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11:45 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
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / New York Times:
In Afghanistan, an Unceremonious End, and a Shrouded Beginning
Jamie McIntyre / Washington Examiner:
Top general describes heartbreak of Afghanistan exit: ‘We did not get everybody out’
Discussion: Politico and TheBlaze
Yaron Steinbuch / New York Post:
American Humane Society say US left military dogs behind in Afghanistan
Discussion: HotAir and Louder With Crowder
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.
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William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:   Joe Biden Bets on Cynicism
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
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.
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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
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
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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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 …
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.
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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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.
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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: Insider and CNN
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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. …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Twitchy, JONATHAN TURLEY and Fox News
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.
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
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Why Kamala Harris's trip to Asia was so important  —  Vice President Harris's trip to Southeast Asia coincided with the collapse of the Afghan government and the deadly attack on U.S. forces that killed 13 Americans and scores of Afghans.  It was hard to find coverage of her trip in U.S. media …
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
 
 
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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
David Axe / The Daily Beast:
Democrats in This Red State Learned to Fight Back Over COVID-19
Discussion: Raw Story
Inter Press Service:
After Afghanistan, War's Idealists Must Accept Defeat
 Earlier Items: 
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Financial Times:
Afghans confront economic meltdown after Taliban takeover
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