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1:50 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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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 / 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.
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
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.
Sky News:
Olympics: Romney Questions UK's Readiness  —  Video: Romney Backtracks Over Olympics Comments Video: Cameron Defends Games After Romney Criticism  —  Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney has raised questions about Britain's readiness for the Olympics and the public's enthusiasm for the Games.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
James Kirkup / Telegraph:
Olympics: David Cameron rejects Mitt Romney's suggestion Britain is not ready
CNN:
Cameron reaffirms support for same-sex marriage on eve of Romney meeting
Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Registered As Lobbyist For Salt Lake City Olympics
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Daily Kos
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.
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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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Rahm Emanuel's dangerous free speech attack  —  Chicago blocks a business from expanding because its president opposes same-sex marriage  —  Should government officials be able to block businesses from opening or expanding due to disagreement with the political views of the business' executives?
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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Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
Obama calls for measures against gun violence
Linda Feldmann / Christian Science Monitor:
Why gun sales spike after mass shootings: It's not what you might think
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.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney Struggles To Distinguish His Economic Policies From Bush's  —  Mitt Romney couldn't substantially distinguish his economic policies from former President George W. Bush's during an interview with NBC's Brian Williams on Wednesday, saying only that he would “take action to get America on track to have a balanced budget.”
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Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
Veep Beat: VP Contender Tour Kicks Off
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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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?
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: Daily Kos, The Maddow Blog and Mediaite
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 …
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 …
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
 
 
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