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9:45 AM ET, July 26, 2010


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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 …
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:
View Is Bleaker Than Official Portrayal of War 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.  —  A six-year archive …
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 …
Discussion: Guardian, The Page and Instapundit
David Leigh / Guardian:
Afghanistan war logs: Secret CIA paramilitaries' role in civilian deaths
Discussion: South Asia
White House: Afghan war leaks put lives ‘at risk’
Discussion: DaTechguy's Blog
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
In Disclosing Secret Documents, WikiLeaks Seeks ‘Transparency’
Declan Walsh / Guardian:
Afghanistan war logs: White House attacks Pakistan over Taliban aid
Discussion: Jay Currie
Alana Goodman /
Oliver Stone: ‘Jewish-Dominated Media’ Prevents Hitler from Being Portrayed ‘in Context’  —  Director Oliver Stone belittled the Holocaust during a shocking interview with the Sunday Times today, claiming that America's focus on the Jewish massacre was a product of the “Jewish domination of the media.”
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Fact Checking Bob Schieffer's Call For Better Fact Checking  —  Bob Schieffer of CBS News ‘Face The Nation’ is irrationally exuberant over the Shirley Sherrod debacle; he calls on the New Media to adopt the rigorous fact checking of our diligent Old Media but delivers this baffler:
Bob Schieffer / CBS News:
What New Media Can Learn From Old Media
David Brody / The Brody File:
Exclusive: Senator Harry Reid Interview on The Brody File  —  In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with The Brody File, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Sharron Angle is not “mainstream for Nevada”, takes on his critics and offers a new reason for his low approval numbers.
Discussion: The Hill, Ballot Box and The Page
Senate Democrats to introduce energy bill  —  (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will unveil as early as Monday a slimmed-down energy bill seeking to make offshore drilling safer and convert trucks to run on domestic natural gas.  —  The full Senate could begin consideration …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
More States “Competitive” in Terms of Party Identification  —  Democrats lose ground, while Republicans gain  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More states are politically competitive this year than was the case in 2009, as fewer Americans nationwide identify with the Democratic Party.
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 …
Severin Carrell / Guardian:
Obama pressure over Lockerbie letter
Discussion: Sweetness & Light and YID With LID
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Who Cooked the Planet?  —  Never say that the gods lack a sense of humor.  I bet they're still chuckling on Olympus over the decision to make the first half of 2010 — the year in which all hope of action to limit climate change died — the hottest such stretch on record.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
President Obama to Appear on ABC's ‘The View’  —  Will Become First Sitting U.S. President to Visit Daytime TV Talk Show  —  President Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit a daytime TV talk show when he tapes an interview Wednesday with ABC's “The View.”
Discussion: CNN and New York Magazine
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
GOP lawmakers optimistic about ‘no’ votes  —  In February, when unpredictable Sen. Jim Bunning single-handedly stalled extensions of unemployment benefits for several days, his Republican colleagues quickly abandoned him, worried that the GOP would be cast as the party against helping people who are out of work.
Alexander Marlow / Big Government:
Shirley Silenced: Sherrod Shut Out of Sunday Talk-shows  —  She was likened to a modern day Rosa Parks or Nelson Mandela, but the former Ag official, according to the Washington Post, was not interviewed on a single major Sunday morning talk-show following a week that can only be described as a Shirley Sherrod media frenzy.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
W.H. deploys operatives to Fla. to boost spill response — BP negotiates Hayward exit - Donna Brazile, Maureen Dowd: Obama needs more outreach — Matt Miller gift to groomsmen: Johnny Cash cufflinks  —  Good Sunday morning.  THE SHOWS, on FAST FORWARD:  —  ANDREW BREITBART is referred …
Discussion: Main Justice
Fox News:
Gingrich for President? Former DNC Chairman Gives His Approval
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Allison Sherry / Denver Post:
Senate hopeful Buck regrets criticism of Tea Party birthers
Jared Allen / The Hill:
House Dems count down final week
Discussion: The Politico
Michael Rothfeld / Wall Street Journal:
Madoff Investors Brace for Lawsuits
Discussion: Law Blog and DealBook
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Journolist debates making its coordination with Obama explicit
Associated Press:
LA suburb residents march over high city salaries
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Randy Krehbiel / Tulsa World:
Fallin, Edmondson have leads in poll
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Homesteads and Other Sources of Tax Income
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Davies / Guardian:
Afghanistan war logs: Task Force 373 - special forces hunting top Taliban
Discussion: Spiegel Online and Telegraph
Elwood McQuaid / Daniel Pipes:
Interview with the Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Think Progress
Agence France Presse:
White House denies Obama to holiday in Spain
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
Tim Graham /
Daily Kos: Take Legal Action to ‘End Organized, Institutionalized Religion’
Neal Gabler / Boston Globe:
The best and the brightest redux