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2:31 AM ET, July 28, 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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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 …
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 …
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Romney ‘Looking Forward’ To Returning Churchill Bust to White House
Discussion: Atlanta Black Star and ABCNEWS
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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Michael Graham / Boston Herald:
Radical imam OK but not Chick-fil-A
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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Wall Street Journal:
Four Little Words
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  —  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 …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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
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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:
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 …
Guardian:
Blind archer sets first London record  —  • South Korea's Im Dong-hyun sets team and individual best  —  • Two world records tumble in men's archery at Lord's  —  South Korea claimed the first world records of London 2012 on Friday morning with a stunning display in the men's archery ranking round at Lord's.
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Ros Wynne-Jones / Guardian:   London 2012: the Olympic athletes who have defied the odds
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.
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Maryland police may have thwarted shooting  —  Authorities have taken a man into custody who referred to himself as “a joker” and threatened to shoot people at his former workplace in Prince George's County, investigators said Friday.  —  The investigators said that the man …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, ThinkProgress and Newsy
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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 …
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
Catholic business owners score win against ObamaCare mandate  —  The owners of Hercules Industries — from left to right, James Newland, Paul Newland, William Newland, Andrew Newland — won an injunction to stop the Obama administration's health care mandate that requires employers provide coverage …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Karl Rove: Romney Blew It In London (VIDEO)  —  Karl Rove said Mitt Romney's London Olympics gaffe is not “a big deal” in the grand scheme of things, but the veteran Republican strategist is nonetheless one more political observer scratching his head at Romney's mistake.
Donovan Slack / Politico:
White House on the economy: at least it's still growing  —  The White House chose to focus on the positive when it comes to GDP estimates released Friday.  —  The estimates found economic growth slowed to 1.5 percent last quarter - down from 2 percent the previous quarter and 4.1 percent …
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U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts
 
 
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Suzanna Caldwell / AlaskaDispatch:
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Discussion: Advocate and ThinkProgress
New York Times:
Cyberattacks Are Up, National Security Chief Says
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Firedoglake, Lawfare and CNN
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EXCLUSIVE: GOP Senate Nominee Shorting U.S. Treasury Bonds, Would Profit From Government Default
Discussion: Paul Krugman and The Raw Story
Julian Brookes / Rolling Stone:
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