Lunchtime Links: August 26, 2010

A top aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai who is the subject of corruption allegations has been a longtime cooperator with the CIA.

Insurgents unleashed a wave of coordinated attacks across Iraq on Wednesday in a demonstration of their ability to strike at will, offering their counterpoint to American aspirations of bringing the war in Iraq “to a responsible end.”

A federal court upheld Christian humanitarian organization World Vision’s right to hire only Christian employees. The 9th District Court of Appeals held that the Seattle-based ministry is exempt from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibiting religious discrimination since it makes it clear it is a religiously-based institution.

Ken Mehlman, President George W. Bush's campaign manager in 2004 and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, has told family and associates that he is gay.

Google’s popular Gmail service will now allow users to make free phone calls in the U.S. and Canada.

Tiger Woods is off to a strong start at The Barclays tournament in New Jersey.

Summer TV ratings were relatively flat, with cable shows Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) and Covert Affairs (USA) making the biggest splashes.

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