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8:10 PM ET, August 30, 2021

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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 …
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
American Greatness:
Our Afghan Nightmare: Tanks for Nothing
Anita Kumar / Politico:
As Biden ends mission in Afghanistan, a refugee backlash looms at home
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 …
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Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Less than 200 Americans remain in Afghanistan after US withdrawal
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
White House says ‘small number’ of Americans remain in Afghanistan
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The State Department deserves more credit for its effort to evacuate Americans from Afghanistan
Discussion: Mediaite
CNN:
January 6 committee to ask telecommunications companies to preserve phone records of members of Congress who participated in ‘Stop the Steal’ rally  —  (CNN)The House Select Committee investigating the deadly January 6 riot is set to request that a group of telecommunications companies preserve …
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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  —  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.
Norman Eisen / CNN:
Trump's lies will lead us to the truth
Discussion: Raw Story
The White House:
Statement by President Joe Biden  —  I want to thank our commanders and the men and women serving under them for their execution of the dangerous retrograde from Afghanistan as scheduled - in the early morning hours of August 31, Kabul time - with no further loss of American lives.
Associated Press:
Last troops exit Afghanistan, ending America's longest war  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan late Monday, ending America's longest war and closing a chapter in military history likely to be remembered for colossal failures …
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Robby Soave / Reason:
L.A. Teachers Union Leader: 'There's No Such Thing As Learning Loss'  —  The head of United Teachers Los Angeles—the city's teachers union—thinks that pandemic-related learning losses are a myth and that the thousands of students who slogged through virtual school last year are doing just fine.
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ED News:
Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Opens Investigations in Five States Regarding Prohibitions of Universal Indoor Masking  —  Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov  —  Today, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) …
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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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”.
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 …
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 …
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 important economic post.
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 …
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.
Washington Free Beacon:
PHOTOS: Elizabeth Warren Partied Maskless With Actual Native Americans at Interior Secretary Deb Haaland's Wedding  —  Attendees violated New Mexico's indoor mask mandate, putting lives at risk  —  Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Native American cabinet secretary in history …
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.
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
 
 
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James Dobbins / Foreign Affairs:
Afghanistan Was Lost Long Ago
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
Los Angeles Times:
Mandatory evacuations in South Lake Tahoe as winds bring extreme fire danger
Discussion: CBS San Francisco
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
MSN:
The political tides are turning against the Biden presidency
Discussion: Axios and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Oliver Dunford / The Hill:
Gavin Newsom thought he could override the Constitution — now he faces a recall
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Kamala Harris: The absentee VP by design
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How to prevent the next Jan. 6, as revealed in an important new analysis
Sherman Smith / Kansas Reflector:
Jeff Colyer diagnosed with prostate cancer, ends campaign for Kansas governor
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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, Al Jazeera, CNBC and The Hill
 

 
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Daniel Ek says Spotify is working on a deluxe Spotify tier, costing around $17 to $18, that has “a lot more control, a lot higher quality across the board”

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
YouTube Q2 ad revenue grew 13% YoY to $8.66B, vs. $8.93B est.; Google's subscriptions, platforms, and devices unit that includes YouTube TV had revenue of $9.3B

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