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10:45 AM ET, June 29, 2010


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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Kagan may get confirmed, but Thurgood Marshall can forget it  —  Oppo researchers digging into Elena Kagan's past didn't get the goods on the Supreme Court nominee — but they did get the Thurgood.  —  As confirmation hearings opened Monday afternoon, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee took …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT DID THURGOOD MARSHALL EVER DO TO THE GOP?.... In early May, soon after President Obama nominated Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court, we learned that Kagan had clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall, whom she considered a personal hero.  Inexplicably, the Republican National Committee considers this an area ripe for attack.
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
Confirmation Hearings Day 1: Kagan Warned That ‘Liberty Is Not a Cruise Ship’
Kyle Drennen /
VIDEO: Media Routinely Used ‘Conservative’ …
Raw Story:
US Supreme Court deals pedophilia blow for Vatican
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.
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
FBI arrests 10 accused of working as Russian spies  —  FBI agents arrested 10 people on charges that they spent years in the United States as spies for Russia, taking on fake identities and trying to ferret out intelligence about U.S. policy and secrets by making connections to think tanks …
Globe and Mail:
Paul Koring  —  Washington — From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Collins Pulls Back Support For Wall Street Bill Over Bank Tax
Discussion: TalkLeft and Clusterstock
New York Times:
Byrd's Death Weakens Democrats' Shifting Majority
Discussion: The Politico and Prairie Weather
Darren Goode / The Hill:
Graham to skip White House energy and climate meeting  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will not attend a pivotal Tuesday meeting at the White House on energy and climate legislation between President Barack Obama and a bipartisan group of senators.  —  Graham cited conflicting hearings …
Wall Street Journal:
Finance Overhaul Faces Tough Math in Senate
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Gen. Petraeus' nomination puts some Democrats in awkward spot  —  President Barack Obama's nomination of Gen. David Petraeus has put some Democrats in a politically awkward position.  —  While Senate Democrats are expected to rally behind Petraeus to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal …
Luis Martinez / ABCNEWS:
General Petraeus Faces Confirmation... Again
Discussion: The Politico
Adam Entous / Reuters:
General McChrystal to retire from U.S. Army: official
Former Vice President Gore Visits San Diego  —  SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Convention Center was packed with more than 11,000 human resource professionals as former Vice President Al Gore made a rare public appearance Monday.  —  Little has been seen of Gore in the past several weeks since confirmed reports …
Liz Alderman / New York Times:
In Ireland, a Picture of the High Cost of Austerity  —  DUBLIN — As Europe's major economies focus on belt-tightening, they are following the path of Ireland.  But the once thriving nation is struggling, with no sign of a rapid turnaround in sight.  —  Nearly two years ago …
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.
Morgen Richmond / Big Government:
I Like the Dave Weigel Who Insulted Liberal Pundits a Lot Better
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Sharron Angle, Camera-Shy Candidate, Shifts Coverage  —  RENO — There is a game in Nevada called “Where's Sharron Angle?” that the press is tired of playing.  —  Ms. Angle, a Nevada Senate candidate and Tea Party darling, has steadfastly refused to talk to reporters here …
Associated Press:
Governors Criticize Obama's Border Security Plan  —  June 12: Mexicans are seen damaging the U.S. border fence, during a protest on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez.  —  PHOENIX — The Texas and Arizona governors criticized the Obama administration's border security plans Monday …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Mary C. Curtis / Politics Daily:
Robert Byrd's Klan History, and the 150 Recruits He Brought With Him  —  A Senate historian, a guardian of the Constitution, an early critic of the Iraq War, Sen. Robert Byrd's colleagues, friends and admirers are offering heartfelt accolades.  He grew up dirt-poor in West Virginia …
Agence France Presse:
‘Prince of Jihad’ given five years in Indonesia  —  JAKARTA — An Indonesian publisher and Islamist blogger known as the “Prince of Jihad” was sentenced to five years in jail Tuesday for abetting suicide attacks on two luxury hotels in Jakarta last year.  —  Women robed from head-to-toe …
Jake Glance /
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dems launch project to find 2010's ‘Macaca’ moment  —  Democrats launched a new project on Tuesday to find the “Macaca moment” during this year's election cycle.  —  The Democratic National Committee's (DNC) research office will unveil “The Accountability Project” on Tuesday …
New York Post:
Holy masquerade!  Cat woman strikes  —  Cat Woman is on the prowl.  —  A serial stickup artist with a penchant for disguises — including a cat mask — has sunk her claws into shoe and beauty stores in Manhattan and Queens, The Post has learned.  —  The last two hits by the sleek …
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