Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read blogs from today, including the latest child benefit solution.

1. Cameron's most senior civil servant tells him: dump the Health Bill

Political Scrapbook reports on claims that Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Heywood has told the PM to scrap the Health Bill.

2. Exclusive: Child benefit could be capped at three children

The FT's Kiran Stacey reveals the Treasury's latest attempt to solve the child benefit conundrum.

3. A sign of Lib Dem leaflets to come - "Liberal Democrats stopped Tory tax cuts for the richest"

The Lib Dems are attempting to retoxify the Conservative brand, says ConservativeHome's Tim Montgomerie.

4. Osborne's solution to unemployment? Make it easier to unemploy people

The Chancellor has come out in favour of plans to exempt small businesses from unfair dismissal claims, notes Left Foot Forward.

5. Has Obama avoided war between Israel and Iran?

War has been averted, for now, says Sunny Hundal. But an Israel attack in September is still likely.

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