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2:30 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS and The Moderate Voice
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Romney Aide Tells Reporters To Stop Asking Questions: ‘Kiss My Ass’
David Brooks / New York Times:
Dullest Campaign Ever
Discussion: Wonkette
Rachel Rose Hartman / ABCNEWS:
Elizabeth Warren to open for Bill Clinton at Democratic convention
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 …
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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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Campaign Brings Up ‘Felons’ in Latest Ad
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ed Anderson / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Bobby Jindal won't be Mitt Romney's running mate, Buddy Roemer predicts
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.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and The Raw Story
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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 …
Lawrence Norden / Brennan Center for Justice:
Better Design, Better Elections  —  PUBLICATIONS  —  Design defects in ballots, voter instructions, and voting machines contributed to the loss of several hundred thousand votes in the most recent national elections.  In addition, in the 2008 and 2010 general elections combined …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Voting Systems' Plagues Go Far Beyond Identification
Discussion: Cincinnati.com
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 …
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
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
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
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Scathing GOP report on ‘Fast and Furious’ blames five ATF officials
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Scared Monkeys
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
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: Hullabaloo and Balloon Juice
David Badash / The New Civil Rights Movement:
Breaking: Same-Sex Marriage Unanimously Included In DNC Platform Draft  —  A plank supporting same-sex marriage will be included as part of the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) draft platform, according to an exclusive report at the Washington Blade, which notes it was a unanimous decision.
Byron Tau / Politico:
Julian Castro to deliver DNC keynote  —  Univision's Jordan Fabian reports on the keynote speaker at President Obama's nominating convention — an up-and-coming Latino mayor from Texas: … The DNC keynote, of course, is where Obama catapulted into the national spotlight with an uplifting speech …
 
 
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