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10:20 PM ET, August 31, 2021

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Washington Post:
Oklahoma congressman threatened embassy staff as he tried to enter Afghanistan, U.S. officials say  —  The call to the U.S. ambassador to Tajikistan came in Monday.  On the line, two U.S. officials said, was Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) with an unusual and urgent request …
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Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Kevin McCarthy warns GOP majority ‘will not forget’ if companies turn over phone records to Jan. 6 committee  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy warned “a Republican majority will not forget” telecommunications companies that turn over phone records to the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Taliban members escorted Americans to gates at Kabul airport in secret arrangement with US  —  (CNN)The US military negotiated a secret arrangement with the Taliban that resulted in Taliban members escorting groups of Americans to the gates of the Kabul airport as they sought to escape Afghanistan, according to two defense officials.
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
The U.S. government left its own journalists behind in Afghanistan  —  Now that the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan is complete, many stories of heroic efforts to save Americans and Afghan allies are pouring out, each describing one facet of the chaos and dysfunction that plagued …
Baktash Ahadi / Washington Post:
I was a combat interpreter in Afghanistan, where cultural illiteracy led to U.S. failure  —  Baktash Ahadi served U.S. and Afghan Special Operations forces as a combat interpreter from 2010 to 2012 and is a former chair of the State Department's Afghan Familiarization course.
Discussion: New York Post, The Daily Caller and NPR
Robbie Gramer / Foreign Policy:
‘We Feel His Presence in the Department Is Threatening’  —  State employees protest the continued employment of an “antisemitic” blogger in their ranks.  —  A group of more than 70 State Department officials sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken voicing alarm about …
Discussion: New York Times
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Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Antony Blinken and Jake Sullivan in line for GOP backlash over Afghanistan crisis
Discussion: National Review
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
The Hidden Message In Joe Biden's Afghanistan Speech  —  They were words no president has ever spoken, at least not since the Cold War began three-quarters of a century ago.  —  They spoke not of global responsibility nor the “indispensable” role of the United States, but of what this richest …
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Dion Nissenbaum / Wall Street Journal:
Afghan Interpreter Who Helped Rescue Biden in 2008 Left Behind After U.S. Exit  —  Interpreter stranded in Afghanistan makes a White House appeal: 'Don't forget me here.'  —  Thirteen years ago, Afghan interpreter Mohammed helped rescue then- Sen. Joe Biden and two other senators stranded …
Kent Wainscott / WISN:
Paul Ryan says former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election  —  The former speaker says he doesn't see himself on a ballot anytime soon  —  Hide Transcript Show Transcript  —  The latest breaking updates, delivered straight to your email inbox.  —  Your Email Address  —  Submit
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
NPR Trashes Free Speech.  A Brief Response  —  In an irony only public radio could miss, “On the Media” hosts an hour on the perils of “free speech absolutism” without interviewing a defender of free speech.  —  The guests for NPR's just-released On The Media episode about the dangers …
Discussion: HotAir
U.S. Department of Justice:
Fort Walton Beach Man Faces Federal Indictment For $25 Million Scheme To Defraud  —  PENSACOLA, FLORIDA - Stephen M. Alford, 62, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, was indicted by a federal grand jury on counts of wire fraud and the attempted prevention of seizure of an electronic device …
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Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Capitol riot lawyer John Pierce goes missing with Covid excuse and 17 pending cases, prosecutors say
Discussion: Insider and Washington Examiner
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
Starting Tomorrow, “Roe v. Wade” Will Functionally Cease to Exist in Texas  —  Unless the Supreme Court steps in, the country's most dangerous anti-abortion law will go into effect, banning abortions after six weeks and placing a cash bounty on providers.  —  I feel like people are waiting …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Vox and SCOTUSblog
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Slate:
The Supreme Court Has Just Two Days to Decide the Fate of Roe v. Wade
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Texas election bill passes legislature, heads to Abbott for signature  —  Three months after House Democrats first broke quorum to stymie a previous iteration of the legislation, Republicans in the House and Senate Tuesday signed off on the final version of Senate Bill 1 to further tighten …
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New York Times:
Texas G.O.P. Passes Election Bill, Raising Voting Barriers Even Higher
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Reuters:
Exclusive: Before Afghan collapse, Biden pressed Ghani to ‘change perception’  —  In the last call between U.S. President Joe Biden and his Afghanistan counterpart before the Taliban seized control of the country, the leaders discussed military aid, political strategy and messaging tactics …
Sacramento Bee:
Sacramento area students confirmed trapped in Afghanistan |  The Sacramento Bee  —  At least 24 Sacramento-area students are confirmed to be stranded in Afghanistan as turmoil continues in Kabul, according to school officials.  —  San Juan Unified school district staff said 24 students …
Ross Barkan / Political Currents:
The Problem With Media  —  Groupthink and economic precarity go together  —  Though portrayed as an existential threat to the free press for all four years of his exhausting and excruciating presidency, Donald Trump was nothing of the sort.  This was obvious to anyone who paid attention …
Patricia Murphy / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Anti-vaxxers shut down vaccination event, harass state health workers  —  News and analysis from the politics team at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  —  The headlines out of Gov. Brian Kemp's latest press conference focused on the thousands of Georgia National Guard troops he's preparing …
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
The New Puritans  —  “It was no great distance, in those days, from the prison-door to the market-place.  Measured by the prisoner's experience, however, it might be reckoned a journey of some length.”  —  So begins the tale of Hester Prynne, as recounted in Nathaniel Hawthorne's most famous novel, The Scarlet Letter.
Liliana Frankel / Oregonian:
Rural Oregon school superintendent fired after enforcing state mask mandate  —  ADRIAN - Kevin Purnell was fired Monday as superintendent of the Adrian School District just one week after students returned to school.  —  The Adrian School Board, convening in an emotionally charged special meeting …
Discussion: Raw Story
Craig Harris / Arizona Republic:
FBI examining $100M tax refund push by Gov. Ducey staffers after Arizona Republic investigation  —  The FBI's Public Corruption unit is investigating efforts by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's past and current staffers - including one who is now a federal judge - to push for a closed-door deal …
Discussion: Raw Story
Project Veritas:
BREAKING: Pro-Antifa High School Teacher in California Admits Communist Indoctrination of Students ... ‘I Have 180 Days to Turn Them into Revolutionaries’ ... Other Teachers ‘on the Same Page’ ... ‘There is a Reason Why These Kids are Becoming Further Left’  — Gabriel Gipe, AP Government Teacher …
Associated Press:
Ida's sweltering aftermath: No power, no water, no gasoline  —  NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Louisianans sweltered in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida on Tuesday with no electricity, no tap water, precious little gasoline and no clear idea of when things might improve.
Mohammed Zubair / Alt News:
Does the video show Taliban ‘hanging’ a body from a helicopter?  —  The United States completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan on August 30, marking an end to two decades of conflict.  The US has reportedly abandoned military equipment and those not dismantled have been taken over by the Taliban.
Zachary Brennan / ENDPOINTS NEWS:
BREAKING: In a major blow to vaccine efforts, senior FDA leaders stepping down  —  Two of the FDA's most senior vaccine leaders are exiting from their positions, raising fresh questions about the Biden administration and the way that it's sidelined the FDA.  —  Marion Gruber …
New York Times:
Mike Richards Is Out as ‘Jeopardy!’  Executive Producer  —  Three weeks after naming him as Alex Trebek's replacement to host the show, Sony cited “disruption and internal difficulties” in its announcement that he will leave the program entirely.  —  Sony said on Tuesday that Mike Richards …
Mark Scott / Politico:
Thousands of posts around January 6 riots go missing from Facebook transparency tool  —  Scores of Facebook posts from the days before and after the January 6 Capitol Hill riots in Washington are missing.  —  The posts disappeared from Crowdtangle, a tool owned by Facebook that allows researchers …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Joe Biden's Critics Lost Afghanistan  —  A month ago I thought I was a cynic about our 20-year war in Afghanistan.  Today, after watching our stumbling withdrawal and the swift collapse of practically everything we fought for, my main feeling is that I wasn't cynical enough.
Pew Research Center:
Majority of U.S. public favors Afghanistan troop withdrawal; Biden criticized for his handling of situation  —  With the U.S. military evacuation of Afghanistan completed - bringing America's longest war to an end - 54% of U.S. adults say the decision to withdraw troops from the country was the right one …
Kathy Gannon / Associated Press:
Afghanistan's arc from 9/11 to today: Once hopeful, now sad  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — It was Nov. 13 , 2001.  The sun had just begun to rise over the Hindu Kush Mountains when the Taliban disappeared from Kabul, the battered capital of Afghanistan.  —  The bodies of foreign Arabs …
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
‘They have better things to do’ - Major Republican donors are staying away from Trump  — Several of the Republican Party's biggest and most influential donors are signaling that they don't plan on helping fund former President Trump's political operation, at least for now.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Reason:
40 Ways Things Are Getting Better  —  “What has gotten materially better in America in, say, the last twenty years?”  David Walsh, a University of Virginia postdoctoral fellow, casually asked on Twitter yesterday.  —  Hundreds of responses poured in, citing everything from consumer goods …
Discussion: Twitchy and Discourse.net
 
 
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