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11:05 AM ET, August 29, 2021


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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 …
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
Aubree Eliza Weaver / Politico:   McConnell: ‘Why we went’ to Afghanistan has been lost
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
‘Risk is very high’ for another attack in Kabul: Secretary of State Antony Blinken
Discussion: Politico
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
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Outspoken anti-vax radio host Marc Bernier died after three-week battle with COVID-19: report  —  Yet another prominent conservative media voice has succumbed to coronavirus after arguing against public health measures like masks and vaccines.  —  WNDB radio announced on Saturday night …
Dave Philipps / New York Times:
Among the Troops Who Died, Two Women on the Front Line
Discussion: HotAir and IJR
U.S. Department of Defense:
DOD Identifies Marine Corps, Navy and Army Casualties
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
Macron says France, Britain to propose Kabul safe zone
Juliette Kayyem / The Atlantic:
Vaccine Refusers Don't Get to Dictate Terms Anymore  —  People who opt out of shots shouldn't expect their employers, health insurers, and fellow citizens to accommodate them.  —  About the author: Juliette Kayyem, a former assistant secretary for homeland security under President Barack Obama …
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 …
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 and Twitchy
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
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.
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
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.
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: POLITICUSUSA, Insider 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
Aamer Madhani / Associated Press:
Biden to pay respects to US troops killed in Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is embarking on a solemn journey Sunday to honor and mourn the 13 U.S. troops killed in the suicide attack near the Kabul airport as their remains return to U.S. soil from Afghanistan.
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.
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:
Photos and videos reveal crowded checkpoints, chaos at Kabul airport on day of the attack
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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Michael McAfee / The Hill:
We're down to our last line of defense against mass evictions
Jordan Coley / New Yorker:
Chester Higgins's Life in Pictures
BuzzFeed News:
Lawyers In Michigan Kidnapping Case Are Seeking Information About An FBI Agent's Internet Intelligence Company
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
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:
A Journey Through Kabul on the Day of the Fall

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
CISA is investigating a breach at business intelligence company Sisense; sources: the attackers copied several terabytes of customer data, including credentials

Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says it is discontinuing its Google One VPN due to a lack of use; Google's free Pixel VPN that debuted in 2022 with the Pixel 7 will remain unchanged

Karissa Bell / Engadget:
X tells users “the hide your checkmark feature of X Premium is going away soon”, after X began adding blue checks to “influential” users with 2,500+ followers

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