Over 19,000 people were evacuated from Afghanistan in the past 24 hours alone as frantic efforts to get all Americans out before the August 31st deadline continue round the clock. Two Congressman make an unauthorized visit to Kabul, drawing criticism from military brass for disrupting evacuation efforts. The very latest details on today's Daily Rundown podcast. 


The Pfizer vaccine made headlines this morning as the first, COVID-19 vaccine to be approved by the F.D.A. This comes after months of inoculations under the Emergency Use Authorization. Pfizer, along with Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, delivered at least one dose of the vaccine to over half of the United States population. While many public entities and the entire state of New York were already considering mandates, F.D.A. approval opens the door to federal vaccine mandates across the country. Following suit, the Pentagon announced shortly after Pfizer was approved that it will require service members to receive the Pfizer vaccine. CBN News Health Reporter Lorie Johnson is on today’s podcast to talk about what this means for Americans, how mandates may affect the unvaccinated, and an antibody treatment that’s gaining popularity for its use in treating COVID symptoms in their early stages.


Christians in Afghanistan fear complete annihilation at the hands of the Taliban. Some are fleeing into the mountains, even with winter just months away. Others are destroying anything that could identify them as a follower of Christ. But as senior international correspondent George Thomas points out, it's not only Christians who live in fear; the Taliban's charm campaign falling flat on a country that's lived through their rule before. Thomas is on today's CBN News Daily Rundown. 

Psalm 121

A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.


The Taliban has total control over Afghanistan after the terrorist group seized the Presidential Palace in Kabul. The Afghan President gave up his power to an interim government led by the Taliban commander. The world is watching in shock as the situation escalates faster than we imagined. CBN News Contributor Chuck Holton is on The Daily Rundown today to break down what’s happening in Afghanistan.

It may come as a surprise that there’s another country out there committed to biblical values. Hungary is a powerful example of what it means to live in unapologetic defense of The Great Commission. Hungary re-established the nation’s Christian identity when it adopted a constitution in 2011 that’s consistent with biblical teachings. The government established a national-level office in 2016 to support Christians suffering for their faith around the world. Hungary’s Secretary Azbej began a national program called ‘Hungary Helps’ to support the spread of Christianity around the world. CBN News Senior Washington Correspondent Jennifer Wishon is on today’s podcast to talk about why Christians should aspire to Hungary’s example… and how there’s no other way to live except ‘Hungary’ for the word of God.


Afghanistan is in freefall. In just the last 24 hours, the country’s second and third-largest cities have fallen to Taliban insurgents. The capitol city of Kabul isn’t directly under threat yet, but on Thursday the US embassy urged all US citizens to leave the country immediately. Senior international correspondent George Thomas says this Taliban takeover has been years in the making. He’s on today’s CBN News Daily Rundown.

Another big story from this week: The FDA says some Americans should get a third COVID shot. This, as the Delta variant spreads rapidly across the country. Health correspondent Lorie Johnson says one demographic is being hit especially hard. She has the details on today’s episode.



New York Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned yesterday in a surprise move that caught the media somewhat off guard. Governor Cuomo's sexual harassment has put CNN in a particularly awkward spot, as host Chris Cuomo as found to have been helping coordinate his brother's PR efforts to spin the scandal. Dan Andros and Tré Goins-Phillips from CBN's Faithwire have the details on this story and more on today's podcast.


They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and the population count is living up to the expression. The massive growth of the state in recent years is being dubbed “Texodus,” and it’s affecting the state’s schools, housing market, and political landscape. CBN News Senior Washington Correspondent Tara Mergener is on today’s podcast to talk about the draw to the Lone Star state and how Texas is coping with the influx.

The U.S. came out on top after sixteen days of games in Tokyo. Team U.S.A. showed incredible talent, teamwork, and most importantly - character. On today’s podcast, CBN News Sports Director Shawn Brown is highlighting some of the most iconic moments of good sportsmanship at the Tokyo summer Olympics.


Israel's defense minister has issued a warning: his country is ready to strike Iran, and he believes they're only weeks away from getting the material it needs for a nuclear weapon. This warning comes as Israel blames Iran for a deadly drone attack on an oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz, a provocation many consider a power play by the new hard-line government that is now in power in Tehran. Mideast bureau chief Chris Mitchell is on today's CBN News Daily Rundown.

And, it's been all about infrastructure on Capitol Hill this week, and Senate lawmakers finally appear close to passing a bipartisan bill. House leadership, however, has refused to consider the bill unless a second, much more expensive "human infrastructure" bill comes through with it. Capitol Hill correspondent Abigail Robertson has the details on today's episode. 


NYC Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio became the first to announce a government mandate to be vaccinated in order to partake in certain indoor activities, such as eating dinner at a restaurant or working out at the gym. Will other cities follow suit? Dan Andros and Tré Goins Phillips have the details on this story and more. 


The United States is ramping up new protocols and fighting back against the Delta variant of COVID-19 which is proving to be more contagious than the original strain – and more resistant to the vaccine. While some are prepared to mask up again, others are refusing a 2020-do-over. Most can probably agree they’re frustrated with the mixed messaging from the government and media. CBN News Correspondent Brody Carter is on today’s Daily Rundown to interpret the CDC’s new guidelines and talk about what’s next for the Nation.

A string of arson across the canadian province of Alberta is leaving church pastors feeling uneasy, because they could be next. So far, 43 churches have been set ablaze overnight, and the community is skeptical about what message the perpetrators are trying to send. CBN News Senior International Correspondent George Thomas relays the details of this story and possible reasons it’s happening on the podcast today.