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10:35 PM ET, July 27, 2012


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Dan Pfeiffer / White 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.
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
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.
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.
Liz Buckthorpe /
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.
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 …
Donovan Slack / Politico:
White House on the economy: at least it's still growing
Discussion: Power Line and Weasel Zippers
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)
Lebanese Olympic Team Demands Barrier Separation From Israel Squad  —  Aerial shot of Olympic Park in London.  Photo: wiki commons.  —  The Lebanese judo team forced International Olympic Committee officials to erect a barrier between themselves and the Israeli judo squad, Friday afternoon in London …
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 …
Daily Kos:
Netanyahu: Romney Lying About Their Friendship … But, to hear the pathological liar, Mitt Romney, tell it the two were as thick as thieves (no pun intended) while they both worked at Bain Consulting Group in the 1970s (not to be confused with Bain Capital.)  —  Romney to the New York Times:
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 …
Ros Wynne-Jones / Guardian:
London 2012: the Olympic athletes who have defied the odds  —  It's easy to be cynical about the Olympics, but there are athletes whose struggles to reach the Games deserve our respect  —  If there is anyone who embodies the spirit of the Olympic Games on its opening day today, it is Guor Marial …
Blind archer sets first London record
U.S. Federal Election Commission:
FEC Statement on Van Hollen v. FEC  —  WASHINGTON - On March 30, 2012, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, in Van Hollen v. FEC, Civ.  No. 11-0766 (D.D.C. Mar. 30, 2012), found that the Commission regulation at 11 CFR 104.20(c)(9) is invalid.
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.
Kendra Alleyne / CNSNews:
Oregon Man Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail — for Collecting Rainwater on His Property  —  ( - 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.
Horror Hospital: The Most Shocking Photos And Testimony From The Dawood Military Hospital Scandal  —  If you look at only one story about the Afghan War this year, make it this one.  An explosive Congressional investigation revealed horrific new details this week about a U.S. funded military hospital …
Discussion: Hit & Run
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
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
Delco election official vows to defy ID law  —  Even as the fate of Pennsylvania's new voter-identification law plays out in a Harrisburg courtroom, an election official in Delaware County is vowing not to enforce it.  —  Christopher L. Broach, a Democratic inspector of elections …
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Suzanna Caldwell / AlaskaDispatch:
Transgender Alaskans can change sex on licenses easier under new DMV rule
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: GOP Senate Nominee Shorting U.S. Treasury Bonds, Would Profit From Government Default
Discussion: Paul Krugman and The Raw Story
Jake Shermanand John Bresnahan / Politico:
Congress nears year-end funding deal
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Hill
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Julian Brookes / Rolling Stone:
Pot Legalization Is Coming
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Money for Nothing  —  For years, allegedly serious people …
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