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3:50 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.
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Romney: I “did not speak about” Palestinian culture  —  (CBS News) Under fire from Palestinian leaders for recent comments suggesting that Israel's economic success is borne out of its “culture,” Mitt Romney on Tuesday attempted to clarify his remarks, telling Fox News in an interview …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Go Gorka!  —  Listen to the audio of the media horde screaming questions at Mitt Romney just after he had finished paying his respects at Poland's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and tell me you don't sympathize with the pithy comment by his aide, Rick Gorka.  —  Here's the exchange:
Discussion: Politico
David Brooks / New York Times:
Dullest Campaign Ever
Discussion: Wonkette
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Romney Aide Tells Reporters To Stop Asking Questions: ‘Kiss My Ass’
Rachel Rose Hartman / ABCNEWS:
Elizabeth Warren to open for Bill Clinton at Democratic convention
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Romney Photo Spurs Domestic Abuse Incident  —  Suspect mistook Republican pol for live-in girlfriend's sidepiece  —  Suspicious that his live-in girlfriend was planning an affair, a Tennessee man confronted the woman after spotting a photo of an unknown guy on her Facebook page, according to a police report.
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Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Report: Mitt Romney photo on Facebook sets off man, who assaults girlfriend  —  CLINTON — He suspected his live-in girlfriend of planning an affair, and when he saw a picture of a man he didn't recognize on her Facebook page, it set him off, according to reports.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Campaign Brings Up ‘Felons’ in Latest Ad  —  The latest web ad from Barack Obama's campaign goes after Mitt Romney for not releasing more tax returns than he already has.  The ad, titled “Mitt Romney's Tax Returns: When Will He Come Clean?,” at one point flashes two words onscreen, “FELONS” and “TAX RECORDS.”
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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Obama Adviser Calls Romney's Foreign Trip An “Embarrassing Disaster”
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 …
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Guy Adams / The Independent:
NBCFail: NBC blames Twitter for complaint that led to journalist Guy Adams having Twitter account …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Government funding deal reached  —  House and Senate leaders have reached a deal to keep federal agencies running into next year, sources say, a move that would avoid a partisan government shutdown fight before the November elections.  —  The agreement in principle by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …
Discussion: CNN and The PJ Tatler
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BuzzFeed:
White House Breaks With Netanyahu: Iran Sanctions Are Working
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama donates to himself  —  President Obama has given $5,000 to his own reelection campaign, an official confirms to POLITICO.  —  In an email to supporters this morning, Obama said that he had given to his own reelection campaign for the first time as a symbolic gesture.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
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Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Obama Donates $5,000 to His Campaign
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 …
BuzzFeed:
Proposition 8 Supporters Ask Supreme Court To Keep Marriage Ban  —  At issue: Whether amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying is constitutional.  Appeals court had struck down the amendment.  —  Another hot issue could be headed for the Supreme Court.  —  Image by Mark Wilson / Getty Images
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Bill Keller has a sad over Social Security, Medicare  —  Here's Bill Keller with Judith Miller, his favorite fabulist and war-mongering protege.  Jeeves, where is my car?  —  Bill Keller is such a punk-ass, social-climbing member of the elite that he has NO IDEA AT ALL what he's really talking about.
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Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Social Security Disability Insurance's incentive not to work
Discussion: Eschaton
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.
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Scathing GOP report on ‘Fast and Furious’ blames five ATF officials
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Scared Monkeys
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Prairie Weather
 
 
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