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  • U.S. Social Security Board of Trustees says Combined Trust Funds Projected Depletion One Year Sooner Than Last Year

    U.S. Social Security Board of Trustees: Combined Trust Funds Projected Depletion One Year Sooner Than Last Year | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Social Security Administration press release dated: August 31, 2021) The Social Security Board of Trustees today released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance (OASI and DI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2034, one year earlier than projected last year, with 78 percent of benefits payable at that time. The OASI Trust Fund is projected to become depleted in 2033, one year sooner than last year’s estimate, with 76 percent of benefits payable at that time. The DI Trust Fund is estimated to become depleted in 2057, eight years earlier than last year’s estimate, with 91 percent of benefits still payable. In the 2021 Annual Report...
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  • U.S. Small Business Administration Announces Key Staff

    U.S. Small Business Administration Announces Key Staff

    U.S. Small Business Administration Announces Key Staff | site |




    Nearly 40 Biden-Harris Administration appointees named to serve the 30 million small businesses across the nation



    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: August 18, 2021) Washington - - Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced its senior leadership team and key Biden-Harris Administration appointees. This experienced group of staffers will join thousands of SBA career servants working tirelessly to deliver recovery funding to millions of small businesses and rebuild the engine of our nation's economy. In April, Antwaun Griffin was named Chief of Staff, playing a critical role in executing Administrator Guzman's priorities as the agency provides a historic $1 trillion in economic relief to America's entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofits. "The Biden-Ha...
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  • U.S. Statement Condemning the Recent Houthi Attack Against Saudi Arabia

    U.S. Statement Condemning the Recent Houthi Attack Against Saudi Arabia

    U.S. Statement Condemning the Recent Houthi Attack Against Saudi Arabia | site |





    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: August 31, 2021)


    Today, August 31, 2021, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken issued the following statement: The United States strongly condemns the recent Houthi attack against Saudi Arabia that struck the civilian airport in Abha, wounding eight civilians and damaging a commercial airliner. Since the beginning of the year, Saudi Arabia has endured more than 240 attacks from the Houthis, who have endangered the Saudi people alongside more than 70,000 U.S. citizens residing in Saudi Arabia. The Houthis have also intensified their attacks inside of Yemen in recent weeks, particularly their offensive on Marib. This costly, stalemated offensive is exacerbating Yemen’s humanitarian crisis. The Houthi attacks are perpetuating the conflict, prolonging the sufferin
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  • U.S. Department of State Commemorates Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent

    U.S. Department of State Commemorates Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: August 31, 2021)



    Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent

    Statement by Antony J. Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State


    August 31, 2021


    The United States joins others around the world in commemorating the first International Day for People of African Descent. This day was created to promote the extraordinary contributions of Africans and members of the African diaspora around the world and is an opportunity to focus on eliminating all forms of discrimination against people of African descent. The United States continues to support the International Decade for People of African Descent through shared goals of recognition, justice, and development. This Administration has elevated racial just...
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken's Remarks on Our Efforts in Afghanistan

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken's Remarks on Our Efforts in Afghanistan | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State publication dated: August 30, 2021)


    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken's Remarks on Our Efforts in Afghanistan







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  • U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Australian Foreign Minister Payne

    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Australian Foreign Minister Payne | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 30, 2021)


    Today, August 30, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne about recent events in Afghanistan, including the attack on U.S. forces there. They also discussed our mutual efforts to assist Afghan refugees and partners.
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s Remarks on Afghanistan

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s Remarks on Afghanistan

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s Remarks on Afghanistan | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 30, 2021)


    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s Remarks on Afghanistan

    Remarks to the Press

    Treaty Room

    Washington, DC

    August 30, 2021




    SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good evening, everyone. Eighteen days ago, the United States and our allies began our evacuation and relocation operation in Kabul. As you just heard from the Pentagon, a few hours ago, that operation was completed. More than 123,000 people have been safely flown out of Afghanistan. That includes about 6,000 American citizens. This has been a massive military, diplomatic, and humanitarian undertaking – one of the most difficult in our nation’s history – and an extr...
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  • U.S. Department of State publishes Statement by the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS

    U.S. Department of State publishes Statement by the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS | site |





    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, media note press release dated: August 30, 2021)


    Statement by the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS

    The Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS strongly condemns the attacks that occurred in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 26, 2021. We grieve for the loss of Afghan and British civilians, and American service members at the hands of Daesh/ISIS terrorists. The tragic loss of life is only compounded by the fact that those killed were endeavoring to evacuate or working to conduct that humanitarian mission. The Coalition and its partners continue to stand shoulder to shoulder, as we did when we fought to achieve the territorial defeat of Daesh/ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Daesh/ISIS remains a determined enemy and we will continue to take necess...
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  • U.S. Department of State publishes Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances

    U.S. Department of State publishes Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, media note press release dated: August 29, 2021)


    Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances


    The text of the following statement was released initially by the Governments of the United States of America, Albania, Australia, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Canada, Central African Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan,...
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Iraqi President Barham Salih

    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Iraqi President Barham Salih | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 28, 2021)


    Today, August 28, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Iraqi President Barham Salih and reaffirmed the U.S. government’s long-term commitment to a strong, stable, and prosperous Iraq. He expressed his belief that a long-term, deep, multifaceted, and strategic partnership with Iraq serves the American people. The Secretary reiterated that the Defeat-ISIS mission is not over but is shifting to a new phase based on the enhanced capabilities of the Iraqi Security Forces. The United States, as leader of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and part of the NATO Mission to Iraq, will continue to train, a
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s Call with Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s Call with Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 28, 2021)


    Today, August 28, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu to discuss our cooperation in Afghanistan and our continuing efforts to ensure the safe and orderly evacuation of our citizens, allies, and partners.
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar

    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 28, 2021)


    Today, August 28, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar. They discussed a broad range of shared priorities, including continued coordination on Afghanistan and in the United Nations. Secretary Blinken and Minister Jaishankar agreed to remain closely coordinated on shared goals and priorities to deepen the U.S.-India partnership.
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Norwegian Foreign Minister Søreide

    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Norwegian Foreign Minister Søreide | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 27, 2021)


    Today, August 27, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Søreide discussed the security situation in Kabul and diplomatic efforts to form a coordinated international approach to challenges in Afghanistan. The Secretary expressed gratitude for the Norwegian medical providers at HKIA who treated over 50 victims of the horrific August 26 terrorist attack in Kabul and for Norwegian contributions to the evacuation of U.S. citizens, our allies, and vulnerable Afghan citizens.
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Al-Thani

    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Al-Thani | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 27, 2021)


    Today, August 27, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani. The Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed the situation in Afghanistan and the importance of maintaining operations at Hamid Karzai International Airport after the withdrawal of Coalition forces to enable humanitarian aid and essential travel to continue. Secretary Blinken again thanked the Minister for Qatar’s steadfast support, its humanitarian efforts, and its tireless work to facilitate the safe tr
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken And Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett Before Their Meeting

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken And Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett Before Their Meeting | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: August 26, 2021)


    Remarks to the Press

    Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State

    Naftali Bennett, Israeli Prime Minister

    Washington, D.C.

    August 26, 2021




    PRIME MINISTER BENNETT: Mr. Secretary, I appreciate you taking time on a pretty active day here (inaudible). It means a lot (inaudible). Israel has no stronger and more reliable ally than the United States of America. From our inception and to this day, especially these days, you’re always with us, you have our back, and that matters a lot to us. I can ensure you that you’ll find no friend which is more reliable and appreciative than us. I bring from Israel a new spirit – a spirit of folks wh...
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    U.S. Social Security Board of Trustees says Combined Trust Funds Projected Depletion One Year Sooner Than Last Year
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    U.S. Social Security Board of Trustees: Combined Trust Funds Projected Depletion One Year Sooner Than Last Year | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Social Security Administration press release dated: August 31, 2021) The Social Security Board of Trustees today released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance (OASI and DI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2034, one year earlier than projected last year, with 78 percent of benefits payable at that time. The OASI Trust Fund is projected to become depleted in 2033, one year sooner than last year’s estimate, with 76 percent of benefits payable at that time. The DI Trust Fund is estimated to become depleted in 2057, eight years earlier than last year’s estimate, with 91 percent of benefits still payable. In the 2021 Annual Report...
    09-08-2021, 03:02 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Small Business Administration Announces Key Staff
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    U.S. Small Business Administration Announces Key Staff | site |




    Nearly 40 Biden-Harris Administration appointees named to serve the 30 million small businesses across the nation



    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: August 18, 2021) Washington - - Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced its senior leadership team and key Biden-Harris Administration appointees. This experienced group of staffers will join thousands of SBA career servants working tirelessly to deliver recovery funding to millions of small businesses and rebuild the engine of our nation's economy. In April, Antwaun Griffin was named Chief of Staff, playing a critical role in executing Administrator Guzman's priorities as the agency provides a historic $1 trillion in economic relief to America's entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofits. "The Biden-Ha...
    09-04-2021, 10:34 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Statement Condemning the Recent Houthi Attack Against Saudi Arabia
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    U.S. Statement Condemning the Recent Houthi Attack Against Saudi Arabia | site |





    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: August 31, 2021)


    Today, August 31, 2021, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken issued the following statement: The United States strongly condemns the recent Houthi attack against Saudi Arabia that struck the civilian airport in Abha, wounding eight civilians and damaging a commercial airliner. Since the beginning of the year, Saudi Arabia has endured more than 240 attacks from the Houthis, who have endangered the Saudi people alongside more than 70,000 U.S. citizens residing in Saudi Arabia. The Houthis have also intensified their attacks inside of Yemen in recent weeks, particularly their offensive on Marib. This costly, stalemated offensive is exacerbating Yemen’s humanitarian crisis. The Houthi attacks are perpetuating the conflict, prolonging the sufferin
    ...
    09-01-2021, 05:54 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of State Commemorates Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of State Commemorates Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: August 31, 2021)



    Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent

    Statement by Antony J. Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State


    August 31, 2021


    The United States joins others around the world in commemorating the first International Day for People of African Descent. This day was created to promote the extraordinary contributions of Africans and members of the African diaspora around the world and is an opportunity to focus on eliminating all forms of discrimination against people of African descent. The United States continues to support the International Decade for People of African Descent through shared goals of recognition, justice, and development. This Administration has elevated racial just...
    08-31-2021, 05:53 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken's Remarks on Our Efforts in Afghanistan
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken's Remarks on Our Efforts in Afghanistan | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State publication dated: August 30, 2021)


    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken's Remarks on Our Efforts in Afghanistan







    Courtesy: U.S. Department of State and Brightcove...
    08-31-2021, 05:35 PM

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