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12:30 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 says Americans have right to guns  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense in their homes, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history.  —  The court's 5-4 ruling struck down the District …
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 …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court: A constitutional right to a gun  —  UPDATE 10:52: 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 …
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.
Discussion: Power Line
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A stronger Second Amendment  —  The Supreme Court rules against the D.C. gun ban, a strong affirmation of the individual right to bear arms.  —  It's a win for gun rights, and McCain schedules a conference call at 11:00 to attack what his aides say is Obama's record of playing poltiics on the issue.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court Strikes Down D.C. Ban on Handguns
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Trail
James Vicini / Reuters:
Supreme Court finds individual right to own guns
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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.
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Mevanh / TIME.com:
Novak Sees Colin Powell Defection to Obama
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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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Katie Fretland / The Swamp:
Bush: U.S. will lift North Korea sanctions
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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 …
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 …
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.
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Alaska might see Obama in person  —  POSSIBLE VISIT: He might campaign here at the end of summer.  —  scockerham@adn.com  —  Democrat Barack Obama could be coming to Alaska to campaign as part of his effort to win a state that hasn't chosen a Democrat for president since 1964.
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.
New York Times:
Obama and Clinton in Talks to Unify Party  —  WASHINGTON — With the help of one of Washington's best-connected lawyers, Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are negotiating a thicket of complicated issues, like how to repay Mrs. Clinton's campaign debt and her role at the Democratic convention.
 
 
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