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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: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
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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
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 winds down Afghanistan, a refugee backlash looms at home
Mark MacKinnon / Globe and Mail:
Ukrainian troops rescue Canada-bound Afghans in daring operation
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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”.
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Eleanor Eagan / American Prospect:
Merrick Garland Is Failing His Biggest Test
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
Discussion: CNN, Lawyers, Guns & Money and Politico
Joshua Rhett Miller / New York Post:
A third anti-vaccine conservative radio host dies of COVID-19
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  —  Former President Donald Trump's political operation reported paying more than $4.3 million to people and firms that organized the Jan. 6 rally since the start of the 2020 election.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Daily Caller
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CNN:
January 6 committee to ask telecommunications companies to preserve phone records of members of Congress who participated in ‘Stop the Steal’ rally
Norman Eisen / CNN:
Trump's lies will lead us to the truth
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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 …
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Jake Bittle / New Republic:
Hurricane Ida Is a Manmade Disaster
Discussion: Axios, WVUE-TV and NPR
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Tucker C. Toole / National Geographic:   Thousands demand the U.S. protect voting rights under fire
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
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
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 …
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 …
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,” …
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
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 …
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Hate crimes rise to highest level in 12 years amid increasing attacks on Black and Asian people, FBI says  —  The number of hate crimes in the United States rose in 2020 to the highest level in 12 years, propelled by increasing assaults targeting Black and Asian victims, the FBI reported Monday.
Discussion: The Hill, Al Jazeera and CNBC
 
 
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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
Liz Stark / CNN:
Education Department investigating 5 states for potential civil rights violations for prohibiting school mask mandates
Jaya Saxena / Eater:
Margaritaville and the Myth of American Leisure
New York Times:
White House Weighs Clemency to Keep Some Drug Offenders Confined at Home
Discussion: Associated Press
Timothy Noah / Backbencher:
Substack Farewell  —  Man bites dog, quitting Substack to work for magazine.
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.
Discussion: The Hill and The National Interest
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
The Boston Globe:
Former congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II condemns parole recommendation for Sirhan B. Sirhan
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
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Senator Seeks Investigation Into Americans Reportedly Denied Entry to Kabul Airport
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller