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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Early Word: Fighting Words


Today's Times

  • Mitt Romney's overseas trip was designed to show his dexterity on foreign policy. But once again Tuesday, he found himself under fire, Ashley Parker and Richard A. Oppel Jr. report. Mr. Romney's comments about the disparity in the economic success of Israelis and Palestinians drew a pointed rebuke from the Palestinian leadership.
  • The new health care law requires insurers to give out annual rebates if less than 80 percent of the premium dollars they collect go toward medical care, Abby Goodnough reports. The payout, totaling $1.1 billion this year, has softened some Americans who initially opposed the new law.
  • A runoff vote on Tuesday for the Republican Senate nomination in Texas has jolted the party establishment there and around the country, with a Tea Party conservative gaining considerable momentum against the candidate chosen by the traditional Republican establishme nt, Erik Eckholm reports.
  • Democrats have taken the first step toward amending their official party platform to include same-sex marriage, Jeremy W. Peters and Michael D. Shear report.
  • As the fight over extending tax cuts migrates from the corridors of Congress to the campaign trail, the prospects for compromise appear to be receding, Jonathan Weisman reports.

Around the Web

  • Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, Democrat of New Jersey, and Representative Carolyn McCarthy, Democrat of New York, have introduced legislation that would regulate and limit the online sale of ammunition, The Hill reports.
  • Mr. Romney will soon be on a Hallmark greeting card, The Hill reports.

Happenings in Washington

  • Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, will join Senator Barbara A. Mikulski and several other lawmakers to announce new women's health coverage that will be available under th e Affordable Care Act.
  • A group of black pastors will kick off a nationwide campaign opposing President Obama's support for gay marriage at the National Press Club.
  • There will be a screening of “The Campaign,” starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, at the Newseum.