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3:30 PM ET, June 29, 2006

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Associated Press:
In Rebuke for Bush, Court Block Trials at Guantanamo  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Bush overstepped his authority in ordering military war crimes trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees.  —  The ruling, a rebuke to the administration …
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Marty Lederman / SCOTUSblog:
Hamdan Summary — And HUGE News  —  As I predicted below, the Court held that Congress had, by statute, required that the commissions comply with the laws of war — and held further that these commissions do not (for various reasons).  —  More importantly, the Court held that Common Article 3 …
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Supreme Court Rejects Guantanamo War Crimes Trials  —  In 5-3 Decision, Justices Rebuke Bush's Anti-Terror Policy  —  The Supreme Court today delivered a stunning rebuke to the Bush administration over its plans to try Guantanamo detainees before military commissions, ruling that the commissions are unconstitutional.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Decisions: Hamdan decided, military commissions invalid  —  The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Congress did not take away the Court's authority to rule on the military commissions' validity, and then went ahead to rule that President Bush did not have authority to set up the tribunals at Guantanamo Bay …
CNN:
High court blocks Gitmo military tribunals  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday strongly limited the power of the Bush administration to conduct military tribunals for suspected terrorists imprisoned overseas at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
MSNBC:
Justices say Bush went too far at Guantanamo  —  5-3 ruling in one of biggest presidential powers' cases since World War II  —  In this photo reviewed by U.S. military officials, an American flag waves within the razor wire-lined compound of Camp Delta prison at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba on Tuesday.
PoliPundit.com:
(FLASH) Instrument of Surrender Signed by SCOTUS  —  This morning, the United States of America signed the instrument of surrender with al Queda and all affiliated terror organizations.  The signatories representing the United States were Anthony Kennedy, Steven Bryer, John Paul Stevens, Ruth Ginsburg and David Souter.
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
The significance of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld  —  The Supreme Court today, by a 5-3 decision (.pdf) in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, held that the Bush administration's military commissions at Guantanamo (a) exceed the president's legal authorization given by Congress and (b) violate the law of war …
Discussion: Think Progress and Eschaton
Andrew Cochran / Counterterrorism Blog:
Prediction: Bush & Congress Will Override the Supreme Court's Gitmo Decision (updated)  —  The news networks are proclaiming that the Supreme Court handed the President a "strong rebuke" in the Hamdan case by declaring the proposed Gitmo trials are illegal under U.S. law and international Geneva conventions.
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Justices Uphold Most Remapping in Texas by G.O.P.
Discussion: PrairiePundit and Althouse
Judd / Think Progress:
Supreme Court Decision on Gitmo Undermines Bush's Legal Case …
Discussion: Discourse.net
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Stop Spinning  —  Contrarian thoughts on Hillary, flag-burning, the Times and "The View."  —  Today I would like to depart from what I perceive as the common wisdom on several people and issues.  —  Hillary Clinton.  Media people keep saying, as Hillary gears up for her presidential bid …
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Associated Press:
France blasts Hamas members' arrest  —  French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy condemned on Thursday the arrest of over 60 Hamas members by Israeli forces early in the morning.  He said that diplomacy was the only solution to the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians …
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Mitch Potter / Toronto Star:
Israeli forces seize Hamas officials
Examiner:
Robert Cox: Americans deserve better than Keller's open letter  —  WASHINGTON - Who can argue when Bill Keller of The New York Times writes, as he did last Sunday, that the Founders "saw an aggressive, independent press as a protective measure against the abuse of power in a democracy …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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Associated Press:
Katrina looters get 15 years in prison  —  KENNER, Louisiana (AP) — Three people convicted of hauling away liquor, wine and beer from a grocery store after Hurricane Katrina were sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison.  —  The judge said he wanted to send a message that looting …
Discussion: QandO, Wizbang, Silflay Hraka and TalkLeft
Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Economy zips ahead at a 5.6 percent pace  —  WASHINGTON - The economy sprang out of a year-end rut and zipped ahead in the opening quarter of this year at a 5.6 percent pace, the fastest in 2 1/2 years and even stronger than previously thought.  —  The new snapshot of gross domestic product …
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Government says stolen VA laptop recovered  —  WASHINGTON - The government has recovered the stolen laptop computer and hard drive containing sensitive data for up to 26.5 million veterans and military personnel, Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson said Thursday.
Sholnn Freeman / Washington Post:
Pollution in Overdrive  —  New Report Cites U.S. Motorists For Production of Greenhouse Gases  —  When it comes to greenhouse gases, U.S. drivers are getting more of the blame.  —  Americans represent 5 percent of the world's population but contribute 45 percent of the world's emission of carbon dioxide …
 
 
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