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9:30 PM ET, June 26, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
High court affirms gun rights in historic decision  —  WASHINGTON - Silent on central questions of gun control for two centuries, the Supreme Court found its voice Thursday in a decision affirming the right to have guns for self-defense in the home and addressing a constitutional riddle almost …
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 …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court: A constitutional right to a gun  —  The opinion can be downloaded here.  Relevant quotes from the majority opinion can be found here, and a replay of our LiveBlog can be found here.  Tom's commentary is here.  —  Answering a 217-year old constitutional question …
Colbert I. King / Washington Post:   The Thugs Win the Case
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Impact of Gun Ruling Limited, Experts Say
Discussion: Spin Cycle
The New Republic:
In Support of Obama's Death Penalty Stand
Discussion: The American Scene
Bill Mears / CNN:
Supreme Court strikes down D.C. gun ban
Discussion: Law Librarian Blog and Power Line
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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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 …
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.
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 ...
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Iraq = Germany  —  So says Max Boot: … Does Boot really believe …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Swampland
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Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
John Yoo Testimony
Discussion: Emptywheel, MSNBC and Firedoglake
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: protein wisdom and Wonkette
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Released Guantanamo detainee behind March suicide truck bombing at Combat Outpost Inman in Mosul  —  Video clip from Al Furqan's latest tape, “The Islamic State is Meant to Stay.”  The video shows the attack on Combat Outpost Inman and images from The Long War Journal of the aftermath of the attack.
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Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Iraq Bombings Kill at Least 30; Three Marines Dead
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Glittering Eye
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Keith Olbermann: Then and now  —  (updated below)  —  On January 31 of this year, Keith Olbermann donned his most serious face and most indignant voice tone to rail against George Bush for supporting telecom immunity and revisions to FISA.  In a 10-minute “Special Comment,” …
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
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Overcoming Vitter  —  It appears as if he is the only Senator opposing the removal of the HIV travel and immigration ban.  The White House is on board, as are hefty bipartisan chunks of the Senate.  Here's how you can still help: email your senator asking him or her to support the removal of the HIV travel ban.
Ali / Think Progress:
Addington: Vice President Isn't Part Of Executive Branch, ‘Attached’ To Legislative  —  In a protracted battle with the National Archives last year, Vice President Dick Cheney sought to avoid submitting records to the archives by claiming that the office of the vice president is not part of the executive branch.
 
 
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
The Anti-Defamation League and Joe Klein
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
It's All About Obama  —  Many candidates have measured the Oval Office drapes prematurely.
David Hardy / Of Arms and the Law:
Stevens' dissent—egad!  —  Comment on to previous post points …
Aamer Madhani / The Swamp:
Will Pentagon re-bid tanker deal?
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
MCCAIN TRIES TO ASSURE CONSERVATIVES
Satyam / Think Progress:
Addington won't talk about torture because ‘al Qaeda may watch C-SPAN.’
Discussion: Hot Air, TPMMuckraker and Redstate
Kenneth Musante / CNNMoney.com:
Oil hits $140 for the first time  —  Intraday and settlement …
Eric Gorski / Associated Press:
Mormons launch campaign to put distance between themselves and polygamists
Discussion: The New Republic and Eunomia
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Megan McArdle:
Guns are a feminist issue
Larry Kudlow / National Review:
Kudlow: Wheres Bernankes Inner Volcker?
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Fueling Station:
Arnold puts down Crist and McCain over offshore drilling
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Marc Ambinder:
Obama's Bipartisanship  —  The Obama campaign disputes …
Discussion: Eunomia
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
In Four Key Battleground States, Majorities Favor Staying …
Jim Henley / Unqualified Offerings:
When After All the Surges . . .  In addition to everything Larison …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Richard Perle / Washington Post:
Coalition Of the Ineffectual  —  “A successful multilateral coalition” …
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
The Obamacons Who Worry McCain