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The five must-read blogs from today on Cameron's "loose talk", Rupert Murdoch, and terrorism.

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1. The white-washing of Labour's defeat must be challenged

At Liberal Conspiracy, Owen Jones rejects the argument that Labour lost the election because of its refusal to say where it would cut.

2. David Cameron's 'loose talk' annoys America

Who could Robert Gates have had in mind when he criticised "loose talk" about military options in Libya, asks Benedict Brogan.

3. Rupert Murdoch and the BSkyB takeover: how powerful will it make him?

Over at the Guardian Datablog, Simon Rogers shares a visualisation of News Corps' role, and analyses what impact this deal could have.

4. Conservative anger as Clegg prepares to break with Cameron over extremism

ConservativeHome's Paul Goodman reports that Clegg will use a speech in Luton to challenge Cameron's position on counter-terrorism.

5. David Cameron reprimanded over smears by Eric Pickles' special adviser

Political Scrapbook notes that Sir Gus O'Donnell has taken the unprecendented step of reprimanding the PM over the behaviour of Tory special advisers.