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10:55 AM ET, July 27, 2012


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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 …
Rob Williams / The Independent:
Romneyshambles: 'Some Americans just shouldn't leave the country', says Carl Lewis  —  “Stay home if you don't know what to say,” says nine-times gold medal winning sprinter  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.
Discussion: Politico and Guardian
First Read /
Presidential election reaches halftime
Discussion: CNN, Guardian and Washington Post
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney says he's ‘convinced’ London ready for Olympics
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Mitt Romney's Olympics blunder stuns No 10 and hands gift to Obama
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?
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 …
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
Michael Graham / Boston Herald:
Radical imam OK but not Chick-fil-A  —  Given his stance on Chick-fil-A, would Mayor Tom Menino grant permits to a group that has counted among its leaders a man who has repeatedly called homosexuality a “crime that must be punished” by death?  —  Actually, he has done that  . .  . and more!
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.”
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Chicago Alderman: I Will Deny Business Permit Because “There Are Consequences for [Its Owner's] …
Chicago Tribune:
Why I won't let Chick-fil-A in my ward  —  By Proco “Joe” Moreno
Discussion: Hot Air
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell sticks to tactic of keeping spotlight off GOP  —  Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's surprise decision to allow a Democratic tax bill to pass the upper chamber fits his political strategy of keeping the Senate GOP out of the spotlight.  —  McConnell (Ky.) decided to drop …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Once a Rebel, McCain Now Walks the Party Line
Discussion: The New Republic and The Caucus
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
House Dems to introduce estate tax measure
Discussion: Politico
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” …
Discussion: Jared Bernstein
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Amazon's Founder Pledges $2.5 Million in Support of Same-Sex Marriage  —  Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of, 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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: The Dark Night Rises  —  Everybody knows the culture is poisonous, and nobody expects that to change.  —  At a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” the other day on Manhattan's East 86th Street, three cops were posted outside, two in a cruiser and one on a motorcycle.
Michael Hogan / The Huffington Post:
Harvey Weinstein On Obama, Gun Control, ‘The Master’ And The Record-Breaking ‘The Intouchables’
Discussion: Politico
Tim Mak / Politico:
Cantor defends Bachmann  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) Friday defended Rep. Michele Bachmann's questioning of a top Hillary Clinton aide's loyalty to the United States, saying the Minnesota lawmaker's “concern was about the security of the country.”
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Colorado shootings: House leaders open to gun law debate
Discussion: Politico, Right Wing News and Daily Kos
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
John Boehner ‘partial to’ Rob Portman for veep
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Democratic senators offer gun control amendment for cybersecurity bill  —  Democratic senators have offered an amendment to the cybersecurity bill that would limit the purchase of high capacity gun magazines for some consumers.  —  Shortly after the Cybersecurity Act gained Senate approval …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Jawa Report
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.
Democratic Underground:
Anti-Gay Kirk Cameron rejects Youth Caucus invite, Congressman Frank Pallone responds.  —  Cameron, through his manager, stunningly tells the youth to watch his interviews online, where Cameron says being LGBT is “unnatural,” “detrimental” and “destructive to our civilization”
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.
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
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Strip Clubs in Tampa Are Ready to Cash In on G.O.P. Convention
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Chris Kirk / Slate:
How Badly Would Usain Bolt Destroy the Best Sprinter of 1896?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Marc Levy / Associated Press:
Zoning limits in Pa. gas drilling law struck down
Discussion: E2-Wire
Lindsey Collom / Arizona Republic:
Pinal County supervisor hopeful John Enright quits
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Iran bolsters retaliation capability in Persian Gulf, experts say
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Giuliani: Rubio would be best VP choice for Romney
Discussion: Politico, Power Line and The Hill
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
'You didn't build that' remarks won't change Obama's strategy
Discussion: Politico
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Henry McDonald / Guardian:
Republican dissidents join forces to form a new IRA
Discussion: BBC and Telegraph
Katherine Mangu-Ward / Hit & Run:
Kid's Hot Dog Stand Shut Down by City Officials Before It Even Opens
Ari Shavit / Haaretz:
Romney to Haaretz: Military option on Iran should not be ruled out
Michael A. Black / New York Times:
I Carried a Gun, and It Was Heavy
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
The case against Joe Paterno: Weak to non-existent on the current record
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Hot Air
Paul M. Barrett / Business Week:
Karl Rove: He's Back, Big Time