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6:15 PM ET, July 27, 2012

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Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog:
Fact Check: The Bust of Winston Churchill  —  Lately, there's been a rumor swirling around about the current location of the bust of Winston Churchill.  Some have claimed that President Obama removed the bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office and sent it back to the British Embassy.
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Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Romney ‘Looking Forward’ To Returning Churchill Bust to White House  —  Greg Mathieson/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images  —  LONDON - Mitt Romney, speaking to a group of more than 200 supporters in hotel in the heart of London this evening, said he is “looking forward” to returning the bust …
Discussion: Atlanta Black Star and ABCNEWS
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Why he's going where he's going  —  A generation ago, it was the three I's.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, USA Today and Hot Air
CNN:
Busted: Two statues amount to one Churchill bust of a controversy
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 …
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James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
Sickly second-quarter GDP report puts U.S. economic recovery — and Obama's reelection — in jeopardy  —  The U.S. economy is not doing fine.  —  Earlier this year, the Obama White House predicted the economy would grow 3% in 2012.  Today's GDP report shows that ain't going to happen.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Real Reason 'You Didn't Build That' Works  —  Mitt Romney's plan of blatantly lying about President Obama's “you didn't build that” speech is clearly drawing blood.  But what makes the attack work so well is not so much the lie itself but the broader subtext of it.
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Wall Street Journal:
Four Little Words
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
'You didn't build that' remarks won't change Obama's strategy on the stump
Discussion: CNN and Red Alert Politics
Liz Buckthorpe / www2.wrbl.com:
COLUMBUS, Ga. —  News 3 has learned that Donald A. Perry, the Vice President of Corporate Public Relations has passed away.  —  Ross Cathy, the owner of the Midland, GA Chick-fil-A and family member of company CEO, Dan Cathy, tells News 3, Perry passed away this morning from a heart attack.
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Colin Campbell / Politicker:
Mayor Bloomberg: Chick-fil-A Ban ‘Not Going to Happen’ in NYC  —  Despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg's advocacy for a healthier diet and strong support for gay marriage, he's cold on the idea of banning Chick-fil-A within the five boroughs.  —  As mayors around the country — including Boston's …
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!
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 …
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Washington United for Marriage:
Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos Make Historic Gift of $2.5 Million To Protect Freedom to Marry Law in Washington State
Jake Shermanand John Bresnahan / Politico:
Congress nears year-end funding deal  —  There's already movement to avoid the fiscal cliff.  —  House and Senate leadership Thursday approached a deal to fund the government for six months — a move that would avert a Sept. 30 shutdown, and keep the federal government operating through March.
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Dylan Matthews / Washington Post:   No one pays the estate tax
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
House Dems to introduce estate tax measure
Discussion: Firedoglake and Politico
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.
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Kendra Alleyne / CNSNews:
Oregon Man Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail — for Collecting Rainwater on His Property  —  (CNSNews.com) - A rural Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail and over $1,500 in fines because he had three reservoirs on his property to collect and use rainwater.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Have Republicans Ever Hated a President More Than Barack Obama?  —  The widespread belief on the right that Barack Obama is a Muslim is one of the stranger features of this period in history.  There are some of them who know that Obama says he's a Christian but are sure that's all an act designed …
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 …
Aaron Kalman / The Times of Israel:
Hosts accept coach's demand, and separate the teams with makeshift barrier  —  Two of Israel's judokas, Arik Zeevi (right) and Alice Schlesinger at the entrance to the Israeli building at the Olympic village, July 26 (photo credit: courtesy of the Israeli Olympic Committee)
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
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Algemeiner.com:
Lebanese Olympic Team Demands Barrier Separation From Israel Squad
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Santorum Defends Penn State, Blasts Freeh Report  —  Former Senator and GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum (PA) has long positioned himself as a champion of family values, so one might think he would be the strongest advocate for children who had been sexually assaulted by trusted adults.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
weaskamerica.com:
OH-bama  —  We wrap up the first round in our Big 10 series with Ohio-perhaps the quintessential and, arguably, most important swing state.  The closeness of recent presidential elections certainly makes the Buckeye State a battleground, and with good reason.
NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Dark Knight’ shooting suspect James Holmes claims amnesia  —  The accused mass murderer keeps asking ‘Why am I here?’ a jail staffer reports.  Holmes is also complaining about the food at the Aarapahoe County Detention Center.  —  Accused movie theater shooter James Holmes makes his first court appearance.
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Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: The Dark Night Rises
 
 
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Team Romney Readies For “Saturday Obama Surprise”
Suzanna Caldwell / AlaskaDispatch:
Transgender Alaskans can change sex on licenses easier under new DMV rule
Discussion: Advocate and ThinkProgress
Guardian:
Blind archer sets first London record
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: GOP Senate Nominee Shorting U.S. Treasury Bonds, Would Profit From Government Default
Discussion: Paul Krugman and The Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Julian Brookes / Rolling Stone:
Pot Legalization Is Coming
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Strip Clubs in Tampa Are Ready to Cash In on G.O.P. Convention
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Hotline On Call
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Once a Rebel, McCain Now Walks the Party Line
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Money for Nothing  —  For years, allegedly serious people …
Discussion: Jared Bernstein and Hullabaloo