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The group Wikileaks has released a video that it describes as showing "the indiscriminate slaying" by U.S. troops "of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad," including two Reuters employees.

The graphic and disturbing video, which a senior military official told the AP is authentic, shows 17 minutes of footage taken from the air. In it, US helicopters fire on a group of men after concluding that several of them are holding weapons.

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In a recent speech to supporters, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) mocked Sarah Palin.

"I was going to give a few remarks on the people who were here a week ago Saturday," Reid began, referring to the Tea Party rally Palin appeared at in his hometown of Searchlight, Nevada. "But I couldn't write it all over my hands."

"You betcha," Reid added.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will host a town hall event tomorrow with California Senate candidate and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina at Affinity Medical Technologies in Irvine, CA.

According to a press release, the town hall will focus on health care reform and the economy.

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The Las Vegas Sun has taken a deep-dive look into the reputation that Sen. John Ensign enjoys among those who know him -- and come back with some pretty damning testimony.

Reports the paper:

In interviews with the Las Vegas Sun, more than a dozen friends, associates and Republican allies, some of whom have known Ensign for years, describe him as a politician who has grown narcissistic and reckless -- a detached, self-righteous figure with almost no regard for those who helped send him to Washington or keep him there.

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The labor union offensive in the Democratic primary against Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln is continuing with a new ad from Communications Workers of America.

"Middle-class jobs are disappearing, thanks to Washington politicians like Blanche Lincoln," the announcer says. "For 15 years, Lincoln supported bad trade deals, killing jobs in Arkansas, shipping our jobs to Mexico, China and South America. It wasn't an accident. Lincoln took millions from Washington special interests -- $2.3 million from Wall Street, $1.1 million from Big Oil. She listens to them. Not us."

This is the kind of rhetoric we would normally expect to see a union use against a Republican incumbent. But this time, the attacks are being lobbed against a Dem Senator, who is being challenged in her primary from the left by Lt. Gov. Bill Halter.

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Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), the GOP's top negotiator on financial regulation, has approached his counterpart, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd, with a compromise proposal on one of the most contentious issues in the debate over imposing new rules on Wall Street: the consumer financial protection bureau.

Shelby's offer is said to be very similar to the independent entity Dodd proposed in the initial draft of his regulatory reform legislation, and, on the merits, of great interest to Dodd himself, who has been seeking GOP support for a comprehensive overhaul for several months.

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A new USA Today/Gallup poll out today shows that President Obama continues to ride a surge in approval of his handling of health care reform since helping signing historic health care reform into law last month.

While support for the bill itself appears to have fallen back to pre-reform numbers showing a majority opposed to Democratic-led reforms, the numbers continue to show that Obama personally scored a political win when he signed the reform bill, boosting public perception of his handling of a signature issue from the 2008 campaign.

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