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8:50 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Romney's Not-So-Secret Meeting With MI6
BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney Issued Comically Bizarre Cartoon-Mitt-Romney Olympic Pins
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Glen Johnson / The Boston Globe:
Romney faces backlash over Olympics comments
Rosa Prince / Telegraph:
Olympics: Mitt Romney seeks to play down London 2012 comments
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Olympics Committee: No Games footage in campaign ads
CNN:   TRENDING: Romney's Olympics false start
Daily Mail:
‘Are we ready?  Yes we are!’ …
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 Hill and The New Republic
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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Rahm Emanuel's dangerous free speech attack  —  Chicago blocks a business from expanding because its president opposes same-sex marriage  —  Should government officials be able to block businesses from opening or expanding due to disagreement with the political views of the business' executives?
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: Newsy, Riehl World View and Swampland
Hal Dardick / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Chick-fil-A owner wants to talk with Emanuel
KNSD-TV:
Protest Disrupts Grand Opening of Laguna Hills Chick-fil-A
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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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
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.”
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
Washington Wire:
A Recap of Romney's Tough Day in London  —  Mitt Romney experienced the U.K. media mill first-hand, getting off to a shaky start in the morning that served to amplify any subsequent misstep during the day, no matter how small, as he started his overseas tour.
Discussion: Power Line
Michael A. Black / New York Times:
I Carried a Gun, and It Was Heavy  —  AS the families of James E. Holmes's victims continue to deal with this senseless tragedy, anti- and pro-gun groups are exchanging their standard barbs on gun control in America.  Representative Louie Gohmert, Republican of Texas, recently suggested …
Discussion: National Review and PoliPundit.com
 
 
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