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2:10 PM ET, June 26, 2008

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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 …
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court rules in favor of gun ownership rights  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a constitutional right to keep guns in their homes for self-defense, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun control in U.S. history.
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 …
Bill Mears / CNN:
Supreme Court strikes down D.C. gun ban  —  CNN Supreme Court Producer  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a sweeping ban on handguns in the nation's capital violated the Second Amendment right to bear arms.  —  The justices voted 5-4 against the ban …
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 …
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
My Sense of the Bottom-Line from Heller (updated at 11:30)  —  Individuals have a constitutional right to possess a basic firearm (the line drawn is unclear, but is basically those weapons in general lawful use and does not extend to automatic weapons) and to use that firearm in self-defense.
GOP.com:
Obama's Supreme Mistake on Guns
Discussion: Power Line and The Campaign Spot
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Likes Heller
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Inartful  —  Obama's camp, walking back an earlier statement …
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog and MSNBC
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
The Obamacons Who Worry McCain  —  What is an “Obamacon?”  The phrase surfaced in January to describe British conservatives entranced by Barack Obama.  On March 13 the American Spectator broadened the term to cover all “conservative supporters” of the Democratic presidential candidate.
Ali / Think Progress:
Yoo Won't Answer Whether President Can Bury Detainees Alive  —  Today, the authors of the Bush administration's torture policies, David Addington and John Yoo, are testifying before the House Judiciary Committee.  Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) asked Yoo whether the president could bury a detainee alive …
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Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
John Yoo Testimony
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Chris Hill BEATS John Bolton: Bush Declares New Track for US-North Korea Relations  —  What I reported two days ago about the White House asking Congress to remove North Korea from the State Sponsors of Terror list was confirmed a few moments ago by President Bush.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama praises Bush Korea opening
Discussion: The Swamp and Donklephant
Katie Fretland / The Swamp:
No ‘open door’ for North Korea
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
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,” …
Discussion: Balkinization and PolicyBeta
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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Gateway Pundit:
Obama Throws Maoist Hardliner and Weatherman Pal Under the Bus  —  Oops!... There goes another one!  —  Wright- Pfleger- His white grandmother- Trinity Church- Muslim girls at a rally...  Now it's the Maoist hardliner's turn to be airbrushed.  —  Mike Klonsky, the Maoist Hardliner …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
John McCain doesn't work weekends  —  Since effectively capturing the Republican nomination when Mitt Romney dropped out of the race on February 7, John McCain has held just one public campaign event on a weekend.  —  Instead, after workweeks full of fundraisers, town hall meetings and interviews …
Martin Roberts / Reuters:
Spanish parliament to extend rights to apes  —  MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's parliament voiced its support on Wednesday for the rights of great apes to life and freedom in what will apparently be the first time any national legislature has called for such rights for non-humans.
Discussion: Big Lizards, Vodkapundit and QandO
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
It's All About Obama  —  Many candidates have measured the Oval Office drapes prematurely.  But Barack Obama is the first to redesign the presidential seal before the election.  —  His seal featured an eagle emblazoned with his logo, and included a Latin version of his campaign slogan.
Rick Hasen / Election Law:
INITIAL THOUGHTS ON FEC V. DAVIS: THE COURT PRIMES THE PUMP FOR STRIKING DOWN CORPORATE AND UNION CAMPAIGN SPENDING LIMITS AND BLOWS A HOLE IN EFFECTIVE PUBLIC FINANCING PLANS  —  Today's Supreme Court opinion in FEC v. Davis nominally deals with a relatively tangential portion of the McCain-Feingold law …
 
 
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Richard Perle / Washington Post:
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Washington Post:
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
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Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
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 Earlier Items: 
Megan McArdle:
Heller affirmed!  —  A well regulated Militia, being necessary …
Discussion: Political Insider
Matthew Yglesias:
Straight Talk  —  Lurking at the end of this Reuters article …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Kansas GOP senators slam McCain's Guantanamo plan
Discussion: Hot Air and The Moderate Voice
Agence France Presse:
Volcanic eruptions reshape Arctic ocean floor: study
Will Bunch / Philly.com:
Poll: Obama leads, economy rules
Discussion: Cogitamus
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Building a Wall Against Talent
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
IBDeditorials.com:
Obama's Corn Fake
Discussion: The Corner
Dan Eggen / The Trail:
While Fundraising, Bush Mounts Attack on Obama