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9:45 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 …
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
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Power Line
Kevin Brennan / Hotline On Call:
Dewhurst Holds Late, Modest Lead in Internal Poll
Discussion: RedState
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Voter ID laws could swing states  —  At least 5 million voters, predominantly young and from minority groups sympathetic to President Barack Obama, could be affected by an unprecedented flurry of new legislation by Republican governors and GOP-led legislatures to change or restrict voting rights by Election Day 2012.
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Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner / Politico:
Politicizing Voting Rights Act dims luster
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
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 …
Mike Reicher / Los Angeles Times:
Secret Service won't pay Newport Beach for police at Obama event  —  Newport Beach billed President Obama's campaign for police security at a fundraiser.  The Secret Service says that security is its job, not the campaign's, but that it can't reimburse the city.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Crash of the Bumblebee  —  Last week Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, declared that his institution “is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro” — and markets celebrated.  In particular, interest rates on Spanish bonds fell sharply, and stock markets soared everywhere.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Paul Krugman
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.
Barak Ravid / Israel News:
In Jerusalem speech, it was Romney's voice but Netanyahu's words  —  Netanyahu embraces Romney as no Israeli prime minister has ever before embraced a candidate running against an incumbent U.S. president.  —  Romney's staff picked the 150 guests carefully.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Agonist
Philly.com:
PSSA-cheating reforms yield lower scores across Pa.  —  After authorities imposed unprecedented security measures on the 2012 statewide exams, test scores tumbled across Pennsylvania, The Inquirer has learned.  —  At some schools, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Ronald Tomalis said, the drops are “noticeable” - 25 percent or more.
Daily Mail:
Ticket touts disgrace: Row upon row of empty seats... as tickets sent to foreign VIPs go on the black market  — London 2012 chairman Lord Coe reveals students and teachers are also being called in at the last minute  —  Prized Olympic tickets entrusted to foreign delegations are being openly sold …
 
 
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New York Times:
As Syrian War Drags On, Jihadists Take Bigger Role
Discussion: Via Meadia and Guardian
Mark Gibbs / Forbes:
The End of Gun Control?
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
India, US learning from Israel's border security
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Paul Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
‘Dark Money’ Hits $172 Million In 2012 Election, Half Of Independent Group Spending
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Dem lawmakers to announce bill limiting online ammo sales
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Cheney: Palin pick in '08 “a mistake”
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Robin Bravender / Politico:
Ayotte defends Romney's London gaffes
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
BuzzFeed:
Romney Gets Date Wrong In Netanyahu Guestbook Message
Andrew Hacker / New York Times:
Is Algebra Necessary?  —  A TYPICAL American school day finds …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Temple Mount Tackiness
Discussion: The Agonist and Israel Matzav