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2:45 PM ET, July 30, 2012

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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
Rachel Hirshfeld / Arutz Sheva:
‘Gutsy Call’ Not So Gutsy After All, New Book Reveals
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
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
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.
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Geneva Sands / Ballot Box:
Olympic athletes praise Romney in super-PAC TV ad  —  Several Olympic gold-medalists are praising Mitt Romney's handling of the 2002 Winter Olympics in a new ad released on Monday.  —  The ad by the pro-Romney super-PAC Restore Our Future, titled “Olympics,” features Olympic gold-medal …
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
In Poland, Romney gains support of iconic Solidarity leader
Discussion: USA Today
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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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Reid: Nuclear official is a ‘first-class rat’ and a ‘treacherous, miserable liar’  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has launched a blistering verbal assault against William Magwood, a Democratic member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission nominated by President Obama, calling him a …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Mediaite
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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
Discussion: Politico and Influence Alley
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.
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
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.
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 …
Guy Adams / The Independent:
As America succeeds at the Games, back home all the talk is about #NBCfail  —  Host Bob Costas made a series of jingoistic remarks, including a joke about Idi Amin when Uganda's team appeared  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.
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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Host: Covering Romney's International Trip Feels Like Being In ‘A Modified Petting Zoo’
Discussion: TVNewser, Mediaite and The Raw Story
Kari Huus / U.S. News:
James Holmes charged with murder in Colorado theater shooting
Discussion: The Raw Story
Emily Deruy / Univision News Tumblr:
Bill Richardson: I'm “afraid” of Marco Rubio
Discussion: GOP 12 and Naked Politics
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Romney: I've been audited in the past (Updated)
Discussion: Firedoglake, CNN and American Prospect
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Anti-Gay Chick-fil-A Attracts Losers, Repels Prominent Leaders, Universities, And The Public
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Alissa de Carbonnel / Reuters:
Russia's “Pussy Riot” on trial for cathedral protest
Bill Keller / New York Times:
The Entitled Generation
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Andrew Klavan / Wall Street Journal:
Batman Battles The Politics Of Resentment
Wall Street Journal:
Federal Spending Cutbacks Slow Recovery
Discussion: Business Insider and Firedoglake
Campbell Brown / Wall Street Journal:
Teachers Unions Go to Bat for Sexual Predators
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Swing states give Obama the edge
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Cruz leads going into Tuesday