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  • Military and intelligence officials are now leaking to the press that they always thought withdrawing from Afghanistan was a bad idea and they warned President Biden that the Taliban would take over.
  • Meanwhile, Donald Trump gave a shout-out to the Taliban on Fox News last night, acknowledging the group for being "smart" and "good fighters" who've "been fighting for a thousand years." (The Taliban was founded in 1994.)
  • The Cut published a great photo shoot of people who are regulars at Riis Beach, a queer haven.
  • Anthony Weiner has stepped down from his job as CEO of IceStone, a Brooklyn-based glass countertop manufacturer, after the employees decided to turn the company into a worker-owned cooperative.
  • This Vice article about Húsavík's charming embrace of the Will Ferrell comedy, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, which takes place in (and pokes fun at) the Icelandic town, also contains deep reporting on the extent to which Icelandic people believe in elves, and why.
  • An Eater critic recently went to Il Cantinori, a Greenwich Village restaurant known for being a celebrity hangout in the '80s but also for serving crummy food, to see if the pasta and grilled rabbit have gotten any better.
  • The Girl Scouts have announced a new cookie called the Adventurful, which is basically a brownie with caramel icing on top.
  • The Vox explainer-to-end-all-explainers on Bama Rush TikTok makes clear that southern sororities are bad, mocking southern sororities is also bad, the Pants Store sells more than just pants, and Makayla got robbed.
  • And finally, a dog getting a snack in an extremely Scandinavian kitchen: