Airstrike in Afghanistan and other headlines

U.S. strikes Taliban after militants seize first city in years. (NBC News)

Ted Cruz sternly rebuked by GOP. (Politico)

Secret Service officials allowed to participate in probe of their own agency. (Washington Post)

Source: United Lobbyist, now Christie cabinet member, tried to stop Bridgegate probe. (WNYC)

Exuberance and disappointment at Shell’s about-face in the Arctic. (New York Times)

Congressman owes $3.94 for swiping the Pope’s water glass. (Washington Post)

MacArthur “Genius” Grant winners announced. (New York Times)

What are you reading this morning? Let us know in the comments, please.