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1:15 PM 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 …
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Alan Krueger / White House.gov Blog:
Advance Estimate of GDP for the Second Quarter of 2012 and Annual Revision
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
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
Sickly second-quarter GDP report puts U.S. economic recovery — and Obama's reelection — in jeopardy
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
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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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 …
First Read / msnbc.com:
Presidential election reaches halftime
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney says he's ‘convinced’ London ready for Olympics
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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  —  Andy Grow: 206-713-1792; andy@washingtonunited.org  —  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!
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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] …
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  —  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.
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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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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
House Dems to introduce estate tax measure
Discussion: Politico
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell sticks to tactic of keeping spotlight off GOP
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:
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
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
'You didn't build that' remarks won't change Obama's strategy
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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.
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Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Incumbent's NRA split brings boost wins big fan
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Discussion: Ballot Box
Julian Brookes / Rolling Stone:
Pot Legalization Is Coming  —  At least some able-bodied Americans may soon be able to score a bag of weed legally without having to fake a knee injury.  In November, voters in three states could approve ballot measures to legalize marijuana, and not just for medical purposes - for getting-high purposes.
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life:
Little Voter Discomfort with Romney's Mormon Religion  —  Only About Half Identify Obama as Christian  —  There has been little change in recent years in the public's views about Mormonism.  Most adults say that Mormonism is very different from their own religious beliefs …
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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.
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.
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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Ari Shavit / Haaretz:
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