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11:10 AM ET, August 31, 2021

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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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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
The White House:
Statement by President Joe Biden  —  I want to thank our commanders and the men and women serving under them for their execution of the dangerous retrograde from Afghanistan as scheduled - in the early morning hours of August 31, Kabul time - with no further loss of American lives.
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 …
American Humane:
American Humane Condemns Death Sentence Delivered to Contract Working Dogs Left Behind in Kabul, Afghanistan
Yaron Steinbuch / New York Post:
American Humane Society say US left military dogs behind in Afghanistan
Discussion: HotAir and Louder With Crowder
Jamie McIntyre / Washington Examiner:
Top general describes heartbreak of Afghanistan exit: ‘We did not get everybody out’
Discussion: Politico and RedState
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.
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William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:   Joe Biden Bets on Cynicism
Associated Press:
War is over but not Biden's Afghanistan challenges
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
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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Politico:
Biden tries to move past Afghanistan fiasco
Discussion: Sacramento Bee, The Guardian and NRCC
Joel Mathis / The Week:   Republicans really, really want Biden to be the new Jimmy Carter
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.
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 …
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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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump ‘Kraken’ lawyer Sidney Powell lands in Washington  —  Sidney Powell, the embattled lawyer who launched a flurry of unsuccessful lawsuits last fall advancing President Donald Trump's election fraud claims, has established a beachhead in the Washington area by purchasing a century-old building …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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
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
Bill Lukitsch / Kansas City Star:
Independence MO says positive case traced to public hearing |  The Kansas City Star  —  Two weeks after Independence leaders rejected a proposed mask mandate promoted by the city's own health advisers, the city is encouraging anyone who attended that public meeting to get tested for COVID-19.
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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 …
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.
Hannah Ritchie / CNN:
Afghan folk singer taken from his house and killed by the Taliban  —  (CNN)Afghan folk singer Fawad Andarabi was dragged from his home and killed by the Taliban in a restive mountain province north of Kabul on Friday, a local journalist told CNN, raising fears of a return to the militant group's harsh rule …
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
Kristi Noem / Washington Times:
Conservative principles demand we restrain government  —  Pandemic tested how far politicians will go to use heavy-handed tactics to get their way  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  You can't be a constitutional conservative only when it suits you.  —  We are now seeing a battle …
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
Will Parker / Wall Street Journal:
House Rents Pop Up as New Investors Pile In  —  Sharp rise partly reflects increasing demand from people who can't afford to buy homes, pandemic-driven newcomers  —  Would-be home buyers priced out of the sales market are finding little consolation when they turn instead to the single-family rental market.
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. …
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.
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
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
We're Giving Up On Afghanistan—and the Americans Still There … The human tragedy is incalculably vast, and the political ramifications of abandoning American citizens to the Taliban could also be hugely significant.  —  Nemo resideo is a Latin phrase that means, “Leave no one behind.”
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 …
Raw Story:
The QAnon crowd has a familiar face: How right-wing cults have always plagued our politics  —  The latest white guy going on a rage-bender before being “respectfully” taken into custody for “mental health evaluation” was at the Miami airport, an incident that broke the internet last week.
 
 
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: No country for an old president
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ and Snopes.com
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.
Walter Russell Mead / Wall Street Journal:
Biden's Afghan Best-Case Scenario
Grady Means / The Hill:
Biden brings the world closer to nuclear war
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: 
Inter Press Service:
After Afghanistan, War's Idealists Must Accept Defeat
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Trump Rule Governing Water Pollution
Financial Times:
Afghans confront economic meltdown after Taliban takeover