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1) Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, who criticized the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, has been officially discharged from the Marine Corps.

Former Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Jr. announced that he has been discharged from the Marine Corps, approximately four months after his criticism of the Afghanistan withdrawal went viral.

In a lengthy Facebook post on Thursday, Scheller recapped what he went through after posting videos on social media in August criticizing the Afghan exit, including a letter of reprimand, special court-martial, detention, and a fine. Still, as he returns to civilian life he remains thankful for what his military experience provided.

“I was released from the Marine Corps today, Thursday, December 23rd, 2021. I am filled with mixed emotions. I would like to sincerely thank the Marine Corps for forging me into a man,” Scheller said. “And from the bottom of my heart, I’d like to thank all the Marines who served, led, bled, and suffered alongside me the past 17 years.”

The now-former Marine said he received a general discharge under honorable conditions, which is lower than an honorable discharge.

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2) Social media wasn’t kind to the White House’s latest PR stunt.

Twitter users ridiculed a video of nurses dancing and singing “We Need a Little Christmas” in the White House this week.

Although most people in the East Room were masked, a couple of nurses and First Lady Jill Biden were not. The nurses were part of New York’s Northwell Health Nurse Choir, which appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent this year and made it to the semi-finals before placing outside the top five.

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3) Biden lifts his failed travel ban on South Africa.

The Biden administration is lifting its ban on air travel to the United States from eight African countries, reversing restrictions President Biden announced last month shortly after the discovery of the omicron coronavirus variant.

The travel ban applied to South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi. The president initially said the restriction was “a precautionary measure until we have more information,” but within a few weeks omicron became the dominant variant in the United States.

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