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With a week still go, coalition deaths in Afghan hit new monthly high: 80, and counting….Cato writer at Alternet: 5 reasons those who argue we must stay in Afghan are wrong.. . Andrew Sullivan: move to Petraeus makes matters "worse," hawks firmly in control and troop reduction in peril…. Day after Megyn Kelly on Fox said Petraeus "won" war in Iraq, wave of attacks on police there, more unrest:, assasinations continue.
Jon Stewart: If U.S. wins World Cup, rest of world has to stop calling the game "football."
My new piece on Gulf boat captain, hired by BP, who put a bullet in his head yesterday…. Rand Paul talks to Dave Weigel and confirms he is a real know-and-say-nothing … CJR picks "best" BP propaganda bits, including "ballet at sea" …. Joe Scarborough takes on Rep. Joe Barton–and Eric Cantor. .. Doobie Brothers parody hits BP’s "Black Water": It will "fill the Gulf soon but we’ll keep refining."
In hearings next week, Elena Kagan to be accused by GOP of being "political operative." Another good thing for her: hearings may be overshadowed by Petraeus testimony.
TPM looks behind the "sexual advance" charges against Al Gore, which have gone mainstream after National Enquirer fame…. "Up in the Air" author Walter Kirn tweets: "Al Gore must be wishing he didn’t invent the Internet today."
Obama takes Russian chief Medvedev for burger in D.C. and the latter remarks, "It’s not quite healthy but it’s very tasty & you can feel the spirit of America." Obama later jokes that since both me "tweet" the fabled "red phone" no longer needed.