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3:40 AM ET, June 29, 2010

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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.
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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.”
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
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Gun rights extended by Supreme Court
Mary Ann Ahern / NBC Chicago:
Daley Vows New Gun Ordinances
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Court strikes Chicago handgun ban
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Speaking of guns  —  The challenge remains open....  Post Comment
Discussion: TPM LiveWire and The Hill
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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
FLASH: REMEMBERING SEN. BYRD, who passed around 3 a.m., at age 92 — Wall Street reform could be delayed — Kagan: public servant v. politician — Obama makes big move on spectrum  —  BULLETIN — “Robert Byrd dies at 92,” by Martin Kady II: “The Senate has lost one of its legends with the death …
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
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: NewsBusters.org and The Politico
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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.
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
Discussion: Hot Air and SpyTalk
Noah Feldman / New York Times:
The Triumphant Decline of the WASP  —  FIVE years ago, the Supreme Court, like the United States, had a plurality of white Protestants.  If Elena Kagan — whose confirmation hearings begin today — is confirmed, that number will be reduced to zero, and the court will consist of six Catholics and three Jews.
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Kyle Drennen / NewsBusters.org:
VIDEO: Media Routinely Used ‘Conservative’ …
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 …
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: Chicago Boyz
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:
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)
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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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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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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Triumph of the Regulators  —  The Dodd-Frank financial reform bill doubles down on the same system that failed.  —  President Obama hailed the financial bill that House-Senate negotiators finally vouchsafed at 5:40 a.m. Friday, and no wonder.  The bill represents the triumph of the very regulators …
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Brian Faughnan / Liberty Central:
Text of the Dodd-Frank Financial Overhaul Conference Report
 
 
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T. Rees Shapiro / Washington Post:
Martin D. Ginsburg dies at 78; tax law expert, Supreme Court spouse
Discussion: Law Blog, Mother Jones and Feministing
Michael J. Moore / Bloomberg:
Wall Street Hiring Jumps Most Since 2008 as Guarantees Return
Telegraph:
International Space Station sex ban
Rick Plumlee / Wichitopekington:
Moran leads Tiahrt in SurveyUSA poll
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Obama's Unbelievable Winning Streak
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
24 percent of Americans believe Obama was born outside the U.S.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Guardian and JustOneMinute
Phil Rogers / NBC Chicago:
Blagojevich Considered Oprah for Senator
John Monk / The State:
U.S. Sen. race: Greene's finances subject of SLED investigation
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
GREATER FOOLS  —  Halfway through his Presidency …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The Atlantic Online