Lunchtime Links: August 19, 2010

The last U.S. combat brigade has left Iraq, signaling an official end to Operation Iraqi Freedom seven years after the war began.


More than four million Pakistanis have been made homeless by nearly three weeks of floods, the United Nations said on Thursday, making the critical task of securing greater amounts of aid more urgent. The U.N. had earlier said that two million people had lost their homes in the worst floods in Pakistan's history.

A substantial and growing number of Americans say that Barack Obama is a Muslim, while the proportion saying he is a Christian has declined. More than a year and a half into his presidency, a plurality of the public says they do not know what religion Obama follows.

Moving its way out of bankruptcy and government oversight, General Motors announced plans to re-enter the marketplace with an initial public offering.

Brett Favre said the camaraderie he felt with Minnesota Vikings teammates lead him back for his 20th – and what he claims will unquestionably be – his final season.

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