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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  —  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 …
Discussion: Reason
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
CDC: Unvaccinated teacher caused an outbreak in classroom
Discussion: New York Times
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
Farnaz Fassihi / New York Times:
American University of Kabul students and alumni trying to flee were sent home.
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
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
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.
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 …
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Samuel Petrequin / Associated Press:
EU takes US off safe travel list; backs travel restrictions
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
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 …
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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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.
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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
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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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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
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Kamala Harris: The absentee VP by design
Oliver Dunford / The Hill:
Gavin Newsom thought he could override the Constitution — now he faces a recall
Megan K. Stack / New Yorker:
The Veterans Struggling to Save Afghan Allies
Mark B. Schneider / RealClearDefense:
The Chinese Nuclear Breakout and the Biden Administration's Nuclear Posture Review
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How to prevent the next Jan. 6, as revealed in an important new analysis
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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
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.
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
The Left Hammers Away at Krysten Sinema but Can't Make a Dent
 

 
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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

Laurence Peter / BBC:
Russia's Ministry of Justice labels BBC Russian correspondent Ilya Barabanov and science reporter Asya Kazantseva as “foreign agents”; both now live abroad

Sahil Patel / The Information:
Sources: Disney plans old-style TV channels within Disney+, with a continuous, scheduled stream of shows that are focused on certain genres like Star Wars

 
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