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4:10 PM ET, July 26, 2012

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Joshua Keating / FP Passport:
Romney book: Britain is a tiny island that makes stuff nobody wants  —  Mitt Romney has already gotten in a spot of trouble in London for suggesting that Britain may not be quite ready to host the Olympic Games.  Romney has walked back his comments, but it's not the first time the candidate …
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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 …
Guardian:
Mitt Romney's Olympics blunder stuns No 10 and hands gift to Obama  —  US presidential hopeful backtracks on warning of ‘disconcerting’ signs for Games after light-hearted rebuke by David Cameron  —  Mitt Romney handed Barack Obama a priceless gift for the US presidential election campaign …
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 and Washington Wire
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.
David Blair / Telegraph:
Mitt Romney questions whether Britain is ready for Olympic Games  —  Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, has questioned Britain's preparedness to host the London 2012 Olympics and asked whether the country is genuinely willing to “celebrate” the Games.  —  Mitt Romney
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.
James Kirkup / Telegraph:
Olympics: David Cameron rejects Mitt Romney's suggestion Britain is not ready
BuzzFeed:   Mitt Romney Issued Comically Bizarre Cartoon-Mitt-Romney Olympic Pins
Paul Harris / Guardian:
A good point. … Mitt Romney's charm offensive.
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
‘D’ Is for Diplomacy  —  LONDON — Mitt Romney has only been …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and ABCNEWS
Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
Made in China: Olympic Pin Shaped Like Mitt Romney's Face
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama super-PAC pulls ad using Olympic footage
Discussion: CNN
Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Registered As Lobbyist For Salt Lake City Olympics
CNN:
Cameron reaffirms support for same-sex marriage on eve of Romney meeting
Sky News:
Olympics: Romney Questions UK's Readiness
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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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.
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:
Rahm welcomes help from Farrakahn, ignores anti-Semitic remarks
KNSD-TV:
Protest Disrupts Grand Opening of Laguna Hills Chick-fil-A
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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Linda Feldmann / Christian Science Monitor:
Why gun sales spike after mass shootings: It's not what you might think
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
Obama calls for measures against gun violence
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.
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.
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.
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?
Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
President Obama's Advice For Eagles QB Mike Vick  —  The commander-in-chief has a two words of advice for the comeback kid of the NFL: “slide more.”  —  At a campaign stop in Oakland on Monday, Obama asked Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who introduced the president at the event …
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 …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Agriculture committee heads double down on passing five-year farm bill  —  The heads of the House and Senate Agriculture Committee are doubling down on their push to pass a full five-year farm bill by Sept. 30 and are resisting efforts to pass a one-year extension.
Discussion: Politico, ThinkProgress and Salon
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 …
BBC:
Boris Johnson hails ‘Olympomania’ for torch at Hyde Park  —  Mayor Boris Johnson has said that people coming to London for the Olympic Games will find it to be “the greatest city on earth”.  —  Mr Johnson was speaking as the Olympic flame was used to light a cauldron in front of thousands of cheering spectators in Hyde Park.
 
 
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