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11:10 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.
Mistermix / Balloon Juice:
Unimportant Yet Dangerous
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
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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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
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
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
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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
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.
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 …
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 …
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”.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
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 …
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.
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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Los Angeles Times:
Bell council members cut salaries 90%; some will forgo pay  —  Council members agree to take $8,000 a year, and the mayor and vice mayor say they'll finish their terms without pay.  Meanwhile, attorney general subpoenas documents and D.A. continues its probe.
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Veteran GOP operative brought in to help Angle and other Sen candidates  —  With the GOP's hopes for reclaiming the Senate seeming to hinge increasingly on their success in the west, the NRSC is bringing in a veteran press operative to help Republican Senate candidates in three key races against longtime Democratic incumbents.
Discussion: CNN and TPMDC
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.
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Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Liberals Want Sarah Palin to Be 2012 GOP Nominee, Survey Says
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
Michael Booth / Denver Post:
Democratic Senate hopeful Andrew Romanoff sells his home, loans money to his underdog campaign  —  Andrew Romanoff has officially gone all-in for his U.S. Senate bid, selling his Washington Park house and loaning his campaign $325,000.  —  Romanoff, the former Democratic speaker of the House in Colorado …
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.
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 …
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: HillBuzz and UNCOVERAGE.net
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
Former Body-Armor Executive on Trial for Fraud  —  Several years ago, David H. Brooks, the chief executive and chairman of a body-armor company enriched by United States military contracts, became fixated on the idea of a memory-erasing pill.  —  It was not just fanciful curiosity.
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.
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner on National Review Online:
Announcing Radical-in-Chief — By: Stanley Kurtz  —  I am pleased to announce that my political biography of President Obama, Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism, will be published on October 19 by the Threshold imprint of Simon & Schuster.  Here is the Amazon page.
Discussion: Power Line and Pundit & Pundette
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, Hot Air and Betsy's Page
Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
What Will a Republican Majority Do Next?  —  We know Speaker Boehner's opening moves.  But what will the GOP do after those fail?  —  If, as predicted, the Republicans take control of the House, or both houses of Congress, this November, will they: 1. shut down the government? …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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 …
 
 
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Peter Wehner / Weekly Standard:
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Abby Phillip / The Politico:
President Obama to defend education plan
Discussion: The Page
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 …
Discussion: Telegraph, Mondoweiss and Commentary
The Huffington Post:
Momentum For Senate Filibuster Reform Builds
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