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2:15 PM ET, October 23, 2010

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New York Times:
The Iraq Archive: The Strands of a War  —  A huge trove of secret field reports from the battlegrounds of Iraq sheds new light on the war, including such fraught subjects as civilian deaths, detainee abuse and the involvement of Iran.  —  The secret archive is the second such cache obtained …
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Guardian:
Secret Iraq war logs reveal how US turned blind eye to torture
New York Times:
Detainees Fared Worse in Iraqi Hands, Logs Say
Discussion: Firedoglake, Guardian and Boing Boing
Agence France Presse:
WikiLeaks reveals Iraqi torture, deaths
ABCNEWS:
Wikileaks: Secret Iraq War Death Toll Reportedly at Least 100,000 Iraqis Killed
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Wikileaks docs reveal Iraqi abuses
Jed Graham / Investor's Business Daily:
CBO Confirms: ObamaCare Discourages Work  —  Congressional Budget Office director Doug Elmendorf said Friday that ObamaCare includes work disincentives likely to shrink the amount of labor used in the economy.  —  In a speech on ObamaCare's economic impact outside the health care sector …
Discussion: GayPatriot and Left Coast Rebel
Times of India:
Barack and Michelle's Mumbai darshan plans  —  US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will be extremely busy in Mumbai, upon landing on November 6 for a two day India visit.  As the world's most powerful man and his wife zip around the city visiting the 26/11 memorial on Marine Drive …
Eric Spillman / The News Blog with Eric Spillman:
Man Fired for Wearing Bush Sweatshirt at Obama Rally ***UPDATED  —  (USC) — Don't try wearing a Bush hat or sweatshirt at an Obama rally.  —  Duane Hammond says it's what got him fired.  Hammond is a union stagehand who was part of the crew that built the platform for the Obama event on campus.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
‘Airplane!’ director cuts ad poking fun at Boxer for 'ma'am' exchange  —  David Zucker directed the “Call Me Senator” spot for Right Change, a 527 and 501(c)4 organization.  —  A well-known Hollywood producer and director has cut an ad against Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Big Problem for Banks: Due Process  —  Earlier this week, Bank of America, the nation's largest consumer bank, reported its third-quarter earnings.  It was a very good quarter; putting aside an accounting charge — a very large, $10.4 billion accounting charge, admittedly — the bank reported $3.1 billion in profits.
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Harry Reid mans up for Lilly Ledbetter  —  Most readers know that Lilly Ledbetter is the woman whose courageous battle has led to progress, though not enough progress, for women receiving equal pay for equal work.  Recently, Ledbetter stood side by side with one of her greatest supporters …
Discussion: The Politico
Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Biden to campaign for Rep. Grayson  —  Vice President Biden will campaign for controversial Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) next week in Florida.  —  Biden will attend an event on Monday for the first-term Democratic lawmaker, who's made waves during his term in Congress by taking outspoken liberal stances on issues.
The Huffington Post:
Rep. Peter DeFazio Investigating Impeachment For Chief Justice John Roberts  —  What's Your Reaction: … With Democrats increasingly outraged over the Supreme Court's Citizen United decision that allowed unlimited corporate spending in elections — a change conservatives have been more successful …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pawlenty needles Obama upon campaign stop in Minnesota  —  Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) needled President Obama upon his planned campaign stop in the state on Saturday.  —  Pawlenty, a potential Republican candidate to challenge Obama in 2012, leveled criticisms against the president …
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
Bob Susnjara / Daily Herald:
LMV official: Pledge of Allegiance demand ‘phony patriotism’  —  The crowd breaks into the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of Wednesday night's candidates forum with 8th Congressional District candidates Joe Walsh, Melissa Bean and Bill Scheurer at Grayslake Central High School.  —  BOB CHWEDYK
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Broadband Matters  —  Jay Ackroyd convinced me I should make explicit something that's only implicit in yesterday's post on the vast consumer surplus associated with digital media, namely that the case for some form of subsidization of fast internet access is very strong.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Bill's Frustration  —  A report surfaced today that Bill Clinton is frustrated as heck that the Dems can't manage to get a coherent or persuasive message together for the midterms.  And he's even doing what he can to get together good talking points for candidates and stump in all the right places …
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 …
Mark Thoma / Economist's View:
What's the Big Idea?  —  I started this blog shortly after George Bush was reelected, and though many people assume that it was the presence of Republicans in power that was the primary motivation, that isn't the whole story.  That was part of the motivation, no doubt, but there were two other factors that were more important.
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 …
 
 
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
For First Time, Model Has G.O.P. Favored to Win 50-Plus House Seats
Discussion: Don Surber
Tara Siegel Bernard / New York Times:
Credit Cards Soon to Get a Makeover
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
Support For Veterans Shows Sharp Partisan Divide
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Raw Story
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Nations Agree on Need to Shrink Trade Imbalances
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Ed Hornick / CNN:
Where are Bush, Cheney as election nears?
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Digging Into the Early Voting Numbers...
Discussion: Hot Air
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Obama blasts GOP for plans to repeal Wall Street reform bill
Discussion: The Politico
 Earlier Items: 
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
The tolerance canard  —  No question.  We're surrendering to religious intolerance.
Washington Post:
Gen. Petraeus says progress is faster than expected in Afghanistan operation
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Justice Clarence Thomas' Former Lover Speaks Out on Relationship in TV Interview
Discussion: New York Times
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Senate candidates Toomey, Sestak try to tie each other with ‘extremist’ label
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Open Mic Catches Alan Colmes Privately Critiquing Sen. Reid …
Discussion: Breitbart.tv
Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Coons: O'Donnell in ‘Twilight Zone’
Discussion: Mediaite and Daily Kos