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7:35 AM ET, July 27, 2012

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Joshua Keating / FP Passport:
Romney book: Britain is a tiny island that makes stuff nobody wants  —  Mitt Romney has already gotten in a spot of trouble in London for suggesting that Britain may not be quite ready to host the Olympic Games.  Romney has walked back his comments, but it's not the first time the candidate …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: CBS News and The Moderate Voice
Rob Williams / The Independent:
Mr Leader? Did Mitt Romney forget Ed Miliband's name?
Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Romney's Not-So-Secret Meeting With MI6
Glen Johnson / The Boston Globe:
Romney faces backlash over Olympics comments
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney tries to steer around Olympics controversy in London meetings
CNN:   TRENDING: Romney's Olympics false start
BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney Issued Comically Bizarre Cartoon-Mitt-Romney Olympic Pins
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Daily Kos and Mediaite
Rosa Prince / Telegraph:
Olympics: Mitt Romney seeks to play down London 2012 comments
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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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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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Context be damned: Obama's ‘It worked’ quote should work for Republicans
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The New Republic
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?
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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Wynton Hall / BREITBART.COM:
REVEALED: CORZINE'S MF GLOBAL WAS CLIENT OF ERIC HOLDER'S LAW FIRM
Ari Shavit / Haaretz:
Romney to Haaretz: Military option on Iran should not be ruled out  —  On the eve of his visit to Israel, in an exclusive interview with Haaretz, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney asserts that Iran is the biggest threat to the world, reaffirms Israel's right to exist …
Discussion: BuzzFeed, CNN and Weekly Standard
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.
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.
Discussion: Doug Ross
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
Julian E. Barnes / Washington Wire:
Slovak Foreign Minister Chides Romney on Missile Defense … Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney attacked President Barack Obama's administration this week for abandoning Poland and the Czech Republic by altering plans for an American missile defense system in Europe.
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.
Paul M. Barrett / Business Week:
Karl Rove: He's Back, Big Time  —  On the evening of June 29, Amedeo Scognamiglio, a jewelry designer on the Isle of Capri, met friends for drinks at the elegant Grand Hotel Quisisana.  Around midnight, Scognamiglio says, “I noticed some familiar American faces.”  He took to Twitter.
 
 
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Michael Hogan / The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: Politico
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Kid's Hot Dog Stand Shut Down by City Officials Before It Even Opens
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
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Jewish Dems try to counter Adelson
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Dianne Williamson / Worcester Telegram & Gazette:
‘Plans’ don't include sale to gay couple
Discussion: Advocate and ThinkProgress
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Pennsylvania Miscellany  —PPP's newest poll of Pennsylvania …
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum and PennLive.com