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11:25 AM ET, July 27, 2012


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Rob Williams / The Independent:
Romneyshambles: 'Some Americans just shouldn't leave the country', says Carl Lewis  —  “Stay home if you don't know what to say,” says nine-times gold medal winning sprinter  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.
Discussion: Politico and Guardian
Hélène Mulholland / Guardian:
Mitt Romney gets cold reception from UK media after Olympic gaffe  —  ‘Romneyshambles’, ‘party-pooper’, ‘worse than Palin’ - British papers are unimpressed by Republican's charm offensive  —  In terms of winning British hearts and minds, Mitt Romney's attempt to burnish his credentials …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney says he's ‘convinced’ London ready for Olympics
Discussion: ABCNEWS
First Read /
Presidential election reaches halftime
Discussion: Guardian, Washington Post and CNN
Adam Gabbatt / Guardian:
Oh, Mitt: those Romney gaffes in full
Mitt Romney's Olympics blunder stuns No 10 and hands gift to Obama
Joshua Keating / FP Passport:
Romney book: Britain is a tiny island that makes stuff nobody wants
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 …
Michael Graham / Boston Herald:
Radical imam OK but not Chick-fil-A  —  Given his stance on Chick-fil-A, would Mayor Tom Menino grant permits to a group that has counted among its leaders a man who has repeatedly called homosexuality a “crime that must be punished” by death?  —  Actually, he has done that  . .  . and more!
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.”
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Chicago Alderman: I Will Deny Business Permit Because “There Are Consequences for [Its Owner's] …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Amazon's Founder Pledges $2.5 Million in Support of Same-Sex Marriage  —  Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of, 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 …
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 …
Discussion: The New Republic and The Caucus
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell sticks to tactic of keeping spotlight off GOP
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
House Dems to introduce estate tax measure
Discussion: Politico
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
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?
Olivier Knox / Yahoo! News:
Obama: Hey Romney, Europe and I go way back
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
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.
Michael Hogan / The Huffington Post:
Harvey Weinstein On Obama, Gun Control, ‘The Master’ And The Record-Breaking ‘The Intouchables’
Discussion: Politico
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Democratic senators offer gun control amendment for cybersecurity bill  —  Democratic senators have offered an amendment to the cybersecurity bill that would limit the purchase of high capacity gun magazines for some consumers.  —  Shortly after the Cybersecurity Act gained Senate approval …
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.
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Strip Clubs in Tampa Are Ready to Cash In on G.O.P. Convention  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Over at the back door of the 2001 Odyssey, a limo-size tent with flaps — especially designed for discretion and camera-shy guests — is ready to go up.  Déjà Vu is welcoming extra “talent” from around the country in its V.I.P. rooms.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Hotline On Call
Intern / ThinkProgress:
Alabama Asks Court For Redistricting Approval, Tries To Eliminate Voting Rights Act  —  Yesterday Alabama filed suit in federal court asking for approval of the state's redistricting plan.  Alabama is one of nine states with a history of discrimination that the Voting Rights Act requires …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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”
Tim Mak / Politico:
Cantor defends Bachmann  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) Friday defended Rep. Michele Bachmann's questioning of a top Hillary Clinton aide's loyalty to the United States, saying the Minnesota lawmaker's “concern was about the security of the country.”
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, Daily Kos and Right Wing News
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
John Boehner ‘partial to’ Rob Portman for veep
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Growth Slows in 2nd Quarter
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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
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Iran bolsters retaliation capability in Persian Gulf, experts say
Lauren Mayk /
Giuliani: Rubio would be best VP choice for Romney
Discussion: Politico, Power Line and The Hill
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
'You didn't build that' remarks won't change Obama's strategy
Discussion: Politico
Henry McDonald / Guardian:
Republican dissidents join forces to form a new IRA
Discussion: Telegraph and BBC
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Katherine Mangu-Ward / Hit & Run:
Kid's Hot Dog Stand Shut Down by City Officials Before It Even Opens
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Elizabeth Warren criticized by liberal supporter for almost all-white campaign HQ photo
Discussion: Datechguy's Blog
Ari Shavit / Haaretz:
Romney to Haaretz: Military option on Iran should not be ruled out
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
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Hot Air