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3:39 AM ET, September 1, 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 …
Myah Ward / Politico:
McCarthy threatens companies that comply with Jan. 6 probe's phone records requests  —  Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday threatened to use a future GOP majority to punish companies that comply with the House's Jan. 6 investigators, warning that “a Republican majority will not forget.”
Discussion: Raw Story, Fox News, Forbes and Mediaite
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
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 …
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Developer Charged in Scheme to Bilk Matt Gaetz's Family  —  The Justice Department arrested the man for seeking $25 million for a presidential pardon that would have purportedly ended a sex trafficking investigation into Mr. Gaetz.  —  A Florida real estate developer was arrested on Tuesday …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Biden answers his critics on Afghanistan.  Forcefully.  —  President Biden had a tricky task on Tuesday as he spoke to the nation about the end of the United States's 20-year military operation in Afghanistan.  Unlike the pundits, consultants, think tank gurus and paid military advisers …
Discussion: Fox News and USA Today
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 …
Rob Crilly / Daily Mail:
As Biden repeats claim that ‘nobody could have known’ …
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
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.
Baktash Ahadi / Washington Post:
I was a combat interpreter in Afghanistan, where cultural illiteracy led to U.S. failure
Discussion: Foreign Affairs
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:   The negligence of Joe Biden
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
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
An angry Biden blames Trump for Afghan pullout — then takes credit for it  —  MORE FROM:  —  President Biden stood before the American people on a Tuesday afternoon and angrily informed us all that he had no choice but to end things the way he did in Afghanistan.  No choice!  NO!  CHOICE!
Discussion: Israpundit and The Daily Signal
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 …
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: Vox, Daily Kos and SCOTUSblog
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
Miami Herald:
Florida changed its COVID-19 death data just as surge began  —  As the delta variant spreads through Florida, data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest this could be the most serious and deadly surge in COVID-19 infections since the beginning of the pandemic.
Andrew Marchand / New York Post:
Al Leiter, John Smoltz won't appear at MLB Network studios after refusing vaccine  —  Hall of Famer John Smoltz and former Met and Yankee Al Leiter will no longer appear in-studio for MLB Network after refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine, The Post has learned.
Discussion: Breitbart and Awful Announcing
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
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
New York Times:
Texas G.O.P. Passes Election Bill, Raising Voting Barriers Even Higher  —  The bill, which will tighten what were already some of the nation's strictest voting rules, represents a major victory for Republicans in their nationwide push to overhaul elections.  —  HOUSTON — The Republican …
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Texas election bill passes legislature, heads to Abbott for signature
Dems sweat Latino turnout in California recall  —  LOS ANGELES — With two weeks of early voting left before the California recall election, Democrats are tracking a worrisome sign for Gov. Gavin Newsom and the party at large — the governor's relative weakness with Latinos.
Maeve Reston / ABC7:
CA recall contender Larry Elder makes misleading claim that young people don't need COVID vaccines
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
What Dr. Leana Wen's improbable journey says about our country  —  Until I picked up her recently published memoir, I knew Dr. Leana Wen pretty much the way most readers of The Post do: as a source of medical expertise and common sense whose columns and newsletter have been invaluable during the most serious pandemic of our lifetimes.
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 …
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 …
Daphne Psaledakis / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE U.S. Treasury issued new license to ease flow of aid in Afghanistan  —  The United States last week issued a license authorizing it and its partners to continue to facilitate humanitarian aid in Afghanistan, a Treasury Department official told Reuters, after the Taliban …
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 …
Colton Lochhead / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Caesars drops controversial QAnon-linked convention  —  One of the biggest resort companies in the U.S. has dropped a controversial QAnon-linked convention that was slated to come to Las Vegas in October.  —  The Patriot Voice, a group closely linked with the QAnon movement …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Virginia Supreme Court Reinstates Christian Public-School Teacher
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Ukraine's Leader, Meeting Biden, Seeks Security Assurances After Afghan Pullout
Dillon Rosenblatt Kyra Haas / Arizona Capitol Times:
Trump helped bankroll Senate audit, texts suggest
Vulnerable Democrats seek distance from Biden on Afghanistan ahead of contentious House debate
Craig Harris / Arizona Republic:
FBI examining $100M tax refund push by Gov. Ducey staffers after Arizona Republic investigation
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Ida's sweltering aftermath: No power, no water, no gasoline
New York Times:
Social Security is projected to be insolvent a year earlier than previously forecast.
Discussion: Associated Press and Raw Story
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Mohammed Zubair / Alt News:
Does the video show Taliban ‘hanging’ a body from a helicopter?
Discussion: CNN and New York Post
Mark Scott / Politico:
Thousands of posts around January 6 riots go missing from Facebook transparency tool
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This Is the Moment the Anti-Vaccine Movement Has Been Waiting For
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AT&T says it will begin notifying consumers about a data breach where cybercriminals stole phone records of “nearly all” of its cellular and landline customers

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