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1:05 AM ET, June 30, 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.
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:   High Court Boosts Remote DVR
Donald Douglas / American Power:
Leftist Reaction to Ricci v. DeStefano
Obama says coup in Honduras is illegal  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday the coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was illegal and would set a “terrible precedent” of transition by military force unless it was reversed.
Discussion: lgf 2.0, Hot Air and Gateway Pundit
Fausta / Fausta's Blog:
Honduras defends its democracy  —  Thank you to all the visitors, commenters, and bloggers linking to my coverage of yesterday's events in Honduras.  —  More background information on the events prior to Zelaya's removal from office:  —  Here is more information on Mel Zelaya's move:
Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
Clinton: U.S. Not Declaring Events in Honduras a ‘Coup’
Discussion: Raw Story and RealClearWorld
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Chavez accuses U.S. of coup role as ties restored
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Sanford: Staying is part of God's plan  —  In a written message to supporters Monday, Mark Sanford asserted that God's plan for him includes finishing his term as South Carolina governor.  —  Sanford is facing calls for his resignation after disappearing to Argentina then returning last week to admit an affair.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hot Air
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.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on the CNN Ticker: Calls mount for Sanford to step down
Discussion: GOP 12
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Press corps now openly laughing at Obama's backtracking on taxes  —  It's a laugh riot, isn't it?  Actually, they might be laughing more at Gibbs's feeble way of ducking the question than The One's looming broken promise, but in Gibbs's defense, what's he supposed to say?
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 …
Tony Perry / L.A. Now:
San Diego sheriff seeks probe in use of pepper spray at political event  —  Top officials at the San Diego County Sheriff's Department have ordered an internal affairs investigation into the use of pepper spray by a deputy to make an arrest at a fundraiser in Encinitas for a Democratic congressional hopeful.
Discussion: TPMDC and D-Day
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Busby Blames Local Resident's Political Agenda, Sheriff's Department …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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: Chicago Boyz, Gawker and Reason
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
‘It takes small people to stoop this low’  —  Says Professor William Jacobson regarding Wonkette's despicable treatment of Sarah Palin's year-old son, Trig.  And I would amend the professor's sentiments only to improve them by saying, “It takes gay men to stoop this low.”  —  Yeah, I just wrote that.
The Sun:
8st 1oz, no food just pills in his stomach, bald, bruised, his ribs broken by CPR, 4 needle wounds near his heart...  THE horrifying state of pop superstar Michael Jackson in his final days can be revealed by The Sun today.  —  Harrowing leaked autopsy details show the singer was a virtual skeleton …
Andrew Stuttaford / The Corner:
Enemies of the People  —  Writing in the New York Times, Paul Krugman has a Vyshinsky moment: 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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Emily Cadei / Top Stories from CQ:
Ron Paul's ‘Audit the Fed’ Bill Gathers Steam  —  He may have faded from the national political scene a year ago, after his dark-horse presidential run came to naught, but Rep. Ron Paul 's influence is still being felt in campaigns and policy debates across the country.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
Peter Feaver / Shadow Government:
Will Biden's plan come back to haunt him?  —  While I am thinking about the intersection of personnel and policy, I wonder what to make of this bit of news: apparently VP Biden will be tapped as the “unofficial envoy to Iraq.”  This appears not to be the same role as that filled by General Lute …
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).
The New Republic:
Churchill, Torture, and Britain's Finest Hour  —  Over on his blog, Andrew Sullivan posts a quote from Edward R. Murrow about the British during World War II.  It reads, in part: … I salute Andrew's harsh and frequent condemnations of torture, and I respect the point he is trying to make.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Obsolete Iran Policy  —  The audacity of hope gives way to the timidity of realism.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  President Obama's Iran policy is incoherent and obsolete.  Maybe David Axelrod should take note.  —  On Sunday, Mr. Obama's consigliere was asked about Iran …
Discussion: YID With LID
Hyung-Jin Kim / Associated Press:
NKorea criticizes US missile defense for Hawaii  —  SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea criticized the U.S. on Monday for positioning missile defense systems around Hawaii, calling the deployment part of a plot to attack the regime and saying it would bolster its nuclear arsenal in retaliation.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker:
STONEWALL PLUS FORTY  —  The most improbable of America's mass movements for civil rights—improbable at the time, inevitable in retrospect—got its start at a most improbable hour in a most improbable place.  The hour: two in the morning, forty years ago.  The place: the sidewalk in front …
John Ruberry / Marathon Pundit:
Cap-and-trade Tea Party at Rep. Mark Kirk's office  —  Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) is one of the eight “cap-and-tr8ters” who crossed the line and voted for the Waxman-Markey Bill, generally known as cap-and-trade, but in fact is a national energy tax.  —  Today at Noon a Tea Party protest took place at Kirk's district office in Northbrook.
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Albert R. Hunt / New York Times:
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
REBUKING ALITO.  —  Responding to Justice Alito's allegation …
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Eschaton