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1:40 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.
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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:
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: New York Times, Insider, Mediaite and Slate
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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.
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
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
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.
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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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Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Outspoken anti-vax radio host Marc Bernier died after three-week battle with COVID-19: report
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
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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.
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.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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
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 …
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.
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
Washington Post:
The storms of August: Biden's devastating month stokes midterm fears among Democrats  —  President Biden is mired in the most devastating month of his tenure in office — struggling to contain a deadly crisis in Afghanistan, an unyielding pandemic and other setbacks that have sent waves …
Discussion: Forbes, Raw Story and Political Wire
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CNN:
‘A direct punch in the gut’: Inside Biden's biggest crisis as he races to withdraw from Afghanistan
Discussion: Financial Times
 
 
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Ellen Mitchell / The Hill:
Pentagon announces three more military bases to house Afghans in US
Discussion: HotAir and KOAT
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
Alex Daugherty / Miami Herald:
Florida Republicans back Afghan refugee resettlement
Discussion: Daily Kos
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BuzzFeed News:
Lawyers In Michigan Kidnapping Case Are Seeking Information About An FBI Agent's Internet Intelligence Company
Barbara McQuade / MSNBC:
Trump's lawyers used his tactics to spread disinfo. Now they're paying for it.
Discussion: The Hill and The Atlantic
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
Reuters:
Macron says France, Britain to propose Kabul safe zone
Discussion: Politico, France 24 and HotAir
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
 

 
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