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4:00 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 - Americans can keep guns at home for self-defense, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in the justices' first-ever pronouncement on the meaning of gun rights under the Second Amendment.  —  The court's 5-4 ruling struck down the District of Columbia's ban on handguns.
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 …
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 …
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Likes Heller  —  From a statement:
Discussion: Hot Air, MyDD and American Spectator
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
My Sense of the Bottom-Line from Heller (updated at 11:30)
Megan McArdle:
Heller affirmed!  —  A well regulated Militia, being necessary …
Discussion: Political Insider
GOP.com:
Obama's Supreme Mistake on Guns
Discussion: The Campaign Spot and Power Line
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
LAW AND THE POLITICAL ORDER.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Inartful  —  Obama's camp, walking back an earlier statement …
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog and MSNBC
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court Strikes Down D.C. Ban on Handguns
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 …
Discussion: Salon, NO QUARTER and TIME.com
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Lynn Sweet:   Reporters banned from Obama-Clinton meeting with Clinton backers on Thursday.
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
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 …
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.
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,” …
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
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 …
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama says he avoided city, state corruption  —  Clout and corruption scandals that have plagued Chicago and Illinois politics in recent years have not laid a glove on Barack Obama, he told reporters here Wednesday.  —  “You will recall that for my entire political career here …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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 …
 
 
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