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11:40 AM ET, July 31, 2012

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CNN:
Romney aide loses cool, curses at press in Poland  —  Warsaw, Poland (CNN) - The traveling press secretary for Mitt Romney lost his cool and cursed at reporters who attempted to ask questions of the Republican presidential candidate in a public plaza near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw Tuesday.
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Jonathan Martin / Reuters:
Romney aide to reporters: ‘Shove it!’  —  WARSAW—A Mitt Romney aide told reporters to “shove it” Tuesday morning after the American press corps here shouted questions at the presidential candidate.  —  As Romney was walking away from Pilsudski Square toward his vehicle …
Roger Simon / Politico:
Mitt Romney should have stayed home from Europe  —  Maybe Mitt Romney should have just stayed in London and watched the dancing horses.  —  Or just stayed home.  Even though his recent trip to England was largely a public relations disaster, he made a more serious mistake in his next stop …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Romney's Warsaw Speech  —  Mitt Romney's stop in Jerusalem will probably remain the highlight of his foreign trip, but his eloquent and powerful speech today in Warsaw deserves more notice than it will probably get.  In his remarks, Romney suggests a theme for his trip as a whole and a rationale …
John Nolte / BREITBART.COM:
NPR'S COKIE ROBERTS: ROMNEY POLAND TRIP RACIALLY MOTIVATED  —  What's important about the NPR excerpt below, which broadcast this morning, is that this is everything NPR's Cokie Roberts has to say about Romney's motives for going to Poland.  This is the entirety of it.
Matthew Shelley / NationalJournal.com:
Romney on Gaffes: It's the Media's Fault  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney earlier this month.  —  In his first comments addressing multiple gaffes during his overseas trip, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday fell back on a staple of troubled political campaigns: Blame the media.
Discussion: msnbc.com and 2012 Decoded
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Romney Aide Tells Reporters To Stop Asking Questions: ‘Kiss My Ass’
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
White House Takes Note of Romney's Rocky Road Trip
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's foreign trip didn't go well.  Does it matter?  —  Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney later today wraps up his foreign tour, a trip that drew a series of negative headlines and has left many Republicans wondering what exactly the GOP presidential nominee was hoping to accomplish.
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Rachel Rose Hartman / ABCNEWS:
Elizabeth Warren to open for Bill Clinton at Democratic convention  —  Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren announced late Monday that she is slated to open for former President Bill Clinton at this summer's Democratic National Convention.  —  “It will be an honor to share …
Gideon Rachman / Financial Times:
If you liked George W. Bush, you'll love Mitt Romney
Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
Elizabeth Warren to speak before Bill Clinton at Democratic convention, but will not deliver keynote
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Romney campaign to announce VP selection via smartphone app  —  Mitt Romney's campaign announced Tuesday that supporters can sign up to be the first to learn of the presumptive Republican nominee's vice presidential choice by downloading a new smartphone app.
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Most Striking Thing About Mitt Romney's Overseas Trip...  ...has been the press coverage.  It has been hypercritical, to put it mildly.  It started in England, where Romney's observation that certain logistical issues relating to the Olympic Games were “disconcerting” …
CNN:
Campaigns debut mobile apps
Discussion: Election Law Blog
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
The Man Who Saved Capitalism  —  Milton Friedman, who would have turned 100 on Tuesday, helped to make free markets popular again in the 20th century.  His ideas are even more important today.  —  It's a tragedy that Milton Friedman—born 100 years ago on July 31—did not live long enough …
Paul Riede / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Rep. Hanna: Fellow Republicans indulge the party's extreme members too much  —  Syracuse — U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna took his own party to task today, saying the Republican Party is too willing to accommodate its most extreme members.  —  “I have to say that I'm frustrated by how much we …
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Amelia Chasse / Townhall.com:
For Women in 2012, A War on Stereotypes  —  In case you haven't heard, fellow women, we are at war.  Barack Obama's new ad tells us that “it's a scary time to be a woman.”  According to President Obama, we should vote to give him a second term on the sole ground that under a President Mitt Romney, we may not get free birth control.
Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times:
Exclusive: Five ATF officials found responsible for Fast and Furious  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, co-authored a report finding that five senior ATF officials were responsible for the Fast and Furious operation.
Amy Willis / Telegraph:
London Olympics 2012: Twitter 'alerted NBC to British journalist's critical tweets'  —  Twitter employees alerted NBC staff to a British journalist's tweets and showed them how to file a complaint against him, the television network has revealed.  —  Gary Zenkel and Matt Lauer …
Andy Bull / Guardian:
Ye's world record Olympic swim ‘disturbing’, says top US coach  —  • Chinese 16-year-old who swam faster than Ryan Lochte compared to East Germans  —  • John Leonard says gold medal time was ‘not believable to many people’  —  China has become embroiled in the first doping controversy …
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
Mayhem at GM  —  This wasn't supposed to happen until Nov. 7: It's like the last act of Titus Andronicus over at GM corporate headquarters.  —  Two weeks ago, Opel chief Karl-Friedrich Stracke presented numbers to Dan Akerson.  Akerson fires him.  Opel gets two interim chiefs in a week.
The 1600 Report:
Obama's family tree connection to first African American slave  —  (CNN) -His family tree has been linked to Brad Pitt, Sarah Palin and both Presidents Bush but now President Barack Obama may be related to the first documented African slave in pre-revolutionary America.
Guy Adams / The Independent:
I thought the internet age had ended this kind of censorship  —  I'm still awaiting a detailed explanation from Twitter as to why my account was immediately suspended  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.
CBS News:
Same-sex couple denied wedding cake by bakery  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) LAKEWOOD, Colo. - Chick-fil-A's president recently spoke out against same-sex marriage, sparking a huge uproar in the gay community, and now the issue is spilling over to a Colorado bakery, CBS Denver station KCNC-TV reports.
Wall Street Journal:
Echoes of Elections Past for Both 2012 Candidates  —  With fewer than 100 days to go before Election Day, we're at one of those rare junctures where each party can feel good about its chances.  In fact, each side in this year's presidential race can plausibly pick a precedent it likes from recent history …
Discussion: American Prospect
Catholic Chicago Blog:
Reflections on “Chicago values”  —  Recent comments by those who administer our city seem to assume that the city government can decide for everyone what are the “values” that must be held by citizens of Chicago.  I was born and raised here, and my understanding of being a Chicagoan never included submitting …
David Daley / Salon:
Jayson Blair: Jonah Lehrer's story reminds me of my own  —  The former New York Times reporter says fabulists cross the line out of fear they can't live up to expectations  —  Jonah Lehrer resigned his position at the New Yorker today after admitting that he fabricated the Bob Dylan quotes he used in his new best-seller, “Imagine.”
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Forgiveness of Debt Could Yield Savings  —  As the regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac nears its decision on whether to approve debt forgiveness for troubled borrowers, a new analysis by the regulator suggests taxpayers could benefit from the move, according to people briefed on the findings.
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Social Security Disability Insurance's incentive not to work  —  In the 1960s, Woody Allen bemoaned the fact that it was impossible to get a divorce in New York unless one spouse could prove the other's infidelity.  “The Ten Commandments say, ‘Thou shalt not commit adultery,’ ” Allen quipped.
Discussion: Eschaton
Jon Ham / Right Angles:
Newsweek's cover for next week?  —  As you all know by now, Newsweek this week featured a Mitt Romney cover with “The Wimp Factor” as the headline.  It's a replay of an old hit job on President George H. W. Bush in 1992.  This is an example of the media making up a meme and pushing …
Globe and Mail:
JOANNA SLATER  —  As a teenager growing up in Toronto, Dan Senor used to perform as a magician to earn money.  These days, he is attempting a different kind of feat - getting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney elected.  —  A senior foreign-policy adviser to Mr. Romney …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
 
 
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