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Afternoon Lede Check, 4.16.14

3 hours agoIndustries / Media : FishbowlDC

A secret government report says the Afghan government is not prepared for US troops to leave; Pres. Obama chides Republicans on immigration; and hundreds of thousands of DC residents need to get new drivers licenses. From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump… continued… New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.

Female Afghan lawmaker shot in leg during assassination attempt in Kabul

A female Afghan lawmaker was wounded in a shooting that her sister called a political attack, but which the government on Wednesday described as resulting from an undetermined personal dispute with a police officer.

Prince Harry Put at Risk of Taliban Attack by 'Complacent' Military Commanders

Prince Harry was put at risk from the Taliban because "complacent" British commanders failed to stop them storming the Afghan base where he was serving, according to a report by Commons Defence Select Committee. The report said thatShow More Summary


The Washington Times says it has obtained confidential documents which show that the U.S. government believes that the bulk of the Afghan government is not prepared to rule on its own. The Times says the State Department attempted to conceal the findings from the public.


President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White in a May 13 White House ceremony for conspicuous gallantry while serving in Afghanistan’s Nuristan province Nov. 9, 2007, White House officials announced today. White left the Army in July 2011 and now lives in Charlotte, N.C., where he works as […]

Karzai Condemns Air Strike Over ‘Civilian Casualties’

21 hours agoNews : Truthdig

Karzai condemns air strike over ‘civilian casualties’ (via AFP) Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday condemned a US air strike in an eastern border province that allegedly killed a woman and two of her children. The incident occurred overnight in a village in Nadir Shah Kot district in the province of Khost,…

27-Year-Old Soldier To Receive Medal Of Honor For Heroics During Hellish 16-Hour Afghan Battle

A former Army sergeant will be awarded the Medal of Honor on May 13 for his heroics during a hellish 2007 battle in Afghanistan, The White House announced today. Former Sgt. Kyle J. White, who was just 20 years old during the firefight on Nov. Show More Summary

Tonight's Recommended Show: The Triumphant Return of Afghan Whigs!

(Showbox at the Market) The first band from outside the Northwest to be signed to Sub Pop Records, Cincinnati’s Afghan Whigs and their grungy garage rock fit right in alongside their early-’90s labelmates. Fronted by whiskey-soaked sleazemuffin...Show More Summary

Afghan Whigs released 'Do the Beast,' expand tour, playing Beacon Theatre in October w/ Charles Bradley (dates, streams)

Afghan Whigs at Coachella last weekend (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin) Afghan Whigs today (4/15) released Do the Beast, the band's first album in 16 years. You can stream the whole thing, via Rdio, in this post. The band just...

TVD Vinyl Giveaway: The Afghan Whigs, Do to the Beast Test Pressing

Since splitting up and reuniting from 2007 until 2011, alt-rockers the Afghan Whigs have regrouped, once again, and this time for more than just live performances.  Earlier this year, the Afghan Whigs announced the official release date of their first album in sixteen years. Show More Summary

Innovative sounds: Afghan Whigs come rocking back after 16 year absence

Also hear the smooth crooning of Australian musician Chet Faker, and the feel-good lo-fi sounds of the band Woods

This Week's Interesting Music Releases - April 15, 2014

The Afghan Whigs' first new album in 16 years, Do to the Beast, is out today. I can also recommend the following new releases: Cloud Cult's Unplug, Courtney Barnett's The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, Woods' With...

Shorties (Stephen King's Books Ranked, Greg Dulli on the Afghan Whigs Reunion, and more)

Vulture ranked all 64 of Stephen King's books. Drowned in Sound and Flavorwire interviewed Greg Dulli about the Afghan Whigs reunion. Wondering Sound interviewed Aimee Mann and Ted Leo about their new duo, The Both. Roxane Gay explored the reasons...

Gunmen Abduct Afghan Deputy Minister in Kabul

(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Gunmen abducted the Afghan deputy public works minister in Kabul on Tuesday, officials said, a grim reminder of the insecurity plaguing Afghanistan as most foreign troops prepare to withdraw from the country at the end of the year. Ahmad Shah Wahid was on his way to work when five gunmen ran his…

Music Review: The Afghan Whigs are back from the dead, not that Do To The Beast shows it

During The Afghan Whigs’ initial run of great albums—its second, 1990’s Up In It, through its sixth, 1998’s 1965—the band moved through styles like a con man through a room full of marks. Two elements, though, were constant: Greg Dulli’s...Show More Summary

What Are You Doing This Week? Stranger Critics Answer the Question

CatCam 420 "The Grudgemaster" Emily Nokes: "Tonight, I'm going to get stoned to the bone and check out the strange musical offerings of Goat at Neumos. Tomorrow, I'll probably pop into the Afghan Whigs show at the Showbox since I've never seen them live. Show More Summary

Abdullah, Ghani Likely to Square Off in Second Afghan Vote

Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani look likely to enter a second round of voting in what has so far been a largely peaceful election.

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