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11:30 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.
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.
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
Michael Tomasky / New Republic:
Be Glad Donald Trump Isn't Running the Show in Afghanistan
New York Post:   The fatal failure of Gen. Mark A. Milley over closing Bagram Air Base
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Pentagon prepared for ‘mass casualty’ attack at Kabul Airport hours before explosion
Discussion: The Hill and NBC News
Washington Post:
10 civilians, including children, reported killed in U.S. drone strike; rockets fired at Kabul airport
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Biden's presidency of crises pushes White House to its limits
Discussion: Mercury News and 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
Discussion: Breitbart, UPI and Al Jazeera
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
Brian C. Joondeph / American Thinker:
Who's Skipping the Vaccine?  The Answer May Surprise You  —  Big media has been in overdrive pushing COVID vaccinations, at least after Joe Biden was ensconced in the White House.  Remember that when Donald Trump was still president, the vaccines were suspect, simply because Trump played a major role in their development and rollout.
Discussion: Associated Press and Balloon Juice
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 …
Tzvi Joffre / Jerusalem Post:
New COVID variant detected in South Africa, most mutated variant so far
Discussion: New York Post
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
Cathy Young / The Bulwark:
Chris Rufo and His Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Afghanistan Take  —  Since all he has is a hammer, everything looks like a culture-war nail.  —  There has been no shortage of bad takes on the crisis in Afghanistan, from both sides of the political aisle.
 
 
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Eleanor Eagan / American Prospect:
Merrick Garland Is Failing His Biggest Test
Jim Webb / The National Interest:
Afghanistan: A Requiem for an Avoidable Disaster
Loredana Sangiuliano / The American Conservative:
Say No to Vaccine Passports  —  Whether imposed by government or the private sector, vaccine passports must be resisted.
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
Impeach Biden  —  He committed treason.  13 Americans died.  He should pay the price.
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
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Right on Cue, the President's Mistakes Are Our Fault Again
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
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
 

 
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