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11:00 PM ET, July 29, 2012

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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Romney: You bet Jerusalem is the capital  —  Without specifically criticizing President Obama in his speech in Jerusalem, Mitt Romney delivered a blow to the Obama campaign's frantic efforts to defend the president's hostile stance toward the Jewish state simply by saying …
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Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Key Pro-Israel Obama Ally Splits  —  Dennis Ross, who had worked with the Obama team since 2008, had the ear of the pro-Israel lobby.  Now he's bowing out of politics, Eli Lake reports, just when Obama needs him most.  —  As Republican donors are financing multimillion-dollar campaigns …
Discussion: Via Meadia, Informed Comment and Newsy
Daniel Pipes:
Romney's Remarkable Speech in Jerusalem
Discussion: Power Line and The Right Scoop
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Romney to allow press into Israel fundraiser after all
Washington Post:
Romney would ‘respect the decision’ of Israel to attack Iran to stop nuclear weapon capability, adviser says
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Mitt Romney: A Candidate With a Serious Wimp Problem  —  Dodging reporters, fearing his base, hiding his taxes—is Mitt Romney just too insecure to be president?  In Newsweek, Michael Tomasky surveys a history of presidential manliness and asks just where Mitt would fit amid the studly swagger of Dubya and Reagan.
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BuzzFeed:
Newsweek Calls Romney A “Wimp”  —  The magazine revives the cover line it famously used to needle George H.W. Bush in 1987.  “Is he just too insecure to be president?”  UPDATE: Romney reacts.  —  McKay Coppins  —  an hour ago  —  22 responses
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Dick Cheney: Picking Sarah Palin for VP Was ‘A Mistake’  —  Dick Cheney has some advice for Mitt Romney on choosing a running mate: Don't pick another Sarah Palin.  —  In his first interview since receiving a heart transplant in March, Cheney told ABC News, that John McCain's decision …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Cheney: Palin pick in '08 “a mistake”  —  As we wait for Mitt Romney to pick his running mate in the next few weeks, the last successful GOP running mate has been privately advising the current GOP nominee and the head of his VP search committee, Beth Myers.
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Scalia Suggests ‘Hand-Held Rocket Launchers’ Are Protected Under Second Amendment  —  This morning on Fox News Sunday, Justice Antonin Scalia reiterated just how extremely his Constitutional originalism can be applied.  Referring to the recent shooting in Aurora, CO, host Chris Wallace asked …
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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Scalia: ‘Handheld rocket launchers’ could be constitutional
Discussion: Applesauce
John Aloysius Farrell / NationalJournal.com:
Scalia: Guns May be Regulated
Discussion: protein wisdom
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Justice Antonin Scalia on issues facing SCOTUS and the country
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Althouse
Thomas M. Burton / Washington Wire:
Justice Scalia: 'I'm Not Cantankerous'
Discussion: USA Today and New York Magazine
Bill Keller / The New York Times:
WikiLeaks, A Post Postscript  —  AS rumors build about the potential financial blockade against the New York Times by Visa, Mastercard, and American Express for hosting U.S. government cables published by WikiLeaks, I find myself in the awkward position of having to defend WikiLeaks.
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Romney Not Sure If He's Paid Less Than 13.9% in Taxes  —  JERUSALEM - Mitt Romney could not say today whether he had ever paid a tax rate lower than 13.9 percent, saying he would have to “go back and check.”  —  In an exclusive interview with ABC News' David Muir to air tonight on World News …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and ABCNEWS
Andrew Hacker / New York Times:
Is Algebra Necessary?  —  A TYPICAL American school day finds some six million high school students and two million college freshmen struggling with algebra.  In both high school and college, all too many students are expected to fail.  Why do we subject American students to this ordeal?
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Temple Mount Tackiness  —  Today is Tisha b'Av, the ninth of Av, a Jewish day of fasting and mourning.  It is on this day that the First and Second Temples were destroyed.  The Western Wall, in Jerusalem, is a retaining wall of the Second Temple.  It is, especially on this day, a locus of prayer and reflection.
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Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Romney and Wife Go to Jerusalem's Western Wall
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Dem lawmakers to announce bill limiting online ammo sales  —  Two Democratic lawmakers on Monday will announce new legislation to regulate the online and mail-order sale of ammunition.  —  Sen. Frank Lautenberg (N.J.) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (N.Y.) said the new law would make the sale of ammunition …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Richard A. Muller / New York Times:
The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic  —  CALL me a converted skeptic.  Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming.  Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists …
 
 
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Colin Freeman / Telegraph:
Foreign Office investigates reports of Britons among Islamist kidnappers of journalists in Syria
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Wynton Hall / BREITBART.COM:
DEMOCRATS BACKPEDAL AS CHINA READIES $15.1 BILLION CANADIAN OIL DEAL
Mary Pilon / New York Times:
American Takes Gold in Women's Skeet, Setting Records
Gopal Ratnam / Bloomberg:
Panetta Heads to Middle East as Iran Dominates Israel Talks
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Peter Edelman / New York Times:
Poverty in America: Why Can't We End It?
Robin Bravender / Politico:
Ayotte defends Romney's London gaffes
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and Slate
Joyce Lau / New York Times:
Thousands Protest China's Plans for Hong Kong Schools
Discussion: The Peking Duck
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BuzzFeed:
Romney Gets Date Wrong In Netanyahu Guestbook Message
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
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ABCNEWS:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Robert Gibbs and Kevin Madden
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
NY Daily News:
NYPD detective suspended after cops find man tied up and being held for ransom in officer's garage
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
House GOP lawmakers double down on Muslim Brotherhood comments
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story