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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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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.
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 …
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
White House Gleeful Over Romney's Rocky Road Trip
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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
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
Discussion: Firedoglake
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
Romney Praises Israel's Universal Health Care System, Which Includes Individual Mandate
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’  —  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
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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Politico:
Gay marriage headed to DNC platform
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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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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: CNN, Politico and USA Today
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ABCNEWS:
Former Polish President Lech Walesa Endorses Mitt Romney
Discussion: The Raw Story
BuzzFeed:
Ron Paul Revolution Follows Romney To Poland
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Views on Gun Laws Unchanged After Aurora Shooting  —  OVERVIEW  —  There has been no significant change in public views on the issue of gun control and gun rights following the July 20th shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.  Currently, 47% say it is more important to control gun ownership …
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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Pew Poll Shows Five-Point Swing Toward Pro-Gun-Control View After Colorado
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.
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:
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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Bank Breakups: Not So Fast
Discussion: Firedoglake and naked capitalism
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
Dane Schiller / Houston Chronicle:
Truck owner wants DEA to pay up after botched sting
Discussion: National Review and The Agitator
Robert Wright / The Atlantic Online:
The Romney Doctrine  —  One piece of conventional wisdom that's …
Ravi Nessman / Associated Press:
370M INDIANS SWELTER IN HEAT AFTER POWER FAILS
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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Emily Deruy / Univision News Tumblr:
Bill Richardson: I'm “afraid” of Marco Rubio
Discussion: Naked Politics
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Anti-Gay Chick-fil-A Attracts Losers, Repels Prominent Leaders, Universities, And The Public
Alissa de Carbonnel / Reuters:
Russia's “Pussy Riot” on trial for cathedral protest
Bill Keller / New York Times:
The Entitled Generation
New York Post:
Those shocking bourgeois values
Discussion: Althouse