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If we don't do some, we can't turn it back very much, but we can prevent it from getting worse. New York City officials say they're tracking a rainstorm that's forecast to reach the city Wednesday night, the mayor says, if needed, the city may put in place travel bans and try to evacuate people living in basement apartments. Hansi Lo Wang NPR news and NPR's Mara Liasson has more on how Biden could use the aftermath of the storm to push his infrastructure bill forward. There's a lot of money in that bill to increase hurricane resiliency. There's even more money for climate change projects in the reconciliation bill, the big budget bill, But in terms of the infrastructure bill, it is a bipartisan bill. And there are a lot of Republicans who otherwise would have voted against it. Reflexively are now saying, Hey, there's money in there from my state like Louisiana. And it could be a way that Biden get some more Republican support for the infrastructure bill. NPR's Mara Liasson, the Taliban have formed an interim government in Afghanistan as NPR's Jackie Northam reports. Among the senior leaders are fighters who are core members of the Taliban. Afghanistan's interim government is made up of the Taliban's old guard. The new leader is Mullah Mohammad Hassan cocooned. He's considered a hardliner from Kandahar and is headed the Taliban's leadership Council for 20 years. The deputy prime minister is Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who heads up the Taliban's political office and was widely expected to become leader. There was no mention about the group's spiritual leader. Nor was there any indication that the new Afghan government would be inclusive involving other political parties and players as the Taliban had hinted, and there was no mention of a woman holding a ministerial role. Jackie Northam. NPR NEWS ISLAMABAD In Minneapolis, The judge has struck down ballot language that sought to replace the Minneapolis police Department with the new agency. Judge Jamie Anderson says the wording was misleading and unworkable. The language approved by the City Council would have asked voters whether to replace the police force with a new Department of public Safety. That quote may include police officers, but remove a city charter mandate that the city have a police department. Anderson issued the order today just ahead of a deadline for ballots to go to the printer..

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