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2:00 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.
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Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Court Rules for White Firefighters  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court, voting 5-4 in a case that has been a lightning rod for high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, invalidated a Connecticut city's decision to scrap the results of a firefighter promotion exam in which the white candidates scored better than their black peers.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Verum Serum
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
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Supreme Court's Ricci decision
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
State Prosecutors Can Probe Bank Lending
Discussion: Law Blog and Neptunus Lex
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
SCOTUS overrules Sotomayor on Ricci
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
SCOTUS gives victory to firefighters
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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?
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CNN:
Ahmadinejad: Neda's death is ‘suspicious’
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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).
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.
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 …
BBC:
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.
Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
Washington to California: Drop dead  —  Members from California know that a California-specific bailout wouldn't be popular with their colleagues from the not-so-Golden states — and even less so since the White House isn't on board.  —  And analysts say the California delegation isn't quite as a powerful as it looks.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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 …
 
 
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