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9:50 AM ET, June 27, 2008


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Sandy Levinson / Balkinization:
Some preliminary reflections on Heller  —  There are many things that one can say about today's today's decision in the Heller case from both “external” political perspectives or from a more “internal” legal one.  No doubt I (and others) will have more to say about Heller in coming days.
Randy E. Barnett / Wall Street Journal:
News Flash: The Constitution Means What It Says  —  Justice Antonin Scalia's majority opinion in yesterday's Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller is historic in its implications and exemplary in its reasoning.  —  A federal ban on an entire class of guns in ordinary use …
New York Times:
Lock and Load  —  Thirty-thousand Americans are killed by guns every year — on the job, walking to school, at the shopping mall.  The Supreme Court on Thursday all but ensured that even more Americans will die senselessly with its wrongheaded and dangerous ruling striking down key parts of the District of Columbia's gun-control law.
Discussion: TigerHawk and Broadband Politics
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Landmark Ruling Enshrines Right to Own Guns
Discussion: rubber hose and The Agonist
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Impact of Gun Ruling Limited, Experts Say
Discussion: The Fix, Spin Cycle and Truthdig
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Bill of Rights or Bill of Goods?
Discussion: Reuters and The Volokh Conspiracy
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Obama Lead Tight Over McCain  —  Illinois Senator Barack Obama enters the General Election with a tight lead, 43% to 38%, over Arizona Senator John McCain, according to a new TIME Magazine poll of registered voters.  The poll shows Obama gaining only a slight bounce from Hillary Clinton's departure from the campaign early this month.
Gallup Daily: Obama, McCain Still Tied, Now at 44%
Discussion: American Spectator and Donklephant
Nate /
Which Candidate has a Base Problem?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korea Destroys Tower at Nuclear Site  —  SEOUL, South Korea — In a gesture demonstrating its commitment to halt its nuclear weapons program, North Korea blew up the most prominent symbol of its plutonium production Friday.  —  The 60-foot cooling tower at the North's main nuclear power plant collapsed …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
When Anonymity Fails, Be Nasty, Brutish and Short  —  Throughout the Bush presidency, he toiled in secrecy deep within the White House, a mysterious and feared presence who never stepped into the sunlight of public disclosure.  —  Until yesterday.  —  There he sat, hunched and scowling …
Sara Just / Political Radar:
Tensions Remain Among Clinton Donors  —  ABC's Kate Snow reports: The crowd's mood was but strained but supportive at Thursday's meeting between Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and about 150 of Clinton's top donors at a Washington hotel.  —  The former rivals appeared upbeat …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Cheer up.  We're winning this War on Terror  —  Al-Qaeda and the Taleban are in retreat, the surge has worked in Iraq and Islamism is discredited.  Not a bad haul  —  “My centre is giving way.  My right is in retreat.  Situation excellent.  I shall attack!”
Discussion: Hot Air and
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Let McCain Be McCain  —  The big political headline this week, of course, involves John McCain's endless and humiliating attempts to placate Mitt Romney by bowing to demands he hire his operatives and pay his campaign debt.  So far all he's got is a grudging one-sentence endorsement from that rampaging rage-aholic Ann Romney.
Discussion: alicublog, Shakesville and
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fuels on the Hill  —  Congress has always had a soft spot for “experts” who tell members what they want to hear, whether it's supply-side economists declaring that tax cuts increase revenue or climate-change skeptics insisting that global warming is a myth.  —  Right now, the welcome mat …
Dan Frosch / New York Times:
Citing Need for Assessments, U.S. Freezes Solar Energy Projects  —  DENVER — Faced with a surge in the number of proposed solar power plants, the federal government has placed a moratorium on new solar projects on public land until it studies their environmental impact, which is expected to take about two years.
Discussion: Gristmill
Fox News:
Congressman Meant ‘No Ill’ With Al Qaeda Comment to Cheney Aide  —  A Democratic congressman who was accused of suggesting that Al Qaeda may want to harm a prominent White House official told FOX News he meant “no ill” by the comment.  —  Massachusetts Rep. Bill Delahunt made the remark Thursday …
Steve Connor / The Independent:
Exclusive: No ice at the North Pole  —  Polar scientists reveal dramatic new evidence of climate change  —  It seems unthinkable, but for the first time in human history, ice is on course to disappear entirely from the North Pole this year.  —  The disappearance of the Arctic sea ice …
Patrick Poole / Pajamas Media:
Virginia's Islamic Academy on Shaky Legal Ground  —  The controversial school funded by the Saudi Embassy had its corporate charter revoked in 2004 and has never filed required tax forms with the IRS.  —  An investigation by Pajamas Media has found that more trouble may be on the horizon …
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Sam's Club Agenda
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
The Ever-Malleable Mr. Obama  —  “To be clear: Barack will support …
Carl / Israel Matzav:
UN ‘Human Rights Council’ bans criticism of Islam
Discussion: Flopping Aces
The Supreme Court Breakfast Table
Jerusalem Post:
‘Israel should respond militarily’
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Lieberman on His Private Chat with Obama, Rev. Wright, and How McCain …
Michael Patterson / Bloomberg:
U.S. Stocks Tumble, Sending Dow to Worst June Since Depression
 Earlier Items: 
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
IF NOT MITT, THEN JINDAL  —  I noted before our strong affinity …
Discussion: Althouse
Michelle Malkin:
An Internet first: From the Frontlines airs today! …
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
The Anti-Defamation League and Joe Klein
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Iraq Bombings Kill at Least 30; Three Marines Dead
David Hardy / Of Arms and the Law:
Stevens' dissent—egad!  —  Comment on to previous post points …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
SO SAD  —  It's sad to see articulate and intelligent …
Discussion: normblog and The Daily Dish
Todd Venezia / New York Post:
Discussion: Don Surber and Wonkette