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11:55 PM ET, June 28, 2010

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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Gun rights extended by Supreme Court  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court held Monday that the Constitution's Second Amendment restrains government's ability to significantly limit “the right to keep and bear arms,” advancing a recent trend by the John Roberts-led bench to embrace gun rights.
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Raw Story:
US Supreme Court deals pedophilia blow for Vatican  —  The US Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal by the Vatican in a landmark case that opens the way for priests in the United States to stand trial for pedophilia.  —  Allowing a federal appeals court ruling to stand …
Discussion: Reuters, Shakesville and pandagon.net
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Rule Against Group That Excludes Gay Students  —  WASHINGTON — A public law school did not violate the First Amendment by withdrawing recognition from a Christian student group that excluded gay students, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a 5-to-4 decision.
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
OKAY, having quickly skimmed the McDonald opinion, a few thoughts.  —  First, it's 5-4.  Though a pro-gun-rights opinion may pacify the gun-rights crowd to a degree, the closeness of these decisions is likely to keep them active in upcoming elections.  —  Second, it shows how little influence legal academics have.
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Thurgood Marshall Takes Center Stage At Kagan Hearings (VIDEO)  —  Looks like Senate Judiciary Republicans have at least one unified talking point today: Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to ever serve on the Supreme Court, was an “activist judge.”
Mary Ann Ahern / NBC Chicago:
Daley Vows New Gun Ordinances
Kyle Drennen / NewsBusters.org:
VIDEO: Media Routinely Used ‘Conservative’ …
Room for Debate:
What Bolstering Gun Rights Will Mean
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Extend Firearm Rights in 5-to-4 Ruling
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Speaking of guns  —  The challenge remains open....  Post Comment
Discussion: The Hill and TPM LiveWire
Jake Glance / sos.wv.gov:
Tennant Statement On Procedure To Fill Vacant Senate Seat  —  “Hello I am West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.  —  “This is a sad time for our state.  I want to express my condolences to Senator Byrd's family.  I also want to express my condolences to the people of West Virginia.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Surprise: West Virginia says no election to fill Byrd's seat until 2012  —  C'mon. You didn't honestly think a Democratic governor and Democratic secretary of state would risk a Scott Brown reprise, did you?  Here's the state statute: … In other words, it's not merely a question of whether …
Adam Clymer / New York Times:
Robert Byrd, Respected Voice of the Senate, Dies at 92  —  Robert C. Byrd, who used his record tenure as a United States senator to fight for the primacy of the legislative branch of government and to build a modern West Virginia with vast amounts of federal money, died early on Monday.  He was 92.
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Let's Not Forget Sen. Byrd's Negative Legacy
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Election to Byrd seat will be held in 2012
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Byrd special election to be held in 2012
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Steve Forbes celebrates Robert Byrd's death: ‘Good news’ for Wall Street.  —  News of Sen. Robert Byrd's (D-WV) death has been met with an outpouring of reverence for his distinguished career, with even political opponents, like Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), praising Byrd's …
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Jon Walker / Firedoglake:   Byrd Did Not Just Write the Book on Senate, He Rewrote Its Rules
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Sex complaint against Gore is detailed, credible; Could this be Gore's real ‘Inconvenient Truth’?  —  The allegation that Al Gore sexually assaulted a woman in a Portland, Ore., hotel room nearly four years ago has dealt a serious blow to the former vice president's story that he and wife Tipper simply …
Media Czech / Barefoot and Progressive:
Rand Paul refuses to say how old the earth is  —  I attended a fancy Christian Homeschool Educators of Kentucky (CHEK) conference on Friday, where Liberty Christ himself showed up to give a sermon and answer (and dodge) a few questions.  —  Here is the question and answer session:
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
From Washington Post To NBCU: Dave Weigel Joins MSNBC As Paid Contributor  —  Team Weigel rejoice - it didn't take Dave Weigel very long to land on his feet after he resigned last week from The Washington Post.  —  Tonight at the end of Countdown, Keith Olbermann introduced new “MSNBC contributor” Dave Weigel.
Discussion: Right Wing News
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Morgen Richmond / Big Government:
I Like the Dave Weigel Who Insulted Liberal Pundits a Lot Better
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Post fallout  —  Jeffrey Goldberg last week quoted an anonymous friend at the Post trashing “these bloggers” the Post brought on board, who “trade on the name” of the Post when they're not “reporters.”  —  Greg Sargent fires back across the newsroom:  —  Time for those who are anonymously dissing …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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Alana Goodman / NewsBusters.org:
Sheryl Crow: Tea Partiers Are Too ‘Uneducated’ to 'Understand What's Happening on Wall Street'  —  Pop-star and courageous anti-toilet-paper crusader Sheryl Crow apparently has a new political concern: Tea Partiers.  —  The country crooner told CBS journalist Katie Couric that Tea Party members …
The Atlantic Online:
An Invitation for Glenn Greenwald  —  It turns out that the left-wing commentator Glenn Greenwald doesn't like me (who knew?).  In a rather long posting, he accuses me of many different sins, mainly, though not exclusively, having to do with my early support for the Iraq war, and for my reporting from pre-invasion Iraqi Kuridstan.
Discussion: Commentary
New York Times:
In Ordinary Lives, U.S. Sees the Work of Russian Agents  —  WASHINGTON — They had lived for more than a decade in American cities and suburbs from Seattle to New York, where they seemed to be ordinary couples working ordinary jobs, chatting to the neighbors about gardening and schools, apologizing for noisy teenagers.
Fox News:
Gen. McChrystal Tells Army He Will Retire  —  In this Jan. 20, 2010 file photo, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, then Commander of the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) and Commander of United States Forces in Afghanistan, arrives to attend at the 13th Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) Meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Discussion: Hot Air
Telegraph:
International Space Station sex ban  —  Commanders do not allow sexual intercourse on the International Space Station, it has been disclosed.  —  “We are a group of professionals,” said Alan Poindexter, a NASA commander, during a visit to Tokyo, when asked about the consequences if astronauts boldly went where no others have been.
John Monk / The State:
U.S. Sen. race: Greene's finances subject of SLED investigation  —  State agency wants to know how U.S. Senate candidate could afford filing fee  —  SLED and the 5th Circuit solicitor's office are investigating the finances of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene to see whether …
 
 
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