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3:55 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Minnesota court rules Democrat Al Franken won Senate seat  —  MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday declared Democrat Al Franken the winner of a tight U.S. Senate race over Republican Norm Coleman, which should give Democrats the 60-seat majority they need …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Minnesota court calls Franken the winner  —  The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously ruled Al Franken the winner of last November's Senate race, putting the former “Saturday Night Live” star on the brink of becoming a United States senator and Democrats on the cusp of holding a dominant supermajority in the Senate.
Sara Just / The Note:
Minnesota Supreme Court Backs Franken  —  ABC's David Chalian reports: The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of comedian-turned-Democratic candidate Al Franken in his prolonged battle to become a US Senator.  —  Out of more than 2.4 million votes cast, Franken bested Republican Norm Coleman by 312 votes.
Discussion: The Swamp and PoliBlog
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Court Rules Franken Has Won Senate Seat
Discussion: Swampland and Joe. My. God.
CNN:   Court declares Franken winner in Minnesota
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Court Rules for Franken
Discussion: Daily Kos and Democracy in America
Supreme Court: Franken Win Should Be Certified
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
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
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
U.S. Pullout From Iraqi Cities Marked by Holiday  —  BAGHDAD — Iraq declared a public holiday Tuesday to celebrate the official withdrawal of American troops from the country's cities and towns, emptying the streets as many people stayed home because they feared violence.
Los Angeles Times:
Deadly car bomb mutes Iraqi celebrations
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.
The Ninth Justice:
Justices Reject Sotomayor Position 9-0 — But Bigger Battles Loom  —  The Supreme Court's predictable 5-4 vote to reverse the decision by Judge Sonia Sotomayor and two federal appeals court colleagues against 17 white (and one Hispanic) plaintiffs in the now-famous New Haven, Conn. …
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
Iraq, the unraveling (XIV): a smart Marine says it ain't so
Discussion: DefenseLINK and ATTACKERMAN
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CA Dem leader: Why do we allow free speech to terrorize politicians?  —  In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Bass responded to a question about conservative talk radio by calling show hosts terrorists, and openly wondering why we allow people to call politicians and give their opinions (via The Corner):
“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.
Discussion: and Balloon Juice
Jeremy D. Mayer / The Politico:
Queen Michelle the First?  —  Michelle Obama wants a bigger role in her husband's administration, according to The Washington Post.  Unlike Laura Bush, who focused on a few peripheral issues, Obama wants a seat at the table when key policies are made.  —  Obama's new chief of staff …
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