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9:05 AM ET, July 30, 2012

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David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Book bombshell: Obama canceled Bin Laden ‘kill’ raid three times at Jarrett's urging  —  At the urging of Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden on three separate occasions before finally approving the May 2, 2011 Navy SEAL mission …
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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Cheney: Obama worse than Carter, ‘one of our weakest presidents’  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney, in his first interview since a heart transplant operation in March, blasted President Obama calling him “one of our weakest presidents.”  —  “Obviously, I'm not a big fan of President Obama …
Discussion: Politico
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Romney: You bet Jerusalem is the capital  —  Without specifically criticizing President Obama in his speech in Jerusalem, Mitt Romney delivered a blow to the Obama campaign's frantic efforts to defend the president's hostile stance toward the Jewish state simply by saying …
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Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Key Pro-Israel Obama Ally Splits
Associated Press:   In Israel, Romney Declares Jerusalem to Be Capital
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Cruz leads going into Tuesday  —  PPP's final poll of the Republican Senate runoff in Texas finds Ted Cruz opening up a 52-42 lead, an increase from our survey two weeks ago that found him ahead 49-44.  —  Cruz's victory is driven by 4 things: the Tea Party, the enthusiasm of his supporters …
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Upset brewing in Texas runoff?  PPP says Cruz up big  —  The Dewhurst campaign released an internal poll earlier today showing Dewhurst up: … But the only independent poll, from PPP, shows Cruz up by 10, with full results to be released soon: … While not a perfect analogy …
Discussion: Power Line
Kevin Brennan / Hotline On Call:
Dewhurst Holds Late, Modest Lead in Internal Poll
Discussion: RedState
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.
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Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
New study shows half of the global warming in the USA is artificial  —  PRESS RELEASE - U.S. Temperature trends show a spurious doubling due to NOAA station siting problems and post measurement adjustments.  —  Chico, CA July 29th, 2012 - 12 PM PDT - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Bill Clinton to Have Key Convention Role  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton is set to play a central part in the Democratic convention, aides said, and will formally place President Obama's name into nomination by delivering a prime-time speech designed to present …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Want Next President to Prioritize Jobs, Corruption  —  Lowest priorities are taxing wealthy and environmental problems  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Creating good jobs, reducing corruption in the federal government, and reducing the federal budget deficit score highest when Americans rate 12 issues …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Politico
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
India, US learning from Israel's border security  —  Growing number of countries flock to Israel to study construction of Egypt border fence;.  —  A growing number of countries are flocking to Israel to study border security as the Defense Ministry works to complete the construction …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner / Politico:
Politicizing Voting Rights Act dims luster  —  The fundamental goals and bipartisan legacy of the Voting Rights Act are imperiled by Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department and the administration he serves.  —  The beleaguered attorney general recently asserted that common-sense efforts …
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Mark Gibbs / Forbes:
The End of Gun Control?  —  Given the recent appalling events in Aurora, Colorado, there's been a renewed call for greater gun control and a ban on assault weapons.  —  I'm in favor of tighter gun control and a ban on weapons that are unnecessarily powerful but I'm afraid that technology …
Campbell Brown / Wall Street Journal:
Teachers Unions Go to Bat for Sexual Predators  —  The system to review misconduct is rigged so even abusive teachers can stay on the job.  —  By resisting almost any change aimed at improving our public schools, teachers unions have become a ripe target for reformers across the ideological spectrum.
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Swing states give Obama the edge  —  President Obama has an overall edge in the 12 decisive battleground states that is measurably greater than his advantage in national polling.  —  The dynamic, which may reflect a combination of lower swing-state unemployment rates and demographic advantages …
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Romney Not Sure If He's Paid Less Than 13.9% in Taxes  —  JERUSALEM - Mitt Romney could not say today whether he had ever paid a tax rate lower than 13.9 percent, saying he would have to “go back and check.”  —  In an exclusive interview with ABC News' David Muir to air tonight on World News …
Discussion: New York Magazine and ABCNEWS
 
 
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Paul Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
‘Dark Money’ Hits $172 Million In 2012 Election, Half Of Independent Group Spending
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Crash of the Bumblebee  —  Last week Mario Draghi …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Paul Krugman
Barak Ravid / Israel News:
In Jerusalem speech, it was Romney's voice but Netanyahu's words
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Agonist
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Defining Religious Liberty Down
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Dem lawmakers to announce bill limiting online ammo sales
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Cheney: Palin pick in '08 “a mistake”
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Ayotte defends Romney's London gaffes
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Temple Mount Tackiness
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