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2:21 AM ET, June 27, 2008

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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Strikes Down 'Millionaire's Amendment'  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law meant to level the financial playing field when rich candidates pay for their own political campaigns.  —  The 5-to-4 decision, legal experts said, was significant for rejecting …
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Alexa Ainsworth / Political Radar:
Obama Camp Disavows Last Year's ‘Inartful’ Statement on D.C. Gun Law  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis and Alexa Ainsworth Report: With the Supreme Court poised to rule on Washington, D.C.'s, gun ban, the Obama campaign is disavowing what it calls an “inartful” statement to the Chicago Tribune last year …
David Stout / New York Times:
Justices Rule for Individual Gun Rights  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court declared for the first time on Thursday that the Constitution protects an individual's right to have a gun, not just the right of the states to maintain militias.  —  Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority …
Colbert I. King / Washington Post:
The Thugs Win the Case  —  There's one group of District residents absolutely unfazed by today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling shooting down the District's strict handgun ban: the dudes who have been blowing away their fellow citizens with abandon since the law was put on the books 32 years ago.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans in Agreement With Supreme Court on Gun Rights  —  Nearly three in four say Second Amendment guarantees right of Americans to own guns  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The Supreme Court's ruling on Thursday that a District of Columbia ban on handgun ownership is unconstitutional appears to be solidly in step with public opinion.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Impact of Gun Ruling Limited, Experts Say
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Truthdig
The New Republic:
In Support of Obama's Death Penalty Stand
Discussion: The American Scene
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Bill of Rights or Bill of Goods?
Discussion: Reuters and The Volokh Conspiracy
Betsy Rothstein / The Hill:
Obama: ‘I bit my tongue’ against Clinton  —  Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he bit his tongue “many times” during the fierce primary battle with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.).  —  Two sources said that Obama's comments came after Rep. Diane Watson (D-Calif.), a Clinton backer …
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama-Clinton Meeting Fest  —  WASHINGTON - Senator Barack Obama said Thursday that he had written a personal check of $2,300 to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, a goodwill gesture intended to nudge his top donors to help ease Mrs. Clinton's debt and help the two Democrats move beyond their rivalry to focus on the fall campaign.
The Hill:
Housing bill, FISA delayed until after July recess  —  The Senate hit impasses over legislation aimed at helping struggling homeowners and a rewrite of spying laws, forcing Democratic leaders to push back consideration of those measures until next month.  —  Leaders had hoped to finish …
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Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Senate delays FISA vote until after recess
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Iraq Bombings Kill at Least 30; Three Marines Dead  —  BAGHDAD — Two insurgent bomb blasts struck at pro-American Iraqi targets in Anbar province just west of Baghdad and in the northern city of Mosul on Thursday, and the police said at least 30 people were killed and 80 wounded.
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Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
A Diplomatic Success That Defies the Critics  —  WASHINGTON — North Korea's declaration of its nuclear activities is a triumph of the sort of diplomacy — complicated, plodding, often frustrating — that President Bush and his aides once eschewed as American weakness.
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Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Under debate plan, Obama loses height advantage  —  WASHINGTON — Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama would sit at a table at two of three presidential debates this fall, according to a formal proposal unveiled Thursday, which, perhaps unintentionally, would neutralize Obama's height advantage.
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
The Anti-Defamation League and Joe Klein  —  Fulfilling its historic role as a nonpartisan watchdog against anti-Semitism, the Anti-Defamation League has acted quickly in the case of Joe Klein and his jaw-dropping use, on the Time Magazine blog Swampland, of the anti-Semitic argument of …
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
SO SAD  —  It's sad to see articulate and intelligent, if terribly misguided, writers still trying to justify their Iraq catastrophe by claiming its no different from World War II and our decades' long stationing of troops in Germany and Japan.  —  Today we have the instance of Max Boot ...
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Todd Venezia / New York Post:
NEWS BABE'S ‘IRAQI TRYST’  —  IN-BEDDED REPORTER ‘TOOK MY HUBBY’  —  Sexy CBS siren Lara Logan spent her days covering the heat of the Iraq war - but that was nothing compared to the heat of her nights.  —  The “60 Minutes” reporter and former swimsuit model apparently courted two beaus …
Discussion: Wonkette
Nate / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Which Candidate has a Base Problem?  —  That title is not meant to be read rhetorically or sarcastically.  But the correct answer is “both of them”.  The thing, however, is that they are somewhat opposite problems.  —  The below is data compiled from Rasmussen Reports …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Steve Connor / The Independent:
Exclusive: No ice at the North Pole  —  Polar scientists reveal dramatic new evidence of climate change  —  It seems unthinkable, but for the first time in human history, ice is on course to disappear entirely from the North Pole this year.  —  The disappearance of the Arctic sea ice …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Michael Patterson / Bloomberg:
U.S. Stocks Tumble, Sending Dow to Worst June Since Depression  —  U.S. stocks tumbled, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average to its worst June since the Great Depression, as record oil prices, credit-market writedowns and a slowing economy threatened to extend a yearlong profit slump.
 
 
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Jerusalem Post:
‘Israel should respond militarily’
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Bush Policy Authors Defend Their Actions
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Lieberman on His Private Chat with Obama, Rev. Wright, and How McCain …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
IF NOT MITT, THEN JINDAL  —  I noted before our strong affinity …
Discussion: Althouse
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Obama using ‘white guilt,’ Nader says
David Hardy / Of Arms and the Law:
Stevens' dissent—egad!  —  Comment on to previous post points …
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Will Pentagon re-bid tanker deal?
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
MCCAIN TRIES TO ASSURE CONSERVATIVES
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Satyam / Think Progress:
Addington won't talk about torture because ‘al Qaeda may watch C-SPAN.’
Mike Baker / Associated Press:
Feds raid Blackwater's armory in firearms probe
Kenneth Musante / CNNMoney.com:
Oil hits $140 for the first time  —  Intraday and settlement …
Discussion: TIME.com
Megan McArdle:
Guns are a feminist issue
Larry Kudlow / National Review:
Kudlow: Wheres Bernankes Inner Volcker?
Discussion: Angry Bear
Ali / Think Progress:
Addington: Vice President Isn't Part Of Executive Branch, ‘Attached’ To Legislative
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Overcoming Vitter  —  It appears as if he is the only Senator opposing …