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11:30 PM ET, August 31, 2021

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Washington Post:
Oklahoma congressman threatened embassy staff as he tried to enter Afghanistan, U.S. officials say  —  The call to the U.S. ambassador to Tajikistan came in Monday.  On the line, two U.S. officials said, was Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) with an unusual and urgent request …
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Myah Ward / Politico:
McCarthy threatens companies that comply with Jan. 6 probe's phone records requests  —  Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday threatened to use a future GOP majority to punish companies that comply with the House's Jan. 6 investigators, warning that “a Republican majority will not forget.”
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Kevin McCarthy warns GOP majority ‘will not forget’ if companies turn over phone records to Jan. 6 committee  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy warned “a Republican majority will not forget” telecommunications companies that turn over phone records to the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
Discussion: CNN and Washington Examiner
Reuters:
Exclusive: Before Afghan collapse, Biden pressed Ghani to ‘change perception’  —  In the last call between U.S. President Joe Biden and his Afghanistan counterpart before the Taliban seized control of the country, the leaders discussed military aid, political strategy and messaging tactics …
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:
An angry Biden blames Trump for Afghan pullout — then takes credit for it
Rob Crilly / Daily Mail:
As Biden repeats claim that ‘nobody could have known’ …
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
U.S. Department of Justice:
Fort Walton Beach Man Faces Federal Indictment For $25 Million Scheme To Defraud  —  PENSACOLA, FLORIDA - Stephen M. Alford, 62, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, was indicted by a federal grand jury on counts of wire fraud and the attempted prevention of seizure of an electronic device …
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Developer Charged in Scheme to Bilk Matt Gaetz's Family
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Taliban members escorted Americans to gates at Kabul airport in secret arrangement with US  —  (CNN)The US military negotiated a secret arrangement with the Taliban that resulted in Taliban members escorting groups of Americans to the gates of the Kabul airport as they sought to escape Afghanistan, according to two defense officials.
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Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:   The negligence of Joe Biden
Baktash Ahadi / Washington Post:
I was a combat interpreter in Afghanistan, where cultural illiteracy led to U.S. failure
Discussion: New York Post, The Daily Caller and NPR
Dion Nissenbaum / Wall Street Journal:
Afghan Interpreter Who Helped Rescue Biden in 2008 Left Behind After U.S. Exit  —  Interpreter stranded in Afghanistan makes a White House appeal: 'Don't forget me here.'  —  Thirteen years ago, Afghan interpreter Mohammed helped rescue then- Sen. Joe Biden and two other senators stranded …
Liliana Frankel / Oregonian:
Rural Oregon school superintendent fired after enforcing state mask mandate  —  ADRIAN - Kevin Purnell was fired Monday as superintendent of the Adrian School District just one week after students returned to school.  —  The Adrian School Board, convening in an emotionally charged special meeting …
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
NPR Trashes Free Speech.  A Brief Response  —  In an irony only public radio could miss, “On the Media” hosts an hour on the perils of “free speech absolutism” without interviewing a defender of free speech.  —  The guests for NPR's just-released On The Media episode about the dangers …
Discussion: HotAir
Kent Wainscott / WISN:
Paul Ryan says former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election  —  The former speaker says he doesn't see himself on a ballot anytime soon  —  Hide Transcript Show Transcript  —  The latest breaking updates, delivered straight to your email inbox.  —  Your Email Address  —  Submit
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
The Hidden Message In Joe Biden's Afghanistan Speech  —  They were words no president has ever spoken, at least not since the Cold War began three-quarters of a century ago.  —  They spoke not of global responsibility nor the “indispensable” role of the United States, but of what this richest …
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Elie Mystal / The Nation:
Starting Tomorrow, “Roe v. Wade” Will Functionally Cease to Exist in Texas  —  Unless the Supreme Court steps in, the country's most dangerous anti-abortion law will go into effect, banning abortions after six weeks and placing a cash bounty on providers.  —  I feel like people are waiting …
Discussion: Vox, Daily Kos and SCOTUSblog
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Slate:
The Supreme Court Has Just Two Days to Decide the Fate of Roe v. Wade
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Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Capitol riot lawyer John Pierce goes missing with Covid excuse and 17 pending cases, prosecutors say
Discussion: Insider and Washington Examiner
Robbie Gramer / Foreign Policy:
‘We Feel His Presence in the Department Is Threatening’  —  State employees protest the continued employment of an “antisemitic” blogger in their ranks.  —  A group of more than 70 State Department officials sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken voicing alarm about …
Discussion: New York Times
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Texas election bill passes legislature, heads to Abbott for signature  —  Three months after House Democrats first broke quorum to stymie a previous iteration of the legislation, Republicans in the House and Senate Tuesday signed off on the final version of Senate Bill 1 to further tighten …
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New York Times:
Texas G.O.P. Passes Election Bill, Raising Voting Barriers Even Higher
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
The U.S. government left its own journalists behind in Afghanistan  —  Now that the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan is complete, many stories of heroic efforts to save Americans and Afghan allies are pouring out, each describing one facet of the chaos and dysfunction that plagued …
Sacramento Bee:
Sacramento area students confirmed trapped in Afghanistan |  The Sacramento Bee  —  At least 24 Sacramento-area students are confirmed to be stranded in Afghanistan as turmoil continues in Kabul, according to school officials.  —  San Juan Unified school district staff said 24 students …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
What Dr. Leana Wen's improbable journey says about our country  —  Until I picked up her recently published memoir, I knew Dr. Leana Wen pretty much the way most readers of The Post do: as a source of medical expertise and common sense whose columns and newsletter have been invaluable during the most serious pandemic of our lifetimes.
Ross Barkan / Political Currents:
The Problem With Media  —  Groupthink and economic precarity go together  —  Though portrayed as an existential threat to the free press for all four years of his exhausting and excruciating presidency, Donald Trump was nothing of the sort.  This was obvious to anyone who paid attention …
Daphne Psaledakis / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE U.S. Treasury issued new license to ease flow of aid in Afghanistan  —  The United States last week issued a license authorizing it and its partners to continue to facilitate humanitarian aid in Afghanistan, a Treasury Department official told Reuters, after the Taliban …
New York Times:
Mike Richards Is Out as ‘Jeopardy!’  Executive Producer  —  Three weeks after naming him as Alex Trebek's replacement to host the show, Sony cited “disruption and internal difficulties” in its announcement that he will leave the program entirely.  —  Sony said on Tuesday that Mike Richards …
Associated Press:
Ida's sweltering aftermath: No power, no water, no gasoline  —  NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Louisianans sweltered in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida on Tuesday with no electricity, no tap water, precious little gasoline and no clear idea of when things might improve.
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 …
Craig Harris / Arizona Republic:
FBI examining $100M tax refund push by Gov. Ducey staffers after Arizona Republic investigation  —  The FBI's Public Corruption unit is investigating efforts by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's past and current staffers - including one who is now a federal judge - to push for a closed-door deal …
Discussion: Raw Story
Zachary Brennan / ENDPOINTS NEWS:
BREAKING: In a major blow to vaccine efforts, senior FDA leaders stepping down  —  Two of the FDA's most senior vaccine leaders are exiting from their positions, raising fresh questions about the Biden administration and the way that it's sidelined the FDA.  —  Marion Gruber …
Mark Scott / Politico:
Thousands of posts around January 6 riots go missing from Facebook transparency tool  —  Scores of Facebook posts from the days before and after the January 6 Capitol Hill riots in Washington are missing.  —  The posts disappeared from Crowdtangle, a tool owned by Facebook that allows researchers …
Colton Lochhead / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Caesars drops controversial QAnon-linked convention  —  One of the biggest resort companies in the U.S. has dropped a controversial QAnon-linked convention that was slated to come to Las Vegas in October.  —  The Patriot Voice, a group closely linked with the QAnon movement …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
‘Consequences’ of US withdrawal from Afghanistan ‘will reverberate for decades,’ retired military brass warn
Discussion: The Floridian
New York Times:
Social Security is projected to be insolvent a year earlier than previously forecast.
Discussion: Associated Press and Raw Story
Tara Haelle / New York Times:
This Is the Moment the Anti-Vaccine Movement Has Been Waiting For
BBC:
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
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Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
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