A new blog with frequent updates, with the latest at the top, à la my long-running WikiLeaks News & Views blog. My Nation associate Kevin Donohoe is helping out mightily with links, as is Barbara Bedway. Speaking of scandal, my new book Atomic Cover-Up just out , in print and as e-book.

UPDATE: Tuesday edition of this blog.

5:40  Lulz Security (ironically) hacks UK site for Murdoch paper , puts up fake story of Murdoch dying from a drug overdose.  "Murdoch, aged 80, has said to have ingested a large quantity of palladium before stumbling into his famous topiary garden late last night, passing out in the early hours of the morning. ”We found the chemicals sitting beside a kitchen table, recently cooked," one officer states. ‘From what we can gather, Murdoch melted and consumed large quantities of it before exiting into his garden’."

4:45 Police examine bag with computer & papers found in bin near Rebekah Brooks’s home.  Husband tried to retrieve — claims it’s his but could not prove it.  Was turned over to cops.  Fun!

3:40  New from NYT: :  News Corp execs tried for years to shift blame on hacking. Recent leaks aimed at Coulson, Met.  Much more. 

3:00 Nick Davies on Sean Hoare, who first blew the whistle on hacking and now found dead (see below): a "lovely man" who "found himself up to his elbows in drugs and delirium" 

1:15 NOTW guy who first blew whistle on hacking found dead. Police says "unexplained" but perhaps not  "suspicious."  "Sean Hoare, the former News of the World showbiz reporter who was the first named journalist to allege Andy Coulson was aware of phone hacking by his staff, has been found dead, the Guardian has learned. Hoare, who worked on the Sun and the News of the World with Coulson before being dismissed for drink and drugs problems, is said to have been found dead at his Watford home."

12:10 News Corp. shareholders suddenly talking about the company’s break-up value

11:30 Roy Greenslade of the Guardian calls on Nick Clegg to lead move to oust his “boss” David Cameron. “This is just the right moment to unseat a prime minister who has forfeited his right to the office. The string of policy U-turns previously indicated that he is devoid of political touch. But his lack of judgment has been acutely exposed in relation to the phone-hacking scandal.”

10:55 Proving once and for all that it is not a news outlet but a propaganda organ, Fox News STILL silent on the phone hacking scandal. Come on Wemple, still okay with you?

10:40 In other scandalous news, Google has just suspended ad for my new book questioning atomic bombings—claiming it “promotes violence”!

10:20 Yet another shoe drops, as John Yates, asst. commissioner at Scotland Yard, resigns, the day after his boss.

10:00 Phone hacking resignation statements: visualised and listed http://is.gd/ZA5Z1F (h/t @matttbastard)

9:55 True lesson of scandal? Down with the BBC?

8:55 We linked to it last night but if you missed classic/pathetic WSJ editorial, here’s chance to catch up. Remember all those who said Murdoch taking over paper was good thing a few years ago? At least Joe Nocera has apologized in NYT.

8:45 From the Guardian just now: “BSkyB today said it did not expect James Murdoch to be pushed as chairman of the board despite a growing view among non-executive directors that his position may be untenable. It said it had ‘no specific comment’ to make about claims by the BBC’s Robert Peston that the non-executives felt Murdoch was ‘fighting the fires’ at News Corporation—where he deputy chief operating officer.”

8:30 A resignation letter with no “sorry” or “regret.”

8:00 PM David Cameron has cut a trip to Africa and ordered a ” one-day delay to MPs’ summer break to allow parliament to discuss further developments in the phone-hacking scandal.”

12:00 The Guardian’s editor Alan Rusbridger has an article in this week’s Newsweek on how the paper helped break the Murdoch scandal. Rusbridger discusses Nick Davies’s critical role in both the paper’s coverage of WikiLeaks and the phone-hacking scandal. This week’s issue also has an analysis of the Brooks arrest and a look at possible regulations on the British press.

From late Sunday

David Carr of NYT, rips Murdoch in tomorrow’s column, buying his way out of past legal issues, and more. He “has used blunt force spending to skate past judgment, agreeing to payments to settle legal cases and, undoubtedly more important, silence its critics.”

Our pal WLLegal tweets: “In outrageous op-ed defending Murdoch, WSJ says Guardian can’t criticize journalism standards bc they publish WikiLeaks on.wsj.com/nYbqSx.” But: “Here are some of many WSJ foreign policy stories citing WL cables: on.wsj.com/ooiYBL on.wsj.com/qrb4Lk on.wsj.com/pu0oBG.”

Think Progress notes that despite covering the phone hacking scandal 107 times in the past month, CNN has neglected to mention primetime host Piers Morgan’s (former NOTW and more) connection to the scandal.

Scotland Yard Chief Sir Paul Stephenson has resigned. In a press conference he said his position was “in danger of being eclipsed by the ongoing debate by senior officers and the media. And this can never be right…. I had no knowledge of, or involvement in, the original investigation into phone hacking in 2006 that successfully led to the conviction and imprisonment of two men. I had no reason to believe this was anything other than a successful investigation. I was unaware that there were any other documents in our possession of the nature that have now emerged.”

The Daily Mail reports that Rebekah Brooks intervened to persuade David Cameron to make ex–News of the World editor Andy Coulson his spin doctor” and vetoed the appointment of a former BBC journalist.

Lawyer for family of dead girl, the Dowlers, Mark Lewis tells Sky News timing of Brooks arrest “stinks.”

Updates on Brooks arrest: Big concerns now that she will not appear before Parliament probe on Tuesday. And BBC guy just tweeted: “News Int sources say they had no inkling Rebekah Brooks would be arrested when discussing her resignation last week.”

Vanity Fair’s James Wolcott writes that “if the fall of the house of Murdoch is a tragedy, it’s the feel-good tragedy of the century.”