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4:00 PM ET, July 28, 2012


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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
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.
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
Craig Howie / Politico:
Palin visits Chick-fil-A  —  Sarah Palin waded into the controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A and gay marriage by tweeting a picture of herself and husband Todd visiting the fast-food chain Friday after a Texas campaign stop.  —  “Stopped by Chick-fil-A in The Woodlands to support a great business …
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
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 …
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 …
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Ron Paul / CNN:
Ron Paul campaign to challenge all Louisiana delegates
Discussion: Hit & Run
Elaine Porterfield / Reuters:
Amazon's Jeff Bezos, wife, make $2.5 million donation for gay marriage
Discussion: Right Wing News and Fox News
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
Judson Berger / Fox News:
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
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Maryland police may have thwarted shooting
New York Times:
Apple Officials Said to Consider Stake in Twitter
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Ros Wynne-Jones / Guardian:
London 2012: the Olympic athletes who have defied the odds
Delco election official vows to defy ID law