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9:45 AM ET, July 27, 2010

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Andrew Exum / New York Times:
Getting Lost in the Fog of War  —  ANYONE who has spent the past two days reading through the 92,000 military field reports and other documents made public by the whistle-blower site WikiLeaks may be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss is about.  I'm a researcher who studies Afghanistan …
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New York Times:
Document Leak May Hurt Efforts to Build War Support  —  WASHINGTON — The disclosure of a six-year archive of classified military documents increased pressure on President Obama to defend his military strategy as Congress prepares to deliberate financing of the Afghanistan war.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Partisan Tools At Journo-List And Trig  —  Remember all those liberals and lefties huffily denouncing this blog's attempts to make sense of Sarah Palin's bizarre stories about the pregnancy and birth of her alleged fifth child?  I was nuts, crazy, vile, disgusting, etc etc to indulge in what Dave Weigel …
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Guardian:
Tensions increase after revelation of more leaked files  —  Read the full story as the US, Pakistan and Afghanistan trade angry accusations after documents reveal more attempts by coalition to cover up civilian casualties
Washington Post:
BP names Robert Dudley, an American, as chief executive  —  BP announced Tuesday that it lost $17 billion in the second quarter of the year because of the mounting cost of halting and repairing damage from the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  —  The company also said the executive …
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BBC News:
BP to set aside $32.2bn to cover oil spill costs  —  The environmental damage caused by the spill has hurt BP's public image  —  BP says it has set aside $32.2bn (£20.8bn) to cover the costs linked to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  —  The company said the charge gave it a loss …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Rangel: ‘Trauma,’ ‘more alleged violations’  —  After sounding defiant in his first round with reporters just now, embattled Rep. Charles Rangel sounded sad and seemed downcast and somewhat gaslit as he talked about how “traumatic” he had found the experience.
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Dustin Hurst / Idaho Reporter:
Minnick thinks Rangel should resign from Congress, Simpson won't say
CNN:
House Democrats uneasy about upcoming Rangel allegations
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
Brian Beutler / TPMMuckraker:
Rangel Faces Tough Fight In Ethics Committee Trial
Joe Battenfeld / Breaking Boston News …:
Kerry may need to pay $500k tax on yacht  —  (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - There are new details in the controversy over Sen. John Kerry's brand new boat.  —  Kerry may still be on the hook for a half million dollars in excise taxes because he docked his yacht in Massachusetts less than six months after buying it.
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Paul Ryan Schools Chris Matthews on Tax Hikes, Budgets and Economics 101  —  Chris Matthews on Monday got a much-needed lesson from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) on how tax hikes impact the budget as well as the economy.  —  “Congressman Ryan, is there any tax role for reducing our $1.4 trillion …
Discussion: The Right Scoop, Moe Lane and Hot Air
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Lawmakers Question Salaries at Nonprofits  —  State and federal officials are starting to take their knives to the pay of leaders of nonprofit groups they do business with to help share the pain of tighter budgets.  —  A provision in New Jersey's recently passed budget, for example …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Dems fear GOP oversight of Obama administration  —  Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. (Alex Brandon/AP)  —  Speaking to a group of left-wing activists at the annual Netroots Nation convention in Las Vegas, Democratic Sen. Al Franken painted a bleak picture …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Washington Post:
Among House Democrats in Rust Belt, a sense of abandonment over energy bill  —  When Democratic Rep. John Boccieri went home to Ohio early this year to talk with voters in his Canton-based district, he figured he would have to do battle with at least some constituents over his support for health-care reform.
Discussion: Balkinization and National Review
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Obama slams GOP on Disclose Act  —  President Obama called out Senate Republicans on Monday for holding up a vote on a contentious piece of campaign finance legislation.  —  Senate Democrats plan to vote on cloture for the Disclose Act on Tuesday, though it remains unclear whether they have the 60 votes necessary to end debate.
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The Note:
Senator Collins ‘No’ on Disclose Act
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Obama Won't Speak In-Person at Boy Scouts' 100th Anniversary Celebration But Will Appear on ABC TV's ‘The View’  —  (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama, the honorary chairman of the Boy Scouts of America, will not speak in-person before the group on Wednesday at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia …
Political Correction RSS:
Illinois Republican Clings To Breitbart, Invokes Apartheid Martyr  —  In a post today on Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com, Republican congressional candidate Joel Pollak responded to opponent Rep. Jan Schakowksy's (D-IL) call for him to stop writing for Breitbart's site by likening himself …
Politics:
Turkey must join EU, says Cameron  —  David Cameron: UK will do everything it can to help Turkey “pave the road from Ankara to Brussels”  —  David Cameron has promised to “fight” for Turkey's membership of the European Union, saying he is “angry” at the slow pace of negotiations.
Discussion: Harry's Place, Biased BBC and FrumForum
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Democrats Maintain Advantage on Generic Ballot, 48% to 44%  —  Republicans continue to be more enthusiastic about voting  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Democrats have a 48% to 44% advantage for the week of July 19-25 in Gallup tracking of registered voters' preferences for the 2010 congressional elections.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Amanda Carey / The Daily Caller:
Senator Barbara Boxer: serving in the military is like being a member of Congress  —  At a campaign event over the weekend in Inglewood, California, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer seemingly equated being a politician to serving in the military — and an Iraq War veteran supporting Boxer's November opponent is calling on her to apologize.
John / Power Line:
Two Cheers for the Administration on Megrahi  —  We noted yesterday the controversy over the Obama administration's reaction to Scotland's proposed release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohment al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds, i.e., the claim that he was about to die.
Josh Rogin / Josh Rogin's blog:
Tea Party Caucus members endorse Israeli attack on Iran  —  Now that the congressional supporters of the Tea Party movement have formed their own caucus, their policy positions are becoming easier to track.  Expanding their foray into foreign policy, 21 members of the new caucus have now come …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
New Hampshire Poll Preview  —  The New Hampshire Senate numbers we'll have coming out this week (general election Tuesday, primary Wednesday) are a great example of the double edged sword that is a Sarah Palin endorsement.  In the short term Kelly Ayotte has opened a wide lead in the Republican primary.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hot Air and FrumForum
Jeffrey Kofman / ABCNEWS:
BP Day 98: Where Did All the Oil Go?  —  As Size of Slick Shrinks, Experts Say Oil is Breaking Up, Staying Below Surface  —  For 86 days, oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's damaged well, dumping some 200 million gallons of crude into sensitive ecosystems.
Discussion: UNCOVERAGE.net
 
 
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Peter Wehner / Weekly Standard:
Baked in the Cake  —  Everything you needed to know about Obama …
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Agence France Presse:
Michelle Obama to travel to Spain
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
Former Body-Armor Executive on Trial for Fraud
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
President Obama to defend education plan
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
New Health Official Faces Hostility in Senate
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
The Forgotten American  —  TROY, New York — The Dogans …
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The Huffington Post:
Momentum For Senate Filibuster Reform Builds
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
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David Leonhardt / Economix:
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