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8:55 PM ET, July 25, 2010


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Massive leak of secret files exposes the real war in Afghanistan  —  • Hundreds of civilians killed by coalition troops  —  • Covert unit hunts leaders for ‘kill or capture’  —  • Steep rise in Taliban bomb attacks on Nato  —  • Read the Guardian's full war logs investigation
Spiegel Online:
Explosive Leaks Provide Image of War from Those Fighting It  —  In an unprecedented development, close to 92,000 classified documents pertaining to the war in Afghanistan have been leaked.  SPIEGEL, the New York Times and the Guardian have analyzed the raft of mostly classified documents.
New York Times:
Inside the Fog of War: Reports From the Ground in Afghanistan  —  This article was written and reported by C.J. Chivers, Carlotta Gall, Andrew W. Lehren, Mark Mazzetti, Jane Perlez, and Eric Schmitt, with contributions from Jacob Harris and Alan McLean.
Discussion: Guardian
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
You'll Never Believe What This White House Is Missing  —  The Obama White House is too white.  —  It has Barack Obama, raised in the Hawaiian hood and Indonesia, and Valerie Jarrett, who spent her early years in Iran.  —  But unlike Bill Clinton, who never needed help fathoming Southern black culture …
Little Green Footballs:
Depressingly Familiar Tactic Watch  —  By now, you can predict right wing tactics almost to the letter.  Whenever Fox News, a Tea Party group, or a Congressman from Texas is caught saying or doing something stupid, misogynist, racist, or kinky, the tactic is: pick out an irrelevant or minor point …
Discussion: Tim Blair
Darren Goode / The Hill:
Dean calls Fox News ‘absolutely racist’ for aiding Sherrod ouster  —  Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean accused Fox News of promoting racism, including in the recent fracus over the Obama administration's forced resignation of Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod.
Kyle Wingfield:
Shirley Sherrod and the right's new weapon
Discussion: Pajamas Media
White House backed release of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi  —  THE US government secretly advised Scottish ministers it would be “far preferable” to free the Lockerbie bomber than jail him in Libya.  —  Correspondence obtained by The Sunday Times reveals the Obama administration …
Martin Wolf / Martin Wolf's Exchange:
The political genius of supply-side economics  —  The future of fiscal policy was intensely debated in the FT last week.  In this Exchange, I want to examine what is going on in the US and, in particular, what is going on inside the Republican party.  This matters for the US and …
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
After bailouts, new autoworkers make half as much as veterans in same plant  —  DETROIT — Among workers building the Jeep Grand Cherokee here, there are few obvious distinctions.  Clutching lunch sacks and mini-coolers, they trudge together through the turnstiles at the plant's main gate each …
John / Power Line:
A Very Partial Correction  —  We have been waiting for liberal media sources to correct their many misstatements about the events of March 20, when three Democratic Congressmen falsely claimed that protesters against Obamacare at the Capitol yelled racial epithets at them.
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Democrats are betting that ending tax cuts for the rich will play in their favor  —  President Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress are setting the stage for a high-stakes battle over taxes in the final weeks before the November congressional elections, betting that their plan …
The Huffington Post:
House Democrats Rip Senate Colleagues: Their Lethargy Is Going To Cost Us Seats In 2010  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A trio of progressive House members took direct aim at their colleagues in the Senate on Saturday, declaring that the upper chamber “sucks,” has a “toxic effect” …
New York Times:
As BP Lays Out Future, It Will Not Include Tony Hayward  —  Tony Hayward, the embattled chief executive of BP, has agreed to step down and be replaced by Robert Dudley, the company's most senior American executive who is now in charge of BP's operations in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a person close to the company's board.
Michael Phillips / Washington Wire:
Geithner: Private Investment Needed  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the economy has now recovered sufficiently for government to begin to make way for private business investment.  —  Mr. Geithner's comments on Sunday, which echo previous sentiments expressed by President Barack Obama …
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Geithner pushes plan to let tax cuts for wealthy expire
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Sahil Kapur / Raw Story:
Schakowsky: Want to cut the deficit?  Get with our new public option  —  LAS VEGAS - Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) said Saturday that serious deficit hawks ought to get behind a new “robust” public option bill that she and more than a hundred other members introduced days ago.
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Andrew Gilligan / Telegraph:
Hizb ut Tahrir is not a gateway to terrorism, claims Whitehall report
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Discussion: Raw Story
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Franken warns that GOP Congress would bring ‘truly dangerous agenda’
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