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From journalists beaten by the Taliban and the coming eviction crisis, here are some of our top columns you may have missed.

In today’s fast-paced news environment, it can be hard to keep up. For your weekend reading, we’ve started in-case-you-missed-it compilations of some of the week’s top USA TODAY Opinion pieces. As always, thanks for reading, and for your feedback.

— USA TODAY Opinion editors

1.  Identical twins: One was vaccinated for COVID, the other wasn’t; how’d they fare?

By Laurence Reisman

““There are so many sick people in the ICU,” Bobby said, noting he saw a shorthanded hospital staff, struggling with COVID-related absenteeism, “working their butts off” to take care of the ill. “I don’t know how the health care people are holding up.”

2. We treat COVID patients. Here’s why the ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated’ narrative is wrong.

By Bonnie Castillo 

“The delta variant is driving COVID-19 infections back up, even among younger patients, including people in their 20s to 50s and our children. Intensive care units in many communities across the country are once again overflowing. If you watch the news, chances are you’ve heard all of this can be resolved based on the behavior of just one group of people.”

3. Pandemic unemployment benefits end today. Why that’s good for workers and the economy.

By Tarren Bragdon

“Many factors are behind Utah’s success, but one of the most important happened in May. That’s when Gov. Spencer Cox announced the state would stop the extra $300 a week in unemployment insurance bonuses, which the federal government began offering in March. Since late spring, 25 other states have made the same move.”

4. Theranos trial: Is Elizabeth Holmes’ domestic abuse defense the ultimate con?

By Evan Nierman

“Holmes and Balwani are accused of deceiving investors and committing massive fraud through false or exaggerated claims about the accuracy of the company’s blood-testing technology. Each is charged with a dozen counts of fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Both have pleaded not guilty. And now Holmes’ claims of psychological, emotional and sexual abuse are conveniently starting to surface.”

5. The Texas abortion law provides a blueprint for bans on speech, guns

By David Mastio

“Last week, the court opened the door to more constitutional mischief with its lack of action than any decision in generations. Most likely, conservative state legislators around the country will be taking notes on how they can advance their anti-abortion cause. But if Texas and others succeed, expect more legislatures to use the same trick to advance pet causes that happen to be clearly unconstitutional.”

6. As his poll numbers sink, is Joe Biden in trouble? If he is, it’s good trouble.

By Jill Lawrence 

“There is no point in being timid. After decades of chronic underinvestment in American human and physical capital, and 20 years of war that consumed U.S. blood and treasure and destabilized the Middle East, we need a course correction. Biden, like Ronald Reagan, wants to give it to us. And, to echo Donald Trump, what the hell does he (or we) have to lose?”

7. When Texas lawmakers tell you they hate women, believe them. I do. And then I fight back.

By Connie Schultz

“However, if a woman’s heart must be pierced and shattered before you can feel OK about supporting her right to an abortion, perhaps your time is better spent exploring why you are so invested in another woman’s anguish.”

8. Families of people killed by police violence: Reform is not the answer. Uproot the system.

By Tamika Palmer, Shareeduh McGee Tate, Ashley and Amber Carr, Ashley and Michelle Monterrosa

“One of the most challenging aspects of having a loved one killed by police is how invisible we become to people in positions of power. We are at best a nuisance, at worst the enemy. They deny us even the most basic information. Think about that – at the most painful, tragic, unbearable moment in our lives, we are forced to become full-time advocates, fighting for the minimum in human decency.”

9. To avoid housing eviction crisis, states must distribute federal rental assistance faster

By The Editorial Board 

“The good news is that states have the money to keep American families in their homes, and some states have significantly ramped up their payments of the federal funds, including Illinois, Texas and Virginia. The bad news is that through June, state and local officials had spent only $3 billion of the $46.5 billion in Emergency Rental Assistance that Congress approved last year and early this year”

10. Taliban fighters tortured my journalist colleagues. They risk their lives to tell the truth.

By Fatema Hosseini

“Although (the Taliban)tell the international media they are allowing freedom of the press and will respect the rights of women, the reality is something else. I have never believed them. I will never believe them. These people are not even humans. I would have to doubt my own humanity if I start to believe what the Taliban say.”

11. 9/11 anniversary: The attacks brought us together 20 years ago. Nothing can unite us now.

By Jill Lawrence 

“The 2000 election was so close that it came down to 537 votes in one state, so close that the Supreme Court ended up deciding who would be the next president – five weeks after the election. Was America divided? We sure thought so back then. I spent most of the next year traveling between Montclair, New Jersey, and Franklin, Tennessee, two towns that voted heavily for Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush, respectively, and wrote a series for USA TODAY called One Nation, Divided.”

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