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Yellen says believes Senate finance committee is looking at US overseas minimum tax rate slightly higher than 16.5% proposed by house ways and means panel, reports Reuters

CBOT corn ends down on strong dollar, US harvest progress, reports Reuters

US FAA to deploy software to reduce airport delays, reports Reuters

CHC INC says grain export terminal in Myrtle Grove, Louisiana, resumes operations after Hurricane Ida damage, reports Reuters

If US had kept 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, war would result: White House

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that the United States would be at war with the Taliban if Washington had maintained 2,500 US troops in Afghanistan. Psaki made the comment in seeking to clarify an apparent difference between President Joe Biden’s insistence that there was no split among his military advisers about the withdrawal and a top general’s statement that the US military wanted to leave a contingent of troops in that country. Read full story

Republicans in US senate block vote sought by Democrats to suspend federal debt ceiling, reports Reuters

Maryland newspaper gunman gets more than 5 life prison terms, reports AP

US President Joe Biden ‘deeply engaged’ in negotiations with lawmakers: White House

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday that US President Joe Biden is deeply engaged in negotiations over spending legislation that he is trying to get through the US Congress. Read full story

If US had kept 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, war would result, says White House

Joe Biden ‘deeply engaged’ in negotiations with lawmakers, says White House

LeBron James confirmed he had been vaccinated against Covid-19 but said it was “not my job” to convince other NBA players to follow suit, reports AFP

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar had declined previously to say whether he had been vaccinated.

Can’t ‘predict’ when President Biden will call Pakistan PM Imran Khan: White House

A senior White House official has said that she cannot “predict” when President Joe Biden would make a call to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan though there has been high-level engagements between the two countries. Prime Minister Khan during recent interviews to the American media has complained that a “busy” President Biden has not bothered to speak to him though Washington was seeking Pakistan’s support in stabilising Afghanistan. Read full story

More than 400,000 Americans got Pfizer booster shots through local pharmacies last weekend. People over 65, those with pre-existing conditions or an elevated workplace risk are eligible for boosters. U.S. officials also urge the unvaccinated to get shots, reports AP

Republican seeks documents from White House, DOJ over Huawei CFO case

A Republican lawmaker is calling on the Biden administration to provide communications between the White House and the justice department, after the near-simultaneous release of a top executive at China’s Huawei and two Canadians held by Beijing spurred questions of political meddling in Washington. Read full story

Afghan army collapse took US by ‘surprise’: Pentagon chief

Top US military leaders acknowledged on Tuesday that the Taliban’s rapid takeover in Afghanistan took them by surprise and expressed concern the Islamic regime has not broken ties with al-Qaida. “We helped build a state, but we could not forge a nation,” defense secretary Lloyd Austin told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and evacuation. Read full story

US Joint Chiefs chairman calls Afghan war a ‘strategic failure’

In his first congressional testimony on the tumultuous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the top US military officer called the 20-year war a “strategic failure” and said he believes the US should have kept several thousand troops in the country to prevent the Taliban takeover that happened faster than forecast. Read full story

Afghan army collapse took US by ‘surprise’: Pentagon chief, reports AFP

US treasury 7-year note yield slightly higher after auction, last 1.322%, reports Reuters

CDC chief Rochelle Walensky says just 30% of pregnant women in US have received Covid-19 vaccine, an extraordinarily low number

US CDC chief says US seven-day average is about 95,000 Covid-19 cases, 8,500 hospitalizations, 1,300 deaths per day