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5:50 PM ET, August 29, 2021

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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.
Anita Gates / New York Times:
Ed Asner, Emmy-Winning Star of ‘Lou Grant’ and ‘Up,’ Dies at 91  —  Best known as the gruff newsman he first played on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” he was also a busy character actor and a political activist.  —  Ed Asner, the burly character actor who won seven Emmy Awards …
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Variety:
Ed Asner, Emmy-Winning ‘Lou Grant’ Star, Dies at 91  —  Emmy-winning actor Ed Asner, who starred as Lou Grant on both sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and hourlong drama “Lou Grant” before a late-career rejuvenation through his poignant voicework in 2009 animated film “Up,” has died.  He was 91.
Emily Langer / Washington Post:
Ed Asner, actor who twice had the role of a lifetime as newsman Lou Grant, dies at 91
New York Times:
Hurricane Ida Makes Landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 Storm  —  Powerful winds knocked out power and storm surge flooded low-lying areas as the storm menaced New Orleans.  Officials said it was too late to evacuate and urged residents to hunker down.  —  Here's what you need to know:
Wall Street Journal:
North Korea Appears to Have Restarted Yongbyon Nuclear Reactor  —  The reactor's apparent operations add to President Biden's foreign-policy challenges  —  North Korea appears to have resumed operation of its plutonium-producing reactor at Yongbyon in a move that could enable the reclusive country …
Discussion: Political Wire
David Rothkopf / USA Today:
There's chaos and risk in Afghanistan exit, but Biden critics are getting it mostly wrong  —  We have no ongoing security interest in Afghanistan, and we don't send troops everywhere to protect women and human rights.  We do that in other ways.  —  The intellectual dishonesty in critiques …
United States Department of State:
Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances  —  The text of the following statement was released initially by the Governments of the United States of America, Albania, Australia, Belgium, Belize, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Canada, Central African Republic, Colombia …
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Lara Jakes / New York Times:
98 Countries Pledge to Accept Afghans After U.S. Military Departs  —  A joint statement from the United States and other countries said that they had “received assurances from the Taliban” that people with travel documents showing they were clear to enter any of those countries could safely depart.
Laurence Norman / Wall Street Journal:
EU Set to Recommend Halting Nonessential Travel From the U.S.  —  The European Union action is in response to the increase in U.S. coronavirus cases  —  The European Union is set to recommend halting nonessential travel from the U.S. because of Covid-19, diplomats said on Sunday.
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 …
Discussion: Insider, ABC News and Mediaite
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Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Joe Biden ‘holds grudges’ and will punish Britain for Afghanistan criticism, allies say  —  British Cabinet insiders were quoted as suggesting the US president ‘looked gaga’ and described him as ‘doolally’  —  Joe Biden “will remember” comments about his mental acuity emanating from senior figures …
Discussion: Breitbart
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CNN:
State of the Union  —  JAKE TAPPER, CNN HOST (voice-over): Specific, credible threat.  President Biden warns another Kabul attack is highly likely, as the U.S. withdrawal deadline approaches.  —  JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We may very well have another attack.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Oren Oppenheim / ABC News:
Health officials sticking with 8-month COVID booster shot timeline: Fauci  —  Biden said Friday that the administration is considering earlier boosters.  —  Public health officials are sticking with the recommendation that people get booster shots eight months after getting the COVID-19 vaccine …
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Aubree Eliza Weaver / Politico:
McConnell: ‘Why we went’ to Afghanistan has been lost
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Insider:
‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author JD Vance is running for Senate as a savior of the Rust Belt.  Insiders and experts say otherwise. … “I am not a senator, a governor, or a former cabinet secretary,” J.D. Vance wrote in the introduction of “Hillbilly Elegy,” his best-selling son-of-the-Rust-Belt-made-good memoir published in 2016.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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
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.
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.
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Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Outspoken anti-vax radio host Marc Bernier died after three-week battle with COVID-19: report
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jason Hayes / The Hill:
Time to rethink Biden's anti-American energy policies  —  There's little room for nuance when it comes to President Biden's energy policy.  The Biden administration appears to be working from one of two realities.  The more charitable interpretation suggests administration officials …
Aubree Eliza Weaver / Politico:
Romney blames both Biden and Trump for crisis in Afghanistan  —  Sen. Mitt Romney said Sunday morning that the current situation in Afghanistan is the direct result of decisions made by both the Trump and Biden administrations.  —  “If you focus on what we should do right now …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Mediaite
Christopher Goffard / MSN:
How Gavin Newsom went from landslide victory to fighting for his political survival  —  In the giddy early hours of his landslide victory, California's governor-elect struck a tone that signaled the grandiosity of his ambitions.  “The sun is rising in the west, and the arc of history is bending …
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Kevin Fagan / San Francisco Chronicle:   Newsom grabs a broom and talks homeless policy at an S.F. encampment
 
 
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
How the number of Americans in Afghanistan went from 15,000 to 6,000
Andrew Quilty / Harper's:
When the Raids Came  —  Abdul Jalil Anees was born in the mid-Sixties in Sher Toghi …
Jorge Fitz-Gibbon / New York Post:
Mom of Marine who died in Kabul attack: Biden voters ‘killed my son’
BBC:
Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro says he will be killed, arrested or re-elected
Discussion: New York Post
CBS News:
Transcript: Senator Lindsey Graham on “Face the Nation,” August 29, 2021
Discussion: RedState and POLITICUSUSA
Nick Judin / Mississippi Free Press:
'Don't Know Where We're Going Next': Mass Evictions Underway In Starkville
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
US handed out blank copies of visas in Afghanistan, setting terrorists up: Ex-FBI agent
Discussion: RedState
Margot Sanger-Katz / New York Times:
Five Decades Later, Medicare Might Cover Dental Care
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Alex Daugherty / Miami Herald:
Florida Republicans back Afghan refugee resettlement
Discussion: Daily Kos
James Shotter / Financial Times:
Czech anti-establishment Pirate party eyes first shot at government
David French / The Dispatch:
It's Time to Stop Rationalizing and Enabling Evangelical Vaccine Rejection
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Biden tells some hard truths few want to hear
Discussion: The Mahablog
Wall Street Journal:
Afghanistan Evacuation Flights End as Reopened Banks Face Rush for Cash
Discussion: The Guardian
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
MAGA Election Clerk Tina Peters Accused of Not Counting Ballots in Local Races
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Barbara McQuade / MSNBC:
Trump's lawyers used his tactics to spread disinfo. Now they're paying for it.
Discussion: The Hill and The Atlantic
 

 
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