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• The Forward reports that Mitt Romney’s selection of budget hawk Paul Ryan as his running mate has already caused ripples in Florida. [Forward]

• Over at Commentary, John Podhoretz lightly suggests that the public perception of Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan will ultimately decide the election. [Commentary]

• Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has swung back at the military, which greatly limited his powers before granting him the presidency. Morsi issued a decree that gives him vast legislative and constitutional powers, cementing Muslim Brotherhood control over Egypt. [NYT]

• Syrian rebels claim to have downed a regime fighter jet, while a third of the U.N. observers shuffle out of Syria as their mandate expires. [NYT]

• An Israeli pediatric association is speaking out against metzitzah b’peh, the controversial Jewish circumcision rite. [JTA]





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