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2:55 PM ET, July 27, 2010

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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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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 …
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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Yet again, it all turns on Olympia Snowe  —  UPDATE, 11:34 a.m.: Senator Ben Nelson's spokesman, Jake Thompson, confirms that Nelson will vote Yes.  “He will vote for cloture on the Disclose Act,” Thompson emails.  “It's all about transparency.”  —  That removes one more element of suspense.
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Trish Turner / The Speakers Lobby:
Dems' Campaign Finance Effort Near Defeat
Glenn Thrush / Ben Smith's Blog:
Aides: Lieberman a “yes” on DISCLOSE cloture vote UPDATED
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.
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CNN:
TRENDING: Rendell says View may not be appropriate for Obama
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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Bernie Becker / The Caucus:
Republicans Make Hay of Rangel Contributions
Discussion: Idaho Reporter and Weekly Standard
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Top Dem: Rangel must decide alone whether to resign or face inquiry
Discussion: The Politico and HotAirPundit
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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Liz Sly / Los Angeles Times:
Pentagon can't account for $8.7 billion in Iraqi funds
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Pentagon can't account for how it spent $2.6 billion in Iraqi funds, audit finds
Discussion: The Page
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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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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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, TPMDC and NRSC
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Jessica Taylor / The Politico:
Group targets Latinos for Fiorina
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 …
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.
Haaretz:
Oliver Stone: Jewish control of the media is preventing free Holocaust debate  —  Outspoken Hollywood director says new film aims to put Adolf Hitler, who he has called an ‘easy scapegoat’ in the past, in his due historical context.  —  Jewish control of the media is preventing an open discussion …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Boehner rips Oliver Stone for ‘hateful’ comment about Jews, Israel
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.
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.
Colby Itkowitz / Morning Call:
Sestak: I'm not a liberal  —  Senate candidate casts himself as a pragmatist, Toomey as an ideologue.  —  HARRISBURG — Joe Sestak continued Monday to distance himself from Nancy Pelosi while at the same time tying his Republican opponent Pat Toomey to George W. Bush.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and NRSC
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Sestak: I can't tell if Pelosi's a liberal; Update: Video added
Discussion: Blog de KingShamus
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 …
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”.
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.
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
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.
 
 
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Bob Dudley / msnbc.com:
BP offsets spill costs to save $10 billion in tax
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Blake Ellis / CNNMoney.com:
The tax hike nobody's talking about
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DISGRACED FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER PRETENDS TO HAVE CREDIBILITY. …
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Sean Murphy / Associated Press:
Daughter urges Okla. voters to not vote for father
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Los Angeles Times:
Bell council members cut salaries 90%; some will forgo pay
Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
What Will a Republican Majority Do Next?
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Lawmakers Question Salaries at Nonprofits
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Paul Ryan Schools Chris Matthews on Tax Hikes, Budgets and Economics 101
Discussion: The Right Scoop, Moe Lane and Hot Air