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Joe Erwin / New York Daily News:
Texas anti-mask ‘Freedom Defender’ Caleb Wallace dies at 30  —  A Texas man who led a group of “Freedom Defenders” against mask restrictions died of COVID-19 on Saturday at age 30.  —  Caleb Wallace left behind three children and a pregnant wife.  —  His wife, Jessica …
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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: Raw Story, HuffPost and Insider
Davone Morales / ABC News:
‘There is clearly no plan’ to evacuate US citizens, allies after troop withdrawal from Afghanistan: Sen. Ben Sasse  —  Sen. Ben Sasse appeared on ABC's “This Week” after the secretary of state.  —  Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., accused President Joe Biden and his administration for using …
Discussion: Politico and Newsbusters
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Oren Oppenheim / ABC News:
Health officials sticking with 8-month COVID booster shot timeline: Fauci
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Aubree Eliza Weaver / Politico:   McConnell: ‘Why we went’ to Afghanistan has been lost
Olivier Douliery / ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 8-29-21: Secretary Antony Blinken, Sen. Ben Sasse & Dr. Anthony Fauci
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
‘Risk is very high’ for another attack in Kabul: Secretary of State Antony Blinken
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
US says drone kills suicide bombers targeting Kabul airport  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.S. drone strike Sunday struck a vehicle carrying “multiple suicide bombers” from Afghanistan's Islamic State affiliate before they could target the ongoing military evacuation at Kabul's international airport, American officials said.
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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 …
Washington Post:
U.S. military strikes vehicle in Kabul that posed ‘imminent threat,’ official says … The U.S. military carried out a strike on a vehicle in Kabul on Sunday in response to an “imminent” threat to the Afghan capital's airport by the Islamic State militant group, an official said.
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: The Guardian, POLITICUSUSA and Insider
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Juliette Kayyem / The Atlantic:
Vaccine Refusers Don't Get to Dictate Terms Anymore  —  For months, institutions and companies have been drafting plans to aggressively promote vaccination or require it outright, and last week the FDA gave them license to click the “send” button.  The same day the agency granted full approval …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Biden tells some hard truths few want to hear  —  President Biden on Thursday mournfully delivered information to the country that was disagreeable to many Americans: There is no way to withdraw from a futile war without messiness.  The expectation that there would be no misery or casualties was a fantasy.
Wall Street Journal:
Afghanistan Evacuation Flights End as Reopened Banks Face Rush for Cash  —  Dwindling cash reserves pose an early challenge to a new Taliban administration; explosion rocks Kabul neighborhood  —  The international mass airlift effort out of Afghanistan was ending on Sunday as the country's banks opened …
Discussion: The Guardian
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
MAGA Election Clerk Tina Peters Accused of Not Counting Ballots in Local Races  —  Before she was the subject of an FBI investigation, Stop the Steal diehard Tina Peters oversaw elections where ballots went uncounted or got lost in unsecured drop boxes.  —  Seated onstage at the most-hyped …
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
David French / The Dispatch:
It's Time to Stop Rationalizing and Enabling Evangelical Vaccine Rejection  —  There is no religious liberty interest in refusing the COVID vaccine.  —  As the coronavirus's Delta variant rips through (mainly) the Southeastern United States, two things are becoming clear at once.
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: About Jim Jordan's other Jan. 6 call with Trump  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  There are just over 48 hours left before the deadline for U.S. forces to withdraw from Afghanistan.  — The State Department says there are roughly 250 Americans still in Afghanistan who want to leave the country, per a spokesperson.
Discussion: Slate, CNN and Vox
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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: The Hill, The Atlantic and Daily Kos
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
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Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Mississippi Passes NY's COVID Death Rate As Gov. Reeves Says Mississippians ‘A Little Less Scared’
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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U.S. Department of Defense:
DOD Identifies Marine Corps, Navy and Army Casualties
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: RedState, Townhall and Twitchy
James Shotter / Financial Times:
Czech anti-establishment Pirate party eyes first shot at government  —  Ivan Bartos hopes to woo voters tired of country's billionaire prime minister Andrej Babis  —  Ever since the Pirate movement burst on to Europe's political scene as a rebellious force 15 years ago …
Aubree Eliza Weaver / Politico:
Romney blames both Biden and Trump for crisis in Afghanistan  —  He also said the removal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan is not the same thing as ending the war.  —  “The reality is, the fact that we're in this position is the result of bad decisions made by two administrations,” said Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah).
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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.
 
 
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Mujib Mashal / New York Times:
A Journey Through Kabul on the Day of the Fall
Andrew England / Financial Times:
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BuzzFeed News:
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U.S. Embassy / U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan:
Security Alert - U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (August 28, 2021)
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Israeli PM tells Biden he won't publicly campaign against Iran deal
Washington Post:
The storms of August: Biden's devastating month stokes midterm fears among Democrats
Discussion: Forbes, Raw Story and Political Wire
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Reuters:
Macron says France, Britain to propose Kabul safe zone
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
CNN:
Clarissa Ward's chilling interview with ISIS-K leader
Discussion: Washington Post
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Trumpists live in an alternate reality — but they believe in it, and that's terrifying
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Justified shooting or fair game? Shooter of Ashli Babbitt makes shocking admission
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