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5:30 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 …
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 …
CNN:
First on CNN: Romney preps swing state blitz, stirring V.P. speculation  —  Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is quietly laying the groundwork for a high-profile blitz of several key battleground states in the run-up to the Republican National Convention in Tampa …
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's foreign trip didn't go well. Does it matter?
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Go Gorka!  —  Listen to the audio of the media horde screaming …
Discussion: Politico
David Brooks / New York Times:
Dullest Campaign Ever
Discussion: Financial Times, Politico and Wonkette
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney says press focusing on overseas stumbles to aid Obama
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid: Bain Investor Told Me That Mitt Romney 'Didn't Pay Any Taxes For 10 Years' … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Harry Reid , Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Video, Mitt Romney Taxes, Harry Reid Mitt Romney, Harry Reid Romney Taxes, Mitt Romney 2012, Reid Romney …
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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: The PJ Tatler
Twitter Blog:
Our approach to Trust & Safety and private information  —  We want to take a moment to explain some of our general Trust and Safety policies and procedures, and address the specific case at hand that has unfolded over the past 48-hours (we normally don't address matters pertaining …
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Amy Willis / Telegraph:
London Olympics 2012: Twitter 'alerted NBC to British journalist's critical tweets'
Guy Adams / The Independent:
NBCFail: NBC blames Twitter for complaint that led to journalist Guy Adams having Twitter account …
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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.
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep. Steve King Defends Dog Fighting  —  Left: Rep. Steve King (R-IA).  Right: Dogfighting victim.  —  If you believe that the United States should legalize dogfighting because we allow humans to fight, fear not.  You've got an ally in the United States Congress.
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
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
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”
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Daily Lays Off a Third of Its Staff  —  The Daily, News Corp.'s attempt to create a digital newspaper for the iPad age, is laying off nearly a third of its staff.  —  The publisher plans to tell its workers today that it will fire 50 of its 170 employees, according to people familiar with The Daily's plans.
Paul Krugman:
Fire Ed DeMarco  —  Do it now.  —  Who? you ask.  DeMarco heads the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie and Freddie.  And he has just rejected a request from the Treasury Department that he offer debt relief to troubled homeowners — a request backed by an offer by Treasury …
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Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Fannie, Freddie Won't Cut Loan Balances
Discussion: Firedoglake
Forbes:
President Obama vs. My Grandfather  —  My grandfather, a gruff and uneducated but whip-smart guy, started out poor.  Following a stint in the Army, he spent a few years working and scrimped together enough money to start his own restaurant in a small town near Philadelphia.
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
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!
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
mansfieldnewsjournal.com:
Air Force One to land at threatened Mansfield base  —  MANSFIELD — The 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard base where Air Force One will land Wednesday morning remains threatened by President Barack Obama's proposed cuts to the military budget.
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
Chad Brady / The Daily Caller:
The Daily Caller Gun Giveaway Week 11: Find Our Hacker  —  The Daily Caller will be giving away one gun per week until Election Day: November 6, 2012.  —  The FMK 9C1 is an American-made high capacity 9mm designed by Jim Pontillo and manufactured in California.  Each gun is engraved with the Bill of Rights.
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
John Ourand / SportsBusiness Daily:
Chairman Mark Lazarus defends NBC Sports' decision for tape delay  —  NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus defended his network's decision to show some marquee Olympic sports, like swimming and gymnastics, on tape delay in NBC's prime-time window.  Addressing the topic for the first time since …
 
 
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