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11:50 AM ET, October 23, 2010


 Top Items: 
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Detainees Fared Worse in Iraqi Hands, Logs Say
Discussion: Firedoglake, Guardian and Boing Boing
New York Times:
A Grim Portrait of Civilian Deaths in Iraq
Agence France Presse:
WikiLeaks reveals Iraqi torture, deaths
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Wikileaks docs reveal Iraqi abuses
WikiLeaks Iraq files reveal torture
Spiegel Online:
Greatest Data Leak in US Military History
Discussion: At War and
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: The Big Picture
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 …
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 …
Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Biden to campaign Monday 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 …
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 …
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 …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Digging Into the Early Voting Numbers...  One of my readers, Charlie, takes a look at the early voting numbers from 2008 and compares them to the early voting numbers in 2010, or at least so far.  —  He finds, “in every state where there is partisan split data for both years, the Republicans have gained in early voting.”
Discussion: Hot Air
Ridiculous: Wasserman-Schultz protested 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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Ed Hornick / CNN:
Where are Bush, Cheney as election nears?
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Obama blasts GOP for plans to repeal Wall Street reform bill
Discussion: The Politico
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
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Coons: O'Donnell in ‘Twilight Zone’
Discussion: Mediaite and Daily Kos
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Gay student teacher gets Beaverton job back
Ben Geman / Ballot Box:
Wind industry warns Republicans against ‘false statements’ on stimulus
Discussion: The Politico
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Does a “Dutch Sandwich” Make Google Evil?
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Jeb Bush says ‘you betcha’ about Palin
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Kevin Reece / KHOU-TV:
Houston woman's Obama T-shirt serves as voting ‘dress code’ reminder
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Weasel Zippers