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11:15 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 …
New York Times:
How the C.I.A. Exited Its Base in Kabul  —  A compound outside Kabul was one of the most secretive — and notorious — in Afghanistan.  Our visual analysis shows how the spy agency shut down its operations there — and how the Taliban then entered the site.
Zeeshan Aleem / MSNBC:
Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal could've gone so differently  —  For the last few weeks, Americans have been struggling to understand how, after 20 years of war and occupation and historic levels of foreign investment in Afghanistan, the Taliban were able to seize control of the country …
The Daily Beast:
House Republicans Privately Beg Trump to Help Them Impeach Biden  —  So far, the former president has been resistant to attach his name to these efforts.  —  As Republicans increasingly show willingness to call for President Joe Biden's impeachment, there's one GOP voice that's notably absent: Donald Trump.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
GOP douses Afghanistan withdrawal with misinformation  —  The Afghanistan withdrawal has gone poorly enough for the Biden administration, and it did itself no favors with its faulty predictions about how it would be carried out.  —  But even in the midst of the worst stretch …
Rasmussen Reports:
52% of Voters Think Biden Should Resign Over Afghanistan Withdrawal
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Exclusive: Before Afghan collapse, Biden pressed Ghani to ‘change perception’
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
The Hidden Message In Joe Biden's Afghanistan Speech
Exclusive: Rice, McMaster push for Afghan orphan extractions
Biden tries to shift blame on Afghanistan
New York Times:
Has Delta Peaked?  —  We investigate Covid's mysterious two-month cycle.  —  Has the Delta-fueled Covid-19 surge in the U.S. finally peaked?  —  The number of new daily U.S. cases has risen less over the past week than at any point since June, as you can see in this chart:
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.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Four conservative radio talk-show hosts bashed coronavirus vaccines.  Then they got sick.  —  Marc Bernier was adamant: He was not going to get a coronavirus vaccination.  —  “I'm Mr. Anti-Vax,” he told listeners of his talk-radio program in Daytona Beach, Fla., after the federal government …
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 …
Zachary Brennan / ENDPOINTS NEWS:
In a major blow to vaccine efforts, senior FDA leaders stepping down
Brad Polumbo / Washington Examiner:
The fully vaccinated are more likely to die from bee stings than COVID-19
Discussion: TheBlaze and Instapundit
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
Pentagon Exempts Pregnant Women From COVID-19 Vax Mandate
Washington Post:
With ban in effect, Texas abortion clinics will no longer terminate pregnancies after 6 weeks  —  AUSTIN — A Texas law that bans most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy went into effect Wednesday, as a midnight deadline for the Supreme Court to stop it came and went without action.
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:   The 5th Circuit is staking out a claim to be America's most dangerous court
Caroline Kitchener / The Lily:
400 calls, no more appointments: Texas abortion clinic scrambles to see patients before 6-week ban may take effect
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.”
Michael Edison Hayden / Southern Poverty Law Center:   Far-Right Propagandist Turns up in Moscow After Jan. 6
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Capitol riot inquiry to investigate whether Trump's White House was involved in attack
Discussion: USA Today
Jonathan Tobin / Newsweek:
The Ashli Babbitt Standard
Discussion: Slate
Jim Swift / The Bulwark:
What Happened to the Babylon Bee?  —  Until a few years ago, the Babylon Bee was a niche humor site—the Onion for conservative Protestants.  The Bee was founded seven months before Donald Trump took office and became popular mostly because many of the jokes were very funny—but also …
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
The Legal Minds Who Tried to Overturn the Election for Trump Are Being Welcomed Back Into Polite Society  —  Though it hasn't received the attention it deserves, courage from Republican election officials and leaders helped save this country from a total election meltdown in 2020 based on lies …
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
Texas parents accused a Black principal of promoting critical race theory.  The district has now suspended him.  —  At a heated Texas school board meeting in late July, a man accused a Black principal of promoting critical race theory and “the conspiracy theory of systemic racism.”
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Julie Pace named new Associated Press executive editor  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Julie Pace, a longtime Washington journalist who managed coverage of the U.S. government during a period of historic tumult, was named Wednesday as the executive editor and senior vice president of The Associated Press.
The Marshall Project:
Police Say Demoralized Officers Are Quitting In Droves.  Labor Data Says No.  —  While other industries were devastated by the pandemic last year, police departments felt a much smaller impact.  —  Since last summer's Black Lives Matter protests, there's a popular refrain echoing through …
NBC News:
Arrest warrant issued for Ohio man accused of confronting NBC's Shaquille Brewster on live TV  —  Mississippi police issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for an Ohio man who they say confronted NBC News' Shaquille Brewster on live television.  —  The man, Benjamin Eugene Dagley, of Wooster …
Fenit Nirappil / Washington Post:
They're called mild cases.  But people with breakthrough covid can still feel pretty sick.  —  Coronavirus vaccines overwhelmingly keep people out of the hospital but don't necessarily stop all infections  —  Andrew Kinsey knew that even after being vaccinated against the coronavirus …
Jack Shafer / Politico:
The Trump News Show Is Over and We're All Healthier For It  —  What have you been doing with your time?  The numbers tell us that the average news consumer is watching a whole lot less cable news and has gone on a restricted online news diet.  Over the past year, the major cable channels …
David Lat / Original Jurisdiction:
A Former Top DOJ Official's Smooth Landing  —  John Demers, who served in both the Trump and Biden Administrations, is going back to Boeing—in an interesting new role.  —  John Demers, who served as assistant attorney general for the National Security Division (NSD) during …
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Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
Long-Haulers Are Fighting for Their Future
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Joe Biden Needs to Stop Talking about Beau
Discussion: HotAir
Robert Alvarez / Institute for Policy Studies:
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Discussion: Common Dreams and Mother Jones
Ruy Teixeira / The Liberal Patriot:
Will Census Trends Save the Democrats?
American Greatness:
Follow the Science . . . Toward Tyranny
Alicia A. Caldwell / Wall Street Journal:
Vietnamese-Americans Organize to Aid Afghan Refugees
Wall Street Journal:
States That Cut Unemployment Benefits Saw Limited Impact on Job Growth
Discussion: The Big Picture
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Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
How Strong Is America's Multiracial Democracy?
Discussion: Eduwonk
Ben Weyl / Politico:
Mutually Assured Destruction, Nancy Pelosi's Plans and the Savviness of Bernie Sanders
Discussion: Jacobin
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Virginia Supreme Court Reinstates Christian Public-School Teacher
Dillon Rosenblatt Kyra Haas / Arizona Capitol Times:
Trump helped bankroll Senate audit, texts suggest
Robbie Gramer / Foreign Policy:
‘We Feel His Presence in the Department Is Threatening’
Discussion: New York Times
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
NPR Trashes Free Speech. A Brief Response
Discussion: HotAir
Roxanne Roberts / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's ‘deplorables’ speech shocked voters five years ago — but some feel it was prescient