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President Obama today responds to WikiLeaks release: Nothing to see here, just move along. But Rep. James McGovern explains  why he opposes more Afghan war funding: We need to do "nation building" here at home. Dem honcho Gov. Ed Rendell, in a surprise, says today  Obama may face primary challenge in 2012 over Afghanistan.
Tomorrow on Democracy Now: A rare hour with WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange.
Glenn Beck  says his August 28th "Restoring Honor" rally will be a "nonpolitical rally," even though guest speakers include Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent, and it is partially sponsored by the NRA.
Can't stand without a base: If Dems want to save  their butts in November and 2012, they need to make their progressives happy.
Michael Tomasky: Florida church will burn Koran on 9/11.
The Secret Service tells Salon  that it protects "significantly fewer" Obama officials than it did Bush Administration officials.
WikiLeaks release will make it harder  for Obama to keep selling the war .... After the bluster, Mike Isikoff reports  that Pentagon now believes WikiLeaks docs have not endangered troops or national security... Dan Kennedy: Why Assange turned to  the print media.
Fun MoveOn video  cherry picks footage to show Breitbart backing terrorists.
Roland Hedley of Fox News -- via Doonesbury -- now spying on  Joe McGinnis up at Sarah Palin's place in Alaska.
Jon Stewart returns from vacation with segment  on Sherrod case--and with new goatee.... Colbert also back  on Sherrod..... Andy Borowitz: "Russia Disbands Spy Agency; Will Use WikiLeaks Instead."
David Brooks will wish he never pushed the "send" button on this column --where he imagines putting on his old "magic green jacket" he wore as a young man and turning into a Democrat again.
ELLSBERG AND AFTERMATH Dan Ellsberg in WSJ: Says he's been waiting 40 years for something like this WikiLeaks release. But he also argues it's "dangerous" to release this many docs if have not read them all, as he had done with Pentagon Papers.... David Carr piece on WikiLeaks  and what it means for media ("a new kind of alliance") also quotes Ellsberg, this time saying the Pentagon Papers didn't change a single vote in Congress against the Vietnam war--it was "public opinion." .... ProPublica talks to  Neil Sheehan, who helped break the Pentagon Papers story at the NYT: He calls WikiLeaks docs "valuables" and compares to the Ellsberg.
TWEET NOTHINGS Stephen Colbert tweets: "Shirley Sherrod should get on twitter. There's no context to be taken out of." Meanwhile, a new Annenberg survey finds that exactly zero percent would much of anything to use Twitter--more fallout from how it's hard to get people to pay for what they have gotten free for a long time.
MORE WIKILEAKS FALLOUT Rick Rowley, just back from Afghan, on Maddow refuted charge that little new in WikiLeaks docs--actually, things worse than ever ... David Corn critiques  those who says "nothing new" in docs -- actually they show "ground truth." Editors at NYT who decided to publish docs now taking Qs  from readers.... The crowdscourcing begins : techPresident .... The Guardian: A game-changer  for British politics?
DRAPER DRAWN WSJ provides  one of its classic little line drawings, or "hedcuts," for Don Draper, even though they didn't arrive at paper until 1979.
BIZARRE WAR STORY OF THE DAY Front-page  NYT: “Members of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia have been holding up blood banks and hospitals at gunpoint, stealing blood for their wounded fighters rather than risk having them arrested at medical facilities.”
STONED AGAIN Oliver Stone apologizes  for comments about Jews and Holocaust that got him in hot water today.
STONED AGAIN (2) U.S. soldier films  Afghan police patrol getting stoned before going to battle with them.
BYTES & PIECES: Joe Conason  on the stunning hypocrisy of Journolist's critics.... McClatchy's great Carol Rosenberg on how hard it is being a reporter covering  Gitmo..... PEW Center study : Black issues get little media attention during Obama's first year.... Tony Heyward out at BP with more than million bucks in goodbye--will he donate to Gulf?
TODAY' S LAFF
Well, if Breitbart can do it, why can't BP edit stuff to make it seem the opposite of what someone meant?
One of the musical events of the year in London: The great Paul Lewis playing all of Beethoven's piano concertos at the Proms. Here he is a few days ago with the astounding opening half of movement one, Piano Concerto No. 4. Part II here.