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12:10 PM ET, June 26, 2008

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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 and hunting, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history.  —  The court's 5-4 ruling struck down the District …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Discussion: The Swamp and The Campaign Spot
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
CNN:
Bush welcomes N. Korea move on nuclear program
Discussion: Hot Air, Macsmind and Sister Toldjah
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Megan McArdle:
Heller affirmed!  —  A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.  —  I have no idea what the Supreme Court ruling means yet, exactly, because I am waiting for the legal scholars to explain it all to me.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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
 
 
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Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
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TBogg:
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Redstate:
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