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12:45 AM ET, October 23, 2010


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Secret files reveal how US turned blind eye to Iraq torture  —  • Massive leak reveals serial detainee abuse  —  • 15,000 unknown civilian deaths in war  —  • Full coverage of the Iraq war logs  —  A grim picture of the US and Britain's legacy in Iraq has been revealed …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Wikileaks Iraq: A Quick Summary  —  The big reveal from the hundreds of thousands of documents posted on Wikileaks today is probably going to be the incredibly awful reports of systematized detainee abuse by Iraqi soldiers and security forces right under the noses of the American-led coalition …
Wikileaks: Secret Iraq War Death Toll Reportedly at Least 100,000 Iraqis Killed  —  WikiLeaks Dumps 400,000 Classified Military Documents Containing Details of Tortured Iraqis  —  In what is being described as the largest release of secret U.S. military documents ever …
Agence France Presse:
WikiLeaks reveals Iraqi torture, deaths
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and TalkLeft
Spiegel Online:
Greatest Data Leak in US Military History
WikiLeaks Iraq files reveal torture
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Wikileaks docs reveal Iraqi abuses
New York Times:
Detainees Fared Worse in Iraqi Hands, Logs Say
Discussion: Boing Boing
New York Times:
A Grim Portrait of Civilian Deaths in Iraq
Discussion: Guardian
Adam Brookes / BBC:
Huge Wikileaks release shows US ‘ignored Iraq torture’
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The real danger from NPR's firing of Juan Williams  —  I'm still not quite over the most disgusting part of the Juan Williams spectacle yesterday: watching the very same people (on the Right and in the media) who remained silent about or vocally cheered on the viewpoint-based firings of Octavia Nasr …
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
You're Making a Bad Mistake, Juan Williams  —  What a week Juan Williams has had!  From mild-mannered NPR analyst and Fox News liberal stand-in to multimillionaire full-time Fox News guy, thanks to one dumb comment.  Fair warning, Juan: you're about to throw away your entire career.  Needlessly.
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Jim DeMint Introduces Bill to Defund NPR, PBS After Juan Williams Firing
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
House GOP could force vote on defunding NPR
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Lillian McEwen breaks her 19-year silence about Justice Clarence Thomas  —  For nearly two decades, Lillian McEwen has been silent — a part of history, yet absent from it.  —  When Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his explosive 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearing …
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Justice Clarence Thomas' Former Lover Speaks Out on Relationship in TV Interview  —  Lillian McEwen Says Thomas Had ‘Obsession with Porn,’ Bolsters Anita Hill Testimony  —  A former girlfriend of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has broken her 19-year silence about a “serious” …
Discussion: New York Times and The Politico
Washington Post:
Dispute over New Black Panthers case causes deep divisions  —  On Election Day 2008, Maruse Heath, the leader of Philadelphia's New Black Panther Party, stood in front of a neighborhood polling place, dressed in a paramilitary uniform.  —  Within hours, an amateur video showing Heath …
Discussion: All American Blogger and Moe Lane
Andrew Breitbart / Big Journalism:
Washington Post Blockbuster Confirms Worst Fears About Holder Justice Dept. Race Policies  —  Congratulations to the editors at the Washington Post.  Seventeen months after the Eric Holder Justice Department dismissed a slam-dunk case against the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation …
David Zucker / Big Hollywood:
‘Call Me Senator’: Let This Video Be My Apology for Once Supporting Sen. Boxer  —  ***UPDATE: This post has been updated for clarity purposes.  —  I'd like to thank Right Change (who sponsored and are planning an ad campaign to support the spot) and all the wonderful actors and crew who volunteered for the “Call Me Madam” video.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Stunner.  SEIU Offshoot ‘Mi Familia Vota’ Caught With 6,000 Bogus Colorado Voter Registrations  —  Do you remember when Barack Obama said:  —  “The SEIU Agenda Is My Agenda”?  —  Now we know why.  —  The same SEIU offshoot group that is accused of turning in thousands of bogus voter registrations …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP says compromise not on the agenda if they retake the House  —  Republicans aren't interested in compromising with President Obama on major issues if they retake the House or Senate, a senior GOP lawmaker said.  —  “Look, the time to go along and get along is over,” said Rep. Mike Pence …
The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Mike Pence Leaves No Wiggle Room On Whether Republicans Will Compromise
Discussion: The Reaction and Weasel Zippers
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Open Mic Catches Alan Colmes Privately Critiquing Sen. Reid Spokesman, Minutes After Defending Him  —  Ever get the feeling that television pundits are more adept at “playing the part” than sharing their honest thoughts and ideas?  Well the following video clip of Alan Colmes vigorous defense …
John Yoo / National Review:
Repeal the 17th Amendment?  —  One popular idea making the rounds among some conservatives and Tea Partiers is a call for the repeal of the 17th Amendment.  From the LA Times: … There's a lot of truth to the argument that the enactment of the 17th Amendment undermined federalism.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Jeb Bush says ‘you betcha’ about Palin  —  (CNN) - Former Florida Republican Governor, Jeb Bush said Friday he isn't running for president, but would support Sarah Palin if she were to run.  —  In an interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King Friday, Bush …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Phenomenal ‘Chinese Professor’ Ad  —  Via Ben Smith of Politico, this amazing ad from “Citizens Against Government Waste,” which is the first spot from this campaign season you can imagine people actually remembering a decade from now.  “I'm not a witch” might be remembered as a novelty …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Helicopter Drop  —  Ezra Klein suggests that the United States could use a dose of fiscal/monetary coordination: … Politics aside, the best way to do money-financed fiscal policy is on the spending side.  Identify some useful infrastructure projects—like the now-abandoned NJ/NY ARC Tunnel …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Fed Chairman Bernanke needs to send a stimulating message
Discussion: Modeled Behavior
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Does a “Dutch Sandwich” Make Google Evil?  —  It depends on what state you're in and the age of the farm animal.  —  Seriously, though, after reading this article about Google's evasion of $3.1 billion in tax obligations through legal loopholes, I got into a Twitter argument …
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Joe Miller's Extreme Anti-Gay Adviser  —  One of the consultants on the the tea party-backed candidate's payroll heads a group that's so anti-gay it blasted Rush Limbaugh for hobnobbing with Elton John.  —  Post Comment  —  Joe Miller, the Sarah Palin-endorsed, tea party-backed GOP Senate candidate …
Jim Watson / Newsweek:
NEWSWEEK Poll: Obama Approval Rating Jumps, Democrats Close ‘Enthusiasm Gap’  —  As the president's numbers climb sharply, results suggest that Democrats may be succeeding in firing up their base.  —  Obama feels the love at a Seattle rally for Sen. Patty Murray.
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi punishes with cash  —  Here's how House Democrats have punished colleagues Bobby Bright, Bill Owens and Joe Donnelly for running ads against Speaker Nancy Pelosi: With more than $2 million combined spending to keep them in their seats.  —  As control of the House hangs in the balance …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Former president Clinton on mission to rescue Democratic Party in fall elections  —  Bill Clinton is baffled.  The former president's friends say he is in disbelief that in the closing weeks of the midterm campaigns Democrats have failed to articulate a coherent message on the economy and …
Maureen O'Connor / Gawker:
The Rape Accusation Against Meg Whitman's Son That Got Hushed Up  —  As a student at Princeton University, the son of California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman—one of the school's most celebrated donors—was accused of sexually assaulting a classmate.  This is the story of the explosive accusation and its quiet aftermath.
Discussion: Salon, Raw Story and SpeakEasy
The Huffington Post:
George W. Bush Reveals His Biggest Failure Was Not Privatizing Social Security  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … Read More: Bush Privatizing Social Security, Bush Social Security, Bush Social Security Privatization, George Bush Social Security, George W. Bush, George w.  Bush Social Security, Politics News
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Senate candidates try to tie each other with ‘extremist’ label
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Coons: O'Donnell in ‘Twilight Zone’
Discussion: Mediaite and Daily Kos
Frank Mungeam /
Gay student teacher gets Beaverton job back
Ben Geman / Ballot Box:
Wind industry warns Republicans against ‘false statements’ on stimulus
Discussion: The Politico
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Raese embraces the Palin stamp of approval
The Note:
Women's Voting Expert Sees Last-Minute ‘Dramatic Shift’ Toward Democrats
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Reece / KHOU-TV:
Houston woman's Obama T-shirt serves as voting ‘dress code’ reminder
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
John Carucci / The Huffington Post:
John Mellencamp Defends Sarah Palin's Intelligence
Judges told to step down in Wilders trial
Discussion: National Review