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3:00 PM ET, July 26, 2012

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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 …
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Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Romney's Remarks on Olympics Cause Stir in London  —  LONDON — Mitt Romney's carefully choreographed trip to London caused a diplomatic stir when he called the British Olympic preparations “disconcerting” and questioned whether Londoners would turn out to support the Games.
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 …
Discussion: msnbc.com and Washington Wire
First Read / msnbc.com:
Romney steps onto the world stage  —  *** London Calling: On his first full day of business and meetings on his overseas trip, Mitt Romney has already met with former British PM Tony Blair, current Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, British Foreign Secretary William Hague, and Deputy PM Nick Clegg.
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
‘D’ Is for Diplomacy  —  LONDON — Mitt Romney has only been on British soil for 24 hours, but he and his campaign are quickly finding out that every word matters.  —  Even before he touched down, a quote by an unnamed Romney adviser in London's Daily Telegraph newspaper was already creating a stir.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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.
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 …
David Blair / Telegraph:
Mitt Romney questions whether Britain is ready for Olympic Games  —  Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, has questioned Britain's preparedness to host the London 2012 Olympics and asked whether the country is genuinely willing to “celebrate” the Games.  —  Mitt Romney
James Kirkup / Telegraph:
Olympics: David Cameron rejects Mitt Romney's suggestion Britain is not ready  —  David Cameron has rejected suggestions from Mitt Romney, the US presidential candidate, that Britain is not prepared to run and celebrate the Olympic Games.  —  The Prime Minister said he would tell …
Guardian:
Mitt Romney's Olympics blunder stuns No 10 and hands gift to Obama
Sky News:
Olympics: Romney Questions UK's Readiness
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
Made in China: Olympic Pin Shaped Like Mitt Romney's Face
Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Registered As Lobbyist For Salt Lake City Olympics
CNN:
Cameron reaffirms support for same-sex marriage on eve of Romney meeting
Hélène Mulholland / Guardian:
Mitt Romney questions London's readiness for Olympic Games
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Monthly
BuzzFeed:   Mitt Romney Issued Comically Bizarre Cartoon-Mitt-Romney Olympic Pins
Paul Harris / Guardian:
A good point. … Mitt Romney's charm offensive.
Fran Spielman / Chicago Sun Times:
Emanuel goes after Chick-fil-A for boss' anti-gay views  —  The anti-gay views openly espoused by the president of a fast food chain specializing in chicken sandwiches have run afoul of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a local alderman, who are determined to block Chick-fil-A from expanding in Chicago.
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Fran Spielman / Chicago Sun Times:
Rahm welcomes help from Farrakahn, ignores anti-Semitic remarks  —  Mayor Rahm Emanuel during City Council meeting Wednesday, July 26, 2012.  John H. White~Sun-Times  —  Ignoring Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan's history of anti-Semitic remarks, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday welcomed …
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.
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Obama: AK-47s belong on battlefield, not streets  —  NEW ORLEANS - President Obama touched the sensitive issue of guns here on Wednesday, pivoting off last week's Colorado movie theater shootings to call for a “consensus around violence reduction” in the country.
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Linda Feldmann / Christian Science Monitor:
Why gun sales spike after mass shootings: It's not what you might think
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
Obama calls for measures against gun violence
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.
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.
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?
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Agriculture committee heads double down on passing five-year farm bill  —  The heads of the House and Senate Agriculture Committee are doubling down on their push to pass a full five-year farm bill by Sept. 30 and are resisting efforts to pass a one-year extension.
Discussion: Politico, ThinkProgress and Salon
Dani Dayan / New York Times:
Israel's Settlers Are Here to Stay  —  WHATEVER word you use to describe Israel's 1967 acquisition of Judea and Samaria — commonly referred to as the West Bank in these pages — will not change the historical facts.  Arabs called for Israel's annihilation in 1967, and Israel legitimately seized …
Center for American Progress Action Fund:
Romney Tax Plan: Many Happy Returns for Big Oil  —  Candidate's Policies Could Benefit Oil Companies by More Than $4 Billion Annually  —  BP, along with the rest of the world's five biggest public oil companies—Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Royal Dutch Shell—are hardly in need of a tax cut …
Mary Pilon / New York Times:
Equestrian |  Dressage: Ann Romney's Horse Prepares for Olympic Debut  —  LONDON — More than 10,000 athletes are descending on London this week for the Summer Olympics, including global names like Usain Bolt, Oscar Pistorius and Michael Phelps.  But the one athlete that is seemingly under stricter guard …
 
 
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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Heavily Edited Romney Video Targets Black Voters, Shows NAACP Audience Applauding
Russell Berman / The Hill:
GOP undecided on length of stopgap measure to keep government funded
Discussion: Politico
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Scalia: ‘We get clobbered by the press’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Xinhua News Agency:
Bogu Kailai, Zhang Xiaojun charged with intentional homicide
Discussion: Guardian and World Now
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
Romney-Obama debate formats set: But they matter less this time
Discussion: Wizbang and protein wisdom
Tim Mak / Politico:
House GOP typo fix has new mistake
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Maddow Blog and Mediaite
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CareerBuilder / PR Newswire:
Swearing at Work Can Harm Your Career Prospects, Finds CareerBuilder Survey
Discussion: Politico and The Snitch
Katherine Weber / Christian News, The Christian Post:
CP N.AMERICA  —  Bullied LGBT Teens Request Lunch With Kirk Cameron Amid NJ Marriage Event
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Where the Jobs Are  —  WILLISTON, N.D.  —  Right now you are …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Romney advisor accuses Donilon of leaking to the New York Times
Discussion: Politico
Mark Sappenfield / Christian Science Monitor:
North Korea flag mixup to go down in Olympic history as major insult
Discussion: Riehl World View