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8:50 AM ET, June 29, 2010

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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.
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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
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.
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Raw Story:
US Supreme Court deals pedophilia blow for Vatican
Discussion: Reuters, Shakesville and pandagon.net
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Gun rights extended by Supreme Court
Kyle Drennen / NewsBusters.org:
VIDEO: Media Routinely Used ‘Conservative’ …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Speaking of guns  —  The challenge remains open....  Post Comment
Discussion: TPM LiveWire and The Hill
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Court strikes Chicago handgun ban
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.”
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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’
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.
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Morgen Richmond / Big Government:
I Like the Dave Weigel Who Insulted Liberal Pundits a Lot Better  —  It's hard to respect a “journalist” who repeatedly insulted and mocked leading conservatives he was assigned cover, and even wished death on some of them, to a secretive email list compromised of liberal media figures around the country.
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 …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Chicago Boyz
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KGTV-TV:
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 …
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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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 …
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.
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Adam Entous / Reuters:
General McChrystal to retire from U.S. Army: official
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: Paul Krugman and Calculated Risk
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.
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Michael J. Moore / Bloomberg:
Wall Street Hiring Jumps Most Since 2008 as Guarantees Return
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
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 …
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Sargent On Weigel.  —  I told myself I wasn't going to write …
Fox News:
Reporters Caught on Tape Mocking Palin Speech  —  June 25: Calling it a 'poor man's teleprompter' former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin holds out her palm to show the notes on it while speaking at a fundraising dinner at California State University, Stanislaus.  (AP)
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:
BBC:
Google tries new China move  —  Google has announced a “new approach” in China as it battles with Beijing over censorship.  —  Until recently, the firm had been redirecting search inquiries in China to its unfiltered site in Hong Kong to get round censorship issues.
David French / National Review:
CLS v. Martinez: My First Quick Take  —  I haven't yet had a chance to fully digest the Court's opinion in CLS v. Martinez, so take the following with a grain of salt until I've had a chance to sit down and study the opinion.  (Full disclosure, I'm a senior counsel at the Alliance Defense Fund …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dems launch project to find 2010's ‘Macaca’ moment
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Chicago Sun Times:
Witness: Blago mulled Oprah Winfrey for Obama Senate seat
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Catherine Cheney / The Politico:
Mabus to assess damage
Discussion: The Page
Aisling Swift / Naples Daily News:
Tom Grady represents Naples woman, other Republican donors …
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T. Rees Shapiro / Washington Post:
Martin D. Ginsburg dies at 78; tax law expert, Supreme Court spouse
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Alana Goodman / NewsBusters.org:
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Telegraph:
International Space Station sex ban