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9:05 AM ET, July 27, 2012

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Guardian:
Mitt Romney's Olympics blunder stuns No 10 and hands gift to Obama  —  Republican candidate backtracks on warning of ‘disconcerting’ signs for Games after rebukes by British PM and London mayor  —  Mitt Romney handed Barack Obama a potential gift for the US presidential election campaign …
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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” …
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 …
Jason Easley / PoliticusUSA:
Romney in Shambles as Britain Proclaims Him Worse than Sarah Palin … The British reaction to Mitt Romney has gone from openness, to skepticism, to mocking, to concluding that Mitt Romney is worse than Sarah Palin.  —  Daily Mail Political Editor James Chapman has been providing the world …
Discussion: CBS News and The Moderate Voice
Olivier Knox / Yahoo! News:
Obama: Hey Romney, Europe and I go way back  —  Dear Britain: The White House wants you know that even if Mitt Romney may harbor doubts about your ability to pull off the Olympics, President Barack Obama “has the utmost confidence” in you.  In fact, the Obama administration would also like Israel and Poland …
Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Romney's Not-So-Secret Meeting With MI6
Rob Williams / The Independent:
Mr Leader? Did Mitt Romney forget Ed Miliband's name?
Glen Johnson / The Boston Globe:
Romney faces backlash over Olympics comments
Discussion: CNN and The PJ Tatler
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
In Defense of Chick-Fil-A  —  Dan Cathy, the president of the fast-food franchise Chick-fil-A, doesn't like same-sex marriage.  He believes that “we're inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.”
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Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Chicago Alderman: I Will Deny Business Permit Because “There Are Consequences for [Its Owner's] …
Discussion: Chicago Tribune and Instapundit
Chicago Tribune:
Why I won't let Chick-fil-A in my ward  —  By Proco “Joe” Moreno
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Amazon's Founder Pledges $2.5 Million in Support of Same-Sex Marriage  —  Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon.com, and his wife, MacKenzie, have agreed to donate $2.5 million to help pass a same-sex marriage referendum in Washington State, instantly becoming among the largest financial backers …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
'You didn't build that' remarks won't change Obama's strategy  —  The Obama campaign has no plans to change the president's style on the stump in the wake of his “you didn't build that” remark, which Republicans have seized upon in recent days to argue the president is out of touch on the economy.
Discussion: Politico
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RealClearPolitics Video Log:
WH's Carney Refuses To Name The Capital Of Israel  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney is asked by a reporter what is the capital of Israel.  —  Reporter: What city does this Administration consider to be the capital of Israel?  Jerusalem or Tel Aviv?
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts  —  Gross Domestic Product, 2nd quarter 2012 (advance estimate);  —  Revised Estimates: 2009 through First Quarter 2012  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Say, how come the DOJ isn't prosecuting top Obama crony Jon Corzine?  —  Via Breitbart, three possibilities here, all of them plausible and by no means mutually exclusive.  One: The DOJ just isn't in the business of prosecuting bankers anymore.  If they didn't go after anyone for the subprime crisis …
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Judson Berger / Fox News:
ICE, Border Patrol unions claim illegal immigrants exploiting ‘dreamer’ policy  —  Union heads representing thousands of America's immigration agents slammed the Obama administration Thursday over a policy they claim is forcing officials to ignore the law and allowing illegal immigrants to exploit the system.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Money for Nothing  —  For years, allegedly serious people have been issuing dire warnings about the consequences of large budget deficits — deficits that are overwhelmingly the result of our ongoing economic crisis.  In May 2009, Niall Ferguson of Harvard declared that the “tidal wave of debt issuance” …
Ari Shavit / Haaretz:
Romney to Haaretz: Military option on Iran should not be ruled out  —  On the eve of his visit to Israel, in an exclusive interview with Haaretz, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney asserts that Iran is the biggest threat to the world, reaffirms Israel's right to exist …
Discussion: BuzzFeed, CNN and Weekly Standard
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
John Boehner ‘partial to’ Rob Portman for veep  —  House Speaker John Boehner wants to see another Buckeye in the White House.  —  Boehner, during an appearance on Fox News' “On The Record with Greta Van Susteren,” said he hoped Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would choose Ohio Sen. Rob Portman as his running mate.
Discussion: CNN
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Elizabeth Warren criticized by liberal supporter for almost all-white campaign HQ photo  —  Obama came under criticism and mockery from the left and right when a photo of his Chicago campaign operation staff had barely a non-white face among them.  All the talk about diversity was not practiced at his HQ.
Discussion: Datechguy's Blog
Bloomberg:
How to Break NRA's Grip on Politics: Michael R. Bloomberg  —  By Michael R. Bloomberg 2012-07-26T22:40:00Z  —  It has been a week since the massacre in Aurora, Colorado.  The two major U.S. presidential candidates spent the past week avoiding the subject of whether anything should be done to prevent such shootings from recurring.
Henry McDonald / Guardian:
Republican dissidents join forces to form a new IRA  —  Exclusive: Merged organisation says it is planning to intensify attacks on security forces and other British-related targets  —  Three of the four main dissident republican terror groups in Northern Ireland are to merge and reclaim …
Discussion: BBC and Telegraph
 
 
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