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10:30 AM ET, July 30, 2012

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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 …
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 …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Cheney: Obama is worse than Carter
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Dick Cheney Recalls Knowing His Heart Was ‘At an End’
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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David Catanese / Politico:
Tea party's Cruz looks poised for Texas triumph
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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.
Discussion: Althouse
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Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner / Politico:
Politicizing Voting Rights Act dims luster
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
New York Times:
Romney, in Israel, Hints at Harder Line Toward Iran  —  JERUSALEM — Mitt Romney said Sunday that preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear capability should be America's “highest national security priority,” stressing that “no option should be excluded” in the effort.
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Romney: You bet Jerusalem is the capital
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
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
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
New York Post:
Those shocking bourgeois values  —  In one traditional form of pornography, from the Victorian “A Man With a Maid” to the more recent “Fifty Shades of Grey,” a young woman is initiated — sometimes uncomfortably — into the mysteries of adult sexuality.  In the end she is, at some level at least …
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
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
 
 
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