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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.
U.S. Central Command:
U.S. Central Command statement on defensive strike in Kabul  —  By U.S. Central Command Public Affairs U.S. Central Command Communication Integration  —  We are aware of reports of civilian casualties following our strike on a vehicle in Kabul today.  —  We are still assessing the results …
Anita Kumar / Politico:
As Biden winds down Afghanistan, a refugee backlash looms at home  —  President Joe Biden has faced a torrent of criticism for abandoning Afghan partners as their country fell to the Taliban.  Now, there is also a looming political controversy over the thousands of Afghans Biden will end up resettling over here.
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 …
Mark MacKinnon / Globe and Mail:   Ukrainian troops rescue Canada-bound Afghans in daring operation
Kathy Gannon / Associated Press:
Rockets fired at Kabul airport amid US withdrawal hit homes
New York Post:   The fatal failure of Gen. Mark A. Milley over closing Bagram Air Base
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Biden's presidency of crises pushes White House to its limits
Discussion: Politico
Dave Lawler / Axios:
What Taliban rule will look like in the new old Afghanistan
Discussion: Politico and HotAir
Scott Neuman / NPR:
Rockets Hit Near Kabul Airport A Day Before The Deadline For The Exit Of U.S. Forces
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Pentagon prepared for ‘mass casualty’ attack at Kabul Airport hours before explosion
Discussion: The Hill and NBC News
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
Issues & Insights:   Biden Makes Islamic Terrorism Great Again
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Brian C. Joondeph / American Thinker:
Who's Skipping the Vaccine? The Answer May Surprise You
Discussion: Associated Press and Balloon Juice
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
CDC: Unvaccinated teacher caused an outbreak in classroom
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Dan Levin / New York Times:
The U.S. reaches 100,000 average daily Covid hospitalizations for the first time since winter.
Discussion: Reason
Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
Rand Paul Claims ‘Hatred for Trump’ Hindering Research Into Ivermectin as COVID Treatment
Discussion: The Hill, The Guardian and POLITICUSUSA
Tzvi Joffre / Jerusalem Post:   New COVID variant detected in South Africa, most mutated variant so far
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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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Ida Makes Landfall Near New Orleans, Downgraded to Category 3 Hurricane
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Disney Held Unsuccessful Mediation Talks With Alleged Sexual-Assault Victims  —  Claims surfaced in lawsuit last week against former top producer Michael Corn, who denies the allegations; ABC is also a defendant  —  Walt Disney Co. and its ABC unit held unsuccessful mediation talks in June …
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Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Bombshell Lawsuit Has ‘GMA’ Co-Hosts at Each Other's Throats, Sources Say  —  Sources said a lawsuit accusing GMA's former executive producer of sexual assault has opened a new rift between the show's hosts and raised the anger of staffers demanding answers.
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  —  Democrats in Congress are considering a policy that was long unthinkable: a federal requirement that every American show identification before casting a ballot.  But as the party tries to pass voting-rights legislation …
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 …
 
 
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Loredana Sangiuliano / The American Conservative:
Say No to Vaccine Passports  —  Whether imposed by government or the private sector, vaccine passports must be resisted.
Cathy Young / The Bulwark:
Chris Rufo and His Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Afghanistan Take
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
Impeach Biden  —  He committed treason.  13 Americans died.  He should pay the price.
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Conservative tweeters falsely claim Biden didn't show up at Dover to honor troops' remains
Discussion: Raw Story
John Solomon / Just The News:
FBI suffers another black eye, admits it hid payments to informant in white supremacist case
Discussion: Instapundit
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
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Why California's recall election matters
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
The Left Frets That Kyrsten Sinema Is Now Just Trolling Them
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Records rebut claims of unequal treatment of Jan. 6 rioters
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