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12:40 PM ET, July 26, 2010

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wikileaks.org:
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Guardian:
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
Dan / Riehl World View:
Sherrod: “We Must Stop The White Man And His Uncle Toms ...”  —  First, a note of heartfelt appreciation for Joan Walsh of Salon.  Her moving post on Charles Sherrod - in defense of his wife, Shirley - provided the inspiration required to dust off my Google skills.
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Enough right-wing propaganda  —  The smearing of Shirley Sherrod ought to be a turning point in American politics.  This is not, as the now-trivialized phrase has it, a “teachable moment.”  It is a time for action.  —  The mainstream media and the Obama administration must stop cowering …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
TPM Exclusive: Steele To Hold RNC Event — Co-Starring Andrew Breitbart
Discussion: Washington Monthly and FrumForum
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Misleading Stories About Race Raise Questions
Discussion: The Plum Line
Alexander Marlow / Big Government:
Shirley Silenced: Sherrod Shut Out of Sunday Talk-shows
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Defining Lynching Down.  —  My apologies for being in Shirley Sherrod overdrive recently, but this piece from Jeffrey Lord nearly made my eyes pop out of my head.  After reviewing the Screws case, Lord concludes that Sherrod lied about Sheriff Claude Screws lynching Bobby Hall …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Paul Krugman
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Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
Sherrod Story False
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   The Lynching of Bobby Hall
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.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Gallup: Democrats lose ground in state polls
Alana Goodman / NewsBusters.org:
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.”
Karen Crummy / The Spot:
Tancredo will run for governor as American Constitution Party candidate  —  Republican Tom Tancredo, right, supported Scott McInnis' gubernatorial bid last November.  Now, Tancredo is saying he will run for governor.  (Matt McClain, Special to the Denver Post)
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Care and Feeding of the Liberal Psyche  —  I have a Netroots Nation wrap piece up at The Daily Beast saying that progressive activists are depressed and the White House hasn't done very much to offer the kind of psychic goodies that keep people's spirits up: … My prescription to cure the malaise is Elizabeth Warren:
Discussion: Ezra Klein and TalkLeft
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.
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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.
James W. Ceaser / Weekly Standard:
The Unpresidential President  —  Barack Obama has managed a rare feat: The longer he holds office, the more he diminishes in stature.  —  From charisma to populism—this is the slippery slope down which Barack Obama has been sliding over the past two years.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Power Line
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.”
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: Daily Kos
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.
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: The Reaction
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