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6:30 PM ET, June 30, 2009


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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Minnesota Supreme Court Rules On Coleman's Appeal: He Lost, Franken Won The Election  —  The Minnesota Supreme Court has handed down its much-expected ruling in the heavily-litigated Minnesota Senate race from 2008 — and it's a unanimous one — deciding against Republican former …
Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
State Supreme Court rules for Franken, 5-0  —  The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled today that Democrat Al Franken won the U.S. Senate election and said he was entitled to an election certificate that would lead to him being seated in the Senate.  —  “Affirmed,” wrote the Supreme Court …
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Court Rules Franken Has Won Senate Race; Coleman Concedes  —  Updated The Minnesota Supreme Court has just issued its long-awaited judgment in the Senate race, declaring that Democrat Al Franken is the winner.  And Norm Coleman, his opponent, at 4 p.m., announced that he had conceded and contacted Mr. Franken.
The Politico:
Coleman concedes race to Franken  —  Republican Norm Coleman has conceded to Democrat Al Franken in the Minnesota Senate race, ending one of the longest Senate races in American history and clearing the way for Democrats to hold a 60-seat supermajority in the Senate.
Michelle Malkin:
Franken-fied: Make way for (another) clown; Update: Coleman statement added  —  It's official.  The Senate gets another buffoon.  Don't worry, Al.  Bozo the VP Joe Biden's shoes won't be that hard for you to fill: … Showtime!  —  Update:
Brian Bakst / Associated Press:
Minn. court rules for Franken in Senate fight  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered that Democrat Al Franken be certified as the winner of the state's long-running Senate race, paving the way for a resolution in the seven-month fight over the seat.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Say hello to Senator Al Franken; Update: Coleman concedes  —  To no one's great shock, the Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected Norm Coleman's appeal of the election contest and awarded the Senate election to Al Franken.  The decision, expected last week, stated that Coleman failed …
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger /
Supreme Court says Franken won  —  It is U.S. Sen. Al Franken.  —  The Minnesota Supreme Court today decided that Franken, a Democrat, won the highest number of votes in last year's U.S. Senate race and deserves a signed election certificate.  —  The court said that Republican Norm Coleman …
New York Times:
After 8 Months, Franken Wins Senate Seat in Minnesota
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Court declares Franken Senate race winner
Discussion: The Nation and JONATHAN TURLEY
Wall Street Journal:
Coleman Concedes to Franken
Discussion: Commentary
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Franken Wins!  Minnesota high court rules to end recount …
Sara Just / The Note:
Minnesota Supreme Court Backs Franken
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Swamp
Todd S. Purdum / Vanity Fair:
It Came from Wasilla  —  Despite her disastrous performance in the 2008 election, Sarah Palin is still the sexiest brand in Republican politics, with a lucrative book contract for her story.  But what Alaska's charismatic governor wants the public to know about herself doesn't always jibe with reality.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: Liberal Media and GOP Hacks vs. Palin  —  Lefty journalist Todd Purdum has a hit piece in the new Vanity Fair on Sarah Palin.  You don't have to be a big Palin fan to recognize the article is full of dubious claims, and is dependent on self-serving stories provided on background …
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Sarah Palin trashed by members of John McCain's campaign team in Vanity Fair
Associated Press:
AP NewsBreak: SC gov admits additional liaisons  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted Tuesday that he saw his Argentine mistress more times than previously disclosed, including what was to be a farewell meeting in New York chaperoned by a spiritual adviser soon after his wife found out about the affair.
Associated Press:
AP Newsbreak: SC gov ‘crossed lines’ with women  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says he “crossed lines” with a handful of women other than his mistress — but never had sex with them.  —  The governor says he “never crossed the ultimate line” with anyone but Maria Belen Chapur …
Sanford Calls Mistress His ‘Soul Mate’  —  S.C. Governor Also Admits To Other Dalliances  —  CBS News Interactive: Political Scandals  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (CBS) ― South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford called his Argentine mistress his “soul mate” Tuesday, but said that he would try to fall back in love with his wife.
Michelle Malkin:
Not a surprise: SEIU & Wal-Mart unite behind Obamacare  —  Wal-Mart announced today that it was backing Obama's government health care plan.  The discount retail giant was joined by the Service Employees International Union and the left-wing Center for American Progress.  CQ reports:
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
CAP, Wal-Mart, SEIU Join Forces in Support of Employer Mandate
Discussion: Clusterstock and Economix
Jerry Harkavy / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Maine Sen. Snowe seeks health care compromise by keeping government plan on hold  —  (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach) (Pat Wellenbach, AP / June 29, 2009)  —  PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sen. Olympia Snowe, a key figure in shaping federal health care legislation, said Monday …
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
The Problem With The Public Option Is That It Lowers The Cost Of Health Insurance
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Oklahoma Legislature to Consider Proclamation Linking the Economic Crisis to Obama's Immoral Policies  —  Recently, Rush Limbaugh explained how Obama economic policies were the cause of Republican Gov. Mark Sanford's affair with a beautiful Argentinian woman.
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
Iraq, the unraveling (XIII): a faith-based war policy continues  —  Here is my summary of where we are now:  —  Several times the Bush administration tried to transfer responsibility for security to Iraqi army and police forces, only to see them unable to handle the burden.
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
Iraq, the unraveling (XIV): a smart Marine says it ain't so
Discussion: DefenseLINK
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Iraq Marks Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Cities  —  BAGHDAD — With parades, fireworks and a national holiday, the Iraqi government celebrated the final withdrawal of American troops from the country's cities on Tuesday, trying to exploit a political milestone to trumpet …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Vince Lombardi Politics  —  Freud said we're forever changed by the traumas of our youth, and so it is with the Democrats and Clintoncare.  Even as you watch the leading Democrats today in their moment of glory, you can still see wounds caused by the defeat of the Clinton health care initiative.
“The Commission Has Been Road-Blocked”: Republicans' War On The FEC  —  Last fall, James Ross, a New York City resident and a donor to several Democratic organizations, received an unusual letter.  “Your name has been put in our database,” Ross was told.  “We are monitoring all reports of a wide variety of leftist organizations.
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