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9:45 AM ET, August 30, 2021

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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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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.
Nabih Bulos / Los Angeles Times:
Family says 7 children were killed in Kabul drone strike; U.S. is investigating  —  After a day at work, Ezmari Ahmadi was just arriving at his home Sunday in Khwaja Burgha, a working-class neighborhood a few miles west of Kabul's airport, when calamity struck.
Kathy Gannon / Associated Press:
Rockets fired at Kabul airport amid US withdrawal hit homes  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Rocket fire apparently targeting Kabul's international airport struck a nearby neighborhood on Monday, the eve of the deadline for American troops to withdraw from the country's longest war after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
New York Post:
The fatal failure of Gen. Mark A. Milley over closing Bagram Air Base  —  Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, must go.  —  President Biden claims that the military advised him to close Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and instead use Kabul's airport to evacuate Americans.
Michael Tomasky / New Republic:
Be Glad Donald Trump Isn't Running the Show in Afghanistan  —  It is of course impossible to say how the Afghanistan withdrawal would have gone down if Donald Trump had still been in the White House instead of Joe Biden.  But we can say this much: Whatever happened, the entire Republican Party …
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Biden's presidency of crises pushes White House to its limits  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden is confronting an extraordinary confluence of intensifying crises that are pushing a White House already mired in extreme challenges to the limit.  —  Washington is on edge for the tense final hours …
Dave Lawler / Axios:
What Taliban rule will look like in the new old Afghanistan
Discussion: New York Times and HotAir
Anita Kumar / Politico:
As Biden winds down Afghanistan, a refugee backlash looms at home
Discussion: CNN and Associated Press
U.S. Central Command:
U.S. Central Command statement on defensive strike in Kabul
Wall Street Journal:   Trapped in Afghanistan, Rescued by Volunteers: How a Handful of Americans Freed 5,000 Afghans
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:   As the Taliban Tighten Their Grip, Fears of Retribution Grow
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Pentagon prepared for ‘mass casualty’ attack at Kabul Airport hours before explosion
Discussion: NBC News
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 Orleans Times-Picayune:
New Orleans lost power in Hurricane Ida after tower collapsed in river; fix could take days, longer  —  Mayor Cantrell, NOPD Chief Ferguson urge residents to continue to shelter in place  —  A massive failure of the transmission system that brings electricity to New Orleans and the east bank …
Associated Press:
Ida weakens as rescues begin and damage checked in Louisiana  —  NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Ida became a tropical storm as its top winds slowed over Mississippi on Monday, while across southeast Louisiana residents waited for daylight to be rescued from floodwaters and see how much damage …
New York Times:
Hurricane Ida Makes Landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 Storm
Yelena Dzhanova / Insider:
An 88-year-old professor in Georgia resigned in the middle of class because a student refused to wear a mask over her nose: 'That's it, I'm retired'  — A professor from the University of Georgia resigned last week after a student refused to wear a mask in class.
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James Osborne / Houston Chronicle:
You want tyranny?  A war hero died because hospitals were full of COVID patients.  —  A little over a week ago, as U.S. soldiers risked their lives flying tens of thousands of Afghans and Americans to safety, U.S. Army veteran Daniel Wilkinson — who earned a Purple Heart in Afghanistan …
Dan Levin / New York Times:
The U.S. reaches 100,000 average daily Covid hospitalizations for the first time since winter.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
The Obvious Voting-Rights Solution That No Democrat Will Propose  —  The answer to one of the most vexing debates in American politics is an idea that everyone hates.  —  Democrats in congress are considering a policy that was long unthinkable: a federal requirement that every American show identification before casting a ballot.
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Jane C. Timm / NBC News:   New polls suggest broad support for Democrats' voting rights bills
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Right on Cue, the President's Mistakes Are Our Fault Again  —  You can tell a Democrat is president, because we're starting to see pieces blaming “us” for his mistakes.  In The Atlantic a couple of weeks ago, Tom Nichols wrote that “Afghanistan Is Your Fault.”
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
Who's to blame for the deaths of 13 service members in Kabul? We all are.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Why California's recall election matters  —  True story.  —  I've had people come up to me to ask if I'm Larry Elder.  —  Yes, I have been mistaken for the far-right radio host.  —  Well, I guess we are Black men who appear on cable television and talk radio shows.
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Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
‘Who should I vote for in the recall?’ Democratic advisors say Faulconer
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: New York Times and Mediaite
John Solomon / Just The News:
FBI suffers another black eye, admits it hid payments to informant in white supremacist case  —  The revelations come at a sensitive time for the FBI and Director Christopher Wray, who has insisted widespread problems revealed about the bureau's conduct in the now-discredited Russia collusion case …
Discussion: Instapundit
 
 
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Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Conservative tweeters falsely claim Biden didn't show up at Dover to honor troops' remains
Discussion: Raw Story
Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
Rand Paul Claims ‘Hatred for Trump’ Hindering Research Into Ivermectin as COVID Treatment
Discussion: The Guardian and POLITICUSUSA
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Bombshell Lawsuit Has ‘GMA’ Co-Hosts at Each Other's Throats, Sources Say
Amy Zegart / The Atlantic:
Putting Emotion Back Into 9/11  —  This fall marks the 21st year I will be teaching college students …
Associated Press:
Abbas, Israel's Gantz hold new high-level talks, urged by US
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
The Left Frets That Kyrsten Sinema Is Now Just Trolling Them
Discussion: Raw Story
Ahmed-Waleed Kakar / Newlines Magazine:
Taliban, the Next Generation
Discussion: Common Dreams and Boston Herald
Associated Press:
Records rebut claims of unequal treatment of Jan. 6 rioters
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
Dems dig in on debt as painful September looms
Discussion: Fox News and The Federalist
Reed Galen / Miami Herald:
Florida's DeSantis has eye on presidency rather than COVID
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Former Israel ambassador joins U.S. Iran team
Zoe Strimpel / Telegraph:
'The far Left have won and taken over America's elite institutions - we need to start again'
New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Generator failure at Thibodaux hospital prompts scramble to move ICU patients
Adam Johnson / The Column:
On Afghanistan Withdrawal, NYT's Peter Baker Turns to Raytheon Board Member for Independent ‘Analysis’
Discussion: HotAir
 

 
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Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
FTC letter: Twitter did not violate an order restricting its data practices, as staff prevented the “Twitter Files” writers from directly accessing its systems

Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
Sony Pictures Entertainment strikes a deal to manufacture, distribute, and market Disney's DVD, Blu-ray discs, and other physical media in the US and Canada

 
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