evacuation mission is dangerous. It involves risks to our armed forces, and it's being conducted under difficult circumstances," he added.
  • The Biden administration has been in "constant contact" with the Taliban to "ensure that civilians have safe passage to the airport."
  • “We’ve made it clear to the Taliban that any attack, any attack on our forces or disruption of our operations at the airport will be met with swift and forceful response."

Biden officials said they are aware that the Taliban has harassed and in some cases assaulted Americans and Afghans traveling to the Kabul airport, according to the Hill.

  • In a meeting with lawmakers on Friday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said he is open to expanding the U.S. presence beyond the airport. "I haven't ruled out any particular option going forward," he said. "If I believe a different course is warranted, I will absolutely recommend that to the president.”
  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken also told lawmakers there are "very legitimate questions about whether or not we should have gotten more people out sooner, we will have that discussion at the right time."

Go deeper: The cases for and against Biden's key decisions on Afghanistan

Go deeper

Oct 24, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Jason Sudeikis returns as "ghost from Biden's past" in "SNL" cold open

A screenshot of the "Saturday Night Live" Joe Bidens in the latest "SNL" cold open. Photo: Will Heath/NBC

The latest "Saturday Night Live" cold open saw former cast member Jason Sudeikis resume his role as the "old" Joe Biden to reassure the "new" one, played by James Austin Johnson amid slumping poll numbers.

The big picture: Sudeikis' Vice President Biden, who's also this week's host, explained to Johnson's President Biden: "I'm you from eight years ago, man, the ghost from Biden's past — boo!" He noted they "may be from different eras, but ... we're Joe freaking Biden!"

Oct 24, 2021 - World

First look: Jill Biden’s troops trip

First lady Jill Biden speaks last week at the White House. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

First lady Jill Biden on Monday will visit the military base that's home to pilots and aircrews who helped conduct the airlift out of Kabul to thank the service members and their families for their support in ending the 20-year war in Afghanistan.

Why it matters: When she stops at the crews' home at Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina, the first lady will be their most high-profile member from the Biden administration since the airlift ended on Aug. 31.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
36 mins ago - Health

Public health messaging lessons for the next pandemic

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

"Be first, be right, be credible" is the mantra of public health experts in a crisis. It's difficult to argue that the health community has regularly managed to be any of those three during COVID-19.

Why it matters: A pandemic isn't just a medical emergency — it's also a communications emergency. The U.S. public health establishment, hamstrung by bad data and political interference, has struggled with the latter.