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12:40 AM ET, August 29, 2021


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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.
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
U.S. Department of Defense:
DOD Identifies Marine Corps, Navy and Army Casualties  —  The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of 13 service members who were supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.  They died Aug. 26, 2021, as the result of an enemy attack while supporting non-combatant evacuation operations in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Dave Philipps / New York Times:
Died, Two Women on the Frontline  —  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 with her family shows …
Discussion: The Western Journal
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: DeadState 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
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 …
Discussion: Jezebel and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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: New York Post
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.  —  A CDC-funded simulation projects that without masking or testing, up to 75 percent of children under 12 could be infected within three months.
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 …
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Hill
Washington Post:
Photos and videos reveal crowded checkpoints, chaos at Kabul airport on day of the attack
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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.
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.
Associated Press:
Taliban block Kabul airport to most as foreign airlifts wane
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.
Discussion: HuffPost, Raw Story and Insider
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.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
All in or All Out?  Biden Saw No Middle Ground in Afghanistan  —  President Biden's reductionist formula has prompted a debate over whether the mayhem in Kabul was inevitable or the result of a failure to consider other options.  —  As the American military withdrawal from Afghanistan capping …
Elliot Ackerman / New York Times:   It Shouldn't Fall to Veterans to Clean Up Biden's Mess
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
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Justified shooting or fair game?  Shooter of Ashli Babbitt makes shocking admission  —  “That's my job.”  Those three words summed up a controversial interview this week with the long-unnamed officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6.  Shortly after being cleared by the Capitol Police …
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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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
Wall Street Journal:
Taliban Move to Ban Opium Production in Afghanistan
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Trumpists live in an alternate reality — but they believe in it, and that's terrifying
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
Kori Schake / New York Times:
What Trump's Disgraceful Deal With the Taliban Has Wrought
Discussion: Raw Story
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A Journey Through Kabul on the Day of the Fall
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Discussion: Forbes
Norm Ornstein / New York Daily News:
A solution to the voter ID standoff
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Granholm Chartered Military Jet to Ukraine as US Struggled To Evacuate Americans From Afghanistan

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