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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Court rules for white firefighters over promotions  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday 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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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.
Donald Douglas / American Power:
Leftist Reaction to Ricci v. DeStefano
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:
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Reuters:
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: Hot Air, lgf 2.0 and Gateway Pundit
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
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.
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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: Hot Air
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 …
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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 …
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Judson Berger / Fox News:
Sen. Inhofe Calls for Inquiry Into ‘Suppressed’ Climate Change Report
Discussion: The New Republic and Planet Gore
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Waxman: GOP “Rooting Against Country” Because Of Energy Bill Vote
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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 …
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Poll: Rubio and Crist in dead heat among GOPers who know both  —  A June 24-26 Mason-Dixon poll for Ron Sachs Communications (MoE +/- 6 in primary questions, 4 in general election) shows Charlie Crist leading Marco Rubio in the Republican U.S. Senate primary 51 percent to 23 percent.
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Busby Blames Local Resident's Political Agenda, Sheriff's Department Officer In Raid On Fundraiser  —  I just spoke on the phone with Francine Busby, a previous and once-again Democratic candidate for California's Fiftieth House District, about Saturday's raid by the San Diego Sheriff's Department …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Tony Perry / L.A. Now:
San Diego sheriff seeks probe in use of pepper spray at political event
Discussion: TPMDC and D-Day
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.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Quote For The Day  —  “No democracy has been nearer the fire …
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.
Discussion: Moonbattery and The Jawa Report
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 …
Discussion: TMZ.com
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).
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 …
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
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
 
 
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