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Shirley Sherrod says she will sue  Andrew Breitbart.
Controversial for sure: tomorrow's graphic TIME cover image  on "what happens" if we leave Afghan: an Afghan girl with nose and ears cut off by Taliban. Plus story here . And: See MY response here . Jezebel comments  on the TIME cover: "It's not the image, which demands that apathetic readers to confront religiously-sanctioned violence against women without looking away. It's the headline."
Obama makes fun of poll focus, but in 18 months, the administration has spent at least $4.45 million on the services of seven different pollsters, according to records  compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Important Andrew Bacevich book coming next week. For a TomDispatch preview go here .
Powerful guest column  at Tom Ricks' Foreign Policy blog, probing U.S. soldier suicides: Is culprit that troubled troops feel they can not betray weakness?
Tough Nick Kristof column  blasting our spending on Afghan war as "a gross misallocation of resources. One legacy of the 9/11 attacks was a distortion of American policy: By the standards of history and cost-effectiveness, we are hugely overinvested in military tools and underinvested in education and diplomacy....Under Mr. Obama, we are now spending more money on the military, after adjusting for inflation, than in the peak of the cold war, Vietnam War or Korean War."
Expect big debate about this all day: Grunwald in TIME agrees with  Limbaugh--Gulf oil leak turned out to be a "nothingburger."
The Arizona immigrant law will still take effect Thursday, but a federal judge has blocked  sections that required officers to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws.... Andy Borowitz: "BREAKING: Defiant Arizona Governor Vows to Block Immigrants on Facebook."
CURIOUS ABOUT GEORGE Republicans reportedly worried  about publication of George W. Bush memoir affecting November election--while it's set to come out just after the voting, details and quotes are sure to emerge beforehand, perhaps controversial and also reminding voters of the party's prime albatross.
JULIAN LEMON Yeah, Julian Assange gave NYT the WIkiLeaks docs but he still has big issues  with the paper, such as the decision to discuss docs with gov't before publishing.... Political fallout from leak may not be strong in USA so far but quite different  story in Europe.
AFGHAN WARNINGS Richard C. Holbrooke admits  corruption gives Taliban best recruiting tool, and they use it.... My new piece  on Obama warned by experts about Afghanistan -- in November 2008 shortly before taking office.
ANY DEPORT IN A STORE Our own Chris Hayes on Maddow: Obama Has Deported  More Illegals Than Bush (video).
SOLOIST AND THE PRESIDENT Steve Lopez, the L.A. Times columnist who wrote the book The Soloist about street musician Nathanael Ayers -- later made into a movie starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx-- has a new piece  in the paper about accompanying "Mr. Ayers" to an unlikely gig, a performance for the president at the White House: "I was nervous because I knew he felt the pressure, and I was proud, because he'd come so far and represented the hope of so many."
YOU CAN IMAGINE WHERE I STAND ON THIS Last month, a study done by anti-Social Security advocates falsely claimed that Americans favor raising the age of retirement to 69. AmericaSpeaks has now corrected  the survey in an online report. Blogger David Dayen at Firedoglake.com spotted the correction.
BYTES AND PIECES RNC has to scrub  Facebook page after many anti-Semitic and conspiracy comments come to light.... Gross error in "liver replacement" story may cause  heads to roll at NY Post.... PBS ombud Mike Getler actually had to defend  recent Andy Borowitz Need to Know poking fun at Palin for her "refudiation."
Did you know the real threat of gays in the military? They may be savage Nazis at heart--as Hitler knew. The Gay Reichs report:
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One of the great soul songs of all-time, Al Green's "Take Me to the River." Yeah, love the Heads and Bryan Ferry versions but--come on!