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Week In The News: Romney Abroad, Penn State Sanctioned, Olympics Gear Up

With Wade Goodwyn in for Tom Ashbrook.

Romney abroad, Penn State sanctioned, Colorado’s aftermath. Our weekly news roundtable doubles down on the headlines.

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street†in London, Thursday, July 26, 2012. (AP)

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street†in London, Thursday, July 26, 2012. (AP)

Governor Mitt Romney takes his first campaign trip oversees to demonstrate his presidential mettle. But with a little slip of the lip he lands in hot water by implying that the London Olympics aren’t well organized. The British fire back.

Meanwhile, back here, Obama  and Romney trade foreign policy shots at the VFW. Who’s toughest guy on the block? Ads for Batman are back on after the shooting in Colorado. Penn State hit hard by sanctions.

This hour, On Point—our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

-Wade Goodwyn

Guests

Bill McKenzie, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Dallas Morning News.

Molly Ball, staff writer covering national politics at The Atlantic.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From The Reading List

The New York Times “Mitt Romney’s carefully choreographed trip to London caused a diplomatic stir when he called the British Olympic preparations “disconcerting” and questioned whether Londoners would turn out to support the Games.”

The Guardian “Rebel claims that they control many of the neighbourhoods of Aleppo, for now at least, have been underlined by a video showing them cleaning the streets in a central district.”

Wall Street Journal “In a sign of how bad companies think it could get, hard-hit Spanish communications company Telefónica SA TEF.MC +2.00%said Wednesday it is suspending dividend payments and share buybacks for the rest of the year, after reporting a 14% drop in quarterly profit.”

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