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2:25 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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Paul Werdel / Talking Points Memo:
Just Wow  —  I wrote on Friday that ahead of his visit to Israel, Mitt Romney seemed set to offend Palestinian and wider Arab sensibilities on the delicate issue of Jerusalem, by referring to the city as the country's capital.  —  In his speech overlooking the Old City …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
CNN:
In Poland, Romney gains support of iconic Solidarity leader
Discussion: USA Today
Geneva Sands / Ballot Box:   Olympic athletes praise Romney in super-PAC TV ad
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Romney's Israel Comments Anger Palestinian Leader
Discussion: Wonkette and Mediaite
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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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
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
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
Romney Praises Israel's Universal Health Care System, Which Includes Individual Mandate
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and The Raw Story
Forward:   Israel's Health Care Outpaces U.S.
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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Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Campaign Stops: Voting Rights, Voter Suppression and 2012
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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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
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  —  The Democratic Party platform drafting committee approved on Sunday language endorsing same-sex marriage …
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Anti-Gay Chick-fil-A Attracts Losers, Repels Prominent Leaders, Universities, And The Public  —  It seems telling that the political conservatives attracting media attention for coming to the defense of Chick-fil-A and its anti-gay crusades — Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
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 …
BuzzFeed:
Ron Paul Revolution Follows Romney To Poland  —  Even outside the U.S., Paul's devoted followers give Mitt a hard time.  —  Source: @bkappCBS  —  Mitt Romney's public appearance was greeted by Ron Paul supporters today, according to tweets and photos from the scene.
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
FUSSBUDGET … - PHOTO BOOTH - DAILY SHOUTS - PAGE-TURNER - DAILY COMMENT - AMY DAVIDSON - JOHN CASSIDY - ANDY BOROWITZ
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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Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: GOP 12 and Naked Politics
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Romney: I've been audited in the past (Updated)
Discussion: Firedoglake, CNN and American Prospect
Alissa de Carbonnel / Reuters:
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Wall Street Journal:
Federal Spending Cutbacks Slow Recovery
Discussion: Firedoglake and Business Insider
Mike Reicher / Los Angeles Times:
Secret Service won't pay Newport Beach for police at Obama event
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Mark Gibbs / Forbes:
The End of Gun Control?
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Crash of the Bumblebee  —  Last week Mario Draghi …
Campbell Brown / Wall Street Journal:
Teachers Unions Go to Bat for Sexual Predators
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Swing states give Obama the edge