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3:15 AM ET, August 29, 2021


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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Biden to withdraw U.S. diplomatic staff from Afghanistan as future relationship with the Taliban remains unclear
Discussion: New York Post
Washington Post:
Photos and videos reveal crowded checkpoints, chaos at Kabul airport on day of the attack
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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.
Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
What we know about the 13 U.S. service members killed in the Kabul attack.  —  The Department of Defense on Saturday identified the 13 members of the U.S. military who were killed in the attack on the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday as they worked to evacuate people to safety.
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: IJR
Stars & Stripes:
‘He was just a kid’: Families, communities begin paying tribute to troops killed in Kabul
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: 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: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart
Elliot Ackerman / New York Times:   It Shouldn't Fall to Veterans to Clean Up Biden's Mess
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 …
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 …
Discussion: RedState and Law & Crime
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.
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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
Washington Post:
The storms of August: Biden's devastating month stokes midterm fears among Democrats
Discussion: Raw Story
Mark Harper / Daytona Beach News-Journal Online:
After 3-week COVID-19 battle, Daytona Beach talk radio host Marc Bernier dies
Discussion: 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
Audrey Conklin / Fox News:
Marine demands senior leaders accept ‘accountability’ for Afghanistan, gets removed from position
Discussion: IJR
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Pentagon says Taliban and Haqqani ‘co-mingling’ as State Department defends calling them ‘separate entities’
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Kori Schake / New York Times:
What Trump's Disgraceful Deal With the Taliban Has Wrought
Discussion: Raw Story
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