- Bingo Barnes
- Without revealing a timeline or the number of men and women to be sent into harm's way, President Donald Trump told the nation Monday night that he will commit more American troops to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan. Throughout his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly called for America to withdraw from Afghanistan; but Tuesday evening, he said he accepted his advisers' call for a "big military" solution to prevent Afghanistan from being a breeding ground for terrorism.
- Meanwhile, The New York Times reports large protests are expected to greet Trump when he holds a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Arizona this evening. The state is home to controversial former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was known as a hardliner on immigration but was recently convicted of criminal contempt of court for not following federal law in his policing of undocumented immigrants. A number of pundits are guessing that Trump will offer a presidential pardon to Arpaio, an ardent Trump supporter.
President Trump will meet with Border Patrol officials in Arizona before attending a campaign-style rally https://t.co/KAbLDBXdO7— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 22, 2017
- Nearly 26,000 students in the Boise Independent School District returned to class this morning, beginning the 2017-18 school year. Motorists are cautioned to be on the lookout for the little ones walking and biking to school. Students will only have to sit through a half day of school today, but most families are already circling several dates on the new school calendar, including Monday, Nov. 20 (the beginning of Thanksgiving break), Friday, Dec. 22 (the beginning winter break), Monday, March 26 (the beginning of spring break) and Friday, June 1, the last day of the school year.
- Kelsey Hawes
- Millions of Americans are still reeling the total solar eclipse that glided across the continental U.S. on Monday. Here's a video compilation from The New York Times and PBS, capturing some of the excitement.