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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sunday Breakfast Menu, July 29


With 100 days until Election Day, both presidential campaigns will be represented on the Sunday talk shows.

On ABC's “This Week,” Robert Gibbs, a senior adviser to the Obama campaign, and Kevin Madden, a senior adviser to the Romney campaign, will weigh in on the week's events, including Mitt Romney's diplomatic misstep of questioning London's preparedness for the Olympics.

Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, and Senator Kelly Ayotte, Republican of New Hampshire, will talk about the candidates' foreign policy plans on CNN's “State of the Union” as Mr. Romney embarks on the next leg of his international tour, to Israel.

“Fox News Sunday” features an exclusive interview with Justice Antonin Scalia, who will talk about his new book and share his thoughts on some of the Supreme Court's major decisions and his own judicial philosophy.

Justice Scalia's former colleague on the bench, Sandra Day O'Connor, will appear on CBS's “Face the Nation” to share her own thoughts about the state of the court. And less than a week after Monday's announcement of the N.C.A.A.'s sanctions against Penn State, CBS will also talk to Rodney Erickson, the university's president, about the aftermath of the child sexual abuse scandal involving Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach.

Also on CBS: Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will discuss the presidential race.

Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House minority leader, is the guest on Bloomberg's “Political Capital” this week.

On C-Span's “Newsmakers,” Representative Sander M. Levin of Michigan, ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, will talk about the tax choices facing Congress, as well as the economy.

Bill Richardson, former New Mexico governor, will appear on Univision's “Al Punto,” where he will share his thoughts on the presidential race, immigration and relations with Latin America.

NBC's “Meet the Press” is off for two weeks because of the coverage of the Olympics. TV One's “Washington Watch” is on hiatus until the fall.

Camp Diagnosed With Early-Stage Cancer


Representative Dave Camp, the powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, disclosed Saturday that he had early-stage blood cancer but that he intended to undergo treatment while continuing his work in the House.

As the top House tax writer, Mr. Camp, 59, Republican of Michigan, is playing a central role in the deliberations over the deficit and the Bush-era tax cuts that are due to expire at the end of December.

In a statement, he said he had a “very early, highly treatable and curable type” of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, known as large B-cell lymphoma that will require him to have chemotherapy every three weeks for several months.

“In between treatments I will continue my work,” wrote Mr. Camp, who said he intends to remain as chairman of the tax-writing committee. “Thankfully, my health is otherwise excellent and my doctors and I expect a full recovery and cure. My family and I appreciate the s upport, good wishes and understanding we have received.”

The House speaker, John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, issued his own statement on Saturday, expressing confidence that Mr. Camp, his friend and colleague, will recover. “He'll whip this with characteristic strength and grace,” Mr. Boehner said. “He is as tough and determined as they come.”

Large B-cell lymphoma is considered the most common type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer that resides in the immune system and is most common in men in their 60s, according to a recent publication by the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, which said the condition could be cured in more than half of the patients diagnosed.

Mr. Camp, a lawyer and former House staffer, helped lead Republican efforts in the House to repeal the health care law, and he has been among the top House fund-raisers, in part because of his critical position in helping set national tax policy.

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, M r. Camp said that he hoped to negotiate a bipartisan settlement for changes in the tax code that would not result in an increase in revenues or shifts in the burden among different income groups, a plan that conflicts with the stated objectives of House Democrats.

A Fund-Raiser Behind Closed Doors


JERUSALEM - Mitt Romney's high-dollar breakfast with donors at the King David Hotel here Monday morning will be closed to the media, his campaign decided Saturday, a change from the norm for the presumptive Republican presidential candidate.

The trip to Israel holds opportunity and peril for Mr. Romney, and his campaign aides have spent weeks preparing the former Massachusetts governor for the fine diplomatic line he must walk while abroad. His relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, which dates back to their days as young consultants in Boston, is already being scrutinized for signs of warmth or cooling, and everything said - and unsaid - will be carefully parsed.

The fund-raiser may be especially delicate for Mr. Romney because of the attendance of Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire casino magnate who has pledged to spend some $100 million this election to help defeat President Obama, as well as e lect Republicans. Though Mr. Adelson first supported Newt Gingrich during the early nominating contests because of his strong support for Israel, he has since thrown his support behind Mr. Romney. Mr. Adelson and his wife recently gave $5 million to a pro-Romney “super PAC.” He flew over to Jerusalem for the weekend to attend the event.

Mr. Romney seems to be taking pains to keep the fund-raiser under wraps. Typically, a small pool of reporters is allowed into fund-raisers held in public locations, in order to provide a written report on Mr. Romney's remarks. Though there have been a few occasions when the campaign has tried to limit access - citing an especially small venue or the fact that Mr. Romney was not giving formal remarks - this is the first time that a public fund-raiser has been closed without any explanation.

Mr. Romney's high-dollar event in London on Thursday, held at the Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park, was open to a press pool.

It rema ins unclear why Mr. Romney wants his remarks to donors in Israel to remain off the record. But earlier in the campaign, Mr. Romney was caught offering a slightly different message behind closed doors than was intended for public consumption. At a private fund-raiser in Florida, Mr. Romney talked about reducing the Department of Education and possibly eliminating the Department of Housing and Urban Development - hardly standard campaign fare.

“Closed press, closed press, closed press,” a Romney spokesman Rick Gorka said when asked for a comment or explanation.

The Weekend Word: Exposed


Today's Times

  • Despite warnings of a potentially crippling cyberattack, a group of lawmakers led by Senator John McCain has successfully weakened bipartisan legislation that the White House said was crucial to protecting computer systems responsible for much of the nation's critical infrastructure, Michael S. Schmidt reports. The changes have raised new questions about the legislation's effectiveness, but Mr. McCain says that forcing industries to comply with “government red tape” is not the answer to fighting threats.
  • Complications with Mitt Romney's weekend schedule in Israel are examples of the challenges politicians face whenever American and Israeli politics intersect, Jodi Rudoren and Ashley Parker report. The trip is a critical opportunity to show statesmanship and to highlight Mr. Romney's relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, but the timing has turned out to be both auspicious and fraught.
  • Throughout the election cycle, Mitt Romney's team has tried to build a low-risk campaign, resulting in an operation that is often scrambling to catch up rather than making its own news and controlling the narrative, Ashley Parker writes.
  • Though revenues have fallen, federal spending has been reduced as well, leading to a projected deficit of $1.2 trillion in fiscal year 2012 rather than $1.3 trillion, Jackie Calmes reports. While such reductions would have been heralded as significant not many years ago, in the post-recession era the amounts are widely seen as woefully insufficient for addressing the country's budgetary imbalance.
    • President Obama used his weekly address to discuss a proposed extension on middle-class tax cuts, saying that “everyone in Washington says they agree on this.” The Senate has passed legislation already, but he says that Republicans in the House are holding the tax cuts hostage un til there is an extension for wealthy Americans as well. “You see, Republicans in Congress and their nominee for president believe that the best way to create prosperity in America is to let it trickle down from the top,” he said. “They're wrong. And I know they're wrong because we already tried it that way for most of the last decade. It didn't work.”

    Happenings in Washington

    • Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia's nonvoting Democratic delegate in Congress, will celebrate National Dance Day on the Mall with personalities from the television show “So You Think You Can Dance.”
    • Spy artifacts from the Cold War will be on display at the Fairfax County Army Navy Club.

    Mayo Clinic Says Jesse Jackson Jr. Is There for Depression


    CHICAGO â€" Representative Jesse L. Jackson Jr., who has been absent from Congress since early June, is receiving treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for depression and gastrointestinal issues, a statement issued by the clinic said on Friday night.

    The statement offered few details about Mr. Jackson's ailment, but said that he had arrived at the clinic, based in Rochester, Minn., and was to receive “extensive inpatient evaluation.” The statement, which the clinic said it was distributing on behalf of Mr. Jackson, added: “Further information will be released as Congressman Jackson's evaluation proceeds.”

    For weeks, questions have swirled over Mr. Jackson's circumstances after he dropped out of sight without explanation. As the weeks went on, his office issued three brief statements, which seemed to raise as many questions as they answered.

    It was uncertain why the clinic released the information on Fr iday night, and a spokeswoman for the clinic said she could offer no additional details.

    Before the statement was issued, though, The Chicago Sun-Times reported on its Web site that Mr. Jackson had been flown this week by private airplane to Minnesota after being treated in Tucson, Ariz.

    Mr. Jackson, 47 and once seen as a rising star likely to become a United States senator or the mayor of Chicago, is facing re-election in November. The clinic's statement on Friday offered no sense of when Mr. Jackson may return to Washington.