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6:55 PM ET, July 30, 2012

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Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
ROMNEY COMMENTS AT FUNDRAISER OUTRAGE PALESTINIANS  —  JERUSALEM (AP) — Mitt Romney told Jewish donors Monday that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, outraging Palestinian leaders who called his comments racist and out of touch.
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Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
White House Takes Note of Romney's Rocky Road Trip  —  The White House was subtly gleeful today as Mitt Romney's campaign dealt with the latest group to be offended during the Republican presidential candidate's overseas tour that was intended to showcase his foreign policy credentials.
Paul Werdel / Talking Points Memo:   Just Wow  —  I wrote on Friday that ahead of his visit to Israel …
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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Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Fake Wingnut Outrage of the Day: Obama Canceled Bin Laden Raid!  Gasp!  —  As soon as word broke that Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan by a SEAL team, right wingers started working diligently to deny the accomplishment to President Obama.  —  The latest ludicrous “bombshell scoop” …
Rachel Hirshfeld / Arutz Sheva:
‘Gutsy Call’ Not So Gutsy After All, New Book Reveals
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
John Koblin / Deadspin:
NBC's No. 1 Tweeting Critic Has Been Suspended From Twitter  —  Guy Adams is The Independent's Los Angeles bureau chief.  During the Olympics so far, he has carved out a nice spot on the how-much-NBC's-coverage-sucks beat.  Now his Twitter account has been suspended—supposedly because NBC had it cut off after he complained:
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Guy Adams / The Independent:
NBCFail: Journalist at The Independent has Twitter account suspended after complaining …
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Democratic platform draft includes marriage equality plank: sources  — Stumble upon something good?  Share it on StumbleUpon  — Send via Email  — Send this page to Print Friendly  —  Rep. Barney Frank confirmed Monday that a marriage equality plank will appear in the Democratic Party platform …
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The Caucus:
Democrats Move to Include Gay Marriage in Party Platform
CNN:
Romney camp: No further tax returns, despite ‘audit’ remark  —  (CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign said Monday they would not release any more of the candidate's personal income tax information, despite an acknowledgement from Romney that he had been audited in the past.
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ABCNEWS:
Former Polish President Lech Walesa Endorses Mitt Romney
Discussion: The Raw Story
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Romney: I've been audited in the past (Updated)
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Firedoglake
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Bill Magwood, NRC Democrat, Is ‘Treacherous, Miserable Liar’ And ‘First-Class Rat,’ Says Harry Reid … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Harry Reid , Video, Greg Jaczko, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Bill Magwood, Bill Magwood Nrc, Democratic Party, Magwood, Magwood Nrc, Nrc, William-Magwood, Politics News
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Reid: Nuclear official is a ‘first-class rat’ and a ‘treacherous, miserable liar’
Discussion: Mediaite and Weekly Standard
CNN:
Ehud Barak sings praises of Obama administration  —  (CNN) - Israel's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak said the Obama White House has been the most supportive administration throughout the two countries' diplomatic relations on matters of Israeli security …
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CNN:   Romney to Blitzer: Nuclear Iran is ‘number one national security threat’
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
In U.S., Bill Clinton at His Most Popular  —  Solid majorities of whites, independents, and all age groups view him favorably  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Two-thirds of Americans — 66% — have a favorable opinion of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, tying his record-high favorability rating recorded …
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CNN:
CNN's GUT CHECK for July 30, 2012  — n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle  —  JUST IN: TOP ISRAELI POLITICIANS LAUD CLOSE TIES WITH THE UNITED STATES, WHITE HOUSE... Both President Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Ehud Barak highlighted …
Discussion: Politico and The Page
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 …
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BuzzFeed:
Romney Praises Israel's Socialized Health Care System  —  No to ObamaCare, but Israel's mandate is working, Romney says.  —  Image by Charles Dharapak / AP  —  JERUSALEM — Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney offered praise for the Israeli health care system today …
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Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Romney praises health care in Israel, where research says ‘strong government influence’ has driven down costs
Discussion: Firedoglake
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Excellent: Positive SuperPAC Ad Touts Romney's Olympic Triumph  —  In concurring with Sean Trende's recent column urging Republicans to start making an affirmative case for Mitt Romney, I posited that such an undertaking wouldn't be particularly difficult.  Romney's magnificent leadership …
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite and ABCNEWS
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Geneva Sands / Ballot Box:
Olympic athletes praise Romney in super-PAC TV ad
BuzzFeed:
Senate's Top Republican Hails The Fall Of Old Media  —  Mitch McConnell talks to BuzzFeed about the Web, the election, and his plans to let Democrats take a few votes if he becomes Majority Leader.  “I kind of like this new environment.”  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told BuzzFeed …
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
Jonah Lehrer Resigns From The New Yorker After Making Up Dylan Quotes for His Book  —  2:12 p.m. |  Updated Jonah Lehrer, the staff writer for The New Yorker who apologized in June for recycling his previous work in articles, blogs and his best-selling book “Imagine,” resigned from the magazine, he said in a statement.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Press Secretary Marries ABC Reporter  —  A deputy press secretary for Barack Obama's reelection campaign married an ABC reporter over the weekend.  The ABC reporter, Matthew Jaffe, “covering the 2012 presidential campaign,” according to his biography on the website of ABC News.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Views on Gun Laws Unchanged After Aurora Shooting  —  OVERVIEW  —  There has been no significant change in public views on the issue of gun control and gun rights following the July 20th shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.  Currently, 47% say it is more important to control gun ownership …
 
 
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ThinkProgress:
House Set To Vote On Restrictive DC Abortion Ban
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
The motivation for voters is stopping the other guy
McPartland / nation.foxnews.com:
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Daniel J. Wakin / New York Times:
For More Pianos, Last Note Is Thud in the Dump
Discussion: AEIdeas and normblog
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic Online:
64 Nations Can Watch the Olympics Free and Live on YouTube, and the U.S. Isn't One of Them
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Dane Schiller / Houston Chronicle:
Truck owner wants DEA to pay up after botched sting
Discussion: National Review and The Agitator
Ravi Nessman / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Daily Pundit
Bill Keller / New York Times:
The Entitled Generation