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7:15 PM ET, July 26, 2012

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Joshua Keating / FP Passport:
Romney book: Britain is a tiny island that makes stuff nobody wants  —  Mitt Romney has already gotten in a spot of trouble in London for suggesting that Britain may not be quite ready to host the Olympic Games.  Romney has walked back his comments, but it's not the first time the candidate …
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Guardian:
Mitt Romney's Olympics blunder stuns No 10 and hands gift to Obama  —  US presidential hopeful backtracks on warning of ‘disconcerting’ signs for Games after light-hearted rebuke by David Cameron  —  Mitt Romney handed Barack Obama a priceless gift for the US presidential election campaign …
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Commentary: if Mitt Romney doesn't like us, we shouldn't care  —  Mitt Romney is perhaps the only politician who could start a trip that was supposed to be a charm offensive by being utterly devoid of charm and mildly offensive.  —  Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney …
Owen Gibson / Guardian:
David Cameron hits back at Mitt Romney over London 2012 doubts  —  Prime minister says Olympics have brought the UK together to put on a ‘friendly Games’ for international visitors  —  The prime minister has hit back at comments from the US presidential candidate Mitt Romney querying Britain's readiness …
Adam Gabbatt / Guardian:
Oh, Mitt: those Romney gaffes in full  —  Boobs, blunders, clangers - whatever you call them, Romney likes to drop them.  And he's really outdone himself in London  —  From criticising the biggest sporting event Britain has held in over 40 years, to “looking out of the backside of 10 Downing Street” …
Steve Holland / Reuters:
“Anglo-Saxon” quote overshadows start of Romney tour  —  (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney began a foreign tour on Wednesday forced to disavow a report that an adviser had accused President Barack Obama of not understanding the shared “Anglo-Saxon heritage” of Britain and the United States.
Paul Harris / Guardian:
A good point. … Mitt Romney's charm offensive. … Good morning and welcome to our Thursday live blog politics coverage.  Mitt Romney has told London it is not ready to host the Olympics.  The statement has drawn catty rebukes from the highest levels, i.e. Prime Minister David Cameron.
Rob Williams / The Independent:
Mr Leader?  Did Mitt Romney forget Ed Miliband's name?  —  Mitt Romney follows gaffe over Britain's readiness to hold Olympic games by appearing to forget name of Labour leader  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.
BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney Issued Comically Bizarre Cartoon-Mitt-Romney Olympic Pins  —  As head of the Salt Lake Olympics Mitt Romney became the first Olympic executive to approve a series of commemorative pins in his likeness.  (They're in the news right now because they were made in China …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Romney's Not-So-Secret Meeting With MI6  —  LONDON-Mitt Romney met privately with the head of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service — also known as the MI6 — Thursday to discuss the civil unrest in Syria.  —  “I appreciated the insights and perspectives of the leaders of the government …
Daily Mail:
‘Are we ready?  Yes we are!’ …
Discussion: Politicker and Business Insider
Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
Made in China: Olympic Pin Shaped Like Mitt Romney's Face
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Olympics Committee: No Games footage in campaign ads
Glen Johnson / The Boston Globe:
Romney faces backlash over Olympics comments
CNN:   TRENDING: Romney's Olympics false start
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama super-PAC pulls ad using Olympic footage
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney salutes U.S.-British relationship, steers around Olympics controversy
Discussion: The New Republic and The Hill
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Fran Spielman / Chicago Sun Times:
Emanuel goes after Chick-fil-A for boss' anti-gay views
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
Legal eagles cry fowl over politicians' plans to block Chick-fil-A
Discussion: Riehl World View
KNSD-TV:
Protest Disrupts Grand Opening of Laguna Hills Chick-fil-A
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Hal Dardick / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Chick-fil-A owner wants to talk with Emanuel
Boston Globe:
Menino shouldn't block Chick-fil-A because of president's views
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
It's not OK to ignore this pro-Romney ad  —  There are two really effective campaign ads blanketing the airwaves.  One from each campaign.  But only one of them is perhaps the most dangerous in its potential impact against its target.  And Democrats better beware.
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David Weigel / Slate:
It's a Weekday, So It's Time for Another Misleading Edit of an Obama Quote … - Republican-Sponsored Voter ID Laws Could Actually Disenfranchise a Lot of Republicans - Weigel: Another Misleading Edit of an Obama Quote - Did Darwin Have Smoldering Hepatitis?  Should We Dig Him Up To Find Out?
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Context be damned: Obama's ‘It worked’ quote should work for Republicans
Discussion: The New Republic and Balloon Juice
Paul M. Barrett / Business Week:
Karl Rove: He's Back, Big Time  —  On the evening of June 29, Amedeo Scognamiglio, a jewelry designer on the Isle of Capri, met friends for drinks at the elegant Grand Hotel Quisisana.  Around midnight, Scognamiglio says, “I noticed some familiar American faces.”  He took to Twitter.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Truthdig
unionleader.com:
Romney's taxes: Why do they matter?  —  Mitt Romney is a rich man.  Like everyone, rich or poor, he has done everything legally available to him to minimize the tax bite.  There are very few people standing in line waiting for the opportunity to overpay their taxes.
Dianne Williamson / Worcester Telegram & Gazette:
‘Plans’ don't include sale to gay couple  —  It's bad enough that the Catholic Church discriminates against gay people.  But it's poor form — and possibly illegal — to document the bigotry and then mistakenly email it to the victims.  —  This embarrassing etiquette lapse occurred …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Advocate
Lymari Morales / Gallup:
U.S. Business Owners Now Among Least Approving of Obama  —  Professional workers are the most approving  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. business owners' approval of President Barack Obama fell in the second quarter of 2012 to 35%, essentially tying farmers and fishers for the lowest approval among major occupational groups.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Romney: ‘Looking Forward to the Bust of Winston Churchill Being in the Oval Office Again’  —  At an event in London, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said, “I'm looking forward to the bust of Winston Churchill being in the Oval Office again.”
 
 
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