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David Gilbert / VICE:
QAnon Anti-Vaxxer Called COVID a Hoax Even as His ‘Lungs Stopped Functioning’  —  Robert David Steele, a former CIA officer turned conspiracy theorist who claimed to be the first person to call COVID-19 a hoax, has died from COVID-19.  —  Steele, who was among the earliest QAnon promoters …
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Jake Zuckerman / Ohio Capital Journal:
Judge orders Cinci hospital to treat COVID-19 patient with Ivermectin, despite CDC warnings  —  A Butler County judge ruled in favor of a woman last week who sought to force a hospital to administer Ivermectin — an animal dewormer that federal regulators have warned against using in COVID-19 patients …
Brian C. Joondeph / American Thinker:
Who's Skipping the Vaccine? The Answer May Surprise You
James Osborne / Houston Chronicle:
You want tyranny? A war hero died because hospitals were full of COVID patients.
Discussion: Reason
David Rothkopf / The Atlantic:
Biden Deserves Credit, Not Blame, for Afghanistan  —  America's longest war has been by any measure a costly failure, and the errors in managing the conflict deserve scrutiny in the years to come.  But Joe Biden doesn't “own” the mayhem on the ground right now.
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Lara Seligman / Politico:
Pentagon prepared for ‘mass casualty’ attack at Kabul Airport hours before explosion  —  Just 24 hours before a suicide bomber detonated an explosive outside Hamid Karzai International Airport, senior military leaders gathered for the Pentagon's daily morning update on the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.
American Greatness:
Our Afghan Nightmare: Tanks for Nothing  —  Afghanistan has been reinvented as the best-equipped terrorist nation in the world, basking in the prestige of humiliating the world's superpower.  —  Joe Biden's scripted or no-questions press conferences, and the clean-up afterward by Antony Blinken …
Anita Kumar / Politico:
As Biden ends mission in Afghanistan, a refugee backlash looms at home
Mark MacKinnon / Globe and Mail:
Ukrainian troops rescue Canada-bound Afghans in daring operation
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Norman Eisen / CNN:
Trump's lies will lead us to the truth  —  Norm Eisen: Substantial risk for former President Trump ahead  —  Norman Eisen served as former President Barack Obama's ethics czar and ambassador to the Czech Republic, and was special impeachment counsel to the House Judiciary Committee in 2019-2020.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Anna Massoglia / OpenSecrets.org:
Trump's political operation paid more than $4.3 million to Jan. 6 organizers but questions remain about the full extent of its involvement
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Daily Caller
CNN:
January 6 committee to ask telecommunications companies to preserve phone records of members of Congress who participated in ‘Stop the Steal’ rally
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
A judge asked a mother if she got the coronavirus vaccine.  She said no, and he revoked custody of her son.  —  When Rebecca Firlit joined a virtual court hearing with her ex-husband earlier this month, the Chicago mother expected the proceedings to focus on child support.  —  But the judge had other plans.
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Laurence Tribe: If Garland doesn't prosecute Trump, the rule of law is “out the window”  —  Eminent constitutional law expert: If Biden and Garland won't go after Trump, country is in “desperate trouble”  —  If American democracy were a hospital patient, the diagnosis would be “critical”.
Theresa Braine / New York Daily News:
Another conservative anti-vaccine radio talk show host succumbs to COVID, third in a month  —  A conservative Florida radio host who was dead-set against taking a coronavirus vaccine is now dead.  —  Marc Bernier died Saturday of COVID-19 after a three-week battle, his bereft radio station announced.
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Cheyenne Ubiera / The Daily Beast:
COVID Claims the Life of Third Anti-Vaxx Conservative Radio Host
Jake Bittle / New Republic:
Hurricane Ida Is a Manmade Disaster  —  “The wind is tearing Pointe-Aux-Chenes apart,” Albert Naquin told me Sunday afternoon.  He was standing in his carport, watching as the first eyewall of Hurricane Ida passed over the bayou where he has lived for almost his entire life.
Discussion: Axios, WVUE-TV and Snopes.com
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Associated Press:
Ida weakens as rescues begin and damage checked in Louisiana
Emma Goldberg / New York Times:
Ivermectin Demand Surges Though It Doesn't Work for Covid-19  —  Prescriptions for ivermectin have jumped to more than 88,000 per week, some pharmacists are reporting shortages and people are overdosing on forms of the drug meant for horses.  —  For the past week, Dr. Gregory Yu …
Discussion: Boston.com
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Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Former NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, a rising right-wing radio star, doesn't care if you call her a murderer  —  OUTSIDE OF DALLAS — Dana Loesch strides with purpose in chunky black unlaced boots.  Past the wrought-iron chandelier and red upholstered dining-table chairs that evoke some medieval castle.
Discussion: Twitchy
Jaya Saxena / Eater:
Margaritaville and the Myth of American Leisure  —  Margaritaville, as Parrotheads will tell you, is a state of mind.  But it's also — delightfully, sometimes inexplicably — a real place now open in Times Square.  —  The 5 o'Clock Somewhere Bar does not open until 5 o' Clock …
Timothy Noah / Backbencher:
Substack Farewell  —  Man bites dog, quitting Substack to work for magazine.  —  A little more than a year ago I lost my job at a mainstream publication and put out my shingle on Substack.  I titled my newsletter Backbencher, a term I knew many potential readers in the United States wouldn't know …
Victoria Guida / Politico:
AOC, Tlaib, Pressley call on Biden to dump Powell as Fed chair  —  Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley on Monday called for Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell to be replaced, stepping up the pressure on President Joe Biden as he draws closer to a decision on the government's most powerful economic post.
Adam Ciralsky / Vanity Fair:
How Turf Wars Mucked Up America's Exit From Afghanistan  —  In July, at Antony Blinken's State Department, bureaucratic decisions affecting the Afghan withdrawal, one insider said, were “slightly more organized than a Choose Your Own Adventure novel.”  —  On the afternoon of July 9, 2021 …
Pew Research Center:
Partisan divides in media trust widen, driven by a decline among Republicans  —  In just five years, the percentage of Republicans with at least some trust in national news organizations has been cut in half - dropping from 70% in 2016 to 35% this year.  This decline is fueling the continued widening …
Wall Street Journal:
Last U.S. Troops Leave Afghanistan After Nearly 20 Years  —  Historic airlift concludes with a departure, as American forces fly out a day before their formal deadline  —  WASHINGTON—A U.S. military aircraft carried the last American troops out of Afghanistan on Monday …
Allison Kaplan Sommer / Haaretz:
No, Biden Didn't Fall Asleep Listening to Israel's Prime Minister.  Yes, You Fell for Fake News  —  Right-wing politicians and activists in Israel and the U.S. spread a false claim that the U.S. president fell asleep in his meeting with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett last week.  Here's what actually happened
Jessica Chasmar / Fox News:
Biden breaks promise to ‘stay’ in Afghanistan until every American evacuated  —  Biden promised in interview: 'If there's American citizens left, we're gonna stay to get them all out'  —  Lawmakers' demand action against Biden over Afghanistan crisis  —  President Biden appears to have broken …
Mike Antonucci / Intercepts:
Los Angeles Magazine Gives Union President the Profile She's Earned  —  Something's spreading through newsrooms and it's not the coronavirus.  —  Soon after Emma Green of The Atlantic challenged the well-worn talking points of NEA President Becky Pringle, we get Jason McGahan of Los Angeles Magazine …
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Giuliani's PR Guru Resigns as Legal Walls Close In  —  Rudy Giuliani's high-profile, 22-year-old communications director has resigned amid Giuliani's mounting legal troubles. … As Rudy Giuliani navigates an increasingly lonely and stormy world amid a federal investigation …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Convicted rapist reached the U.S. on Afghan evacuation flight  —  A man who'd been convicted of rape and had previously been deported from the U.S. was allowed to board an Afghan evacuation flight and reach America, according to law enforcement sources.
Sherman Smith / Kansas Reflector:
Jeff Colyer diagnosed with prostate cancer, ends campaign for Kansas governor  —  TOPEKA — Jeff Colyer announced Monday he was ending his campaign for Kansas governor and receiving treatment for prostate cancer.  —  Colyer's departure from the race clears the way for Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Bloomberg:
EU to Reimpose Travel Curbs on U.S. Amid Rise in Covid Cases  — The move will come as a blow to airlines banking on reopening  — New American cases exceed the limit set earlier by the bloc  —  European Union countries voted to subject the U.S. to fresh restrictions on nonessential travel amid …
Keith Zhai / Wall Street Journal:
China Limits Videogames to Three Hours a Week for Young People  —  New regulation will ban minors from playing videogames entirely between Monday and Thursday  —  SINGAPORE—China has a new rule for the country's hundreds of millions of young gamers: No videogames during the school week …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Wealthy Lobbyists Have Already Slashed Biden's Tax Reform by Three-Quarters Moderate Democrats have quietly knifed the president's legacy bill.  —  The Hill, a newspaper covering Congress, reports that business lobbyists are pleased that they have watered down President Biden's proposed tax increases …
Discussion: The Hill and The National Interest
Will Wilkinson / Model Citizen:
The Density Divide and the Southernification of Rural America  —  The Old North/South Split Lives on in the Urban/Rural Divide  —  When I was a kid, the accents changed.  Driving north from central Iowa through the corn toward Minnesota, the dialect would gradually get a little Fargo …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Kamala Harris: The absentee VP by design  —  She was supposed to be a major player in the Biden administration after being lauded as an historic, consequential figure in her role as America's first female vice president.  —  “Harris Has the Potential To Change the Face of U.S. Politics,” …
 
 
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Erica Werner / Washington Post:
In Los Angeles, price for admission at nation's second-largest school district is a negative covid test — every single week
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
White House says ‘small number’ of Americans remain in Afghanistan
Los Angeles Times:
Mandatory evacuations in South Lake Tahoe as winds bring extreme fire danger
Discussion: CBS San Francisco
New York Times:
White House Weighs Clemency to Keep Some Drug Offenders Confined at Home
Discussion: Associated Press
Monika Bauerlein / Mother Jones:
Why Facebook Won't Stop Pushing Propaganda
 Earlier Items: 
MSN:
The political tides are turning against the Biden presidency
Discussion: Axios
Patrick Clark / Bloomberg:
Goldman Sees 750,000 Evictions in U.S. as Bans Come to an End
Oliver Dunford / The Hill:
Gavin Newsom thought he could override the Constitution — now he faces a recall
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How to prevent the next Jan. 6, as revealed in an important new analysis
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Eight Months After The Capitol Riots, Thousands Of Hours Of Surveillance Footage Remain Secret
Discussion: Raw Story and Virginian-Pilot
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Hate crimes rise to highest level in 12 years amid increasing attacks on Black and Asian people, FBI says
Discussion: CBS News, The Hill, Al Jazeera and CNBC
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
The Obvious Voting-Rights Solution That No Democrat Will Propose
 

 
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Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Internal email: Participant Media, which backed films like Green Book and Spotlight, is shutting down; sources: almost all of its 100 employees will be let go

Abner Li / 9to5Google:
YouTube strengthens its “enforcement on third-party apps” violating its ToS, “specifically ad-blocking apps”, leading to error messages and “buffering issues”

Richard Stengel / The Atlantic:
Publications should suspend paywalls for all 2024 US election coverage, as they get in the way of the public being informed, the foundation of democracy

 
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