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News and the New York conversation. Live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Windsor Johnston. The cleanup continues in the Northeast in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. The remnants of the storm brought torrential rain and catastrophic flooding too many parts of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania last week. New Jersey governor Phil Murphy toward the city of Lambertville today, where residents are still working to clear debris and the spirit of teamwork and community activism is overwhelming. President Biden has approved major disaster declarations for counties in New Jersey and New York. The president is expected to visit those states on Tuesday. Millions of Americans could be facing eviction orders after the Supreme Court struck down a moratorium last month that protected renters from being thrown out of their homes during the coronavirus pandemic. NPR's Chris Arnold reports and a 6 to 3 decision, The justices blocked the Biden administrations temporary ban on the moratorium In many states, landlords could file eviction cases. They just couldn't take the final step of actually evicting people. But now they can Maggie can ear is a legal aid attorney in Atlanta. We are starting to get calls from people who have received notice. From the Marshall that the marshals are coming out in a few days to evict them, Kinnear says billions of dollars from Congress to pay back rent and prevent evictions has gotten bogged down in bureaucracy in many states, and it's not reaching many people in time. It is to me a tragedy. That there is money available and it's not getting to the people who really need it. And that is both the tenants and the landlords. Chris Arnold. NPR NEWS. The Biden administration has confirmed that it's helped an American citizen and family members evacuate Afghanistan by land to a neighboring country. Officials say the family successfully departed Afghanistan and was met by US embassy staff at the border. Listening to NPR news in Washington. And you're listening on WNBC in New York. I'm Sean Carlson. As you've been hearing, President Biden has approved major disaster declarations for parts of New York and New Jersey hit hard by Wednesday. Storms. New York governor Kathy Local says that declaration will bring additional money that can go towards temporary housing, crisis counseling and legal services. She says the storm caused at least $50 million worth of damage in the state. Local says the deadly flooding also demonstrates the need for a better warning system. For New Yorkers who live in basement apartments. We know where they are. And whether they're certified and approved by a building inspection or not. Doesn't matter. There's a human being living in. There are multiple human beings living in that space. Local also says she's identified $375 million in separate funding. She wants to dedicate towards infrastructure improvements. At least 17 New Yorkers died as a result of the storm. Meanwhile, elected officials from parts of New York City that's all flooding last week are calling on cities, state and federal leaders to come together to invest in protecting people from future storms. Council member Justin Brannan represents district 43 in Brooklyn, which includes Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Benson hurts and Bath Beach, he told NPR making changes takes money, but the cost of doing nothing. Is too high and rising. This is just you know, it's new reality, but it's something that we've been. We've been warning. We've been sending me alarm on for a long time. And it comes to a point where it's like. Well, how many once in a lifetime storms can I have in my lifetime? Brennan says New York needs to take lessons from other parts of the world that have figured out better ways to deal with flooding. Extended unemployment benefits, one of the cornerstones of the federal government's response to the covid pandemic end a day. The winding down of expanded benefits will impact more than a million New Yorkers that includes Jennifer Wang from Orange County. The 52 year old says she's applied for more than 100 remote and office jumps after the pandemic caused a huge drop off in her travel marketing business. She says she is now considering taking a job in the service sector, which she says could put her health at risk. I have fibromyalgia and I have a lot of back issues, but I have retail in my background and I have restaurant background, but it's just to me like I know that My body can't handle eight hours on my feet. Democratic lawmakers have been pushing Governor Huckle to prolong unemployment benefits. A spokesperson for the governor says the decision on extending the program has yet to be made. For tonight. It's going to be really nice. 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The Taliban says they have but rebel forces in the pen Sure province contest that claim and say they'll continue fighting now to bring us up to date. We spoke with Matthew Akins in Kabul. He reports for the New York Times. Want to start with Pensioner province because there are kind of conflicting reports about whether the Taliban has taken over the region. Um, what do you know now? Well, it's a little difficult because the Taliban of cut communications with the valley, but we did see some videos of Taliban fighters, speaking from the provincial capital in front of government buildings, so the Taliban have clearly captured That part of the provincial capital. At least I think that there is a lot of expectation and a lot of maybe hopes being projected onto what is actually fairly small group of people in a small province. We've also been hearing that the Taliban is going to set up its its government. Um what have you learned? And can you give us a sense of kind of how this this group can rule? We were expecting a government last week. It didn't happen. And I think that speaks to both internal divisions within the movement and considerable outside pressure, so we don't really know what it's going to look like. I mean, we've really been assuming and hearing that there's going to be a supreme leader in a kind of theocratic position, and that would be Sheikh haibatullah ones of that, who is the current spiritual leader of the Taliban? There is a definite regional difference between um The southerners like Kandahar is the helm undies and then you have groups like their Connie's. You have other Taliban commanders and networks that have been brought in more recent years from the north. The country. So the Taliban does actually reflect the diversity of the country and another fault lives. That is, there is, I think an interesting generational aspect here. You have younger leaders. You know, there has been an incredible amount of Taliban fighters and commanders have been killed and that I think wiped out a lot of the older Qatar's at least in the field. So there is a young group of Taliban They do represent the the youth of the country in that sense. Now, after US forces left, we heard US officials say that they'd still work to get Americans and Afghans who had worked with the U. S who were left behind right people who would be seeking asylum. Have you seen any movement on that front? Well, I would say that probably most interesting development is just that the airport is now operational. There's been domestic flights going. There have been some international military flights that have come in from the The Qataris and Turkey and the Taliban have said that they're going to let anyone who has proper visas and passports. Leave if they want so may very well be that this evacuation or relocation, resettlement, whatever you want to call it. Well, actually just be able to proceed through normal channels. If the Taliban keep their word, and the West keeps to his word. If the West actually makes visas and documents available to these people, I know that the international community is very worried about like the ability to get aid into the country. As the Taliban kind of address this or cooperated at all. Yeah, I think they're looking at humanitarian aid is probably one of the first points of cooperation that they can start with their nationals. You know, they They really want to legitimacy. They want to be recognised they they need AIDS. There will be opportunity as well. Now that security concerns are gone. I mean, you're able now to travel around the rural areas, the country because the Taliban and control there may be less corruption if you're better oversight. But the challenge is immense. There's a huge trust deficit, obviously with the Taliban internationals and it's very urgent people are you know are suffering from drought from hunger. From poverty all over this country. And that's New York Times reporter Matthew Akins. 2020 was a tough year for local election workers between a pandemic record setting mail votes, threats and conspiracies about the count's pushed by former President Donald Trump and his allies. Preparations are underway for 2022 sweeping new voting laws in states such as Georgia provide a new challenge for those tasked with overseeing the voting process..