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12:45 PM 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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Romney Aide Tells Reporters To Stop Asking Questions: ‘Kiss My Ass’
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.
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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 …
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 …
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Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:
Milton Friedman's Centenary
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Scathing GOP report on ‘Fast and Furious’ blames five ATF officials
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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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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.
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life:
Two-Thirds of Democrats Now Support Gay Marriage  —  Obama Endorsement Has Limited Impact  —  Reports that the Democratic Party may add support for gay marriage to its party platform are in keeping with a significant shift of opinion on this issue among Democrats nationwide.
BuzzFeed:
The Top 5 Strip Clubs For The Republican National Convention  —  Tampa strip clubs are gearing up for a busy stretch during the Republican National Convention.  Here (seriously) are the important logistical details for delegates and reporters.  —  Mons Venus
Jessica Pressler / New York Magazine:
The Other Barbarians at the Gates  —  The Hamptons are Romney territory.  But billionaire Jeff Greene thinks his neighbors would be wise to buy a little democracy insurance.  —  t's incredible, right?" shouts Jeff Greene over the roar of the two-seater dune buggy's motor. “  It's 55 acres!
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
topics.dailycaller.com:
Barack Obama  —  NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama told campaign donors Monday that ..... the next phase of this journey," Obama told an intimate crowd of well-heeled ..... 2 million for the 2012 elections.  Obama went through his administration ...  ... anniversary is a reminder …
The Atlantic Online:
Statistical Probability That Mitt Romney's New Twitter Followers Are Just Normal Users: 0%  —  It is virtually impossible that the former governor's recent spike in Twitter followers resulted from normal activity on the social network.  —  Reuters.  —  Last week Zach Green of 140Elect …
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 …
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.
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” …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Irin Carmon / Salon:
Abortion insanity prevails in Arizona  —  A Clinton-appointed judge in Arizona buys suspect science and deals a huge blow to abortion rights  —  It turns out that Judge James Teilborg's harangue of a lawyer from the bench about her allegedly insufficient compassion for the unborn was indeed …
Ed Anderson / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Bobby Jindal won't be Mitt Romney's running mate, Buddy Roemer predicts  —  Buddy Roemer doesn't think Gov. Bobby Jindal will be selected as Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate but believes Jindal could land a slot in the Cabinet if the Republicans take the White House this fall.
 
 
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