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11:40 AM 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 …
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Court rules in favor of Second Amendment gun right  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history.  —  The court's 5-4 ruling struck down the District …
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 127-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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A stronger Second Amendment
Discussion: The Swamp and The Campaign Spot
Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
High Court To Announce Ruling on D.C. Gun Ban
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Salon
Mevanh /
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.
New York Times:
U.S. to Take North Korea Off Terror List
Katie Fretland / The Swamp:
Bush: U.S. will lift North Korea sanctions
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Bush welcomes N. Korea move on nuclear program
Discussion: Hot Air, Macsmind and Sister Toldjah
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 …
New York Times:
Democrats in Delicate 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.
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 …
Matthew Yglesias:
Straight Talk  —  Lurking at the end of this Reuters article on potential vulnerabilities in McCain's alleged strong suit of foreign policy is this intriguing remark about McCain's idiotic plan to kick Russia out of the G8: … Matt Corley points out that this isn't quite right.
David Morgan / Reuters:
ANALYSIS-McCain foreign policy susceptible to Obama attack
Discussion: Think Progress
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
Dan Eggen / The Trail:
While Fundraising, Bush Mounts Attack on Obama  —  LIVONIA, Mich. — President Bush came to suburban Detroit Wednesday to mount a clear attack on Sen. Barack Obama, though he never actually mentioned the Democratic candidate's name.  —  Instead, Bush suggested through red-meat GOP rhetoric …
Will Bunch /
Poll: Obama leads, economy rules  —  Are you better off now than you were a year ago?  —  Some 42 percent of Americans say they're actually doing worse economically than last year, according to a new nationwide survey by a Pennsylvania pollster, and that is pushing Democratic Sen. Barack Obama …
Discussion: Cogitamus
Agence France Presse:
Volcanic eruptions reshape Arctic ocean floor: study  —  PARIS (AFP) - Recent massive volcanoes have risen from the ocean floor deep under the Arctic ice cap, spewing plumes of fragmented magma into the sea, scientists who filmed the aftermath reported Wednesday.
Discussion: The Corner, Sweetness & Light 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.
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