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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
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New York Times:
Document Leak May Hurt Efforts to Build War Support
Mistermix / Balloon Juice:
Unimportant Yet Dangerous
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
NH looking more competitive  —  Kelly Ayotte's seen her appeal to moderate voters crumble in the wake of her endorsement by Sarah Palin and her lead over Paul Hodes has shrunk to its lowest level of any public polling in 2010- she has a 45-42 advantage over him, down from 47-40 in an April PPP poll.
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Palin Endorsement Backfires in New Hampshire
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Department of Defense can't account for 96 percent of money administered in Iraq reconstruction fund.  —  Yesterday, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) released its findings on how the money was spent from a special Iraq reconstruction fund set up by the Department of Defense (DOD) between 2003-2007.
Discussion: Middle East and The Mahablog
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Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Pentagon can't account for how it spent $2.6 billion in Iraqi funds, audit finds
Discussion: The Page
Liz Sly / Los Angeles Times:
Pentagon can't account for $8.7 billion in Iraqi funds
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democrats' summer strategy
Jessica Taylor / The Politico:
Group targets Latinos for Fiorina  —  An independent conservative group is planning to spend seven figures in California to help Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina compete among Latino voters as she challenges Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer this fall.  —  The Latino Partnership …
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Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Veteran GOP operative brought in to help Angle and other Sen candidates
Discussion: CNN, TPMDC and NRSC
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Why Elizabeth Warren Will Likely Be Confirmed  —  Administration, Hill, and industry sources do the math on what could be the summer's most contentious confirmation battle.  —  Last week, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd aroused the ire of progressive activists …
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New York Post:
Rep. Barney Frank causes scene demanding discount  —  Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank caused a scene when he demanded a $1 senior discount on his ferry fare to Fire Island's popular gay haunt, The Pines, last Friday.  Frank was turned down by ticket clerks at the dock in Sayville …
Scott / Power Line:
What is Mr. Times saying?  —  In the Political Times article the Sunday before last, New York Times reporter Matt Bai regurgitated the hardy but convenient lie about the Tea Party movement: … On Sunday the Times published the following correction: … This is an interesting correction.
Discussion: Media Research Center
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Long Strategy  —  I was a liberal Democrat when I was young.  I used to wear a green Army jacket with political buttons on it — for Hubert Humphrey, Birch Bayh, John F. Kennedy and Franklin Roosevelt.  I even wore that jacket in my high school yearbook photo.  —  It's a magic green jacket.
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
Wait!  There's even more dirt on Rangel  —  WASHINGTON — Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel said yesterday that investigators have unearthed new allegations of misconduct against him, while House Democratic leaders increased the pressure on him to reach a settlement before a congressional trial starts Thursday.
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Jared Allen / The Hill:
Top Dem: Rangel must decide alone whether to resign or face inquiry
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Sestak: I can't tell if Pelosi's a liberal; Update: Video added  —  Nancy Pelosi represents one of the most liberal Congressional districts in the country.  She has relentlessly pursued a very liberal agenda of bigger government, higher spending, and greater top-down control of the economy.
Discussion: Blog de KingShamus
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Colby Itkowitz / Morning Call:
Sestak: I'm not a liberal  —  Senate candidate casts himself …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and NRSC
Jason Dick / Congressional Connection Poll:
Despite Tough Climate, Public Prefers Obama's Policies  —  Despite a tough year for President Obama, the public believes his administration's policies offer a better chance at improving the economy over the policies of his predecessor, former President George W. Bush.
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
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Shirley Sherrod's USDA Job Offer: Deputy Director of the Office of Advocacy and Outreach  —  Shirley Sherrod, who was forced to resign from the Department of Agriculture after an out-of-context video of remarks she made were published on a conservative website, is still considering …
Michael Booth / The Spot:
Romanoff goes all in, sells house and loans campaign $325,000  —  UPDATE 6:28 p.m. |  Loan to campaign is $325,000.  —  Andrew Romanoff has officially gone all-in for his U.S. Senate campaign, selling his Washington Park house and loaning the effort $325,000.
Bil Browning / The Bilerico Project:
NOM Sign: Lynch Gay Couples to Save Marriage  —  The National Organization for Marriage's “One Man, One Woman” bus tour hit Indianapolis today and the LGBT community came out to greet them.  Since we're hospitable Hoosiers, of course, our welcome wagon outnumbered the small dog and pony show put …
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Heroes of Journolist: Dan Froomkin, James Surowiecki, Jeffrey Toobin, Michael Tomasky — and founder Ezra Klein  —  The Daily Caller has highlighted some of Journolist's worst moments — such as when liberal members of the media plotted to kill important stories about the presidential campaign.
msnbc.com:
Oil spewing from well near Louisiana marsh  —  20-foot-high plume seen; tug boat hit well before dawn, officials say  —  Oil spewing from a busted wellhead is seen Tuesday in the distance off the Louisiana coast.  —  updated less than 1 minute ago  —  Adding insult to the Gulf's injury …
Freeman Klopott / Washington Examiner:
‘Deadly delay’: Police wait while mother, sons slain  —  The District police department policy on forcible entry caused a “deadly delay” as officers waited for a supervisor outside an apartment while a mother and her two young sons were being stabbed to death inside, according to a lawsuit filed by the woman's family.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Telegraph:
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attacks Octopus Paul  —  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian leader, says Paul the Octopus, the sea creature that correctly predicted the outcome of World Cup games, is a symbol of all that is wrong with the western world.  —  He claims that the octopus is a symbol of decadence and decay among “his enemies”.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Ed Rendell Criticizes Obama for Going on ‘The View,’ Compares it to Jerry Springer  —  Here's one thing Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pennsylvania) and Pat Buchanan (R-everywhere) agree on: Pres. Obama should not go on ‘The View.’  —  Rendell: I think there's got to be a little bit of dignity to the presidency.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DISGRACED FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER PRETENDS TO HAVE CREDIBILITY.... Oh good, Newt is still talking.  (thanks to reader D.F. for the tip) … Of course, Gingrich, a pseudo-intellectual crackpot, only has a “somewhat professorial reputation” among those who neglect to listen to what he has to say.
Discussion: Zandar Versus The Stupid and CNN
 
 
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