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1:25 AM ET, July 31, 2012

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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Most Striking Thing About Mitt Romney's Overseas Trip...  ...has been the press coverage.  It has been hypercritical, to put it mildly.  It started in England, where Romney's observation that certain logistical issues relating to the Olympic Games were “disconcerting” …
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Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
White House Takes Note of Romney's Rocky Road Trip  —  The White House was subtly gleeful today as Mitt Romney's campaign dealt with the latest group to be offended during the Republican presidential candidate's overseas tour that was intended to showcase his foreign policy credentials.
CNN:
Romney camp: No further tax returns, despite ‘audit’ remark
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Romney Comments on Palestinians Draw Criticism
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
ROMNEY COMMENTS AT FUNDRAISER OUTRAGE PALESTINIANS
Paul Werdel / Talking Points Memo:
Just Wow  —  I wrote on Friday that ahead of his visit to Israel …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
John Koblin / Deadspin:
NBC's No. 1 Tweeting Critic Has Been Suspended From Twitter  —  Guy Adams is The Independent's Los Angeles bureau chief.  During the Olympics so far, he has carved out a nice spot on the how-much-NBC's-coverage-sucks beat.  Now his Twitter account has been suspended—supposedly because NBC had it cut off after he complained:
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Guy Adams / The Independent:
NBCFail: Journalist at The Independent has Twitter account suspended after complaining …
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Republican Moderates Tire of Leaders' Tea Party Tilt  —  Speaker John Boehner has been trying to keep the right happy.  Now he's facing restive moderates, House Republicans say.  —  House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio takes part in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday …
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Rep. LaTourette will retire at end of term  —  Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio) will retire at the end of his term, two Republican sources have confirmed to The Hill.  —  LaTourette, a centrist and longtime ally of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) who has broken with party leaders on a number …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Joe Vardon / The Columbus Dispatch:
Republican lawmaker LaTourette won't seek re-election, sources say
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Chinese dissident to meet with Boehner, Pelosi
Discussion: Politico
Jon Ham / Right Angles:
Newsweek's cover for next week?  —  As you all know by now, Newsweek this week featured a Mitt Romney cover with “The Wimp Factor” as the headline.  It's a replay of an old hit job on President George H. W. Bush in 1992.  This is an example of the media making up a meme and pushing …
Discussion: Power Line
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Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Wall Street Already Betting On Who Wins in November  —  With just 100 days left until the U.S. presidential election, investors are beginning to make bigger bets on which candidate will carry the day.  —  One analysis concludes that last week's sharp three-day market surge can only mean …
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
DEA Gone Wild  —  This Houston Chronicle story is terrifying: … This jackass DEA adventure has driven Mr. Patty to the edge of bankruptcy, and possibly toward an even worse fate: … In short, the DEA here commandeered private property from a law-abiding businessman and ineptly deployed …
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Dane Schiller / Houston Chronicle:
Truck owner wants DEA to pay up after botched sting
Discussion: The Agitator
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Democratic platform draft includes marriage equality plank: sources  — Stumble upon something good?  Share it on StumbleUpon  — Send via Email  — Send this page to Print Friendly  —  Rep. Barney Frank confirmed Monday that a marriage equality plank will appear in the Democratic Party platform …
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Byron Tau / Politico:
White House: ‘Fabrication’ that Obama called off bin Laden raid  —  The White House called a report that President Obama called off the raid on Osama bin Laden three times a “fabrication.”  —  In a new book previewed by the Daily Caller, author Richard Miniter alleges that Obama called off …
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Reuters:
Saudi woman allowed to compete in hijab  —  LONDON (Reuters) - A female Saudi fighter will take part in the Olympic judo competition after being allowed to wear an Islamic headscarf, or hijab, of a specific design, officials said on Monday.  —  Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic Online:
64 Nations Can Watch the Olympics Free and Live on YouTube, and the U.S. Isn't One of Them
Discussion: Gizmodo
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
In U.S., Bill Clinton at His Most Popular  —  Solid majorities of whites, independents, and all age groups view him favorably  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Two-thirds of Americans — 66% — have a favorable opinion of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, tying his record-high favorability rating recorded …
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CNN:
CNN's GUT CHECK for July 30, 2012
Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times:
Exclusive: Five ATF officials found responsible for Fast and Furious  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, co-authored a report finding that five senior ATF officials were responsible for the Fast and Furious operation.
Discussion: Nice Deb and Hot Air
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
Daily Caller Goes Hardcore XXX!  —  Feeling a little frisky this morning?  Then you may want to head over to The Daily Caller.  —  “Who's Calling The Shots?” was the actual red bold headline on a story this morning on The Daily Caller website by Executive Editor David Martosko regarding …
Andy Bull / Guardian:
Ye's world record Olympic swim ‘disturbing’, says top US coach  —  • Chinese 16-year-old who swam faster than Ryan Lochte compared to East Germans  —  • John Leonard says gold medal time was ‘not believable to many people’  —  China has become embroiled in the first doping controversy …
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Romney praises health care in Israel, where research says ‘strong government influence’ has driven down costs  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had some very kind things to say about the Israeli health care system at a fundraiser there Monday.
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Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
Jonah Lehrer Resigns From The New Yorker After Making Up Dylan Quotes for His Book  —  2:12 p.m. |  Updated Jonah Lehrer, the staff writer for The New Yorker who apologized in June for recycling his previous work in articles, blogs and his best-selling book “Imagine,” resigned from the magazine, he said in a statement.
CNN:
Ehud Barak sings praises of Obama administration  —  (CNN) - Israel's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak said the Obama White House has been the most supportive administration throughout the two countries' diplomatic relations on matters of Israeli security …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Press Secretary Marries ABC Reporter  —  A deputy press secretary for Barack Obama's reelection campaign married an ABC reporter over the weekend.  The ABC reporter, Matthew Jaffe, “covering the 2012 presidential campaign,” according to his biography on the website of ABC News.
 
 
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Rush Limbaugh:
Collectivist Gift to Obama: Olympic Opening Ceremony Honors National Health Care!
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Byron Tau / Politico:
Clinton defends Abedin, praises McCain
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