Scott Brown says blah, Sarah Palin says Steelman is a mama grizzly, Mitt Romney says you should talk privately about settlements and Dick Cheney says he’s fishing.

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* The debates between Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren (D) will not be civil, the National Journal concludes. Asked by a reporter about some of Warren’s criticisms, Brown cut in, “Blah, blah, blah, blah.”

* Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney expanded a little on his Middle East peace plans with CNN today, saying that the issue of settlements “is something that should be discussed in private by the American president and our allies.” Obama publicly called for a settlement freeze in 2009. Romney caused a stir earlier for suggesting that “culture” helps explain why Israel is more successful than the Palestinian territories.

* Former Polish president Lech Walesa essentially endorsed Romney for president today. “I wish you to be successful because this success is needed to the United States of course, but to Europe and the rest of the world, too,” the Nobel Peace prize winner said in Gdansk. “Governor Romney, get your success, be successful!” The Solidarity union distanced itself from its former leader’s remarks, saying it stands with the AFL-CIO against Romney.

* Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tells BuzzFeed he likes the new media world. “To the extent that there isn’t media domination like there was in the days NBC, ABC, CBS, the New York Times, the Washington Post, particularly since most people on my side of the aisle feel they had a pretty obvious bias … those days are over,” he said. “I kind of like this new environment. I think it’s much more competitive, much more balanced.”


* Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin stars in a new ad for Missouri Senate candidate Sarah Steelman, calling her “an economist who defends our tax dollars like a mama grizzly defends her cubs.” Steelman faces Rep. Todd Akin and businessman John Brunner in an Aug. 7 primary to take on Sen. Claire McCaskill (D).

* Following in the footsteps of former president George W. Bush, former vice president Dick Cheney is skipping the Republican National Convention. He’ll be fishing in Canada, he tells ABC News: “I’ve done a lot of conventions over the years, but this is a special trip I’ve been planning on for a long time.”

* Former House speaker Newt Gingrich is “personally ... very comfortable not giving a speech” at the Republican convention, he told reporters today, “because frankly, there is a whole new generation of candidates out there and people who represent the future.”

* Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) missed a court appearance today where he was scheduled to testify in a business dispute. The former business partners suing Buchanan say he’s trying to push the testimony off until after the election; Buchanan says his lawyer is having major health problems.

* Normally softspoken Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission a “treacherous, miserable liar” and a “first-class rat” in a Huffington Post interview. Also, “incompetent.” Bill Magwood earned Reid’s ire for pushing for a nuclear waste disposal site at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain. The senator says Magwood had assured him otherwise. Magwood has been accused of instigating a coup in the NRC.


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