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Petraeus hearings start. Key: What is he saying about withdrawal and deadlines? In testimony he suggests he may relax the rules of engagement that McChrystal tightened to cut civilian deaths. Glenn Greenwald tweets: "It seems every day Petraeus finds a new way to water down the July, 2011withdrawal date even further." More that here. Indeed, under questioning, Petraeus says neither he nor any officer he knows argued for deadline.
Noted strategic expert Henry Rollins discusses McChrystal exit, Rolling Stone story, closes with sage advice: Time to get out of Afghanistan… If you’ve missed, today might be apt time to look at my Nation piece on Petraeus’s link to high-level suicide in Iraq.
Birther control: New CBS poll finds one in four Americans believe Obama born outside the USA, but NYT‘s Ross Douthat say, Aw, they don’t really mean that, nothing to see here. Also he takes heart from the fact that many of these people simply don’t know that Hawaii is one of our fifty states.
Glenn Greenwald, a prominent skeptic re: Elena Kagan, tweets after this morning: "On the whole day, session made me mildly more positive about Kagan, though she really hasn’t been pressed on anything."
Andrew Breitbart puts a $100,000 bounty on archives for Ezra Klein’s (now closed) liberal list-serv, the one that got Dave Weigel in trouble.
Eric Boehlert blasts Peggy Noonan’s latest column and its "shameless" attempt to "rewrite history" about her cheerleading for Iraq war… Dana Goldstein in major piece at Daily Beast says administration, and Hillary Clinton, not doing enough about mass rape in Congo, despite money and effort… Very oily protest of BP at the Tate in London, sparks debate.
The Onion: Life Jackets Issued To All Americans For Some Reason