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11:45 PM ET, July 30, 2012

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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.
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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.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Most Striking Thing About Mitt Romney's Overseas Trip...
Discussion: Associated Press
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Romney Comments on Palestinians Draw Criticism
Paul Werdel / Talking Points Memo:
Just Wow  —  I wrote on Friday that ahead of his visit to Israel …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
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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BuzzFeed:
Netanyahu Breaks With Romney, Cuts Spending But Increases Taxes
Robert Wright / The Atlantic Online:
The Romney Doctrine  —  One piece of conventional wisdom that's …
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Republican Moderates Tire of Leaders' Tea Party Tilt  —  Speaker John Boehner has been trying to keep the right happy.  Now he's facing restive moderates, House Republicans say.  —  House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio takes part in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday …
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Rep. LaTourette will retire at end of term
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Joe Vardon / The Columbus Dispatch:
Republican lawmaker LaTourette won't seek re-election, sources say
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
DEA Gone Wild  —  This Houston Chronicle story is terrifying: … This jackass DEA adventure has driven Mr. Patty to the edge of bankruptcy, and possibly toward an even worse fate: … In short, the DEA here commandeered private property from a law-abiding businessman and ineptly deployed …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Daily Pundit
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Dane Schiller / Houston Chronicle:
Truck owner wants DEA to pay up after botched sting
Discussion: The Agitator
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Wall Street Already Betting On Who Wins in November  —  With just 100 days left until the U.S. presidential election, investors are beginning to make bigger bets on which candidate will carry the day.  —  One analysis concludes that last week's sharp three-day market surge can only mean …
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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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
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
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” …
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Jon Ham / Right Angles:
Newsweek's cover for next week?  —  As you all know by now, Newsweek this week featured a Mitt Romney cover with “The Wimp Factor” as the headline.  It's a replay of an old hit job on President George H. W. Bush in 1992.  This is an example of the media making up a meme and pushing …
Discussion: Power Line
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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
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.
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
Daily Caller Goes Hardcore XXX!  —  Feeling a little frisky this morning?  Then you may want to head over to The Daily Caller.  —  “Who's Calling The Shots?” was the actual red bold headline on a story this morning on The Daily Caller website by Executive Editor David Martosko regarding …
Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times:
Exclusive: Five ATF officials found responsible for Fast and Furious  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, co-authored a report finding that five senior ATF officials were responsible for the Fast and Furious operation.
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
Andy Bull / Guardian:
Ye's world record Olympic swim ‘disturbing’, says top US coach  —  • Chinese 16-year-old who swam faster than Ryan Lochte compared to East Germans  —  • John Leonard says gold medal time was ‘not believable to many people’  —  China has become embroiled in the first doping controversy …
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 …
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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Rush Limbaugh:
Collectivist Gift to Obama: Olympic Opening Ceremony Honors National Health Care!
Discussion: Politico and PoliticusUSA
Byron Tau / Politico:
Clinton defends Abedin, praises McCain
Discussion: New York Magazine
BuzzFeed:
Obama Promised In 2008 He Would Not Run Negative Ads
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Eric R. Claeys / National Review:
Sebelius and the Election
Dave Levinthal / Politico:
How corporate PACs deal with bad PR
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Excellent: Positive SuperPAC Ad Touts Romney's Olympic Triumph
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Mediaite and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
McPartland / nation.foxnews.com:
Federal Court Finds Obama Appointees Interfered With New Black Panther Prosecution
Daniel J. Wakin / New York Times:
For More Pianos, Last Note Is Thud in the Dump
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT, 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
Discussion: Gizmodo
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Fatal Fetal Defect Counselors Brace For Influx of Families After Arizona's Abortion Ban
Discussion: Arizona Republic and Jezebel
ABCNEWS:
Former Polish President Lech Walesa Endorses Mitt Romney