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12:55 PM ET, June 29, 2009

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Associated Press:
Justices Rule for White Firefighters in Bias Case  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision that high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed as an appeals court judge.
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Two-thirds think firefighters were discriminated against  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A new national poll suggests that nearly two-thirds of Americans think white firefighters in New Haven, Connecticut where discriminated against when the city tossed out the results of a promotion exam …
Discussion: The Swamp and Gateway Pundit
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
SCOTUS gives victory to firefighters
Wall Street Journal:
Honduras Defends Its Democracy  —  Fidel Castro and Hillary Clinton object.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Hugo Chávez's coalition-building efforts suffered a setback yesterday when the Honduran military sent its president packing for abusing the nation's constitution.
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Elisabeth Malkin / New York Times:
Honduran President Is Ousted in Coup  —  MEXICO CITY — The Honduran president, Manuel Zelaya, was ousted by the army on Sunday after pressing ahead with plans for a referendum that opponents said could lay the groundwork for his eventual re-election, in the first military coup in Central America since the end of the cold war.
CNN:
U.N. to discuss Honduras coup as rival presidents seek power
Discussion: Associated Press and Raw Story
Amy Sullivan / Time:
Obama Picks Camp David Church — Not a D.C. Congregation  —  For the past five months, White House aides and friends of the Obamas have been quietly visiting local churches and vetting the sermons of prospective first ministers in a search for a new — and uncontroversial — church home.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Betraying the Planet  —  So the House passed the Waxman-Markey climate-change bill.  In political terms, it was a remarkable achievement.  —  But 212 representatives voted no. A handful of these no votes came from representatives who considered the bill too weak, but most rejected the bill …
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Madoff Sentenced to 150 Years in Prison for Ponzi Scheme  —  A federal judge sentenced Bernard L. Madoff to 150 years in prison on Monday for operating a huge Ponzi scheme that devastated thousands of people, calling his crimes “extraordinarily evil.”  —  In pronouncing the sentence …
NY Daily News:
Aide's tale of John Edwards sex tape  —  Former presidential candidate John Edwards is out of luck if he hoped that the extramarital affairs of Gov. Mark Sanford and Sen. John Ensign would take people's minds off his own cheating scandal.  —  Former Edwards aide Andrew Young says the ex-senator …
Guardian:
Recovery threatened by toxic assets  —  • Governments too slow to act, warn central bankers  —  • CBI sounds warning over ‘worrying’ bad debt levels  —  Taxpayers around the world still face potentially large losses because governments have failed to act quickly enough …
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Wonkette Goes After Trig Palin Again  —  It really is hard to understand why some adults feel the need to make fun of Trig Palin, a one-year old who has Down Syndrome.  Politics alone cannot explain it.  If you don't like Sarah Palin, fine, but why go after Trig?
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Keeping News of Kidnapping Off Wikipedia  —  For seven months, The New York Times managed to keep out of the news the fact that one of its reporters, David Rohde, had been kidnapped by the Taliban.  —  But that was pretty straightforward compared with keeping it off Wikipedia.
Gateway Pundit:
HORRIFIC Video Captures Basij Thugs Shooting At Protesters From Rooftop  —  Busted!  Regime thugs shoot down at democracy protesters on the street from a rooftop in Tehran.  —  This is one of those videos that you will not forget.  What kind of regime fires on its own people peacefully demonstrating for freedom?
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Chambliss blocks regulatory pick over animal lawsuits  —  Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) has blocked President Obama's candidate for regulation czar, Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, because Sunstein has argued that animals should have the right to sue humans in court.
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
Paper Avalanche Buries Plan to Stem Foreclosures  —  LOS ANGELES — Somewhere on earth, there must be a more difficult task than this: persuading American mortgage companies to lower payments for homeowners who can no longer afford their loans.  But as Karina Montenegro struggles to accomplish …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Way We Love Now  —  It's been a good month for reckless romance in America.  The nation's most famous reality-television father, Jon Gosselin of “Jon and Kate Plus Eight,” threw over his marriage for a fling with a 23-year-old schoolteacher.  Not one but two prominent conservative politicians torpedoed …
Washington Post:
Loophole Helps GE Benefit From Bank Rescue Program  —  Industrial Giant Becomes Top Recipient in Debt-Guarantee Program  —  General Electric, the world's largest industrial company, has quietly become the biggest beneficiary of one of the government's key rescue programs for banks.
Kristina Moore / SCOTUSblog:
LiveBlog: Opinions and Orders 6.29.09  —  Beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern, we will provide “live” coverage of the Court's release of opinions and orders.  In the “LiveBlog” below, we will relay all developments as quickly as possible.  We will post links to the slip opinions as soon as they are available.
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Israel May Shift on Settlements Freeze Amid Broader Effort  —  JERUSALEM — Israel would be open to a complete freeze of settlement building in the West Bank for three to six months as part of a broad Middle East peace endeavor that included a Palestinian agreement to negotiate an end …
Financial Times:
Microsoft puts Razorfish up for sale  —  By Tim Bradshaw in Cannes and Richard Waters in San Francisco  —  Microsoft has appointed Morgan Stanley to find a potential buyer for Razorfish, its digital agency.  —  Publicis, the French marketing company that says it is planning more acquisitions …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Obama Needs to Intervene on Health Care Bill  —  Every general studies the mistakes of the last war, and President Obama's style has been much influenced by the difficulties of Bill Clinton's presidency.  —  In particular, Obama has shied away from handing Congress his own plans on …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Michael Bay Gets Political  —  More than meets the eye?  —  Reviewing Transformers: The Rise of the Fallen for io9, Charlie Jane Anders memorably proclaimed that Michael Bay had finally produced a high-concept film and “used a squillion dollars and a hundred supercomputers' worth of CG …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and ATTACKERMAN
Gina Smith / The State:
Some GOP lawmakers await Sanford resignation  —  Some Republican state lawmakers are privately saying they want Republican Gov. Mark Sanford to step down — of his own volition — this week.  —  Meanwhile, Sanford has spent portions of the last few days phoning key lawmakers and Republican Party activists …
Clive Crook / Financial Times:
Obama is choosing to be weak  —  As he promised last year, Barack Obama has brought climate change and healthcare reform to the centre of the nation's attention.  As well as evangelising, he is pressing Congress to act.  Last week the House of Representatives passed the Waxman-Markey cap …
Discussion: TigerHawk
 
 
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CNN:
Ahmadinejad: Neda's death is ‘suspicious’
Gabriel Schoenfeld / Wall Street Journal:
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