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8:25 AM ET, October 23, 2010


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Secret Iraq war logs reveal how US turned blind eye to 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Agence France Presse:
WikiLeaks reveals Iraqi torture, deaths
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
WikiLeaks Iraq files reveal torture
Spiegel Online:
Greatest Data Leak in US Military History
Discussion: At War and
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.
Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
Juan Williams calls for the government to defund NPR
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
The tolerance canard  —  No question.  We're surrendering to religious intolerance.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama blasts GOP for plans to repeal Wall Street reform bill  —  President Obama hammered Republican lawmakers Saturday for suggesting that they might repeal the financial services reform bill if they gain control of Congress after the midterm elections.  —  In his weekly radio address …
Discussion: The Politico
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
Ridiculous: Wasserman-Schultz to protest outside Allen West's HQ  —  Everyone remembers how Allen West was associated with a biker group named the “Outlaw Gang” but is not really a member.  However, Klein used an encounter West had with the group to demean him.
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Gay student teacher gets Beaverton job back
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Wind industry warns Republicans against ‘false statements’ on stimulus
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
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Houston woman's Obama T-shirt serves as voting ‘dress code’ reminder
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Weasel Zippers
Maureen O'Connor / Gawker:
The Rape Accusation Against Meg Whitman's Son That Got Hushed Up
Discussion: Salon, Raw Story and SpeakEasy