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10:35 AM ET, July 26, 2012

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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.
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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.
CNN:
Cameron reaffirms support for same-sex marriage on eve of Romney meeting  —  (CNN) - They may both be members of their country's conservative parties, but a look at the schedule of 10 Downing Street gives at least one indication that British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. GOP candidate Mitt Romney aren't aligned on every issue.
Sara Murray / Wall Street Journal:
Romney Muted on Policy Criticism
Discussion: Washington Wire and The Agonist
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 …
Boston Globe:
Menino shouldn't block Chick-fil-A because of president's views  —  The president of Chick-fil-A opposes gay marriage.  While this view goes against the grain in a state that made history by embracing it, it's no reason for Mayor Thomas M. Menino to oppose a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Boston.
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Rahm: Chick-fil-A disrespects us
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.
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.
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Lee Enterprises / host.madison.com:
Cullen breaks with Democratic caucus in state Senate, may become independent
Discussion: Hot Air, UrbanGrounds and The Caucus
Richard Rubin / Bloomberg:
Billionaires May Win As Democrats Split Over Estate Tax
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Conservatives urge Cantor to push spending fight into 2013
Discussion: Politico
Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Movie massacre suspect sent chilling notebook to psychiatrist before attack  —  Three days after he allegedly shot up a Colorado movie theater, killing 12 and injuring scores, suspect James Holmes appeared in court, where he seemed disheveled and disoriented.
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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
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 …
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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: ABCNEWS
Tomer Ovadia / Politico:
Jeb Bush told Romney to pick Rubio  —  Jeb Bush launched a campaign of his own on Wednesday — to get fellow Floridian Sen. Marco Rubio on the GOP ticket.  —  The former Florida governor is making a big public and private push for Rubio to become the Republican vice presidential nominee …
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Brendan Farrington / MiamiHerald.com:
Jeb Bush wants Rubio for VP
Discussion: The Hill and Donklephant
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.
Washington Post:
Skype makes chats and user data more available to police  —  Skype, the online phone service long favored by political dissidents, criminals and others eager to communicate beyond the reach of governments, has expanded its cooperation with law enforcement authorities to make online chats …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
14 Specific Allegations of NYPD Brutality During Occupy Wall Street  —  A collaborative investigation launched by law clinics at four top universities has assembled damning evidence of widespread misconduct.  —  An investigation undertaken by law clinics at NYU, Fordham, Harvard …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and BBC
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
The Story So Far  —  History may someday settle on one of the competing and contradictory narratives now running rampant within the virtual Beltway to explain the decision by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to save the Affordable Care Act.  Since that day seems far off, here in quick summary are the emerging story lines.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democratic Voting Enthusiasm Down Sharply From 2004, 2008  —  Republicans more enthusiastic than in 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Democrats are significantly less likely now (39%) than they were in the summers of 2004 and 2008 to say they are “more enthusiastic about voting than usual” in the coming presidential election.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Aides Play Campaign Roles  —  Senior Administration Officials Spending Time at President's Re-Election Headquarters in Chicago  —  Some of President Barack Obama's most senior aides have begun making regular appearances at his campaign's Chicago headquarters, tightening the link between …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
 
 
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Dani Dayan / New York Times:
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
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New York Times:
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Portman pushes bill to end shutdowns
Discussion: ABCNEWS, BuzzFeed, Examiner, Politico and Reuters
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Shifting Dynamics Favor G.O.P. House Majority
Discussion: The Caucus, CNN and Prairie Weather
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Right-Wing Gun Group: Was Aurora an Inside Job?
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
John Celock / The Huffington Post:
John McCaherty, Missouri Lawmaker, Raffles Off AR15 Rifle
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
How I was Cory Booker'd into submission
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Kenneth Anderson / Hoover Institution:
Why Does the UN Still Exist?
Discussion: Fox News and Power Line
Hollywood Reporter:
Legendary Director Peter Bogdanovich: What If Movies Are Part of the Problem?