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7:00 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.
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
The Supreme Court Gets Ready To Turn on the Corporate Fundraising Spigot  —  The case about the anti-Hillary ad got pushed back till September—and got bigger.  —  If Republicans were wondering how their 2012 presidential candidate is going to compete against President Obama's $600 million …
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
What Ricci says about the Supreme Court's views of Judge Sotomayor  —  Justice Kennedy's opinion in Ricci will inevitably be put under the microscope for what it tells us about the Justices' views of how the Second Circuit panel that included Judge Sotomayor handled the case.
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Scalia breaks ranks, slams Bush Fed on bank regulation  —  WASHINGTON — In a rebuke of the Bush administration, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal bank regulator erred in quashing efforts by New York state to combat the kind of predatory mortgage lending that triggered the nation's financial crisis.
The New Republic:   What Ricci Says About The Court's View Of Sotomayor
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 …
Judson Berger / Fox News:
Sen. Inhofe Calls for Inquiry Into ‘Suppressed’ Climate Change Report
Discussion: The New Republic and Planet Gore
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: A New Republican Leader?  —  Dispirited Republicans looking for national leaders amid a wash of scandals that have dominated national news over the last fortnight got a bit of good news on Sunday with an inspired performance on “Meet the Press” by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R).
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on the CNN Ticker: Bauer suggests compromise on Sanford  —  COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) — South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said Monday he would be open to a scenario in which he would assume the governorship but not run for the state's top office in 2010 if Governor Mark Sanford decides to resign in the coming weeks.
Discussion: The Palmetto Scoop and Notepad
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
SC GOPers don't make much of Bauer trial balloon
Discussion: The Palmetto Scoop
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Bottom Line on Public Option  —  This won't come as the slightest surprise to those versed in health care policy issues.  But I fear it's only barely permeated the health care reform debate in the country, certainly in Washington.  And that's this: the opposition to a so-called 'public …
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Health-Care Market Characterized By Consolidation, Not Competition
Discussion: Washington Monthly and D-Day
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Quote For The Day  —  “No democracy has been nearer the fire and survived than was Britain in that long winter [of 1940].  And one reason for survival was that the nation did not betray the things in which it believed.  After Italy entered the war, one of the few murder cases to reach the Law Lords on appeal was decided.
The New Republic:
Churchill, Torture, and Britain's Finest Hour
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Energy Czar hasn't read cap & tax, either  —  Barack Obama's energy czar appeared on Fox & Friends this morning to discuss the cap-and-tax bill passed by the House last week on a razor-thin margin.  Carol Browner got stumped by Fox's Steve Doocy while questioning her ability to speak to the subject …
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 …
Iran confirms election result  —  Iran's top electoral body, the Guardian Council, has confirmed the victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the presidential election after a partial recount.  —  News of the decision, which comes after a series of protests by the opposition against what it says was a rigged ballot …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
REBUKING ALITO.  —  Responding to Justice Alito's allegation that the City's decision to throw out the test was based on the political calculations of New Haven's mayor in order to avoid a backlash among New Haven's black voters, Justice Ginsburg writes: … More on this later.
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
A what-man?  —  When the Sony Walkman was launched, 30 years ago this week, is started a revolution in portable music.  But how does it compare with its digital successors?  The Magazine invited 13-year-old Scott Campbell to swap his iPod for a Walkman for a week.  —  My dad had told me it was the iPod of its day.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
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 …
Obama's approval rating remains steady, poll says  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new national poll indicates that President Barack Obama's approval rating among Americans remains steady.  —  Sixty-one percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday …
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?
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Israel Said to Be Open to Settlement Freeze  —  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 to the conflict …
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
It's Now Legal to Catch a Raindrop in Colorado  —  DURANGO, Colo. — For the first time since territorial days, rain will be free for the catching here, as more and more thirsty states part ways with one of the most entrenched codes of the West.  —  Precipitation, every last drop or flake …
Discussion: Gawker
Albert R. Hunt / New York Times:
Iran's Politics Is All About Survival  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, in dealing with Iran, brings some expertise as important as his lack of foreign policy experience: a background in Chicago politics.  —  The big picture in Iran, even more than a bottom-up street insurgency …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Hyung-Jin Kim / Associated Press:
NKorea criticizes US missile defense for Hawaii
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
Bucking the Banks  —  When I went to the White House on June 17 …
Discussion: Campaign Silo and Hullabaloo
John Ruberry / Marathon Pundit:
Cap-and-trade Tea Party at Rep. Mark Kirk's office
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Erick's blog
Tony Perry / L.A. Now:
San Diego sheriff seeks probe in use of pepper spray at political event
Discussion: TPMDC and D-Day
Donald Lambro / Washington Times:
Pulitzer-winning journalist Mary Lou Forbes dies at 83
Discussion: and The Foundry
Emily Cadei / Top Stories from CQ:
Ron Paul's ‘Audit the Fed’ Bill Gathers Steam
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Monica Conyers Resigns
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Rudy weighing N.Y. governor run
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Politics
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Josh Rogin / Top Stories from CQ:
Defense Bills Defy Obama's First Veto Threat
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Michael Bay Gets Political
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Tammye Nash Senior / Dallas Voice:
Gays, lesbians rally in Fort Worth over bar raid
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Chambliss blocks regulatory pick over animal lawsuits