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Matt Viser / Washington Post:
'Don't you ever forget that name': Biden's tough meeting with grieving relatives  —  President Biden made his way on Sunday around a quiet room at Dover Air Force Base, a chamber filled with couches and chairs, with dignitaries and grieving families huddling together as the president came …
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Thomas Gibbons-Neff / New York Times:
In Afghanistan, an Unceremonious End, and a Shrouded Beginning  —  The last American flight from Afghanistan left behind a host of unfulfilled promises and anxious questions about the country's fate.  —  The end of the United States' longest war was unceremonious — trash blowing across …
NBC News:
August was a tough month for Biden — and September could be worse  —  WASHINGTON — August has proved to be a brutal month for President Biden.  —  Rising Covid cases and deaths.  The Taliban toppling Kabul and the Afghan government.  Declining poll numbers.  The killing of 13 U.S. service members in Afghanistan.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Jamie McIntyre / Washington Examiner:
Top general describes heartbreak of Afghanistan exit: ‘We did not get everybody out’
Discussion: Politico, RedState and Townhall
The White House:
Statement by President Joe Biden
Reuters:   Explainer: What happens now that U.S. troops have left Afghanistan?
American Humane:
American Humane Condemns Death Sentence Delivered to Contract Working Dogs Left Behind in Kabul, Afghanistan
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.
Discussion: Liberty Nation
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Shawna Chen / Axios:
Education Department probing 5 states over mask mandate bans
Mehdi Hasan / MSNBC:
Joe Biden ended the war in Afghanistan after 20 years.  That's a BFD.  —  OK, I'll say it again: I was wrong about Joe Biden.  —  During the 2020 presidential primaries, I was aghast at the prospect of an Iraq War supporter winning the Democratic nomination.
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Joel Mathis / The Week:   Republicans really, really want Biden to be the new Jimmy Carter
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
No, the Taliban did not seize $83 billion of U.S. weapons  —  “ALL EQUIPMENT should be demanded to be immediately returned to the United States, and that includes every penny of the $85 billion dollars in cost.”  — Former president Donald Trump, in a statement, Aug 30
Discussion: HotAir, Daily Kos, Althouse and Twitchy
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
GOP Congressman Says He Wants to Bust Out Jan. 6 ‘Political Prisoners’  —  When Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn was asked about what he's doing to help the hundreds in jail awaiting trial for their roles in the violent January 6 riots, he called them “political prisoners”—and said he wanted to “bust them out.”
Discussion: Forbes, Talking Points Memo and Insider
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Madison Cawthorn falsely suggests elections are ‘rigged,’ says there will be ‘bloodshed’ if system continues on its path
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Trump Rule Governing Water Pollution  —  The rule allowed fertilizers, pesticides and industrial chemicals to flow into small streams, marshes and wetlands.  The judge warned of environmental harm.  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Monday struck …
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Washington Post:   Federal judge throws out Trump administration rule allowing the draining and filling of streams, marshes and wetlands
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Trump acolytes poised to push out Senate dealmakers  —  If Senate Republicans seem conservative now, just wait until next year.  The 2022 midterms could usher in a wave of full-spectrum MAGA supporters who would turn the GOP conference an even deeper shade of red — and make the Senate a lot more like the fractious House.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Josh Israel / The American Independent:   McConnell: 'I don't think it serves any particular purpose' to call out vaccine lies
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.
Gregory Yee / Los Angeles Times:
Forest Service officials confirm all California national forests to temporarily close  —  All of California's national forests will be closed beginning late Tuesday.  —  The closures will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday and stay in place until the same time on Sept. 17 …
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Hayley Smith / Los Angeles Times:   Lake Tahoe faces disastrous ‘urban conflagration’ if Caldor fire reaches communities
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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Vaccine hesitancy may be crumbling  —  Vaccine hesitancy in the U.S. is showing signs of crumbling, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.  — Fewer adults than ever now say they won't take the shot, and in the past two weeks …
Associated Press:
FBI: Texas shooter possibly inspired by foreign terrorists  —  GARLAND, Texas (AP) — Investigators are looking into whether a Texas man was inspired by foreign terrorists when he killed a Lyft driver in a Dallas suburb and later opened fire in the police station of another suburb where officers fatally shot him.
Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Waived Congressional Mandate for Report on Afghanistan Withdrawal Risks  —  President Joe Biden waived a mandate in June that would have forced the Pentagon to provide a detailed report to Congress about the risks of leaving Afghanistan.  —  Under the federal statute …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The Intolerable Wait for a Kids' Vaccine  —  Julie Swann, an engineer who studies health systems and models infectious disease at North Carolina State University, leads a team of researchers who recently tried to simulate how the Delta variant of the coronavirus could move through schools in various scenarios.
Discussion: Washington Post
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
What Voters in a California Swing District Say About Afghanistan  —  In a battleground district, even some Trump voters said they were hesitant to hold President Biden accountable for the casualties and chaos in the U.S. pullout from Afghanistan.  —  HACIENDA HEIGHTS, Calif. …
Grady Means / The Hill:
Biden brings the world closer to nuclear war  —  Over the past six months, the world has edged closer to nuclear war than it has been since the Cuban Missile Crisis.  The Doomsday Clock is ticking toward midnight.  The global power balance has been dramatically reshuffled …
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Trump's pick in a key Senate race touts his agriculture ties.  He doesn't mention his role in a bankruptcy that cost farmers millions.  —  As Rep. Ted Budd launched his campaign for a pivotal U.S. Senate seat earlier this year, the North Carolina Republican pitched himself as a staunch ally of farmers.
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 …
Victor Mallet / Financial Times:
Why France was more clear-eyed about Afghanistan than the US  —  Paris, which started evacuating Afghans and staff in May, had ‘more dispassionate’ assessment of same intelligence  —  In May — three months before the fall of Kabul to the Taliban — France began evacuating Afghans working …
Inter Press Service:
After Afghanistan, War's Idealists Must Accept Defeat  —  As the Western occupation of Afghanistan has come to an end, TV news is broadcasting harrowing scenes of death and destruction, citizens in fear, allies abandoned, and dreams dashed.  —  While the cynicism of key leaders has been exposed …
Discussion: Balkan Insight
 
 
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Dakota Smith / Los Angeles Times:
Vaccination foes target homes of L.A. City Council members
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Bruce Thornton / Front Page Magazine:
Biden's Retreat  —  Showing the world that there is no worse friend, and no better enemy, than the United States.
Politico:
Biden tries to move past Afghanistan fiasco
Walter Russell Mead / Wall Street Journal:
Biden's Afghan Best-Case Scenario
Wall Street Journal:
Fearing Taliban, Afghan Translator Sought Help From Marine Pal
Renato Mariotti / Politico:
The Clamor to Prosecute Trump for Election Interference Is Misguided
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
U.S.'s Pledge to Fight Terrorists in Afghanistan Will Be Harder Without Boots on the Ground
David Axe / The Daily Beast:
Democrats in This Red State Learned to Fight Back Over COVID-19
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Financial Times:
Afghans confront economic meltdown after Taliban takeover
JONATHAN TURLEY:
Twitter Permanently Bans Former NYT Journalist Alex Berenson
Discussion: VICE, Reason and Townhall