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(CNN)Labor shortages may get even more dire in the US for companies that rely on international workers as visa issues and pandemic restrictions thin the candidate pool.

Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. AfghanistanChaos continues to reign at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan as tens of thousands of people remain, waiting to escape Taliban rule. Dozens of US military transport jets are expected to land there today to ferry some of the roughly 20,000 people still at the facility. The Defense Department is also mobilizing commercial airline flights to help with evacuations. One thing that spurred on the new crush of people was the issuance of electronic visas to Special Immigrant Visa applicants, without names or document numbers. Some people then copied those visas electronically and sent them to others who didn’t have authorization to be at the airport. Some families are reportedly so desperate to leave, they are being split up and boarding flights to different countries. 'There is plenty of blame to go around': Pamela Brown calls out Trump administration 'There is plenty of blame to go around': Pamela Brown calls out Trump administration 'There is plenty of blame to go around': Pamela Brown calls out Trump administration JUST WATCHED’There is plenty of blame to go around’: Pamela Brown calls out Trump administration ReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

‘There is plenty of blame to go around’: Pamela Brown calls out Trump administration 03:08Read More 2. Extreme weatherTropical Storm Henri made landfall yesterday on the Rhode Island coast, bringing widespread power outages and damaging storm surge. The system has weakened to a tropical depression but is still delivering dangerous weather to the Northeast. In Tennessee, swift and severe flooding brought on by near-record rain has left at least 21 people dead and 20 others missing. Photos from the area show the extent of the damage, with hollowed-out houses and waterlogged roads full of destroyed vehicles. On the other coast, nine national forests in California are closed today as firefighters struggle to contain 11 large wildfires.Woman describes moment house separated from foundation while family was insideWoman describes moment house separated from foundation while family was insideWoman describes moment house separated from foundation while family was insideJUST WATCHEDWoman describes moment house separated from foundation while family was insideReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Woman describes moment house separated from foundation while family was inside 03:133. CoronavirusFull US Food and Drug Administration approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is “imminent,” according to a senior federal official. Another official said the approval could come in the next two weeks or as early as today. Pfizer’s vaccine has so far been distributed under an FDA emergency use authorization. Full approval could help businesses, schools and states enforce vaccine mandates and encourage some hesitant people to get the jab. If approval leads to higher vaccination rates — and if people remember to get booster shots — health professionals are hoping it will be enough to curb the latest worsening pandemic surge. Video shows anti-lockdown protesters clash with police in AustraliaVideo shows anti-lockdown protesters clash with police in AustraliaVideo shows anti-lockdown protesters clash with police in AustraliaJUST WATCHEDVideo shows anti-lockdown protesters clash with police in AustraliaReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Video shows anti-lockdown protesters clash with police in Australia 01:194. White HouseVice President Kamala Harris is in Southeast Asia this week, making her the highest-ranking Biden administration official to visit the continent so far. Her time in Vietnam and Singapore was supposed to be a friendly diplomatic visit to promote the White House’s message that “America is back.” However, with the dire situation in Afghanistan, things are much thornier. Now, Harris has to convince Southeast Asian nations that the US is sincere in its long-term commitment to the region and can handle relations competently. Harris will also focus on mutual priorities like economic growth, climate change and pandemic solutions. China is on the agenda as well, with a focus on regional security issues amid concerns over China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.'This is not Saigon': Blinken says Afghanistan is different than Vietnam'This is not Saigon': Blinken says Afghanistan is different than Vietnam'This is not Saigon': Blinken says Afghanistan is different than VietnamJUST WATCHED’This is not Saigon’: Blinken says Afghanistan is different than VietnamReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

‘This is not Saigon’: Blinken says Afghanistan is different than Vietnam 01:155. Voting rightsThe battle over voting rights in the US will likely heat up again this week. In Arizona, the sham “audit” report of 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County in the 2020 presidential election is supposed to be delivered today to the Republican state senators who ordered it. The company conducting the so-called audit did not follow standard auditing procedures, and elections experts have said for months that results will not be credible. Meanwhile, in Texas, Democrats in the state House have ended their quorum-busting effort to freeze a restrictive voting bill. Now, Republicans are free to push ahead to pass the bill, which contains items like mail-in ballot restrictions, a drive-thru voting ban and restrictions to early voting. Looking ahead, activists plan to gather Saturday for a March on Washington to advocate for voting rights. Norman Lear fears for America's democracyNorman Lear fears for America's democracyNorman Lear fears for America's democracyJUST WATCHEDNorman Lear fears for America’s democracyReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Norman Lear fears for America’s democracy 16:22BREAKFAST BROWSEMiguel Cabrera becomes the latest baseball player to join the 500 home run clubHe is only the 28th man to join the hallowed circle. Congrats, Miggy!Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards welcomes first baby with footballer Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainWell, that baby already has a leg up in two dream career paths. Discussion: Who are TV’s ultimate design duos?Are you a Chip and Joanna Gaines person, or do you prefer more of a Property Brothers vibe? Ex-NFL player brings veteran to tears with home renovation surpriseEx-NFL player brings veteran to tears with home renovation surpriseEx-NFL player brings veteran to tears with home renovation surpriseJUST WATCHEDEx-NFL player brings veteran to tears with home renovation surpriseReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Ex-NFL player brings veteran to tears with home renovation surprise 03:23An Apple II manual signed by Steve Jobs just sold for nearly $800,000Warning: Seeing this manual will extract long-dormant computer memories from your brain.Some great apes say ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ to each other during social interactionsA lovely little fact to start your day! TODAY’S NUMBER$531,545That’s the total value of fines the Federal Aviation Administration recently proposed against 34 passengers accused of being unruly onboard flights. That brings the total fines levied against unruly passengers this year to more than $1 million.Unruly passengers cause FAA to request airports monitor alcohol useUnruly passengers cause FAA to request airports monitor alcohol useUnruly passengers cause FAA to request airports monitor alcohol useJUST WATCHEDUnruly passengers cause FAA to request airports monitor alcohol useReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Unruly passengers cause FAA to request airports monitor alcohol use 04:41TODAY’S QUOTE”It was almost like the ‘Twilight Zone.’ You went into the gate and it was like a different world.”Antony Navarro, a former general assistant for R. Kelly. Navarro testified in federal court last week that the singer maintained a controlling environment, and associates and girlfriends had to follow what they called “Rob’s rules.” R. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to racketeering and violating the Mann Act, an anti-sex trafficking law.Hear the shocking accusations R. Kelly faces at trialHear the shocking accusations R. Kelly faces at trialr kelly 09 17 2019JUST WATCHEDHear the shocking accusations R. Kelly faces at trialReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Hear the shocking accusations R. Kelly faces at trial 02:31TODAY’S WEATHERTropical Depression Henri continues to hit New England Tropical Depression Henri continues to hit New England Tropical Depression Henri continues to hit New England JUST WATCHEDTropical Depression Henri continues to hit New England ReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Tropical Depression Henri continues to hit New England 02:41Check your local forecast here>>>AND FINALLYYou really can practice anywhereWhy are they practicing trombone on a treadmill? Or in a pool? Who knows. It’s a Monday mystery. (Click here to view.)

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