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4:00 PM ET, July 29, 2012


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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 …
Washington Post:
Romney would ‘respect the decision’ of Israel to attack Iran to stop nuclear weapon capability, adviser says  —  View Photo Gallery — Romney continues overseas tour: The Republican presidential candidate began his week-long overseas tour with a stop in London, praising …
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Romney to allow press into Israel fundraiser after all  —  JERUSALEM — Mitt Romney's campaign has reversed a decision to not allow the media into a fundraiser here Monday morning, bowing to reporters' demand that they be allowed to record the Republican's address to some of his top donors.
Yossi Verter / Haaretz:
Romney cancels on Yacimovich after meeting with Netanyahu
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Report: Adviser says Romney would back Israeli attack on Iran
Associated Press:
Romney closing Israeli fundraiser to reporters
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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 …
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Scalia: ‘Handheld rocket launchers’ could be constitutional
Discussion: Applesauce
John Aloysius Farrell /
Scalia: Guns May be Regulated
Discussion: protein wisdom
Thomas M. Burton / Washington Wire:
Justice Scalia: 'I'm Not Cantankerous'
Discussion: USA Today and New York Magazine
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.
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Romney and Wife Go to Jerusalem's Western Wall
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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 …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
R.I.P. Inkblot  —  I hate to write this post, but all of you have been part of Inkblot's life for so long that I can hardly not do it.  One of our neighbors saw the flyers we posted around the neighborhood and called a few minutes ago to tell us that she had seen the body of a cat nearby.
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.
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?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Mary Kay Linge / New York Post:
Mayor Bloomberg pushing NYC hospitals to hide baby formula so more new moms will breast-feed  —  The nanny state is going after moms.  —  Mayor Bloomberg is pushing hospitals to hide their baby formula behind locked doors so more new mothers will breast-feed.
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
CNN Plays ‘Stupid Girls’ Before Story About Sarah Palin Visiting Chick-Fil-A  —  Remember last November when Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was disgracefully greeted with the song “Lyin' A— B—ch” during her appearance on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon?
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
House GOP lawmakers double down on Muslim Brotherhood comments  —  Republican lawmakers who demanded an investigation into whether Hillary Clinton's deputy chief of staff is a covert agent for the Muslim Brotherhood said this week they have no regrets.  —  Former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Arms-trade treaty talks collapse, supporters rip Obama  —  I doubt anyone reading Hot Air will mind this, but it looks like the UN won't get a chance to dictate terms of the Second Amendment any time soon.  Yesterday evening, talks on an international arms-trade treaty collapsed when the US …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:   Obama blamed for failure of international arms-trade treaty
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NY Daily News:
NYPD detective suspended after cops find man tied up and being held for ransom in officer's garage
Newsweek Calls Romney A “Wimp”
Discussion: Lean Forward
Associated Press:
Lake Delton dyed a tourist-pleasing blue
Discussion: Daily Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Romney's problem? Americans don't like him as much as Obama, polls say.
New York Times:
Too Few Doctors in Many U.S. Communities
Sunday on ‘This Week’: Robert Gibbs and Kevin Madden
Discussion: CNN and The Political Carnival
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Political Memo: Obama Campaign Takes Gamble in Going Negative