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5:35 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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Tom McCarthy / Guardian:
Mitt Romney rebuked by David Cameron in London - US politics live  —  The Republican challenger Mitt Romney is meeting David Cameron in London after controversial remarks by an adviser and a rebuff from the PM over Olympic comments  —  Sort by:  —  A good point. … Mitt Romney's charm offensive.
Daily Mail:
‘Are we ready?  Yes we are!’ …
Discussion: Politicker and Business Insider
BuzzFeed:   Mitt Romney Issued Comically Bizarre Cartoon-Mitt-Romney Olympic Pins
Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Romney's Not-So-Secret Meeting With MI6
Discussion: The Raw Story
Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
Made in China: Olympic Pin Shaped Like Mitt Romney's Face
CNN:   TRENDING: Romney's Olympics false start
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama super-PAC pulls ad using Olympic footage
Discussion: CNN
James Kirkup / Telegraph:
Olympics: David Cameron rejects Mitt Romney's suggestion Britain is not ready
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?
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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.
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
Legal eagles cry fowl over politicians' plans to block Chick-fil-A  —  Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy says he is “guilty as charged” for supporting the traditional definition of marriage, and now Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says its “values aren't reflective of our city.”  (AP)
Discussion: Riehl World View
Hal Dardick / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Chick-fil-A owner wants to talk with Emanuel
Discussion: Politico, GLAAD and Towleroad News #gay
KNSD-TV:
Protest Disrupts Grand Opening of Laguna Hills Chick-fil-A
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Fran Spielman / Chicago Sun Times:
Rahm welcomes help from Farrakahn, ignores anti-Semitic remarks
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.
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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?
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Context be damned: Obama's ‘It worked’ quote should work for Republicans
Discussion: The New Republic and Balloon Juice
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.
Paul M. Barrett / Business Week:
Karl Rove: He's Back, Big Time  —  On the evening of June 29, Amedeo Scognamiglio, a jewelry designer on the Isle of Capri, met friends for drinks at the elegant Grand Hotel Quisisana.  Around midnight, Scognamiglio says, “I noticed some familiar American faces.”  He took to Twitter.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Truthdig
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.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Bloomberg to host fundraiser for Scott Brown  —  New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is hosting a fundraiser for Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown at his Upper East Side townhouse on Aug. 15, according to this invitation a helpful source provided.  —  The event is an evening reception …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Hotline On Call
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David W. Chen / New York Times:
Bloomberg Gives Support to Massachusetts Senator
Discussion: Althouse
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama: ‘AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals’  —  President Obama on Wednesday vowed to pursue a consensus on violence reduction, “looking at everything we can do” to prevent gun crimes like the tragedy in Colorado last week.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Pennsylvania Miscellany  —PPP's newest poll of Pennsylvania finds there's still a fair amount of support for Joe Paterno in the state, although his image has taken somewhat of a hit. 45% of voters in the state see him favorably to 37% with a negative opinion.
Discussion: PennLive.com
 
 
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Lorraine Woellert / Bloomberg:
Jobless Claims In U.S. Decrease, Extending July Volatility
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Romney ‘Looking Forward to the Bust of Winston Churchill Being in the Oval Office Again’
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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Heavily Edited Romney Video Targets Black Voters, Shows NAACP Audience Applauding
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