Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top U.S. lawmakers met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, her office confirmed Sunday night. Defense Secretary Mark Esper was also in Kabul in an effort to restart stalled peace talks with the Taliban.

Details: President Trump had previously declared the peace talks "dead" after a Taliban bombing killed an American soldier in September. The issue of the Taliban was high on the agenda for the congressional delegation.

What she's saying: Pelosi said in a statement that the nine-person delegation was briefed by diplomats including U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass on issues such as "reconciliation efforts with the Taliban," women's rights and the still-pending September election results.

  • "We underscored that the women of Afghanistan must be at the table for reconciliation talks," she said.
  • The delegation, which included one Republican, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, traveled to Camp Morehead to meet with Resolute Support Mission troops, Pelosi said.
“Meeting with and hearing directly from our troops and diplomats on the ground is essential for Congress to conduct effective oversight of our mission in Afghanistan.  We will return to Washington strengthened with the facts and the first-hand knowledge we have gathered at this critical time for our nation’s Afghanistan policy and inspired by the courage of our servicemembers and diplomats on the front lines."
— Pelosi statement

The big picture: Pelosi also paid tribute to her 90-year-old brother, former Baltimore Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro III, who died on Sunday, remembering him in a separate statement as "the finest public servant I have ever known."

  • Per the Wall Street Journal, Pelosi's and Esper's visits were made with the intention of alleviating concerns over U.S. troop withdrawals.
  • On Saturday, Pelosi and the congressional group met with King Abdullah II in Jordan to discuss security issues including Syria. Trump has faced bipartisan criticism for his decision to withdraw American troops from Syria.

Go deeper: Trump ordered stepped-up military operations in Afghanistan

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Two officers shot in Louisville amid Breonna Taylor protests

Police officers stand guard during a protest in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Ben Hendren/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Louisville Metro Police Department said two officers were shot downtown in the Kentucky city late Wednesday, just hours after a grand jury announced an indictment in the Breonna Taylor case.

Driving the news: Metrosafe, the city's emergency services, said it received reports of a shooting at South Brook St. and Broadway Ave., near the area where protests were taking place. A police spokesperson told a press briefing the injuries of both officers were not life-threatening. One officer was "alert and stable" and the other was undergoing surgery, he said.

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Biden: Breonna Taylor indictment "does not answer" call for justice

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Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday condemned the grand jury indictment of a Louisville police officer who entered Breonna Taylor's home in March in a botched drug raid that led to her death, saying in a statement the decision "does not answer" for equal justice.

The big picture: Biden called for reforms to address police use of force and no-knock warrants, while demanding a ban on chokeholds. He added that people "have a right to peacefully protest, but violence is never acceptable."

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