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3:20 AM ET, July 29, 2012

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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 …
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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Romney Breaks Agreement with Media: Bans Media From Covering Jerusalem Fundraiser  —  Presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney must be very sure that he will prevail in the end because he is creating a press narrative that is like an almost too simple jigsaw puzzle.
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 …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney Cuts Off Press Access To Israeli Fundraiser Following London Gaffes
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
For Romney, an Olympic Stage Less Welcoming Than the One in 2002
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney looks for a breakout moment in Israel to salvage foreign trip
Discussion: The Mahablog
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
Bombshell: Koch-Funded Study Finds ‘Global Warming Is Real’, ‘On The High End’ And ‘Essentially All’ Due To Carbon Pollution … The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Study (BEST) is poised to release its findings next week on the cause of recent global warming.
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 …
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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.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Political Memo: Obama Campaign Takes Gamble in Going Negative  —  CHICAGO — As President Obama pushes Mitt Romney to release more of his tax returns, a television commercial from his campaign bluntly says, “Makes you wonder if some years he's paid any taxes at all.”
Discussion: The Caucus
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Obama blamed for failure of international arms-trade treaty  —  The United Nations indefinitely suspended action on an international arms trade treaty Friday after the United States and several other countries asked for more time.  —  The decision sparked angry reactions …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Arms-trade treaty talks collapse, supporters rip Obama
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.”
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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Pelosi: Republicans using Israel policy to distract Jewish voters
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Pelosi: Republican Jews ‘Being Exploited’
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
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 …
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Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Philadelphia to Consider Resolution Condemning Chick-fil-A
Elaine Porterfield / Reuters:   Amazon's Jeff Bezos, wife, make $2.5 million donation for gay marriage
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.
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: Gothamist and Prairie Weather
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Poll Shows McCaskill Way Behind  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) trails all three of her potential Republican rivals, according to a new survey conducted for two Missouri news outlets, cementing her status as this cycle's most vulnerable incumbent.  —  Businessman John Brunner (R) …
Katharine Lotze / The Huffington Post:
Wedding Banned: Black Couple Told They Can't Wed In Baptist Church … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Racism, Banned Wedding, Baptist Church Bans Wedding, Blacks Banned, Deep South, Slideexpand, Photo Galleries, Southern Racism, Wedding Banned, White Church Bans Black Wedding, Weddings News
CNN:
TRENDING: Rubio phones into campaign event after plane makes emergency landing  —  (CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio will not attend a Saturday campaign event in Iowa after his plane made an “emergency landing” in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Sunday, the Florida Republican tweeted.  —  “Bad news,” he wrote.
Discussion: Politico
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
A federal court ruled against the contraceptive mandate.  Here's what happens next.  —  The U.S. District Court for Colorado on Friday blocked the Obama administration from requiring an air-conditioning company in Colorado to provide no co-pay contraceptives to its employees, as the Affordable Care Act directs.
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Federal court allows company to ignore birth-control mandate
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
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Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Rep. Camp to undergo treatment for cancer
Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
Florida Ethics Commission Tosses Out Case Against Rubio
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Where's the Outrage?
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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