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10:20 AM ET, July 27, 2012

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WH's Carney Refuses To Name The Capital Of Israel  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney is asked by a reporter what is the capital of Israel.  —  Reporter: What city does this Administration consider to be the capital of Israel?  Jerusalem or Tel Aviv?
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Olivier Knox / Yahoo! News:
Obama: Hey Romney, Europe and I go way back  —  Dear Britain: The White House wants you know that even if Mitt Romney may harbor doubts about your ability to pull off the Olympics, President Barack Obama “has the utmost confidence” in you.  In fact, the Obama administration would also like Israel and Poland …
Adam Gabbatt / Guardian:
Oh, Mitt: those Romney gaffes in full  —  Boobs, blunders, clangers - whatever you call them, Romney likes to drop them.  And he's really outdone himself in London  —  From criticising the biggest sporting event Britain has held in over 40 years, to “looking out of the backside of 10 Downing Street” …
Jason Easley / PoliticusUSA:
Romney in Shambles as Britain Proclaims Him Worse than Sarah Palin … The British reaction to Mitt Romney has gone from openness, to skepticism, to mocking, to concluding that Mitt Romney is worse than Sarah Palin.  —  Daily Mail Political Editor James Chapman has been providing the world …
Guardian:
Mitt Romney's Olympics blunder stuns No 10 and hands gift to Obama  —  Republican candidate backtracks on warning of ‘disconcerting’ signs for Games after rebukes by British PM and London mayor  —  Mitt Romney handed Barack Obama a potential gift for the US presidential election campaign …
Joshua Keating / FP Passport:
Romney book: Britain is a tiny island that makes stuff nobody wants
Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Romney's Not-So-Secret Meeting With MI6
Rob Williams / The Independent:
Mr Leader? Did Mitt Romney forget Ed Miliband's name?
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts  —  Gross Domestic Product, 2nd quarter 2012 (advance estimate);  —  Revised Estimates: 2009 through First Quarter 2012  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States …
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
In Defense of Chick-Fil-A  —  Dan Cathy, the president of the fast-food franchise Chick-fil-A, doesn't like same-sex marriage.  He believes that “we're inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.”
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Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Chicago Alderman: I Will Deny Business Permit Because “There Are Consequences for [Its Owner's] Statements and Beliefs,” and They Should Include Denial  —  Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno's doubles down on a First Amendment violation: … This is just appalling.
Chicago Tribune:
Why I won't let Chick-fil-A in my ward  —  By Proco “Joe” Moreno
Discussion: Hot Air
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
Legal eagles cry fowl over politicians' plans to block Chick-fil-A
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Money for Nothing  —  For years, allegedly serious people have been issuing dire warnings about the consequences of large budget deficits — deficits that are overwhelmingly the result of our ongoing economic crisis.  In May 2009, Niall Ferguson of Harvard declared that the “tidal wave of debt issuance” …
Discussion: Jared Bernstein
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Amazon's Founder Pledges $2.5 Million in Support of Same-Sex Marriage  —  Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon.com, and his wife, MacKenzie, have agreed to donate $2.5 million to help pass a same-sex marriage referendum in Washington State, instantly becoming among the largest financial backers …
Democratic Underground:
Anti-Gay Kirk Cameron rejects Youth Caucus invite, Congressman Frank Pallone responds.  —  Cameron, through his manager, stunningly tells the youth to watch his interviews online, where Cameron says being LGBT is “unnatural,” “detrimental” and “destructive to our civilization”
Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: The Dark Night Rises  —  Everybody knows the culture is poisonous, and nobody expects that to change.  —  At a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” the other day on Manhattan's East 86th Street, three cops were posted outside, two in a cruiser and one on a motorcycle.
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Michael Hogan / The Huffington Post:
Harvey Weinstein On Obama, Gun Control, ‘The Master’ And The Record-Breaking ‘The Intouchables’
Discussion: Politico
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Colorado shootings: House leaders open to gun law debate  —  (Police say a suspect in the Aurora Mall shooting is in custody.  AP) Leaders of the House of Representatives signaled support Thursday for a broader discussion on gun rights a day after President Obama waded into the issue more extensively than ever before.
Discussion: Politico, Right Wing News and Daily Kos
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
John Boehner ‘partial to’ Rob Portman for veep
Discussion: CNN
Judson Berger / Fox News:
ICE, Border Patrol unions claim illegal immigrants exploiting ‘dreamer’ policy  —  Union heads representing thousands of America's immigration agents slammed the Obama administration Thursday over a policy they claim is forcing officials to ignore the law and allowing illegal immigrants to exploit the system.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Elizabeth Warren criticized by liberal supporter for almost all-white campaign HQ photo  —  Obama came under criticism and mockery from the left and right when a photo of his Chicago campaign operation staff had barely a non-white face among them.  All the talk about diversity was not practiced at his HQ.
Discussion: Datechguy's Blog
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Say, how come the DOJ isn't prosecuting top Obama crony Jon Corzine?  —  Via Breitbart, three possibilities here, all of them plausible and by no means mutually exclusive.  One: The DOJ just isn't in the business of prosecuting bankers anymore.  If they didn't go after anyone for the subprime crisis …
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Bloomberg:
How to Break NRA's Grip on Politics: Michael R. Bloomberg  —  By Michael R. Bloomberg 2012-07-26T22:40:00Z  —  It has been a week since the massacre in Aurora, Colorado.  The two major U.S. presidential candidates spent the past week avoiding the subject of whether anything should be done to prevent such shootings from recurring.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Once a Rebel, McCain Now Walks the Party Line  —  WASHINGTON — As Election Day edges close and most members of Congress yearn to flee Washington, Senator John McCain of Arizona is more present than ever.  —  Only there is a new iteration of the Republican lawmaker and defeated presidential candidate …
Henry McDonald / Guardian:
Republican dissidents join forces to form a new IRA  —  Exclusive: Merged organisation says it is planning to intensify attacks on security forces and other British-related targets  —  Three of the four main dissident republican terror groups in Northern Ireland are to merge and reclaim …
Discussion: BBC and Telegraph
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
'You didn't build that' remarks won't change Obama's strategy  —  The Obama campaign has no plans to change the president's style on the stump in the wake of his “you didn't build that” remark, which Republicans have seized upon in recent days to argue the president is out of touch on the economy.
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Chris Kirk / Slate:
How Badly Would Usain Bolt Destroy the Best Sprinter of 1896?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Marc Levy / Associated Press:
Zoning limits in Pa. gas drilling law struck down
Discussion: E2-Wire
Lindsey Collom / Arizona Republic:
Pinal County supervisor hopeful John Enright quits
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Iran bolsters retaliation capability in Persian Gulf, experts say
Lauren Mayk / TBO.com:
Giuliani: Rubio would be best VP choice for Romney
Discussion: Power Line, The Hill and Politico
Katherine Mangu-Ward / Hit & Run:
Kid's Hot Dog Stand Shut Down by City Officials Before It Even Opens
Ari Shavit / Haaretz:
Romney to Haaretz: Military option on Iran should not be ruled out
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Washington Wire:
A Recap of Romney's Tough Day in London
Discussion: Power Line
Michael A. Black / New York Times:
I Carried a Gun, and It Was Heavy
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
The case against Joe Paterno: Weak to non-existent on the current record
Dianne Williamson / Worcester Telegram & Gazette:
‘Plans’ don't include sale to gay couple
Discussion: Advocate and ThinkProgress
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Context be damned: Obama's ‘It worked’ quote should work for Republicans
Paul M. Barrett / Business Week:
Karl Rove: He's Back, Big Time