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12:15 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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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.
CNN:
CNN Poll: Two-thirds think firefighters were discriminated against
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
SCOTUS gives victory to firefighters
Josh Gerstein / Politico Live's Blog:
Pawlenty won't delay if court rules for Franken
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.
Reuters:
Chavez threatens military action over Honduras coup
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
WSJ: White House tried to prevent Honduran president's ouster
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 …
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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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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
Ibn Muqawama / cnas.org:
Insecure about Iraq  —  One of our regular blog readers requested some discussion of the recent spate of bombings in Iraq and the implications for the U.S. pullout from Iraqi cities set for June 30 (this Tuesday—mark it on your calendar).  This wave of attacks has prompted a good amount …
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Mitt Romney's team awaits 2012  —  Mitt Romney says publicly he's not considering another presidential campaign, most recently on Sunday during an appearance on NBC's “Meet the Press.”  But many of his loyalists expect one and remain at the ready for 2012.  —  When dozens of former Romney aides …
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 …
Natalie Apsell / CNN:
Reliable Sources: Journos spar over Obama presser question  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Tensions flared between “new media” reporters and print and television journalists last Tuesday when President Obama called on Nico Pitney, HuffingtonPost.com national editor, to ask the second question during a news conference at the White House.
Krishna Guha / Financial Times:
Romer upbeat on US economy  —  The US economy will feel a substantial boost from the Obama administration's emergency spending package over the next few months, says Christina Romer, a senior White House official, who has warned against tightening monetary and fiscal policy before recovery is well established.
 
 
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