‘The remaining mission,’ whatever that is

Afghanistan

Army General Austin “Scott” Miller is out and “the remaining mission,” whatever that is, in addition to the troops guarding the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, will apparently be run out of Central Command. And your guess might well be better than mine as to why that Embassy guard in a landlocked country will be run by the Navy.[1]

Marine Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, the chief of U.S. Central Command, arrived Monday morning in Kabul to assume command of the remaining mission. He is expected to oversee the small-scale operation from his headquarters in Tampa, with a two-star Navy SEAL, Rear Adm. Peter Vasely, leading about 650 troops tasked with protecting the U.S. Embassy.[2]

Dan Lamothe, “Top U.S. commander in Afghanistan steps down, marking a symbolic end to 20 years of war,” Washington Post, July 12, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2021/07/12/last-us-general-afghanistan/


White supremacy

Chas Danner, “Charlottesville Finally Removes Confederate Statues,” New York, July 10, 2021, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/07/charlottesville-removes-confederate-statues-photos-videos.html

Erin Edgerton, “George Rogers Clark statue at UVa removed,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, July 11, 2021, https://dailyprogress.com/photos-george-rogers-clark-statue-at-uva-removed/collection_0000b42a-e260-11eb-aceb-cbc2b676ebc1.html


Pandemic

Nathan Jeffay, “In world first, COVID boosters rolled out for some at-risk Israelis,” Times of Israel, July 12, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-world-first-covid-boosters-rolled-out-for-some-at-risk-israelis/


Virginia Military Institute

Ian Shapira, “Derision, misogyny, sexual assault: VMI women face attacks on campus and online,” Washington Post, July 12, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2021/07/12/vmi-women-sex-assault-misogyny/


Ageism

Douglas Heingartner, “Older job seekers on LinkedIn get fewer job offers, but a younger profile photo helps,” Psych News Daily, July 11, 2021, https://www.psychnewsdaily.com/older-job-seekers-on-linkedin-get-fewer-job-offers-but-younger-profile-photo-helps/


Voting rights

This[3] is an encore performance.[4] The Texas Democrats are flying to Washington, D.C., to press for Congressional action.[5]

Elizabeth Findell, “Texas Democrats to Stage Walkout to Kill Voting Bill,” Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/texas-democrats-to-stage-walk-out-to-kill-voting-bill-11626110179

Jane C. Timm, “Texas Democrats flee state in effort to block GOP-backed voting restrictions,” NBC News, July 12, 2021, https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/texas-democrats-flee-state-effort-block-gop-backed-voting-restrictions-n1273667


Bill Cosby

Among those celebrating [Bill Cosby’s] release, though, was the actress Phylicia Rashad, who played Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show. In response to the news, Rashad tweeted: “FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted – a miscarriage of justice is corrected!”

Her tweet was met with outrage, with many pointing out that her blatant disregard for survivors was especially galling given that she had recently been named a dean of the College of Fine Arts at Howard University. Yet for those with experience with historically Black colleges and universities, and how those institutions treat survivors of sexual assault, nothing about the incident came as a shock.[6]

It seems that historically Black colleges and universities, like Howard University, have a poor reputation for addressing rape and sexual assault survivors’ complaints, in part because they don’t want Black men going to prison.[7] Which is to say that while Nikole Hannah-Jones may have dodged[8] the racism that delayed a vote to grant her tenure at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,[9] she’s walked into a different hornets’ nest on sexual assault and rape.[10]

Clarissa Brooks, “Phylicia Rashad Is Just the Beginning,” Cut, July 12, 2021, https://www.thecut.com/2021/07/what-phylicia-rashads-cosby-tweet-says-about-hbcus.html


Donald Trump

If Lin Wood[11] and Rudy Giuliani[12] are subject to discipline for entirely fraudulent election claims, it follows that a bunch of other lawyers should be too. There’s a pissed off judge who just might make that happen.[13]

Josh Gerstein, “Lawyers retreat from pro-Trump election suit,” Politico, July 12, 2021, https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/12/lawyers-pro-trump-suit-499252


Wilkinsburg

WTAE, “Wilkinsburg pumps brakes on merger with city of Pittsburgh,” July 12, 2021, https://www.wtae.com/article/wilkinsburg-pumps-brakes-on-merger-with-city-of-pittsburgh/37002738


Billionaire space race

Erik Shilling, “Richard Branson Didn’t Go To Space,” Jalopnik, July 12, 2021, https://jalopnik.com/richard-branson-didnt-go-to-space-1847274538


  1. [1]Dan Lamothe, “Top U.S. commander in Afghanistan steps down, marking a symbolic end to 20 years of war,” Washington Post, July 12, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2021/07/12/last-us-general-afghanistan/
  2. [2]Dan Lamothe, “Top U.S. commander in Afghanistan steps down, marking a symbolic end to 20 years of war,” Washington Post, July 12, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2021/07/12/last-us-general-afghanistan/
  3. [3]Elizabeth Findell, “Texas Democrats to Stage Walkout to Kill Voting Bill,” Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/texas-democrats-to-stage-walk-out-to-kill-voting-bill-11626110179; Jane C. Timm, “Texas Democrats flee state in effort to block GOP-backed voting restrictions,” NBC News, July 12, 2021, https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/texas-democrats-flee-state-effort-block-gop-backed-voting-restrictions-n1273667
  4. [4]Stephen Collinson, “Revolt by Texas Democrats heaps pressure on Washington to act on voting reform,” CNN, June 1, 2021, https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/01/politics/texas-democrats-voting-reform-pressure/index.html
  5. [5]Jane C. Timm, “Texas Democrats flee state in effort to block GOP-backed voting restrictions,” NBC News, July 12, 2021, https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/texas-democrats-flee-state-effort-block-gop-backed-voting-restrictions-n1273667
  6. [6]Clarissa Brooks, “Phylicia Rashad Is Just the Beginning,” Cut, July 12, 2021, https://www.thecut.com/2021/07/what-phylicia-rashads-cosby-tweet-says-about-hbcus.html
  7. [7]Clarissa Brooks, “Phylicia Rashad Is Just the Beginning,” Cut, July 12, 2021, https://www.thecut.com/2021/07/what-phylicia-rashads-cosby-tweet-says-about-hbcus.html
  8. [8]Lauren Lumpkin and Nick Anderson, “Nikole Hannah-Jones to join Howard faculty after UNC tenure controversy,” Washington Post, July 6, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2021/07/06/howard-nikole-hannah-jones-tanehisi-coates/
  9. [9]Jon Allsop, “On NHJ, UNC, and CRT,” Columbia Journalism Review, June 25, 2021, https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/nikole_hannah_jones_unc_tenure.php; Sarah Brown, “Race on Campus: The Racial Climate at UNC,” Chronicle of Higher Education, July 6, 2021, https://www.chronicle.com/newsletter/race-on-campus/2021-07-06; Jack Stripling, “‘What the Hell Happened?,’” Chronicle of Higher Education, June 11, 2021, https://www.chronicle.com/article/what-the-hell-happened; Jack Stripling, “‘Look Us in the Eye,’” Chronicle of Higher Education, July 1, 2021, https://www.chronicle.com/article/look-us-in-the-eye
  10. [10]Clarissa Brooks, “Phylicia Rashad Is Just the Beginning,” Cut, July 12, 2021, https://www.thecut.com/2021/07/what-phylicia-rashads-cosby-tweet-says-about-hbcus.html
  11. [11]David Cohen, “Georgia State Bar seeking to discipline Lin Wood,” Politico, February 14, 2021, https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/14/lin-wood-georgia-469015
  12. [12]Erica Orden, Veronica Stracqualursi, and Katelyn Polantz, “Rudy Giuliani suspended from practicing law in New York state,” CNN, June 24, 2021, https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/24/politics/rudy-giuliani-suspended-law/index.html; Jaclyn Diaz, “An Appeals Court Has Suspended Rudy Giuliani’s Ability To Practice Law In D.C.,” National Public Radio, July 8, 2021, https://www.npr.org/2021/07/08/1014047881/an-appeals-court-has-suspended-rudy-giulianis-ability-to-practice-law-in-d-c
  13. [13]Josh Gerstein, “Lawyers retreat from pro-Trump election suit,” Politico, July 12, 2021, https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/12/lawyers-pro-trump-suit-499252

Billionaires to be even more insufferable

A number of vegans spend a lot of time on Twitter and other social media trying to explain this (figure 1) to omnivores.

Fig. 1. Bizarro by Dan Piraro, July 11, 2021.[1]

Omnivores always have an excuse for refusing to do the right thing. Always, always, always. The excuse itself isn’t what matters.


Gun nuts

There is a new blog post entitled, “The choice of violence over safety.”

Marc Fisher et al., “‘Fear on top of fear’: Why anti-gun Americans joined the wave of new gun owners,” Washington Post, July 10, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/interactive/2021/anti-gun-gun-owners/


Pandemic

Yasmeen Abutaleb et al., “Pfizer expected to brief U.S. officials in coming days on the need for a booster shot,” Washington Post, July 10, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/07/10/covid-booster-shot-pfizer/


Billionaire space race

The mainstream media seem to agree that this[2] is big news, making them complicit in making billionaires even more insufferable.


Christian Davenport, “Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic crew are safely back from space, ushering in a new era,” Washington Post, July 11, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/07/11/richard-branson-virgin-galactic-live-updates/


Iraq

Fred Kaplan, “Why Did We Invade Iraq?” review of To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq, by Robert Draper, New York Review of Books, July 22, 2021, https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2021/07/22/why-did-we-invade-iraq/


Voting rights

Carrie Levine, “Why there’s even more pressure now on Congress to pass a voting rights bill,” Center for Public Integrity, July 9, 2021, https://publicintegrity.org/inside-publici/newsletters/watchdog-newsletter/why-theres-even-more-pressure-now-on-congress-to-pass-a-voting-rights-bill/


White supremacy

David Masciotra, “Could genocide really happen here? Leading scholar says America is on ‘high alert,’” Salon, July 11, 2021, https://www.salon.com/2021/07/11/could-genocide-really-happen-here-leading-scholar-says-america-is-on-high-alert/


  1. [1]Dan Piraro, “Ground Chuck,” Bizarro, July 11, 2021 https://www.bizarro.com/blog/2021/7/11/ground-chuck
  2. [2]Christian Davenport, “Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic crew are safely back from space, ushering in a new era,” Washington Post, July 11, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/07/11/richard-branson-virgin-galactic-live-updates/

Letter from a Birmingham Jail

PDFs saved on July 11, 2021.

Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” University of Pennsylvania, April 16, 1963, http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html

Stokely Carmichael, “What We Want,” New York Review of Books, September 22, 1966, http://www.nybooks.com/articles/1966/09/22/what-we-want/

Irving Howe, “Black Power” [letter to the editor], New York Review of Books, December 1, 1966, http://www.nybooks.com/articles/1966/12/01/black-power-4/

Richard King, “Black Power” [letter to the editor], New York Review of Books, December 1, 1966, http://www.nybooks.com/articles/1966/12/01/black-power-4/

Everett E. Hagen, “Black Power” [letter to the editor], New York Review of Books, December 1, 1966, http://www.nybooks.com/articles/1966/12/01/black-power-4/

N. N. Staletro, “Black Power” [letter to the editor], New York Review of Books, December 1, 1966, http://www.nybooks.com/articles/1966/12/01/black-power-4/

Stokely Carmichael, “Black Power” [letter to the editor], New York Review of Books, December 1, 1966, http://www.nybooks.com/articles/1966/12/01/black-power-4/

Benjamin Ginsberg, “Why Violence Works,” Chronicle of Higher Education, August 12, 2013, http://chronicle.com/article/Why-Violence-Works/140951/

David Greenburg, “Here’s What Happened the Last Time the Left Got Nasty,” Politico, July 5, 2018, https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/07/05/democrats-civility-1960s-violence-218948

Charles Duhigg, “The Real Roots of American Rage,” Atlantic, January, 2019, https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/01/charles-duhigg-american-anger/576424/


Eight months after the election, the lunatics are still at it

Student loans

Melissa Korn and Andrea Fuller, “‘Financially Hobbled for Life’: The Elite Master’s Degrees That Don’t Pay Off,” Wall Street Journal, July 8, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/financially-hobbled-for-life-the-elite-masters-degrees-that-dont-pay-off-11625752773


Social Security

Lisa Rein, “Biden fires head of Social Security Administration, a Trump holdover who drew the ire of Democrats,” Washington Post, July 9, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/andrew-saul-social-security-/2021/07/09/c18a34fa-df99-11eb-a501-0e69b5d012e5_story.html


California

Derek Hawkins, “California once forcibly sterilized people by the thousands. Now the victims may get reparations,” Washington Post, July 9, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/07/09/california-once-forcibly-sterilized-people-by-thousands-now-victims-may-get-reparations/


Social conservatism

Michelle Goldberg, “The Christian Right Is in Decline, and It’s Taking America With It,” New York Times, July 9, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/09/opinion/religious-right-america.html


Billionaire space race

Joey Roulette, “Space tourism rivalry gets extremely petty ahead of Branson’s spaceflight,” Verge, July 9, 2021, https://www.theverge.com/2021/7/9/22570287/space-tourism-virgin-galactic-branson-blue-origin-bezos

Jasper Jolly and Gwyn Topham, “Richard Branson’s quest: to boldly go where no billionaire has gone before,” Guardian, July 10, 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jul/10/richard-branson-virgin-galactic-flight-billionaire-space-tourism-race-jeff-bezos


Donald Trump

Melanie Zanona, “McCarthy’s management style tested by his conference’s most extreme members,” CNN, July 9, 2021, https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/09/politics/kevin-mccarthy-conference-management/index.html

Meaghan Ellis, “DOJ sounds alarm over Trump’s insinuations that he’ll be ‘reinstalled’ in August,” Salon, July 10, 2021, https://www.salon.com/2021/07/10/doj-sounds-alarm-over-trumps-insinuations-that-hell-be-reinstalled-in-august_partner/


Department of Education asks Joe Biden to delay return to student loan repayments

Student loans

There is a new blog post entitled, “That merit should yield at least a decent living.”

Eric Kelderman, “The Plan to Resume Federal Student-Loan Repayments in October Just Hit an Obstacle,” Chronicle of Higher Education, July 8, 2021, https://www.chronicle.com/article/the-plan-to-resume-federal-student-loan-repayments-in-october-just-hit-an-obstacle

Alexis Gravely, “Major Student Loan Servicer Leaving Federal Loan Program,” Inside Higher Ed, July 9, 2021, https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2021/07/09/major-student-loan-servicer-leaving-federal-loan-program

Michael Stratford, “Education Department urges Biden to extend student loan relief,” Politico, July 9, 2021, https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/09/student-loan-relief-extension-498942


Afghanistan

Spin this however you like, but Joe Biden is admitting that the war in Afghanistan was unwinnable[1] and rapid Taliban gains across the country in the wake of the U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization withdrawal[2] show that an early comparison to Vietnam[3] was not at all far from the truth.

Cleve R. Wootson, Jr., Dan Lamothe, and John Wagner, “Biden forcefully defends Afghan pullout despite Taliban gains,” Washington Post, July 8, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-afghanistan-taliban/2021/07/08/3fe9ef50-dfd3-11eb-ae31-6b7c5c34f0d6_story.html

Susannah George, “Taliban’s rapid advance across Afghanistan puts key cities at risk of being overtaken,” Washington Post, July 9, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/07/07/afghanistan-taliban-surge/


Social networks

Fred Hiatt, “Legally, Trump’s tech lawsuit is a joke. But it raises a serious question,” Washington Post, July 8, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/legally-trumps-tech-lawsuit-is-a-joke-but-it-raises-a-serious-question/2021/07/08/33bc2dfa-e010-11eb-9f54-7eee10b5fcd2_story.html


White supremacy

Teo Armus and Joe Heim, “Charlottesville to take down Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson statues Saturday,” Washington Post, July 9, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/07/09/robert-e-lee-statue-charlottesville-removal/


Pandemic

Grace Panetta, “GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert calls Biden’s door-to-door vaccinators ‘needle Nazis,’” Yahoo! News, July 8, 2021, https://news.yahoo.com/gop-rep-lauren-boebert-calls-130015902.html


Wilkinsburg

Conor Lamb, a local politician, thinks that more municipalities in Allegheny County should consider merging as Wilkinsburg may yet do into Pittsburgh. He thinks it improves efficiency of services.[4] This, of course, explains perfectly why Wilkinsburg is more effective at plowing its roads in a blizzard than Pittsburgh and how merging the two municipalities is going to improve that situation.

Ryan Deto. “Controller Lamb wants potential Wilkinsburg-Pittsburgh merger to spur more talks about municipal consolidation,” Pittsburgh City Paper, July 8, 2021, https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/controller-lamb-wants-potential-wilkinsburg-pittsburgh-merger-to-spur-more-talks-about-municipal-consolidation/Content?oid=19786764


  1. [1]Cleve R. Wootson, Jr., Dan Lamothe, and John Wagner, “Biden forcefully defends Afghan pullout despite Taliban gains,” Washington Post, July 8, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-afghanistan-taliban/2021/07/08/3fe9ef50-dfd3-11eb-ae31-6b7c5c34f0d6_story.html
  2. [2]Ehsanullah Amiri and Gordon Lubold, “After U.S.’s Bagram Exit, Afghans Face the Taliban Alone,” Wall Street Journal, July 5, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/after-u-s-s-bagram-exit-afghans-face-the-taliban-alone-11625517960; Miriam Berger, “More than 1,000 Afghan soldiers flee into Tajikistan as Taliban extends control, Tajik officials say,” Washington Post, July 6, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/07/05/afghan-soldiers-flee-tajikistan-taliban/; Kathy Gannon, “After troops exit, safety of US Embassy in Kabul top concern,” Associated Press, July 6, 2021, https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-kabul-445f33e7bba08c382d9bc5f72bf48047; Kathy Gannon, “US left Afghan airfield at night, didn’t tell new commander,” Associated Press, July 6, 2021, https://apnews.com/article/bagram-afghanistan-airfield-us-troops-f3614828364f567593251aaaa167e623; Susannah George, “Taliban’s rapid advance across Afghanistan puts key cities at risk of being overtaken,” Washington Post, July 9, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/07/07/afghanistan-taliban-surge/; Lara Seligman, “U.S. completes 90 percent of Afghanistan withdrawal,” Politico, July 6, 2021, https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/06/us-90-percent-afghanistan-withdrawal-498279; Yaroslav Trofimov and Ehsanullah Amiri, “Taliban Find New Revenues as They Seize Afghanistan’s U.S.-Built Border Gateway,” Wall Street Journal, July 5, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/taliban-find-new-revenues-as-they-seize-afghanistans-u-s-built-border-gateway-11625495521
  3. [3]R. W. Apple Jr., “A Military Quagmire Remembered: Afghanistan as Vietnam,” New York Times, October 31, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/31/world/nation-challenged-analysis-military-quagmire-remembered-afghanistan-vietnam.html
  4. [4]Ryan Deto. “Controller Lamb wants potential Wilkinsburg-Pittsburgh merger to spur more talks about municipal consolidation,” Pittsburgh City Paper, July 8, 2021, https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/controller-lamb-wants-potential-wilkinsburg-pittsburgh-merger-to-spur-more-talks-about-municipal-consolidation/Content?oid=19786764

Yet more doubts on Uber’s potential for profit

Updates

  1. Originally published, July 8, 2021, at 8:09 pm.

  2. July 8, 2021, 11:29 pm:

    • CNN has a better explanation of what Pfizer and BioNTech are doing in terms of a booster shot. It seems a third shot of their original vaccine may be appropriate within six to twelve months, but they are also developing a booster that’s tailored to recent variants, which they expect to begin trials on in August.[1]

    • Rudy Giuliani had already lost his license to practice law in the state of New York.[2] Now he’s lost it in Washington, D.C.[3]



It appears at long last that my new car should arrive anywhere from the 15th through the 19th. I just received word this evening (July 8).


Voting rights

David Gans, “Selective originalism and selective textualism: How the Roberts court decimated the Voting Rights Act,” SCOTUSblog, July 7, 2021, https://www.scotusblog.com/2021/07/selective-originalism-and-selective-textualism-how-the-roberts-court-decimated-the-voting-rights-act/


Pandemic

Even as the delta variant of COVID-19 zeroes in on states which voted for Donald Trump,[4] here’s Marjorie Taylor Greene comparing vaccine outreach workers to Nazi thugs.[5] It may be tempting to think Trump’s supporters are dying to kill themselves off, but as I’ve previously noted,[6] vaccine refusal invites the novel coronavirus to mutate into new variants, some of which may eventually “break through” vaccines, thereby threatening even the dutifully fully vaccinated.[7] Indeed, despite the efficacy of the vaccines already developed against the delta variant,[8] Pfizer announced that they are developing a booster shot to target that variant.[9]

Ron Kampeas, “In latest Nazi analogy, Marjorie Taylor Greene invokes ‘medical brown shirts’ in decrying vaccination outreach,” Jewish Telegraphic Agency, July 7, 2021, https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/in-latest-nazi-analogy-marjorie-taylor-greene-invokes-medical-brown-shirts-in-decrying-vaccination-outreach

Joel Achenbach, “New study on delta variant reveals importance of receiving both vaccine shots, highlights challenges posed by mutations,” Washington Post, July 8, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/delta-variant-vaccines/2021/07/08/05b1bc5e-df75-11eb-ae31-6b7c5c34f0d6_story.html

Berkeley Lovelace, Jr., “Pfizer says it is developing a Covid booster shot to target the highly transmissible delta variant,” CNBC, July 8, 2021, https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/08/pfizer-says-it-is-developing-a-covid-booster-shot-to-target-the-highly-transmissible-delta-variant.html

Paul Waldman, “Right-wing anti-vaccine hysteria is increasing. We’ll all pay the price,” Washington Post, July 8, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/07/08/right-wing-anti-vaccine-hysteria-is-increasing-well-all-pay-price/


Gig economy

Edward Ongweso, Jr., “Uber and Lyft Can’t Find Drivers Because Gig Work Sucks,” Vice, July 8, 2021, https://www.vice.com/en/article/7kvej4/uber-and-lyft-cant-find-drivers-because-gig-work-sucks


Gig economy

Whizy Kim is only the latest[10] to raise doubts about Uber’s (and, really, Lyft’s) path to profitability.[11] As Kim notes, however, the business model depends on treating drivers like shit.[12] What’s apparent is that even that isn’t enough.[13]

Whizy Kim, “Let’s Talk About The Real Reason Ubers Are So Expensive Now,” Refinery29, July 7, 2021, https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2021/07/10553126/why-uber-fares-expensive-profit-millennials


Donald Trump

Zoe Tillman, “Trump’s Social Media Lawsuits Feature A Mashup Of Arguments Courts Have Already Rejected,” Buzzfeed, July 7, 2021, https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetillman/trump-twitter-facebook-youtube-lawsuits-rejected-arguments

Amanda Marcotte, “Right-wing Twitter imitations don’t work — and Trump desperately wants back on real social media,” Salon, July 8, 2021, https://www.salon.com/2021/07/08/right-wing-twitter-imitations-dont-work–and-trump-desperately-wants-back-on-real-social-media/


  1. [1]Maggie Fox, “Pfizer sees waning immunity from its Covid-19 vaccine, says developing new booster,” CNN, July 8, 2021, https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/08/health/pfizer-waning-immunity-bn/index.html
  2. [2]Erica Orden, Veronica Stracqualursi, and Katelyn Polantz, “Rudy Giuliani suspended from practicing law in New York state,” CNN, June 24, 2021, https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/24/politics/rudy-giuliani-suspended-law/index.html
  3. [3]Jaclyn Diaz, “An Appeals Court Has Suspended Rudy Giuliani’s Ability To Practice Law In D.C.,” National Public Radio, July 8, 2021, https://www.npr.org/2021/07/08/1014047881/an-appeals-court-has-suspended-rudy-giulianis-ability-to-practice-law-in-d-c
  4. [4]Philip Bump, “A third of White conservatives refuse to get vaccinated — a refusal shown in polling and the real world,” Washington Post, July 6, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/07/06/third-white-conservatives-refuse-get-vaccine-refusal-shown-both-polling-real-world/; Dhruv Khullar, “One half of America is protected. The other is approaching a perilous moment in the pandemic,” New Yorker, June 23, 2021, https://www.newyorker.com/science/medical-dispatch/the-delta-variant-is-a-grave-danger-to-the-unvaccinated
  5. [5]Ron Kampeas, “In latest Nazi analogy, Marjorie Taylor Greene invokes ‘medical brown shirts’ in decrying vaccination outreach,” Jewish Telegraphic Agency, July 7, 2021, https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/in-latest-nazi-analogy-marjorie-taylor-greene-invokes-medical-brown-shirts-in-decrying-vaccination-outreach
  6. [6]David Benfell, “No more excuses: Get vaccinated,” Not Housebroken, June 23, 2021, https://disunitedstates.org/2021/06/23/no-more-excuses-get-vaccinated/
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  11. [11]Rich Alton, “Basic economics means Uber and Lyft can’t rely on driverless cars to become profitable,” MarketWatch, August 12, 2019, https://www.marketwatch.com/story/basic-economics-means-uber-and-lyft-cant-rely-on-driverless-cars-to-become-profitable-2019-08-12; Matthew Beedham, “Uber: Is this the beginning of the end for the ride-hailing Goliath?” Next Web, March 2, 2021, https://thenextweb.com/shift/2021/03/02/uber-is-this-the-beginning-of-the-end-for-the-ride-hailing-goliath/; Eliot Brown, “Uber Wants to Be the Uber of Everything—But Can It Make a Profit?” Wall Street Journal, May 4, 2019, https://www.wsj.com/articles/uber-wants-to-be-the-uber-of-everything-11556909866; Eliot Brown, “Lyft Raises 2019 Revenue Outlook and Sees Smaller Annual Loss,” Wall Street Journal, August 7, 2019, https://www.wsj.com/articles/lyfts-raises-2019-revenue-outlook-and-sees-smaller-annual-loss-11565208387; Eliot Brown, “Uber Posts Its Largest Quarterly Loss,” Wall Street Journal, August 8, 2019, https://www.wsj.com/articles/uber-posts-its-largest-ever-quarterly-loss-11565295373; Megan Rose Dickey, “Uber lays off 435 people across engineering and product teams,” TechCrunch, September 10, 2019, https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/10/uber-lays-off-435-people-across-engineering-and-product-teams/; Richard Durant, “Uber’s Profitability Problem Is Structural,” Seeking Alpha, August 21, 2019, https://seekingalpha.com/article/4287055-ubers-profitability-problem-structural; Ryan Felton, “Uber Is Doomed,” Jalopnik, February 24, 2017, https://jalopnik.com/uber-is-doomed-1792634203; Laura Forman, “Uber, Lyft Face a No-Sharing Economy,” Wall Street Journal, October 26, 2020, https://www.wsj.com/articles/uber-lyft-face-a-no-sharing-economy-11603710180; Edward Helmore, “Will Uber ever make money? Day of reckoning looms for ride-sharing firm,” Guardian, August 4, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/aug/04/uber-ride-share-lyft-ipo-earnings; Sebastian Herrera and Heather Somerville, “Uber Shares Hit New Low as Post-IPO Lockup Expires,” Wall Street Journal, November 6, 2019, https://www.wsj.com/articles/uber-shares-face-more-pressure-as-post-ipo-lockup-is-set-to-expire-11573041602″; Kirsten Korosec, “Uber in talks to sell ATG self-driving unit to Aurora,” TechCrunch, November 13, 2020, https://techcrunch.com/2020/11/13/uber-in-talks-to-sell-atg-self-driving-unit-to-aurora/; Timothy B. Lee, “Uber, losing billions, freezes engineering hires,” Ars Technica, August 9, 2019, https://arstechnica.com/cars/2019/08/uber-freezes-engineering-hires-amid-mounting-losses/; Megan McArdle, “Uber can’t keep bleeding money, can it? It apparently thinks it can,” Washington Post, November 5, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/uber-cant-keep-bleeding-money-can-it-it-apparently-thinks-it-can/2019/11/05/4aa4fec0-000b-11ea-8501-2a7123a38c58_story.html; Tom McKay, “Surprising No One, Uber Continues to Hemorrhage Cash,” Gizmodo, November 4, 2019, https://gizmodo.com/surprising-no-one-uber-continues-to-hemorrhage-cash-1839625062; Patrick Howell O’Neill, “Just In Time For Its Big IPO, Uber Loses $1 Billion,” Gizmodo, April 26, 2019, https://gizmodo.com/just-in-time-for-its-big-ipo-uber-loses-1-billion-1834331980; Annie Palmer, “Uber falls to all-time low as investors grow more skeptical,” CNBC, August 12, 2019, https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/12/uber-stock-falls-to-all-time-low-as-investors-grow-more-skeptical.html;Preetika Rana, “Uber Ridership Fails to Recover as Pandemic Drives Another Big Loss,” Wall Street Journal, August 6, 2020, https://www.wsj.com/articles/uber-ridership-fails-to-recover-as-pandemic-drives-another-big-loss-11596744389; Erik Sherman, “Yesterday, Shareholders Bailed on Uber. Today, Insiders Got Their Chance,” Fortune, November 6, 2019, https://fortune.com/2019/11/06/uber-stock-insiders-growth-profit-lockup-period/; Faiz Siddiqui and Greg Bensinger, “Uber’s first day of trading ended deep in the red over gig-economy fears,” Washington Post, May 10, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/05/10/uber-ipo/; Heather Somerville, “Uber Shedding About 350 Jobs to Shore Up Business,” Wall Street Journal, October 14, 2019, https://www.wsj.com/articles/uber-shedding-about-350-jobs-to-shore-up-business-11571092680; Heather Somerville, “Uber Booked Another Quarterly Loss as Revenue Climbed,” Wall Street Journal, November 4, 2019, https://www.wsj.com/articles/uber-booked-another-quarterly-loss-as-revenue-climbed-11572901549; Heather Somerville and Mark Maurer, “Uber Cuts More Than 400 Technical Jobs,” Wall Street Journal, September 10, 2019, https://www.wsj.com/articles/uber-cuts-more-than-400-technical-jobs-11568144111; Georgia Wells, “Uber Cites Tight Competition After Posting $1 Billion Loss,” Wall Street Journal, May 30, 2019, https://www.wsj.com/articles/ubers-first-quarter-loss-tops-1-billion-11559246846; Stephen Wilmot, “Uber’s Long Road to Profits,” Wall Street Journal, August 22, 2019, https://www.wsj.com/articles/ubers-long-road-to-profits-11566471068; Julia Carrie Wong, “Disgruntled drivers and ‘cultural challenges’: Uber admits to its biggest risk factors,” Guardian, April 12, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/apr/11/uber-ipo-risk-factors; Michael Wursthorn, “Lyft Shares Rally on Hopes Price Increases Will Drive Profit,” Wall Street Journal, August 26, 2019, https://www.wsj.com/articles/lyft-shares-rally-on-hopes-price-increases-will-drive-profits-11566845457
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Widespread Nature of Chapel Hill’s Academic Fraud Is Laid Bare

PDF saved on July 8, 2021.

Eamonn Brennan, “UNC prof not dropping academic scandal,” ESPN, April 24, 2013, https://www.espn.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/83897/unc-prof-not-dropping-academic-scandal

Jack Stripling, “At Chapel Hill, a Scandal That Won’t Die,” Chronicle of Higher Education, September 8, 2014, https://www.chronicle.com/article/at-chapel-hill-a-scandal-that-wont-die/

Brad Wolverton, “A Whistle-Blower Spurs Self-Scrutiny in College Sports,” Chronicle of Higher Education, September 8, 2014, https://www.chronicle.com/article/a-whistle-blower-spurs-self-scrutiny-in-college-sports/

Jack Stripling, “Widespread Nature of Chapel Hill’s Academic Fraud Is Laid Bare,” Chronicle of Higher Education, October 23, 2014, https://www.chronicle.com/article/widespread-nature-of-chapel-hills-academic-fraud-is-laid-bare/


A false flag tactic in the Capitol coup attempt sought to lay blame on Antifa

Colonization

Negiel Bigpond and Sam Brownback, “It’s long past time for our country to apologize publicly for what it did to Native people,” Washington Post, July 6, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/07/06/native-peoples-an-apology-never-spoken-is-no-apology-all/

Jack Jenkins, “Bishop denounces ‘Doctrine of Discovery,’ used to justify abuse of Indigenous peoples, and suggests Pope Francis do the same,” America: The Jesuit Review, July 6, 2021, https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2021/07/06/bishop-syracuse-doctrine-discovery-indigenous-240986


Abortion

Darius Tahir, “A hidden abortion crew prepares to confront a post-Roe America,” Politico, July 6, 2021, https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/06/abortion-rights-supreme-court-states-restrictions-497821


Pandemic

It’s not just places like Virginia and Tennessee as referred to in this article.[1] I had nurses in my car telling me stories like this. There is no fury more righteous.

Courtney Ann Jackson, “Mississippi doctors still urging folks to get vaccinated as Delta variant becomes dominant COVID strain,” WLBT, July 5, 2021, https://www.wlbt.com/2021/07/06/mississippi-doctors-still-urging-folks-get-vaccinated-delta-variant-becomes-dominant-covid-strain/

Philip Bump, “A third of White conservatives refuse to get vaccinated — a refusal shown in polling and the real world,” Washington Post, July 6, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/07/06/third-white-conservatives-refuse-get-vaccine-refusal-shown-both-polling-real-world/

Peter Jamison, “Their neighbors called covid-19 a hoax. Can these ICU nurses forgive them?” Washington Post, July 6, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/07/06/appalachian-covid-deniers-nurses-virginia/


Militia

Fi Duong tried to make the January 6, 2021, coup attempt on the U.S. Capitol a false flag operation, dressing in all black to mimic Antifa.[2]

An undercover officer with the D.C. police first encountered [Fi] Duong at the Capitol on Jan. 6, according to the government. Duong described himself as an “operator” and later explained that he wore all black to look like an anti-fascist activist, the government alleged in court documents. In video later seen by investigators, Duong is identified in court documents as shouting “We’re coming for you Nancy” and pushing a fellow protester toward the doors on the Senate side of the building.[3]

Duong has moved on to forming his own militia group, disguised as a “Bible Study” group. He advocates violent revolution but would prefer that Appalachia secede from the Union.[4] Presumably that would include Pittsburgh, the “Paris of Appalachia,”[5] as well as some of those places making life hell for intensive care unit nurses.[6]

Rachel Weiner and Spencer S. Hsu, “Virginia ‘Bible study’ group was cover for violent militia plans, prosecutors say,” Washington Post, July 6, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/capitol-riot-bible-study-group-militia/2021/07/06/e5e6cd26-de82-11eb-ae31-6b7c5c34f0d6_story.html


Student loans

Josh Mitchell and Joshua Jamerson, “Student-Loan Holders Get Piecemeal Relief From Biden Administration,” Wall Street Journal, July 3, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/student-loan-holders-get-piecemeal-relief-from-biden-administration-11625304600


Donald Trump

There are a few people in this world who are more cynical than I am, but today’s winner is Philip Bump, who argues that Donald Trump’s frivolous lawsuit against social media companies alleging censorship[7] is a fundraising ploy.[8] Well, that and that Trump’s raging narcissism[9] is hungry for attention,[10] especially for his perpetually nurtured grievances.[11] Bump may be more cynical than I am, but first, there’s directly applicable precedent;[12] and second, I think Bump makes a pretty good argument.

The unstated question, of course, is when, if ever, we get to stop litigating the 2020 election as a Pennsylvania state senator pursues a plan to “audit,”[13] a la Arizona,[14] those results.[15] Though Governor Tom Wolf would likely veto the plan, it could well gain traction in the batshit crazy Pennsylvania legislature.[16]

Cameron Joseph, “‘So, So Angry’: Reporters Who Survived the Capitol Riot Are Still Struggling,” Vice, July 6, 2021, https://www.vice.com/en/article/4avqqn/reporters-survived-capitol-riot-struggling

Associated Press, “State Sen. Doug Mastriano opens Pennsylvania election audit plan,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 7, 2021, https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-state-sen-doug-mastriano-opens-election-audit-plan/

Philip Bump, “Why Trump is taking the unusual step of actually filing a lawsuit he had threatened,” Washington Post, July 7, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/07/07/why-trump-is-taking-unusual-step-actually-filing-lawsuit-he-had-threatened/

Jacob Silverman, ”Trump’s Social Media Lawsuit Is Doomed to Fail (and Work Exactly as Planned),” New Republic, July 7, 2021, https://newrepublic.com/article/162917/trump-lawsuit-facebook-twitter-youtube-speech

Cat Zakrzewski and Rachel Lerman, “Trump files class action lawsuits targeting Facebook, Google and Twitter over ‘censorship’ of conservatives,” Washington Post, July 7, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/07/07/trump-lawsuit-social-media/


Joe Biden

William Rivers Pitt, “Mitch McConnell Says Bipartisanship Is ‘Over.’ Believe Him,” Truthout, July 7, 2021, https://truthout.org/articles/mitch-mcconnell-says-bipartisanship-is-over-believe-him/


Whiners

Jonathan Chait, “Should Discrimination Against Trump Supporters Be Illegal?” New York, July 7, 2021, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/should-discrimination-against-trump-supporters-be-illegal.html


Wilkinsburg

Nearly 1,000 people have signed a petition in favor of exploring the idea. And the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation plans to present the petition to an Allegheny county judge. . . .

If a judge approves the petition it would then head to Pittsburgh City Council who would have to approve the annexation proposal. Then it would be reviewed by another judge, and if approved it would be put on the ballot as a referendum in Wilkinsburg.[17]

Joe Arena, “Wilkinsburg, Pittsburgh consider merger,” WPXI, July 7, 2021, https://www.wpxi.com/news/top-stories/wilkinsburg-pittsburgh-consider-merger/L4V5FRSEMREM5INDCLWYU7A7GE/


  1. [1]Peter Jamison, “Their neighbors called covid-19 a hoax. Can these ICU nurses forgive them?” Washington Post, July 6, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/07/06/appalachian-covid-deniers-nurses-virginia/
  2. [2]Rachel Weiner and Spencer S. Hsu, “Virginia ‘Bible study’ group was cover for violent militia plans, prosecutors say,” Washington Post, July 6, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/capitol-riot-bible-study-group-militia/2021/07/06/e5e6cd26-de82-11eb-ae31-6b7c5c34f0d6_story.html
  3. [3]Rachel Weiner and Spencer S. Hsu, “Virginia ‘Bible study’ group was cover for violent militia plans, prosecutors say,” Washington Post, July 6, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/capitol-riot-bible-study-group-militia/2021/07/06/e5e6cd26-de82-11eb-ae31-6b7c5c34f0d6_story.html
  4. [4]Rachel Weiner and Spencer S. Hsu, “Virginia ‘Bible study’ group was cover for violent militia plans, prosecutors say,” Washington Post, July 6, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/capitol-riot-bible-study-group-militia/2021/07/06/e5e6cd26-de82-11eb-ae31-6b7c5c34f0d6_story.html
  5. [5]Ed Simon, “To Write a History of Pittsburgh is to Write a History of America,” Literary Hub, April 8, 2021, https://lithub.com/to-write-a-history-of-pittsburgh-is-to-write-a-history-of-america/
  6. [6]Peter Jamison, “Their neighbors called covid-19 a hoax. Can these ICU nurses forgive them?” Washington Post, July 6, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/07/06/appalachian-covid-deniers-nurses-virginia/
  7. [7]Jacob Silverman, ”Trump’s Social Media Lawsuit Is Doomed to Fail (and Work Exactly as Planned),” New Republic, July 7, 2021, https://newrepublic.com/article/162917/trump-lawsuit-facebook-twitter-youtube-speech; Cat Zakrzewski and Rachel Lerman, “Trump files class action lawsuits targeting Facebook, Google and Twitter over ‘censorship’ of conservatives,” Washington Post, July 7, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/07/07/trump-lawsuit-social-media/
  8. [8]Philip Bump, “Why Trump is taking the unusual step of actually filing a lawsuit he had threatened,” Washington Post, July 7, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/07/07/why-trump-is-taking-unusual-step-actually-filing-lawsuit-he-had-threatened/
  9. [9]George Simon, “Understanding and Dealing with Narcissistic Rage,” Counselling Resource, July 24, 2017, https://counsellingresource.com/features/2017/07/24/understanding-narcissistic-rage/
  10. [10]Jacob Silverman, ”Trump’s Social Media Lawsuit Is Doomed to Fail (and Work Exactly as Planned),” New Republic, July 7, 2021, https://newrepublic.com/article/162917/trump-lawsuit-facebook-twitter-youtube-speech
  11. [11]James Kimmel, Jr., “What the Science of Addiction Tells Us About Trump,” Politico, December 12, 2020, https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/12/12/trump-grievance-addiction-444570
  12. [12]John Cassidy, “Donald Trump’s Latest Grift May Be His Most Cynical Yet,” New Yorker, December 3, 2020, https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/donald-trumps-latest-grift-may-be-his-most-cynical-yet
  13. [13]Associated Press, “State Sen. Doug Mastriano opens Pennsylvania election audit plan,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 7, 2021, https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-state-sen-doug-mastriano-opens-election-audit-plan/
  14. [14]Jennifer Morrell, “I watched the GOP’s Arizona election audit. It was worse than you think,” Washington Post, May 19, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2021/05/19/gop-arizona-election-audit/
  15. [15]Associated Press, “State Sen. Doug Mastriano opens Pennsylvania election audit plan,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 7, 2021, https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-state-sen-doug-mastriano-opens-election-audit-plan/
  16. [16]Stephen Caruso, “Pa. election audit a ‘very real possibility,’ top Pa. Senate Republican says after meeting activists,” Pennsylvania Capital-Star, June 17, 2021, https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/pa-election-audit-a-very-real-possibility-argall-says-after-meeting-activists/
  17. [17]Joe Arena, “Wilkinsburg, Pittsburgh consider merger,” WPXI, July 7, 2021, https://www.wpxi.com/news/top-stories/wilkinsburg-pittsburgh-consider-merger/L4V5FRSEMREM5INDCLWYU7A7GE/

Afghanistan looks like a rout

Pandemic

Republicans are embarrassing neoconservative Max Boot:[1]

The states that have the lowest vaccination rates — Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Wyoming — are all Republican redoubts. It’s no coincidence that many red states are also seeing the worst outbreaks of the disease in recent weeks: The average number of daily cases in the past 14 days has surged 145 percent in South Carolina, 137 percent in Nebraska and 121 percent in Arkansas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculates that 99.5 percent of U.S. covid-19 deaths in the past six months were among unvaccinated people.[2]

Alisa Odenheimer and Damian Shepherd, “Pfizer Shot Halts Severe Illness in Israel as Delta Spreads,” Bloomberg, July 5, 2021, https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-05/israel-sees-decline-in-pfizer-vaccine-efficacy-rate-ynet-says

Max Boot, “Republicans are preventing America from reaching Biden’s vaccination goal,” Washington Post, July 6, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/07/06/republican-antivaxxers-biden-vaccination-goal/


Amazon

Jessa Crispin, “Welcome to dystopia: getting fired from your job as an Amazon worker by an app,” Guardian, July 5, 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jul/05/amazon-worker-fired-app-dystopia


Higher Education

It is clear that the attacks on teaching U.S. history (so-called but not really critical race theory)[3] are part of a larger attack on so-called but also mythical ‘leftist indoctrination’ at colleges and universities[4] that supports discrimination against scholars who speak out.[5]

Sarah Brown, “Race on Campus: The Racial Climate at UNC,” Chronicle of Higher Education, July 6, 2021, https://www.chronicle.com/newsletter/race-on-campus/2021-07-06

Lauren Lumpkin and Nick Anderson, “Nikole Hannah-Jones to join Howard faculty after UNC tenure controversy,” Washington Post, July 6, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2021/07/06/howard-nikole-hannah-jones-tanehisi-coates/


Afghanistan

Ehsanullah Amiri and Gordon Lubold, “After U.S.’s Bagram Exit, Afghans Face the Taliban Alone,” Wall Street Journal, July 5, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/after-u-s-s-bagram-exit-afghans-face-the-taliban-alone-11625517960

Yaroslav Trofimov and Ehsanullah Amiri, “Taliban Find New Revenues as They Seize Afghanistan’s U.S.-Built Border Gateway,” Wall Street Journal, July 5, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/taliban-find-new-revenues-as-they-seize-afghanistans-u-s-built-border-gateway-11625495521

Miriam Berger, “More than 1,000 Afghan soldiers flee into Tajikistan as Taliban extends control, Tajik officials say,” Washington Post, July 6, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/07/05/afghan-soldiers-flee-tajikistan-taliban/

Kathy Gannon, “After troops exit, safety of US Embassy in Kabul top concern,” Associated Press, July 6, 2021, https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-kabul-445f33e7bba08c382d9bc5f72bf48047

Kathy Gannon, “US left Afghan airfield at night, didn’t tell new commander,” Associated Press, July 6, 2021, https://apnews.com/article/bagram-afghanistan-airfield-us-troops-f3614828364f567593251aaaa167e623

Lara Seligman, “U.S. completes 90 percent of Afghanistan withdrawal,” Politico, July 6, 2021, https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/06/us-90-percent-afghanistan-withdrawal-498279


Joe Biden

Rebecca Traister, “Biden’s Big Left Gamble,” New York, July 5, 2021, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/07/biden-big-left-gamble.html

Paul Waldman, “Trump didn’t have to deliver for his party’s base. Biden does,” Washington Post, July 6, 2021, Not just the old Confederacy – Irregular Bullshit on This Is America

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