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8:10 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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CNN:
Busted: Two statues amount to one Churchill bust of a controversy  —  (CNN) - A bronze bust of Winston Churchill is becoming hotly contested in Washington.  Well, actually, make that two of them.  —  A bust of the former British Prime Minister was lent by the British government to the White House …
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Is the Churchill Bust Controversy a Total Bust?  —  Official White House Photo by Pete Souza  —  There's been much consternation today at the White House about a bust of Winston Churchill.  A quote from conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer has ignited a fiery blog post …
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.  A presidential challenger's obligatory foreign trip meant Ireland, Italy and Israel.  Mitt Romney's itinerary is slightly different: Britain, Poland and Israel.  —  Not quite the naked ethnic appeal of yore.
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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Amie Parnes / The Hill:   'You didn't build that' remarks won't change Obama's strategy on the stump
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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Donovan Slack / Politico:
White House on the economy: at least it's still growing
Discussion: Power Line and Weasel Zippers
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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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)
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Algemeiner.com:
Lebanese Olympic Team Demands Barrier Separation From Israel Squad
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
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
House Dems to introduce estate tax measure
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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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 …
BuzzFeed:
Team Romney Readies For “Saturday Obama Surprise”  —  What's the surprise?  BuzzFeed doesn't know yet or even know if it exists.  But Boston is sure one is coming tomorrow.  —  After a disastrous 48-hour news cycle in London, the Romney campaign “wants the world to know” that they are prepared for a …
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
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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Suzanna Caldwell / AlaskaDispatch:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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