Thank God for the WSJ paywall, which prevented me from a masochistic reading of Peggy Noonan’s deep thought about Aurora. Anyway, here as some midday news bites:

* GOPers cite Q2 GDP numbers as sign of gloom, doom and disaster; Dow rises to over 1,300.

* Even Karl Rove says Romney screwing up visit to U.K.

* Krauthammer tries to reboot Mitt’s overseas trip.

* TPM’s Brian Beutler argues that Democratic unity and resolve on tax issues is why the Senate vote earlier this week matters.

* Yglesias documents split between rising business investment, declining public investment.

And in non-political news:

* Mark Zuckerberg’s stake in Facebook drops to under $12 billion. I think he’ll scrape by.

Back by the top of the hour.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.