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12:20 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 …
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.
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 …
First Read /
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.
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.
Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Registered As Lobbyist For Salt Lake City Olympics … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  John McCain, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Elections 2012, Newt Gingrich, Barack Obama , Olympics, Video, London Olympics 2012, Atlanta Summer Games, Federal Spending, London Olympics 2012 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Steve Holland / Reuters:
“Anglo-Saxon” quote overshadows start of Romney tour
Discussion: American Prospect
Cameron reaffirms support for same-sex marriage on eve of Romney meeting
Sara Murray / Wall Street Journal:
Romney Muted on Policy Criticism
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.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Approval of Obama among business owners drops in second quarter
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
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.
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 …
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.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Portman pushes bill to end shutdowns  —  Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) on Wednesday introduced a bill aimed at ending the threat of a government shutdown once and for all.  —  The bill would automatically extend government spending at current levels for 120 days when funding expires.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Examiner, Politico and Reuters
Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
Veep Beat: VP Contender Tour Kicks Off
Tomer Ovadia / Politico:
Jeb Bush told Romney to pick Rubio
Brendan Farrington /
Jeb Bush wants Rubio for VP
Discussion: The Hill and Donklephant
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Senate passes bill to keep tax cuts for the middle class  —  The Senate on Wednesday narrowly approved a plan to preserve tax cuts for the middle class while letting them expire for the wealthy, a powerful if largely symbolic victory for Democrats who have been pushing to raise taxes on the rich for more than a decade.
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Where the Jobs Are  —  WILLISTON, N.D.  —  Right now you are probably asking yourself: “What would it be like to live in a place with an unemployment rate of 1 percent?”  —  Me, too!  So I went to Williston, N.D., to find out.  There are certain things that journalists do as a public service …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Mark Sappenfield / Christian Science Monitor:
North Korea flag mixup to go down in Olympic history as major insult  —  A video before the North Korea-Colombia Olympic women's soccer game Wednesday showed the South Korean flag.  In the history of Olympic host nation embarrassments, it's a whopper.  —  LONDON
Discussion: Riehl World View
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.
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.
Discussion: Wizbang, Althouse and American Prospect
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 …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Battle for Ballot Integrity in Pennsylvania  —  Pennsylvania is, for the moment, ground zero in the battle over voter fraud.  In March, Pennsylvania's legislature enacted a law that requires identification for voting.  The ACLU has sued to enjoin enforcement of the law …
Katherine Weber / Christian News, The Christian Post:
CP N.AMERICA  —  Bullied LGBT Teens Request Lunch With Kirk Cameron Amid NJ Marriage Event  —  In a better world, buying pens and eating lunch would be a politics-free ...  Activists representing bullied teens of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community (LGBT) …
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 …
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Romney advisor accuses Donilon of leaking to the New York Times  —  A top advisor to Mitt Romney's campaign on Wednesday accused U.S. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon of leaking classified intelligence information to New York Times reporter David Sanger.
Discussion: Politico
CareerBuilder / PR Newswire:
Swearing at Work Can Harm Your Career Prospects, Finds CareerBuilder Survey  —  Employees who make frequent contributions to the swear jar may lose more than loose change; they may lose out on a promotion.  Sixty-four percent of employers said that they'd think less of an employee …
Discussion: Politico and The Snitch
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Tim Martin /
Anti-abortion bill on Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee agenda for Thursday
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
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Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
The Story So Far  —  History may someday settle on one of the competing …
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Kenneth Anderson / Hoover Institution:
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