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5:20 PM ET, July 28, 2012


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KBOI 2 News:
Does billboard comparing Obama to alleged shooter go too far?  —  On Franklin Blvd in Caldwell.  —  RELATED CONTENT  —  CALDWELL, Idaho (KBOI) - A Caldwell billboard is raising questions in the Treasure Valley as it compares President Obama to accused Colorado killer, James Holmes.
Katy Moeller / Idaho Statesman:
Political billboard in Caldwell equates Obama and Colorado shooting suspect  —  An electronic board on Franklin Road in Caldwell juxtaposes photos of James Holmes, accused of killing 12 in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater last week, with President Obama.  About Holmes, it says …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Politico
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Pelosi: President Obama's Been to Israel ‘Over and Over Again’  —  Daniel Halper has called attention to Nancy Pelosi's remarkable interview with Al Hunt on the topic of Barack Obama and Israel.  I'd note one comment in particular: Pelosi's claim that President Obama “has been there [Israel] over and over again.”
Pelosi Says Republicans Use Israel To Distract (Transcript)  —  U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said in an interview on Bloomberg Television's “Political Capital With Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that Republicans are using Israel in this year's political campaigns to distract from their tax-cutting agenda.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Pelosi: Republican Jews ‘Being Exploited’
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Romney campaign closes Israel fundraiser to press  —  JERUSALEM—Mitt Romney's campaign is barring members of the news media from attending a Monday fundraiser here, a change from their standard practice of making finance events open to a pool reporter.  —  Romney is slated to raise money …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney bans media from Jerusalem fundraiser, violating pre-established protocol  —  JERUSALEM — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who touched down here Saturday night for a day of meetings with top Israeli and Palestinian leaders, plans to wrap up his visit to Israel by collecting money …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney Cuts Off Press Access To Israeli Fundraiser Following London Gaffes
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
Gray opposes Chick-fil-A expansion; calls it ‘hate chicken’  —  D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said Friday he would not support an expansion of Chick-fil-A in the District, referring to it as “hate chicken.”  —  Gray issued his statement on Twitter after mayors in Boston, Chicago and San Francisco …
Elaine Porterfield / Reuters:
Amazon's Jeff Bezos, wife, make $2.5 million donation for gay marriage
Discussion: Right Wing News and Fox News
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
A 5-Ring Circus: Olympic Opening Is Oddly, Confidently British  —  LONDON — With its hilariously quirky Olympic opening ceremony, a wild jumble of the celebratory and the fanciful; the conventional and the eccentric; and the frankly off-the-wall, Britain presented itself to the world Friday night …
Daily Mail:
Michelle Obama goes for stunning all-white look to take on Duchess Kate in dazzling fashion face-off at Buckingham Palace  — The look continues the red, white and blue fashion theme she has been maintaining since her arrival in London this morning  — The event preceded …
Discussion: Althouse, The Hill and Rumproast
Timothy Burke / Deadspin:
Here's The Opening Ceremony Tribute To Terrorism Victims NBC Doesn't Want You To See  —  The major transitional element of today's London Olympics opening ceremony was a downtempo performance of adoptive sporting anthem “Abide With Me” by Scottish singer Emeli Sandé.
Traci Klein / Mayo Clinic News:
Statement by Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., distributed by Mayo Clinic  —  Rochester, Minn. — Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has arrived at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for extensive inpatient evaluation for depression and gastrointestinal issues.  —  Further information will be released …
Associated Press:   Jesse Jackson Jr. in Mayo Clinic for depression
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:   Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. treated for depression at Mayo Clinic
Chicago Tribune:
Mayo Clinic: Rep. Jackson being evaluated for depression, ‘gastrointestinal issues’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Federal court allows company to ignore birth-control mandate  —  A federal court said Friday that a Colorado-based company does not have to comply with the Obama administration's birth-control mandate because of the employer's religious beliefs.  —  Several businesses and religious groups …
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
A federal court ruled against the contraceptive mandate. Here's what happens next.
New York Times:
Behind Big Political Gifts, a Mysterious Donor  —  It is a small apartment in a scrubby section of Jamaica, Queens, where the average household income is $33,800 and many residents receive government assistance.  —  But from this unlikely address, nearly $900,000 has flowed to the campaign accounts …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Where's the Outrage?  —  Are too many Democratic voters sleepwalking away from our democracy this election cycle, not nearly outraged enough about Big Money's undue influence and Republican state legislatures changing the voting rules?  —  It seems so.  —  A Gallup poll released this week found that …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Gary Mihoces / USA Today:
U.S. wrestler gives Michelle Obama a lift  —  LONDON - Body lifts are routine in Olympic wrestling.  —  U.S. wrestler Elena Pirozhkova hoisted first lady Michelle Obama off the ground in a kinder, gentler and most uncommon fashion Friday.  —  It happened during the first lady's visit …
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Fla. Republican: We wanted to suppress black votes  —  Florida's disgraced former GOP chairman says the party had meetings about “keeping blacks from voting”  —  In the debate over new laws meant to curb voter fraud in places like Florida, Democrats always charge that Republicans are trying …
Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
Florida Ethics Commission Tosses Out Case Against Rubio
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Blowing the whistle on the federal Leviathan
Katharine Lotze / The Huffington Post:
Wedding Banned: Black Couple Told They Can't Wed In Baptist Church
Ron Paul / CNN:
Ron Paul campaign to challenge all Louisiana delegates
Discussion: Hit & Run
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The politics of horse ballet
Discussion: Althouse and Business Insider
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
DNC Homepage Shows More Romney Attack Ads Than Obama Accomplishments
Discussion: Hot Air
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
White House projects $1.2 trillion deficit, lower economic growth in 2012
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Indiana company scraps plans for expansion over ObamaCare device tax
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney looks for a breakout moment in Israel to salvage foreign trip
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama: GOP plan is to spend ‘trillions more on tax cuts for the wealthy’
Discussion: The Other McCain and Politico
Daily Mail: