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11:40 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
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:   Dem leader: No ‘secret plan’ to move big items in lame-duck session
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democrats' summer strategy
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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Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Liberals Want Sarah Palin to Be 2012 GOP Nominee, Survey Says
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Mediaite and Hot Air
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
New Hampshire Poll Preview
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP leadership will hold fire on Rangel  —  House Republican leaders intend to keep their powder dry as the public ethics trial of embattled Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) unfolds.  —  Throughout the 111th Congress, House GOP lawmakers have offered measures targeting Rangel.  But don't expect one this week.
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Dustin Hurst / Idaho Reporter:
Minnick thinks Rangel should resign from Congress, Simpson won't say
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 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
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
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 …
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.
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.
Randall Amster / The Huffington Post:
Climate of Fear: SB 1070 and Extremist Violence in Arizona  —  One of the unspoken tragedies and implicit intentions of Arizona's anti-immigrant law, SB 1070, is the promotion of a climate of fear among certain segments of the population.  This fear-mongering strategy has been cooked …
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
 
 
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