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1:25 AM ET, July 30, 2012

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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  —  Dennis Ross, who had worked with the Obama team since 2008, had the ear of the pro-Israel lobby.  Now he's bowing out of politics, Eli Lake reports, just when Obama needs him most.  —  As Republican donors are financing multimillion-dollar campaigns …
Discussion: Via Meadia and Newsy
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Mitt Romney: No more ‘diplomatic distance’ from Israel
Discussion: The Caucus
Daniel Pipes:
Romney's Remarkable Speech in Jerusalem
Discussion: Power Line and The Right Scoop
Washington Post:
Romney would ‘respect the decision’ of Israel to attack Iran to stop nuclear weapon capability, adviser says
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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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and New York Magazine
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Cheney: Palin pick in '08 “a mistake”
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
PRESS RELEASE - July 29th, 2012 12PM PDT - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  A reanalysis of U.S. surface station temperatures has been performed using the recently WMO-approved Siting Classification System devised by METEO-France's Michel Leroy.  The new siting classification more accurately characterizes …
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Richard A. Muller / New York Times:
The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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 …
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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Scalia: ‘Handheld rocket launchers’ could be constitutional
Discussion: Applesauce
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.
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Dem lawmakers to announce bill limiting online ammo sales  —  Two Democratic lawmakers on Monday will announce new legislation to regulate the online and mail-order sale of ammunition.  —  Sen. Frank Lautenberg (N.J.) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (N.Y.) said the new law would make the sale of ammunition …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
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?
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 …
 
 
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Gopal Ratnam / Bloomberg:
Panetta Heads to Middle East as Iran Dominates Israel Talks
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Peter Edelman / New York Times:
Poverty in America: Why Can't We End It?
Robin Bravender / Politico:
Ayotte defends Romney's London gaffes
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
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Joyce Lau / New York Times:
Thousands Protest China's Plans for Hong Kong Schools
Discussion: Newsy and The Peking Duck
BuzzFeed:
Romney Gets Date Wrong In Netanyahu Guestbook Message
ABCNEWS:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Robert Gibbs and Kevin Madden
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Temple Mount Tackiness
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
House GOP lawmakers double down on Muslim Brotherhood comments
Discussion: The Raw Story and ThinkProgress