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Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone: Bernie Sanders put Obama to shame.
House votes for DADT repeal, putting ball in court of GOPers in Senate, who are delaying—poll shows public support for repeal so Repubs don’t want to vote.
Official review of situation in Afghan for Obama concludes that withdrawals can indeed start next July, despite very uneven progress since his "surge." Here’s the 5-page executive summary… Red Cross: No matter what they say, worst conditions in Afghanistan in 9 years…. Andy Borowitz tweets: "Defense Dept. Upgrades Afghanistan from Quagmire to Morass"
NYT: Thinking the Unthinkable—Obama administration grapples with idea of surviving nuclear attack. "Mineshaft gap" 2010?
Yes, I am blogging WIkiLeaks news and views again all day, kicking off with reports on the key Assange bail hearing today as prosecutors appeal—judge rules out live-tweeting this time. UPDATE: Judge throws out appeal, Assange to be freed. My live-blogging all things WikiLeaks yesterday. A few late highlights: New from NYT: US trying to build case vs. Assange by linking him to Bradley Manning, pre-leak….Human Rights Watch sends letter to Obama and Holder: Don’t prosecute Assange!….New twist in Assange case: WikiLeaks cables show Swedes in secrecy pact w/USA. WikiLeaks call it "backroom deal."
Econ blogger Barry Ritholtz’s 10 Reality-based Questions for GOP members of Financial Crisis Commission. (h/t Barbara Bedway) :