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9:35 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 …
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’ …
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
Luis Martinez / ABCNEWS:
General Petraeus Faces Confirmation... Again  —  But Senators Will Still Want to Know if Petraeus Supports 2011 Pullout Date  —  After the dramatic downfall of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Gen. David Petraeus should have smooth sailing before the Senate Armed Services Committee today …
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
Fox News:
Gen. McChrystal Tells Army He Will Retire
Adam Entous / Reuters:
General McChrystal to retire from U.S. Army: official
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
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Sargent On Weigel.  —  I told myself I wasn't going to write …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Russ Feingold's Bad Choice  —  In the wake of a historic economic collapse caused largely by a financial industry allowed to run rampant, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) has decided to vote in favor of doing nothing at all to address this: … Can I vent for a minute?  I know Feingold is proud of his inconoclastic reputation.
Michael J. Moore / Bloomberg:
Wall Street Hiring Jumps Most Since 2008 as Guarantees Return
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.
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 …
Discussion: Calculated Risk and Paul Krugman
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 …
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and TPMDC
Mary Ann Ahern / NBC Chicago:
Daley Vows New Gun Ordinances  —  As expected, Mayor Daley and Chicago's City Council are circling the wagons to defend against an unfavorable decision by the Supreme Court concerning the city's gun ban.  —  Daley said the city would have in place a new ordinance aimed at making it difficult to purchase and own a gun in Chicago.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Speaking of guns  —  The challenge remains open....  Post Comment
Discussion: TPM LiveWire and The Hill
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 …
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: FinReg doesn't have the votes; Kagan's uneventful first day  —  With Scott Brown, Russ Feingold, Olympia Snowe, and Susan Collins all on the fence, and Robert Byrd's vote lost, FinReg's final passage is in doubt.  And that's not the only bad news for a major Obama priority …
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Tom Grady represents Naples woman, other Republican donors …
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T. Rees Shapiro / Washington Post:
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