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10:50 PM ET, July 25, 2010


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New York Times:
Pakistan Spy Service Aids Insurgents, Reports Assert  —  Americans fighting the war in Afghanistan have long harbored strong suspicions that Pakistan's military spy service has guided the Afghan insurgency with a hidden hand, even as Pakistan receives more than $1 billion a year from Washington …
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
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.
Afghan War Diary, 2004-2010  —  25th July 2010 5:00 PM EST WikiLeaks has released a document set called the Afghan War Diary (AWD), an extraordinary compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.  —  The reports, while written by soldiers …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
W.H. condemns ‘irresponsible’ leaks, dismisses stories  —  The White House responded swiftly and sharply to publication Sunday evening of more than 91,000 secret documents painting a bleak picture of the Afghanistan war, calling the leak “irresponsible” and saying that the source …
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:
Piecing Together the Reports, and Deciding What to Publish  —  The articles published today are based on thousands of United States military incident and intelligence reports — records of engagements, mishaps, intelligence on enemy activity and other events from the war in Afghanistan — that were made public on Sunday on the Internet.
Siun / Firedoglake:
Wikileaks' Release of Secret Afghan War Archives  —  Wikileaks has provided access to 91,370 files of formerly secret archives recording the actions of U.S.-led international forces in Afghanistan to three news organizations, The Guardian, the New York Times and Der Spiegel.
Discussion: Guardian and Spiegel Online
David Leigh / Guardian:
Afghanistan war logs: Secret CIA paramilitaries' role in civilian deaths
Discussion: South Asia
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Jones lashes out at Wikileaks for putting lives at risk with Afghanistan files
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
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.
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
Alexander Marlow / Big Government:
Shirley Silenced: Sherrod Kept Out of Sunday Talk-shows
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 …
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
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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Discussion: Raw Story
John / Power Line:
A Very Partial Correction
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
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