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9:40 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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CNN:
Busted: Two statues amount to one Churchill bust of a controversy
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Romney ‘Looking Forward’ To Returning Churchill Bust to White House
Rahm Emanuel / nbcchicago.com:
Rahm Clarifies Chick-fil-A Stance  —  After a national conversation blew up this week over the role of legislature and small business, Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to set the record straight on how he feels about Chick-fil-A.  —  Emanuel press secretary Tarrah Cooper called Friday to clarify …
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Liz Buckthorpe / www2.wrbl.com:
COLUMBUS, Ga. —  News 3 has learned that Donald A. Perry …
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
A 5-Ring Circus: Olympic Opening Is Oddly, Confidently British  —  LONDON — With its hilariously quirky Olympic opening ceremony, a wild jumble of the celebratory and the fanciful; the conventional and the eccentric; and the frankly off-the-wall, Britain presented itself to the world Friday night …
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Daily Mail:
Michelle Obama goes for stunning all-white look to take on Duchess Kate in dazzling fashion face-off at Buckingham Palace  — The look continues the red, white and blue fashion theme she has been maintaining since her arrival in London this morning  — The event preceded …
Discussion: Althouse, The Hill and Rumproast
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
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT and The Jawa Report
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. treated for depression at Mayo Clinic  —  Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who has been absent from Capitol Hill since mid-June, is receiving treatment for depression.  —  The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota said the Illinois lawmaker had arrived at the healthcare center for …
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.
Daily Mail:
THE YOUNG ATHLETES CHOSEN TO LIGHT THE OLYMPIC CAULDRON  —  Callum Airlie, 17, was nominated by gold medal-winning sailor Shirley Robertson.  He has been sailing since the age of four, and is a two-time Optimist UK national champion who aims to be entered into the 2013 ISAF (International Sailing Association & Federation) Open.
Brad Wolverton / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Freeh Group Member Criticizes NCAA's Use of Investigative Report  —  [Updated (7/27/2012, 6:31 p.m.) with comment from the Freeh Group.]  —  A member of the team that produced a 267-page report condemning the response of Pennsylvania State University's leaders to a serial child molester believes …
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Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Santorum Defends Penn State, Blasts Freeh Report
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
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 …
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:
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.
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 …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama: GOP plan is to spend ‘trillions more on tax cuts for the wealthy’  —  President Obama pressured Congress to avoid an impending rise in middle-class tax rates, accusing GOP lawmakers of holding those families “hostage” in order to enact massive tax cuts for the wealthy.
Discussion: Politico
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
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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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
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Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
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Discussion: Paul Krugman and The Raw Story