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11:45 AM ET, July 27, 2012


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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 …
Alan Krueger / White Blog:
Advance Estimate of GDP for the Second Quarter of 2012 and Annual Revision  —  Today's report shows that the economy posted its twelfth straight quarter of positive growth, as real GDP (the total amount of goods and services produced in the country) grew at a 1.5 percent annual rate …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Growth Slows in 2nd Quarter
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Slowed to a Tepid 1.5% Rate of Growth
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.
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
Adam Gabbatt / Guardian:
Oh, Mitt: those Romney gaffes in full
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 …
Washington United for Marriage:
Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos Make Historic Gift of $2.5 Million To Protect Freedom to Marry Law in Washington State  —  Andy Grow: 206-713-1792;  —  Washington United for Marriage (WUM), the statewide coalition working to defend the state's law protecting civil marriage …
Discussion: Washington Wire and ABCNEWS
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 …
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Chicago Alderman: I Will Deny Business Permit Because “There Are Consequences for [Its Owner's] …
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.
NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Dark Knight’ shooting suspect James Holmes claims amnesia
Michael Hogan / The Huffington Post:
Harvey Weinstein On Obama, Gun Control, ‘The Master’ And The Record-Breaking ‘The Intouchables’
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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
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
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
Wall Street Journal:
Four Little Words  —  Why the Obama campaign is suddenly so worried.  —  What's the difference between a calm and cool Barack Obama, and a rattled and worried Barack Obama?  Four words, it turns out.  —  “You didn't build that” is swelling to such heights that it has the president somewhere unprecedented: on defense.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
'You didn't build that' remarks won't change Obama's strategy
Discussion: Politico
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.
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 …
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.”
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.
Discussion: Ballot Box
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
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Julian Brookes / Rolling Stone:
Pot Legalization Is Coming
Alabama Asks Court For Redistricting Approval, Tries To Eliminate Voting Rights Act
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Money Corrupts Politics Even More Than You Thought
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
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Giuliani: Rubio would be best VP choice for Romney
Discussion: Politico, Power Line and The Hill
Henry McDonald / Guardian:
Republican dissidents join forces to form a new IRA
Discussion: Telegraph and BBC
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
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
The case against Joe Paterno: Weak to non-existent on the current record
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Hot Air