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9:50 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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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.
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: Shakesville
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Chicago Breaking News:
Daley: City will revise gun law after Supreme Court ruling
Mary Ann Ahern / NBC Chicago:
Daley Vows New Gun Ordinances
Kyle Drennen / NewsBusters.org:
VIDEO: Media Routinely Used ‘Conservative’ …
Jacob Sullum / Hit & Run:
Supreme Court Overturns Chicago Gun Ban
Discussion: Blogcritics
Room for Debate:
What Bolstering Gun Rights Will Mean
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
NRA prepares lawsuits in wake of Chicago verdict
Reuters:
Supreme Court rejects Vatican appeal in sex abuse case
Discussion: pandagon.net
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.
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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 …
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.
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Let's Not Forget Sen. Byrd's Negative Legacy  —  As the encomia mount like rotting, fly-buzzed piles of the pork-barrel spending he so systematically shoveled back to his West Virginia home, let's not forget the late Sen. Robert Byrd's most undeniable legacy: Undermining belief in politicians …
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 …
Associated Press:
Manchin says he won't appoint himself to fill Byrd's seat  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Joe Manchin says he will not appoint himself to fill the U.S. Senate vacancy created by the death of West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd.  —  Manchin told The Associated Press there is no timetable …
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
Joe Holley / Washington Post:
West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd dead at 92
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Special Election To Replace Byrd Will Be In 2012
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
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 …
The United States Department of Justice:
Ten Alleged Secret Agents Arrested in the United States … Eight individuals were arrested Sunday for allegedly carrying out long-term, “deep-cover” assignments in the United States on behalf of the Russian Federation, the Justice Department announced today.
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Charges 11 With Acting as Agents for Russia
Discussion: Telegraph, Wonkette and FrumForum
CNN:   Feds charge 10 with spying for Russia
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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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:
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Third Depression  —  Recessions are common; depressions are rare.  As far as I can tell, there were only two eras in economic history that were widely described as “depressions” at the time: the years of deflation and instability that followed the Panic of 1873 and the years of mass unemployment …
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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
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
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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