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9:20 AM ET, August 29, 2021


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Dave Philipps / New York Times:
Among the Troops Who Died, Two Women on the Front Line  —  The Defense Department on Saturday officially identified the service members who were killed, and family and friends paid tribute to their lives and their sacrifice.  —  One of the last photos that Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee shared …
Discussion: HotAir and IJR
U.S. Department of Defense:
DOD Identifies Marine Corps, Navy and Army Casualties
CBS Boston:
Sgt. Johanny Rosario From Lawrence Killed In Kabul Airport Attack
Discussion: CBS News and CBS San Francisco
Joe Hyde / San Angelo LIVE!:
Freedom Defender Caleb Wallace Dies of Covid-19  —  SAN ANGELO, TX — Caleb Wallace, the San Angelo man whose life came to define the revolt against government overreach in Covid-19 restrictions, died today of Covid-19.  He had been at Shannon Medical Center since July 30.
Mark Harper / Daytona Beach News-Journal Online:
After 3-week COVID-19 battle, Daytona Beach talk radio host Marc Bernier dies  —  Marc Bernier, a talk radio host in Daytona Beach for 30 years, died after a three-week battle with COVID-19, WNDB and Southern Stone Communications announced on Twitter Saturday night.
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Outspoken anti-vax radio host Marc Bernier died after three-week battle with COVID-19: report
U.S. Embassy / U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan:
Security Alert - U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (August 28, 2021)  —  U.S. citizens should avoid traveling to the airport and avoid all airport gates at this time.  —  Actions to take:  — Be aware of your surroundings at all times, especially in large crowds.
The White House:
Statement by President Joe Biden on the Evacuation Mission in Kabul  —  This morning, I met with my national security team in Washington and my commanders in the field.  We discussed the strike that U.S. forces took last night against the terrorist group ISIS-K in Afghanistan.
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
‘Risk is very high’ for another attack in Kabul: Secretary of State Antony Blinken  —  “We will do everything possible to keep people safe,” he told ABC's “This Week.”  —  Hours after President Joe Biden issued a dire warning that it was “highly likely” the Kabul airport could see another attack …
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Surprise, panic and fateful choices: The day America lost its longest war  —  KABUL — On the day that Afghanistan's capital fell to the Taliban, delivering the definitive verdict on a war that had lumbered on ambiguously for nearly 20 years, one of the city's top security officials woke up preparing for battle.
Discussion: Townhall
Bill Dries / Daily Memphian:
Miss. Gov.: South's response to COVID impacted by belief in ‘eternal life’  —  Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves talked about the pandemic Thursday, Aug. 26, at a re-election fundraiser in Shelby County held at a replica of the Mississippi governor's mansion. … TOPICS
Discussion: Insider, POLITICUSUSA and Daily Kos
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Mississippi Passes NY's COVID Death Rate As Gov. Reeves Says Mississippians ‘A Little Less Scared’
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Used a Special Hellfire Missile in Afghanistan Airstrike on Islamic State  —  A secret weapon until recently, the missile employs blades instead of explosives, officials say, to limit damage  —  WASHINGTON—The Pentagon used a special Hellfire missile that packs no explosives …
Discussion: Raw Story
Barbara McQuade / MSNBC:
Trump's lawyers used his tactics to spread disinfo.  Now they're paying for it.  —  Truth has taken a beating during the past few years, from former President Donald Trump's claims about the size of the crowd at his inauguration to his statements that Covid-19 was a hoax.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Bradley P. Moss / The Atlantic:
The Sanctioning of Trump's Lawyers Is Exactly What Is Supposed to Happen
Discussion: HotAir, The Hill and Raw Story
New York Times:
What Went Wrong With the Pandemic in Florida  —  Even a large state that emphasized vaccinations in combating the coronavirus can be crushed by the Delta variant when no other measures are put in place.  —  MIAMI — The unexpected and unwelcome coronavirus surge now unfolding in the United States …
Michael McAfee / The Hill:
We're down to our last line of defense against mass evictions  —  This week, as the country faces a significant surge in COVID-19 cases, the Supreme Court rejected the Biden administration's emergency eviction moratorium — an action designed to keep people safe during an unprecedented public health and economic crisis.
Discussion: Maryland Matters
Macron says France, Britain to propose Kabul safe zone  —  France and Britain will submit a resolution to an emergency United Nations meeting due Monday on Afghanistan proposing a safe zone in Kabul to try and protect people trying to leave the country, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday.
Washington Post:
The storms of August: Biden's devastating month stokes midterm fears among Democrats  —  President Biden is mired in the most devastating month of his tenure in office — struggling to contain a deadly crisis in Afghanistan, an unyielding pandemic and other setbacks that have sent waves …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Clarissa Ward's chilling interview with ISIS-K leader  —  The terror group ISIS-K has claimed responsibility for the deadly bombing attack outside Kabul airport which killed 13 US troops and more than 90 Afghans.  CNN chief international correspondent Clarissa Ward speaks with an ISIS-K leader …
Washington Post:
Biden to withdraw U.S. diplomatic staff from Afghanistan as future relationship with the Taliban remains unclear  —  President Biden is planning to withdraw the U.S. ambassador and all diplomatic staff in Afghanistan by Tuesday, and it is unclear when — or if — they might return to the country, according to two U.S. officials.
Discussion: New York Post
Wall Street Journal:
Taliban Move to Ban Opium Production in Afghanistan  —  Prices of the raw material for heroin soar in anticipation; the group is seeking acceptance from the international community  —  Taliban leaders, seeking international acceptance after seizing power in Afghanistan …
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Donald Trump's recounting of his 2020 conversation with a Taliban leader is something else  —  (CNN)Donald Trump called into conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt's show on Thursday, spending almost 45 minutes doling out his usual mix of braggadocio, blame-gaming and just plain old riffing.
Discussion: HuffPost, Raw Story and Mediaite
Tampa Bay Times:
Doctor advising DeSantis promoted ivermectin to treat COVID-19 despite FDA warnings  —  'Any physician that espouses this should be reported to the state medical association," one medical expert said.  —  Updated Just now  —  A California psychiatrist who has advised Gov. Ron DeSantis …
Graig Graziosi / The Independent:   Anti-vaxx police officer who had been taking horse worm medicine dies from Covid
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Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Jordan Coley / New Yorker:
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BuzzFeed News:
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James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. prosecutors decline to pursue gun, domestic abuse claims against Larry Elder
Discussion: Breitbart
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Israeli PM tells Biden he won't publicly campaign against Iran deal
Discussion: Bloomberg
Eric Kleefeld / Media Matters for America:
Tucker Carlson guest falsely claims that Israel's vaccine rollout hasn't worked. In fact, the rollout shows that the vaccine works.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Photos and videos reveal crowded checkpoints, chaos at Kabul airport on day of the attack
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
 Earlier Items: 
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Pentagon says Taliban and Haqqani ‘co-mingling’ as State Department defends calling them ‘separate entities’
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
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Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Justified shooting or fair game? Shooter of Ashli Babbitt makes shocking admission
Discussion: RedState
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
A Calif. elementary school teacher took off her mask for a read-aloud. Within days, half her class was positive for delta.
Discussion: New York Post
Céline R. Gounder / The Atlantic:
Americans Are Losing Sight of the Pandemic Endgame
Mujib Mashal / New York Times:
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