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2:30 AM ET, August 31, 2021

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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 …
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Kyle Drennen / Newsbusters:
Engel on Afghanistan Debacle: ‘Worst Capitulation of Western Values’
Discussion: Breitbart
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
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 …
Discussion: New York Post and Breitbart
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 …
Reuters:
Americans give Biden low marks on Afghanistan pullout: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  Less than 40% of Americans approve of President Joe Biden's handling of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, and three quarters wanted U.S. forces to remain in the country until all American civilians could get out …
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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 …
CNN:
Rep. Cawthorn talks of ‘bloodshed’ over future elections as he pushes voting lies  —  Washington (CNN)Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn on Sunday suggested there could be “bloodshed” over future elections as he pushed false claims about election security and voter fraud.
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Mike Antonucci / Intercepts:
Los Angeles Magazine Gives Union President the Profile She's Earned  —  Something's spreading through newsrooms and it's not the coronavirus.  —  Soon after Emma Green of The Atlantic challenged the well-worn talking points of NEA President Becky Pringle, we get Jason McGahan of Los Angeles Magazine …
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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.
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
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”.
Washington Post:
Federal judge throws out Trump administration rule allowing the draining and filling of streams, marshes and wetlands  —  A federal judge on Monday threw out a major Trump administration rule scaling back federal protections for streams, marshes and wetlands across the United States …
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.
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  —  OUTSIDE OF DALLAS — Dana Loesch strides with purpose in chunky black unlaced boots.  Past the wrought-iron chandelier and red upholstered dining-table chairs that evoke some medieval castle.
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.
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.  —  When Rebecca Firlit joined a virtual court hearing with her ex-husband earlier this month, the Chicago mother expected the proceedings to focus on child support.  —  But the judge had other plans.
Adam Ciralsky / Vanity Fair:
How Turf Wars Mucked Up America's Exit From Afghanistan  —  In July, at Antony Blinken's State Department, bureaucratic decisions affecting the Afghan withdrawal, one insider said, were “slightly more organized than a Choose Your Own Adventure novel.”  —  On the afternoon of July 9, 2021 …
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Stand-in for Hospitalized Conservative Attorney with More Than a Dozen Jan. 6 Clients Is Accused of Felonies and Is ‘Not a Licensed Attorney’: Feds  —  As high-profile conservative attorney John Pierce reportedly grapples with COVID-19, an employee has started appearing on behalf of suspected Jan. 6th rioters.
Discussion: Raw Story, USA Today and CNN
New York Times:
The Hard Covid-19 Questions We're Not Asking  —  Dr. Allen is the director of the healthy buildings program at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and has studied how Covid-19 spreads in indoor spaces.  Dr. Jenkins is an associate professor at Boston University School of Public Health and an infectious-disease epidemiologist.
Washington Free Beacon:
PHOTOS: Elizabeth Warren Partied Maskless With Actual Native Americans at Interior Secretary Deb Haaland's Wedding  —  Attendees violated New Mexico's indoor mask mandate, putting lives at risk  —  Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Native American cabinet secretary in history …
Jake Bittle / New Republic:
Hurricane Ida Is a Manmade Disaster  —  “The wind is tearing Pointe-Aux-Chenes apart,” Albert Naquin told me Sunday afternoon.  He was standing in his carport, watching as the first eyewall of Hurricane Ida passed over the bayou where he has lived for almost his entire life.
Amber Wang / South China Morning Post:
China demands foreign ships report before entering ‘its territorial waters’  —  From Wednesday, foreign vessels must declare ship's name, call sign, position and dangerous cargo It comes amid escalating tension between China and rival claimants, as well as Western nations led by the US …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Melissa Chen / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
Inside the Underground Railroad Out of Afghanistan  —  A list of 500 Afghans was shared with me.  Then I was asked to choose five. … For the past two weeks I have been part of a 21st century Underground Railroad.  We are a ragtag group — combat veterans, human rights activists …
Discussion: RealClearDefense
David Gilbert / VICE:
QAnon Anti-Vaxxer Called COVID a Hoax Even as His ‘Lungs Stopped Functioning’  —  Robert David Steele, a former CIA officer turned conspiracy theorist who claimed to be the first person to call COVID-19 a hoax, has died from COVID-19.  —  Steele, who was among the earliest QAnon promoters …
Angel Eduardo / Newsweek:
Stop Calling Me ‘White’ For Having the Wrong Opinions  —  Growing up, I was often accused of being “white.”  My taste for Led Zeppelin and Queen over Puff Daddy and Busta Rhymes was called “white.”  My appetite for reading was called “white.”  Even my wardrobe, which failed to reflect …
Discussion: RedState
American Humane:
American Humane Condemns Death Sentence Delivered to Contract Working Dogs Left Behind in Kabul, Afghanistan … About American Humane  —  American Humane is the country's first national humane organization.  Founded in 1877, American Humane is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Townhall
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Why Isn't Biden to Blame for COVID Deaths?  —  The reality is that neither Biden nor Trump deserves blame for COVID deaths.  Neither had a silver bullet.  —  ne of the most morally revolting talking points taken up by the Left in its effort to deflect attention from Joe Biden's deadly incompetence …
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Giuliani's PR Guru Resigns as Legal Walls Close In  —  Rudy Giuliani's high-profile, 22-year-old communications director has resigned amid Giuliani's mounting legal troubles. … As Rudy Giuliani navigates an increasingly lonely and stormy world amid a federal investigation …
Anna Massoglia / OpenSecrets.org:
Trump's political operation paid more than $4.3 million to Jan. 6 organizers but questions remain about the full extent of its involvement  —  Former President Donald Trump's political operation reported paying more than $4.3 million to people and firms that organized the Jan. 6 rally since the start of the 2020 election.
Jaya Saxena / Eater:
Margaritaville and the Myth of American Leisure  —  Margaritaville, as Parrotheads will tell you, is a state of mind.  But it's also — delightfully, sometimes inexplicably — a real place now open in Times Square.  —  The 5 o'Clock Somewhere Bar does not open until 5 o' Clock …
New York Times:
‘We Have to Try’: Lawmakers Rush to Assist in Afghanistan Evacuations.  —  Frustrated with the Biden administration's evacuation plans and inundated with requests for help, members of Congress in both parties have thrown themselves into urgent extraction efforts.
Discussion: RedState
Timothy Noah / Backbencher:
Substack Farewell  —  Man bites dog, quitting Substack to work for magazine.  —  A little more than a year ago I lost my job at a mainstream publication and put out my shingle on Substack.  I titled my newsletter Backbencher, a term I knew many potential readers in the United States wouldn't know …
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.
Discussion: Sacramento Bee
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump to head to Iowa with an eye on 2024  —  Former President Donald Trump plans to hold a rally in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa as he continues to tease a third run for the White House.  —  Details for Trump's trip are still being worked out, but it comes on the heels …
 
 
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Norman Eisen / CNN:
Trump's lies will lead us to the truth
Discussion: NPR and Raw Story
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Wealthy Lobbyists Have Already Slashed Biden's Tax Reform by Three-Quarters Moderate Democrats have quietly knifed the president's legacy bill.
Discussion: The Hill and The National Interest
Monika Bauerlein / Mother Jones:
Why Facebook Won't Stop Pushing Propaganda
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