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12:30 AM ET, August 30, 2021

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Amie Just / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
All of New Orleans without power after Hurricane Ida leaves ‘catastrophic transmission damage’  —  A slow-moving Hurricane Ida has left all of Orleans Parish customers without power due to “catastrophic transmission damage,” according to Entergy New Orleans.
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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:
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.
John Bel Edwards / Office of Governor John Bel Edwards:
Pres. Biden Approves Gov. Edwards' Request for Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Ida  —  Gov. John Bel Edwards received word tonight that Pres. Joseph R. Biden has approved his request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration due to the severe impacts of Hurricane Ida …
Associated Press:
Hurricane Ida lashes Louisiana, knocks out New Orleans power  —  NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Ida blasted ashore Sunday as one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the U.S., knocking out power to all of New Orleans, blowing roofs off buildings and reversing the flow of the Mississippi River …
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Who's to blame for the deaths of 13 service members in Kabul? We all are.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Inside Politico's Billion-Dollar Drama  —  From “son of” to mogul in his own right: Robert Allbritton just became the unlikeliest winner of the new media sweepstakes.  —  I was sitting in a bar next to John Harris, a former national editor of The Washington Post.
CNN:
US carries out Kabul airstrike targeting suspected ISIS-K bomber posing ‘imminent’ threat to airport  —  (CNN)The United States carried out a defensive airstrike in the Afghan capital, Kabul, targeting a suspected ISIS-K suicide bomber who posed an “imminent” threat to the airport, US Central Command said Sunday.
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Associated Press:   US says drone kills suicide bombers targeting Kabul airport
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 …
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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Emily Langer / Washington Post:
Ed Asner, actor who twice had the role of a lifetime as newsman Lou Grant, dies at 91
Variety:   Ed Asner, Emmy-Winning ‘Lou Grant’ Star, Dies at 91
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.
Discussion: Mediaite
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Chris Wallace slams McConnell's desire for ‘full-scale war’ after he calls Afghanistan a ‘complete success’  —  Fox News host Chris Wallace questioned Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell about his desire to fight an endless war in Afghanistan.  —  During an appearance on Fox News Sunday …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Breitbart
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Zoe Strimpel / Telegraph:
'The far Left have won and taken over America's elite institutions - we need to start again'  —  Journalist and culture war warrior Bari Weiss tells Zoe Strimpel her plan to help the US fight the ideological rot enveloping it  —  Bari Weiss has always seemed to be the sort of person …
New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Generator failure at Thibodaux hospital prompts scramble to move ICU patients  —  The partial loss of generator power Sunday at a Louisiana hospital in the path of Hurricane Ida sent doctors and nurses scrambling to keep patients breathing as they moved them to a different area.
Farnaz Fassihi / New York Times:
American University of Kabul students and alumni trying to flee were sent home.  —  Hundreds of students and alumni of American University of Kabul gathered at a safe house on Sunday and boarded buses in what was supposed to be a final attempt at evacuation on U.S. military flights, students and alumni said.
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
As the Taliban Tighten Their Grip, Fears of Retribution Grow  —  Taliban leaders have promised amnesty to Afghan officials and soldiers, but there are increasing reports of detentions, disappearances and even executions.  —  ISTANBUL — When Taliban troops seized control of the Afghan capital two weeks ago …
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
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
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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Wall Street Journal:
Trapped in Afghanistan, Rescued by Volunteers: How a Handful of Americans Freed 5,000 Afghans  —  From a lounge at the Willard Hotel in Washington, a group of men and women mobilized a global network to conduct a two-week military-style rescue operation  —  Zach Van Meter, a private-equity investor …
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 …
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Former Israel ambassador joins U.S. Iran team  —  Former U.S. ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro has joined the State Department's Iran team as a senior adviser, a senior State Department official tells Axios.  —  Why it matters: Israel is pressing the Biden administration to start discussing a …
Reed Galen / Miami Herald:
Florida's DeSantis has eye on presidency rather than COVID  —  There are two dates at the top of Gov. Ron DeSantis' head: June 17, 2022, and Aug. 23, 2022.  These are, respectively, the filing deadline for Florida statewide office and the statewide primary election next year.
Adam Johnson / The Column:
On Afghanistan Withdrawal, NYT's Peter Baker Turns to Raytheon Board Member for Independent ‘Analysis’  —  An object lesson in how routinely corrupt “national security” reporting is.  —  Imagine a world where reporters are prevented from seeking “expert”—ostensibly independent—analysis …
Discussion: HotAir
 
 
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Adam Jentleson / New York Times:
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Naomi Lim / Washington Examiner:
Afghanistan attacks test Biden as ‘consoler in chief’
Discussion: The Economic Times and Townhall
Michael Patrick Leahy / Breitbart:
J. Christian Adams: 15 Million Mail Ballots Unaccounted For in 2020 Election
Peter Schorsch / Florida Politics:
Ron DeSantis Chief of Staff Adrian Lukis set to exit administration
Jason Hayes / The Hill:
Time to rethink Biden's anti-American energy policies
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
How the number of Americans in Afghanistan went from 15,000 to 6,000
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Andrew Quilty / Harper's:
When the Raids Came  —  Abdul Jalil Anees was born in the mid-Sixties in Sher Toghi …
CNN:
State of the Union  —  JAKE TAPPER, CNN HOST (voice-over): Specific, credible threat.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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
Nick Judin / Mississippi Free Press:
'Don't Know Where We're Going Next': Mass Evictions Underway In Starkville
Margot Sanger-Katz / New York Times:
Five Decades Later, Medicare Might Cover Dental Care
David French / The Dispatch:
It's Time to Stop Rationalizing and Enabling Evangelical Vaccine Rejection
 

 
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Paramount CFO Naveen Chopra says the company expects to take about a $1B charge in Q1 due to ongoing programming shifts and previously announced layoffs

Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
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Yiwen Lu / New York Times:
Raw Story, AlterNet, and, in a separate case, The Intercept sue OpenAI in a NY federal court for copyright infringement; The Intercept is also suing Microsoft

 
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