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11:05 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.
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.
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  —  LONDON—After months on the campaign trail bashing the way Europe manages its economy, Republican Mitt Romney shied away from policy criticisms in a round of meetings with U.K. officials Thursday, as he kicked off his overseas tour.
Discussion: Washington Wire and The Agonist
James Kirkup / Telegraph:
Olympics: David Cameron rejects Mitt Romney's suggestion Britain is not ready
Discussion: The Hill and Guardian
Garrett Haake /
Romney on NBC: Changing gun laws won't ‘make all bad things go away’
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.
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 …
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.
Lee Enterprises /
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
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.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, The Caucus and Daily Kos
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
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Romney Falsely Claims Colorado Gunman Obtained Weapons Illegally  —  Mitt Romney revealed that he is unfamiliar with the details of the largest mass shooting in American history, during an interview with NBC's Brian Williams.  The former Massachusetts governor claimed that alleged gunman in the Aurora …
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Right-Wing Gun Group: Was Aurora an Inside Job?
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Hullabaloo
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 …
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 and National Review
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 …
Brendan Farrington /
Jeb Bush wants Rubio for VP
Discussion: The Hill and Donklephant
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: UrbanGrounds, Pirate's Cove and BBC
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
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
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
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 …
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Portman pushes bill to end shutdowns
Discussion: ABCNEWS, BuzzFeed, Examiner, Politico and Reuters
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Negative Ads Hit at Identity to Shape Race for Presidency
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Shifting Dynamics Favor G.O.P. House Majority
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John Celock / The Huffington Post:
John McCaherty, Missouri Lawmaker, Raffles Off AR15 Rifle
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
The Story So Far  —  History may someday settle on one of the competing …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
How I was Cory Booker'd into submission
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Hollywood Reporter:
Legendary Director Peter Bogdanovich: What If Movies Are Part of the Problem?
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democratic Voting Enthusiasm Down Sharply From 2004, 2008