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8:05 AM ET, July 30, 2012


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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 …
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Key Pro-Israel Obama Ally Splits  —  Dennis Ross, who had worked with the Obama team since 2008, had the ear of the pro-Israel lobby.  Now he's bowing out of politics, Eli Lake reports, just when Obama needs him most.  —  As Republican donors are financing multimillion-dollar campaigns …
Gopal Ratnam / Bloomberg:
Panetta Heads to Middle East as Iran Dominates Israel Talks
Discussion: The Times of Israel
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Upset brewing in Texas runoff?  PPP says Cruz up big  —  The Dewhurst campaign released an internal poll earlier today showing Dewhurst up: … But the only independent poll, from PPP, shows Cruz up by 10, with full results to be released soon: … While not a perfect analogy …
Discussion: Power Line and Politico
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 …
Discussion: National Review
Kevin Brennan / Hotline On Call:
Dewhurst Holds Late, Modest Lead in Internal Poll
Discussion: RedState
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Yossi Verter / Haaretz:
Minutes before Netanyahu meeting, Romney cancels on Yacimovich  —  Circles close to former opposition leader Yacimovich say meeting cancelled over disagreements surrounding the economic measures the Netanyahu government is about to adopt.  —  U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney …
Associated Press:   In Israel, Romney Declares Jerusalem to Be Capital
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 …
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner / Politico:
Politicizing Voting Rights Act dims luster  —  The fundamental goals and bipartisan legacy of the Voting Rights Act are imperiled by Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department and the administration he serves.  —  The beleaguered attorney general recently asserted that common-sense efforts …
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Romney Not Sure If He's Paid Less Than 13.9% in Taxes  —  JERUSALEM - Mitt Romney could not say today whether he had ever paid a tax rate lower than 13.9 percent, saying he would have to “go back and check.”  —  In an exclusive interview with ABC News' David Muir to air tonight on World News …
Discussion: New York Magazine and ABCNEWS
John Aloysius Farrell /   Scalia: Guns May be Regulated
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Justice Antonin Scalia on issues facing SCOTUS and the country
Discussion: Althouse and Outside the Beltway
Mindy Schauer / Orange County Register:
Anaheim protests: 2 arrested; route to Disneyland cut off  —  Anaheim police take a man into custody in front of the police department after a day of protests alternating between peaceful and unruly.  —  Text: Next Article »  —  By ERIC CARPENTER, ANDREW GALVIN, SCOTT MARTINDALE and SONYA SMITH
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Defining Religious Liberty Down  —  THE words “freedom of belief” do not appear in the First Amendment.  Nor do the words “freedom of worship.”  Instead, the Bill of Rights guarantees Americans something that its authors called “the free exercise” of religion.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
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Robin Bravender / Politico:
Ayotte defends Romney's London gaffes
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
Joyce Lau / New York Times:
Thousands Protest China's Plans for Hong Kong Schools
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Romney Gets Date Wrong In Netanyahu Guestbook Message
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Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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NYPD detective suspended after cops find man tied up and being held for ransom in officer's garage
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Temple Mount Tackiness
Discussion: The Agonist and Israel Matzav