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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 …
The White House:
Statement by President Joe Biden
Reuters:   Explainer: What happens now that U.S. troops have left Afghanistan?
Adam Ciralsky / Vanity Fair:   How Turf Wars Mucked Up America's Exit From Afghanistan
Dan Bilefsky / New York Times:
Can Afghanistan's Leading Broadcaster Survive the Taliban?
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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.
Shawna Chen / Axios:
Education Department probing 5 states over mask mandate bans
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  —  Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) on Sunday falsely suggested that elections in the United States are “rigged” and said there will be “bloodshed” if the country's electoral system continues on its current path.
Eltaf Najafizada / Bloomberg:
Taliban Seek Friendly U.S. Ties as Challenges Mount After War  — Militant leaders meet at airport after last U.S. soldiers exit  — China calls on world to provide Taliban economic assistance  —  The Taliban called for friendly ties with the U.S. hours after the last American soldiers flew …
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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
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
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.
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Josh Israel / The American Independent:   McConnell: 'I don't think it serves any particular purpose' to call out vaccine lies
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Townhall, Jihad Watch and TheBlaze
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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Aaron Belkin / Salon:   Biden commission on Supreme Court isn't moving fast enough — or thinking big enough
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 …
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 …
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
Wall Street Journal:
U.S.'s Pledge to Fight Terrorists in Afghanistan Will Be Harder Without Boots on the Ground  —  Biden promises ‘over-the-horizon’ surveillance and attacks; officials say U.S. has lost many key assets for tracking violent militants  —  WASHINGTON—President Biden and his aides promise …
Politico:
Biden tries to move past Afghanistan fiasco  —  President Joe Biden meets virtually with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell and governors and mayors from states and cities impacted by Hurricane Ida on Aug. 30, 2021 in Washington, D.C. |  The United States officially ended its 20-year war in Afghanistan.
Discussion: The Hill
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
The I-word looms: McCarthy faces internal pressure to go harder at Biden on Afghanistan  —  As hard as Kevin McCarthy has hammered the White House over the chaotic and deadly U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, he's under rising pressure from his right to go further.
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
JONATHAN TURLEY:
Twitter Permanently Bans Former NYT Journalist Alex Berenson  —  We previously discussed how Twitter's growing censorship program has targeted former New York Times journalist and author Alex Berenson who is an outspoken critic of the government's scientific claims and response to the pandemic.
Discussion: VICE, Reason, Newsbusters and Townhall
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: Wired and Washington Post
Victoria Guida / Politico:
AOC, Tlaib, Pressley call on Biden to dump Powell as Fed chair  —  Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley on Monday called for Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell to be replaced, stepping up the pressure on President Joe Biden as he draws closer to a decision on the government's most important economic post.
 
 
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Walter Russell Mead / Wall Street Journal:
Biden's Afghan Best-Case Scenario
Wall Street Journal:
Fearing Taliban, Afghan Translator Sought Help From Marine Pal
Joel Mathis / The Week:
Republicans really, really want Biden to be the new Jimmy Carter
Renato Mariotti / Politico:
The Clamor to Prosecute Trump for Election Interference Is Misguided
Discussion: Raw Story
David Axe / The Daily Beast:
Democrats in This Red State Learned to Fight Back Over COVID-19
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
What Voters in a California Swing District Say About Afghanistan
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Vaccine hesitancy may be crumbling
 Earlier Items: 
Financial Times:
Afghans confront economic meltdown after Taliban takeover
Amber Wang / South China Morning Post:
China demands foreign ships report before entering ‘its territorial waters’
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Jaya Saxena / Eater:
Margaritaville and the Myth of American Leisure
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