Jordan Rich fills in on NightSide with Dan Rea - Rundown for July 9, 2021

Leaving Afghanistan. President Biden announced that the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will end on August 31st. Despite the Taliban steadily seizing more territory, Biden maintains the belief that “it is not inevitable” that the Taliban will take control of the country. According to the Pentagon the withdrawal of U.S. troops is about 90% complete and it proceeded quickly for a reason and that reason is that “speed is safety”. After 20 years of our U.S. troops being over in Afghanistan, are you happy they are finally coming home?

Singing It Loud and Proud. The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus posted a satirical music video promising to “convert” your children into being tolerant of the LGBTQ community and their rights. The viral video contained lyrics such as, “you think that we’ll corrupt your kids if our agenda goes unchecked. It’s funny. Just this once, you’re correct…We’ll convert your children. We’ll make them tolerant and fair.” The group received a ton of backlash from conservatives some claiming they were “undermining traditional values of families”. What if a straight white men’s chorus group put out a video like this? Would they have been as harshly criticized? Are we living in a double standard world?

Spelling, S.P.E.L.L.I.N.G. 14-year-old Zaila Avant-garde just won the Scripps National Spelling Bee. She is the first African American to win the competition in its 93-year history. The 2021 champ sealed her victory after spelling her final word, “Murraya”. Avant-garde takes home a $50,000 cash prize for winning. Tonight, Jordan brings you our own NightSide spelling bee. Do you think you have what it takes to be a NightSide spelling bee champ?

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