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10:00 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 …
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 …
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
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
New York Times:
The War Logs: Reaction to Disclosure of Military Documents on Afghan War
Discussion: ABC News, BuzzMachine, Guardian and Salon
David Leigh / Guardian:
Afghanistan war logs: Secret CIA paramilitaries' role in civilian deaths
Discussion: South Asia
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
In Disclosing Secret Documents, WikiLeaks Seeks ‘Transparency’
White House: Afghan war leaks put lives ‘at risk’
Discussion: DaTechguy's Blog
Siun / Firedoglake:
Wikileaks' Release of Secret Afghan War Archives
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
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
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.
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Enough right-wing propaganda
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Arizona Republican Primary for Senate  —  Arizona Republican Primary: McCain 54%, Hayworth 34%  —  Senator John McCain has opened a 20-point lead over former Congressman J.D. Hayworth in Arizona's Republican Senate Primary race.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey …
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
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Lutherans Offer Warm Welcome to Gay Pastors  —  With a laying on of hands, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on Sunday welcomed into its fold seven openly gay pastors who had until recently been barred from the church's ministry.  —  The ceremony at St. Mark's Lutheran Church …
Discussion: The Reaction
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
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Journolist debates making its coordination with Obama explicit  —  Sarah Palin's speech to the 2008 Republican convention impressed more than a few doubters, including even some members of Journolist, an online community for liberal journalists.  —  “This speech is gangbusters,” wrote Ari Melber of the Nation.
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