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1:00 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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Commentary: if Mitt Romney doesn't like us, we shouldn't care
Hélène Mulholland / Guardian:
Mitt Romney questions London's readiness for Olympic Games
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
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.
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.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Approval of Obama among business owners drops in second quarter
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
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.
Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
Veep Beat: VP Contender Tour Kicks Off  —  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images;Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images  —  VP CONTENDERS BONANZA BEGINS: Mitt Romney may not be making a pick in the next week, but his surrogates and VP contenders are preparing to be on the trail over the next five days while Romney is overseas.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney Struggles To Distinguish His Economic Policies From Bush's
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 …
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
Medicaid Expansion May Lower Death Rate, Study Says  —  Into the maelstrom of debate over whether Medicaid should cover more people comes a new study by Harvard researchers who found that when states expanded their Medicaid programs and gave more poor people health insurance, fewer people died.
Discussion: Wonkette and Jared Bernstein
Mortality and Access to Care among Adults after State Medicaid Expansions
Discussion: Democracy in America
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
Romney-Obama debate formats set: But they matter less this time  —  Charles Dharapak / AP (Romney campaign signs emerge even in London)  —  For the next few days, the news focus will be on two unfolding events: the London Summer Olympics with the athletic events we're able to glimpse …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Wizbang
Tim Mak / Politico:
House GOP typo fix has new mistake  —  Oops!  —  A new rule meant to fix a significant typo in a Republican regulation bill has in it a typo of its own.  —  The new mistake comes after Republican legislative staffers were left red-faced earlier this week when H.R. 4078 was posted on the House Rules Committee website.
Discussion: The Maddow Blog, Mediaite and The Hill
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?
Linda Feldmann / Christian Science Monitor:
Why gun sales spike after mass shootings: It's not what you might think  —  After the Colorado shooting, gun sales have risen around the country.  For some, it's because they want to buy a gun for self-protection.  But there's a bigger reason, gun-shop owners say.  —  WASHINGTON
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
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
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Mary Pilon / New York Times:
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LawProf / Inside the Law School Scam:
Most top law schools still accepting applications for fall class
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
Dani Dayan / New York Times:
Israel's Settlers Are Here to Stay
New York Times:
Rise in Weather Extremes Threatens Infrastructure
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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
14 Specific Allegations of NYPD Brutality During Occupy Wall Street
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Aides Play Campaign Roles
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Romney advisor accuses Donilon of leaking to the New York Times
Discussion: Politico
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Portman pushes bill to end shutdowns
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Examiner, Politico and Reuters
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Obama: AK-47s belong on battlefield, not streets
Washington Post:
Skype makes chats and user data more available to police
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democratic Voting Enthusiasm Down Sharply From 2004, 2008