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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
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 Defense One
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / New York Times:
In Afghanistan, an Unceremonious End, and a Shrouded Beginning
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: Associated Press
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William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:   Joe Biden Bets on Cynicism
ABC:
Former Trump lawyer Sidney Powell is being sued for billions over election fraud claims.  She sat down with Four Corners  —  You can watch this and read at the same time with picture in picture  —  For weeks after the US election, high-profile Fox News anchors peddled Donald Trump's …
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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
ABC:
Fox and the Big Lie - Part Two  —  Mail  —  FOX AND THE BIG LIE- PART 2: FOUR CORNERS  —  Fox and the Big Lie: Part two of a special investigation into Rupert Murdoch's Fox News & how the network promoted Donald Trump's propaganda and helped destabilise democracy in America
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Madison Cawthorn's vile lies about Jan. 6 reveal a big truth about the right  —  Rep. Madison Cawthorn is under fire for predicting “bloodshed” if our elections “continue to be rigged” and “continue to be stolen.”  The North Carolina Republican, speaking at a political event …
Discussion: HotAir
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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
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:   'It's all terrifying': Fascism expert breaks down Madison Cawthorn's violence-promoting ‘propaganda’
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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.
Discussion: American Greatness
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Politico:
Biden tries to move past Afghanistan fiasco
Discussion: The Guardian and NRCC
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 …
Discussion: Forbes and The Daily Caller
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Go-to Lawyer for Capitol Riot Defendants Disappears  —  John Pierce has been a combative advocate for those accused of participating in the Jan. 6 attack, but he's missed court appearances for a week.  —  The mysterious disappearance of the lawyer John Pierce began last Tuesday, prosecutors say …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Insider and CNN
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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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
U.S. State Department to Green-Card Holders Still in Afghanistan: ‘Keep a Low Profile’  —  Unfortunately, my reader who is trying to get his company's former employees out of Afghanistan has no good news to report.  —  This is the message that the U.S. State Department is sending …
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.
Patricia Murphy / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Anti-vaxxers shut down vaccination event, harass state health workers  —  News and analysis from the politics team at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  —  The headlines out of Gov. Brian Kemp's latest press conference focused on the thousands of Georgia National Guard troops he's preparing …
Discussion: Augusta Chronicle
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. …
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Trump Reveals His Master Plan for Afghanistan: We Should've ‘Let It Rot’  —  In his latest interview, the former president repeatedly failed to explain what he would have done differently if he had remained in charge.  —  Donald Trump has had a lot to say about how Joe Biden has mishandled …
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
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
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 …
Anna Caplan / Dallas Morning News:
‘I have done nothing wrong,’ Colleyville Heritage principal says after GCISD puts him on paid leave  —  James Whitfield has been accused of teaching critical race theory by a group of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD parents.  —  Colleyville Heritage High School principal James Whitfield has been placed …
Discussion: Raw Story
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Corporate America launches massive lobbying blitz to kill key parts of Democrats' $3.5 trillion economic plan  —  Drug makers, big banks, tech giants and others are preparing to fight the party's reconciliation package, including its plans for raising taxes  —  A torrent of political groups …
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.
Michelle Hackman / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Refugee Organizations Race to Prepare for Influx of Afghans  —  The groups have cut budgets and staff in recent years but are now being flooded with offers of support from companies and volunteers  —  WASHINGTON—Refugee resettlement organizations across the U.S. are gearing …
Dakota Smith / Los Angeles Times:
Vaccination foes target homes of L.A. City Council members  —  Hours after a rally in Santa Monica against COVID-19 vaccination mandates on Sunday, protesters opposed to required inoculations showed up at the homes of two Los Angeles City Council members.  —  Protesters banged on the door …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
 
 
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Biden brings the world closer to nuclear war
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Discussion: Raw Story
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Washington Free Beacon:
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Discussion: Fox News and Washington Examiner
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