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Scary: North Korea fires into South Korea, killing two, and South Koreans return fire—or so the story goes right now. Actually, it involved an island in a disputed area. The official North Korean news agency said in a statement that the South had started the fight when it “recklessly fired into our sea area.” The two countries technically remain at war since 1953 ceasefire.
WikiLeaks on its Twitter feed said its next document dump would be seven times the size of its recent Iraq purge. Subject not known, though rumors have proposed something to do with Russia, or, get this, 9/11
Taliban leader in high-level peace talks was a fake, fooled everyone. Ended up with a lot of dough, too. Or is that, Doh!
David Brock of Media Matters gets $4 million in pledges to set up liberal counterweight to GOPers on airwaves, called American Bridge—Kathleen Kennedy Townsend to head.
New radiation threats in the dentist chair, NYT finds, kids most imperiled. Bigger threat than TSA screeners?
You may disagree with some of this, but lengthy and interesting analysis by Andrew Tyndall of Stewart & Maddow, Ted Koppel & Jay Rosen, FNC & MSNBC.
Amid debt crisis, Irish government collapses.
OUT OF JOB "Exhausted" Obama defender Velma Hart, who famously challenged president on live TV forum, loses job.
FORECLOSURE FOLLIES At New Deal 2.0, volunteer attorney Thomas Cox explains why a bank chooses to lose money by foreclosing, and risk ruination of communities nationwide. "Two Cords of Wood: An Intimate Look at Unnecessary Foreclosure." Some financial experts call the centralized, mechanized approach to lending that eliminates case-by-case assessment, the "Stailnization of Finance." (Barbara Bedway)