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6:30 PM ET, July 29, 2012


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Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Mitt Romney: A Candidate With a Serious Wimp Problem  —  Dodging reporters, fearing his base, hiding his taxes—is Mitt Romney just too insecure to be president?  In Newsweek, Michael Tomasky surveys a history of presidential manliness and asks just where Mitt would fit amid the studly swagger of Dubya and Reagan.
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and blogs
Yossi Verter / Haaretz:
Romney cancels on Yacimovich after meeting with Netanyahu  —  Circles close to former opposition leader Yacimovich say meeting cancelled over disagreements surrounding the economic measures the Netanyahu government is about to adopt.  —  U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney …
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.
Daniel Pipes:
Romney's Remarkable Speech in Jerusalem
Discussion: Power Line and The Right Scoop
Fox News Insider:
Mitt Romney Delivers Foreign Policy Speech From Israel
Discussion: The Times of Israel and Hot Air
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Romney: You bet Jerusalem is the capital
Washington Post:
Romney would ‘respect the decision’ of Israel to attack Iran to stop nuclear weapon capability, adviser says
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Report: Adviser says Romney would back Israeli attack on Iran
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 …
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
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Justice Antonin Scalia on issues facing SCOTUS and the country
Discussion: Althouse and Outside the Beltway
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
Newsweek Calls Romney A “Wimp”  —  The magazine revives the cover line it famously used to needle George H.W. Bush in 1987.  “Is he just too insecure to be president?”  UPDATE: Romney reacts.  —  McKay Coppins  —  an hour ago  —  22 responses
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 …
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.
Romney Gets Date Wrong In Netanyahu Guestbook Message  —  Jet lag takes its toll on the presumptive Republican nominee.
‘This Week’ Transcript: Robert Gibbs and Kevin Madden  —  DOWD (voice-over): Good morning, and welcome to “This Week.”  A hundred days to go, and both candidates are on the defensive.  —  ROMNEY: There were a few things that were disconcerting.  —  DOWD: Governor Romney offends U.S. allies overseas.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Sunday on ‘This Week’: Robert Gibbs and Kevin Madden
Discussion: CNN and The Political Carnival
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
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.
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.
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Robin Bravender / Politico:
Ayotte defends Romney's London gaffes
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and Slate
Joyce Lau / New York Times:
Thousands Protest China's Plans for Hong Kong Schools
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
The Energy Revolution 4: Hot Planet?
NY Daily News:
NYPD detective suspended after cops find man tied up and being held for ransom in officer's garage
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
House GOP lawmakers double down on Muslim Brotherhood comments
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Lake Delton dyed a tourist-pleasing blue
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Political Memo: Obama Campaign Takes Gamble in Going Negative
Discussion: JustOneMinute