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10:15 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 …
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” …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney Issued Comically Bizarre Cartoon-Mitt-Romney Olympic Pins
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Rosa Prince / Telegraph:
Olympics: Mitt Romney seeks to play down London 2012 comments
Glen Johnson / The Boston Globe:
Romney faces backlash over Olympics comments
Jason Easley / PoliticusUSA:
Romney in Shambles as Britain Proclaims Him Worse than Sarah Palin
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and CBS News
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Olympics Committee: No Games footage in campaign ads
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?
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
Legal eagles cry fowl over politicians' plans to block Chick-fil-A
Discussion: Newsy, Riehl World View and Swampland
Fran Spielman / Chicago Sun Times:
Emanuel goes after Chick-fil-A for boss' anti-gay views
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
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.”
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
Julian E. Barnes / Washington Wire:
Slovak Foreign Minister Chides Romney on Missile Defense … Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney attacked President Barack Obama's administration this week for abandoning Poland and the Czech Republic by altering plans for an American missile defense system in Europe.
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
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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Dylan Byers / Politico:
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Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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House GOP typo fix has new mistake
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