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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” …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Whiskey Fire
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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.
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 …
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
White House Takes Note of Romney's Rocky Road Trip  —  The White House was subtly gleeful today as Mitt Romney's campaign dealt with the latest group to be offended during the Republican presidential candidate's overseas tour that was intended to showcase his foreign policy credentials.
CNN:
Ehud Barak sings praises of Obama administration
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Romney Comments on Palestinians Draw Criticism
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Republican Moderates Tire of Leaders' Tea Party Tilt  —  Speaker John Boehner has been trying to keep the right happy.  Now he's facing restive moderates, House Republicans say.  —  House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio takes part in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday …
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Rep. LaTourette will retire at end of term
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Joe Vardon / The Columbus Dispatch:
Republican lawmaker LaTourette won't seek re-election, sources say
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 …
Discussion: Power Line
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John Koblin / Deadspin:
NBC's No. 1 Tweeting Critic Has Been Suspended From Twitter  —  Guy Adams is The Independent's Los Angeles bureau chief.  During the Olympics so far, he has carved out a nice spot on the how-much-NBC's-coverage-sucks beat.  Now his Twitter account has been suspended—supposedly because NBC had it cut off after he complained:
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Guy Adams / The Independent:
NBCFail: Journalist at The Independent has Twitter account suspended after complaining …
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Olympic Viewers Have a New Reason to Complain, and the Means to Do It
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Wall Street Already Betting On Who Wins in November  —  With just 100 days left until the U.S. presidential election, investors are beginning to make bigger bets on which candidate will carry the day.  —  One analysis concludes that last week's sharp three-day market surge can only mean …
New York Times:
Democrats Draft Gay Marriage Platform  —  Democrats appear ready to embrace same-sex marriage as part of their party platform, a policy shift that reflects an expanded acceptance of gay rights in mainstream politics.  —  The move would place the party in line with the beliefs of President Obama …
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Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Democratic platform draft includes marriage equality plank: sources
Reuters:
Saudi woman allowed to compete in hijab  —  LONDON (Reuters) - A female Saudi fighter will take part in the Olympic judo competition after being allowed to wear an Islamic headscarf, or hijab, of a specific design, officials said on Monday.  —  Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic Online:
64 Nations Can Watch the Olympics Free and Live on YouTube, and the U.S. Isn't One of Them
Discussion: Gizmodo
BuzzFeed:
Netanyahu Breaks With Romney, Cuts Spending But Increases Taxes  —  They agree on foreign policy, but not how to handle deficits.  —  Image by GPO / Getty Images  —  TEL AVIV — As Mitt Romney was leaving Israel, the country's Cabinet voted to approve a series of tax hikes …
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CNN:
Romney camp: No further tax returns, despite ‘audit’ remark
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 …
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.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
In U.S., Bill Clinton at His Most Popular  —  Solid majorities of whites, independents, and all age groups view him favorably  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Two-thirds of Americans — 66% — have a favorable opinion of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, tying his record-high favorability rating recorded …
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CNN:
CNN's GUT CHECK for July 30, 2012
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
DEA Gone Wild  —  This Houston Chronicle story is terrifying: … This jackass DEA adventure has driven Mr. Patty to the edge of bankruptcy, and possibly toward an even worse fate: … In short, the DEA here commandeered private property from a law-abiding businessman and ineptly deployed …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Candidate backed by Tea Party favored in Texas GOP Senate primary runoff  —  The Tea Party movement is on the cusp of a major Senate victory in Texas, where former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz (R) appears to have the upper hand against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) heading into Tuesday's runoff election.
Discussion: CNN
Byron Tau / Politico:
White House: ‘Fabrication’ that Obama called off bin Laden raid  —  The White House called a report that President Obama called off the raid on Osama bin Laden three times a “fabrication.”  —  In a new book previewed by the Daily Caller, author Richard Miniter alleges that Obama called off …
Rush Limbaugh:
Collectivist Gift to Obama: Olympic Opening Ceremony Honors National Health Care!  —  RUSH: Did you watch the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday night?  I did.  Yeah, we did.  We watched.  We gathered at the big 16-foot screen.  I figured, if I'm gonna be assaulted and insulted …
Discussion: Politico and PoliticusUSA
Joan Juliet Buck / The Daily Beast:
Joan Juliet Buck: Mrs. Assad Duped Me  —  Just before the Arab Spring, Vogue writer Joan Juliet Buck did an infamous interview with Syria's first lady.  For the first time, she tells the story behind the debacle.  —  Late in the afternoon of Dec. 1, 2010, I got a call from a features editor at Vogue.
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
Daily Caller Goes Hardcore XXX!  —  Feeling a little frisky this morning?  Then you may want to head over to The Daily Caller.  —  “Who's Calling The Shots?” was the actual red bold headline on a story this morning on The Daily Caller website by Executive Editor David Martosko regarding …
Washington Examiner:
Federal Court finds Obama appointees interfered with New Black Panther prosecution … Popular in Politics  —  A federal court in Washington, DC, held today that political appointees appointed by President Obama did interfere with the Department of Justice's prosecution of the New Black Panther Party.
 
 
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