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1:50 PM 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 …
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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.
Adam Liptak / The Caucus:
Supreme Court Affirms Ruling on ‘Soft Money’ Ban
Discussion: Election Law and THEROOT.COM
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Sessions presses Kagan on recruiting
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and CNN
New York Times:
Kagan Shifts on Disclosure of Legal Views at Hearings
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Kagan Defends Discriminating Against Military at Harvard
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Six senators to watch in Kagan confirmation
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Dems quietly cheer gun ruling  —  When the Supreme Court extended the individual right to own a gun Monday, they handed Second Amendment advocates—many of whom are at home in the GOP—one of their most significant legal victories ever.  —  But who won the day in politics?  The Democrats.
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Darren Goode / The Hill:
Graham to skip White House energy and climate meeting
Dana Loesch / thedanashow.wordpress.com:
Interview with the NRA on the DISCLOSE Act
Discussion: Riehl World View
Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:
Judges, the Constitution & Gun Control Laws
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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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New York Post:
Spy ring's ‘femme fatale’  —  A ring of 11 Russian moles right out of a Cold War spy novel was smashed yesterday — and among those busted was a flame-haired, 007-worthy beauty who flitted from high-profile parties to top-secret meetings around Manhattan.  —  Russian national Anna Chapman …
scottbrown.senate.gov:
Brown Sends Letter To Dodd, Frank Opposing $19 Billion Bank Tax In Financial Reform Bill  —  WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) sent the following letter to Senate Committee on Banking Chairman Chris Dodd and House Committee on Financial Resources Chairman Barney Frank …
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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 …
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Paul Krugman:
A Terrible Ugliness Is Born  —  Liz Alderman offers an excellent, if depressing, portrait of Ireland in austerity.  To fully appreciate its significance, you want to juxtapose it with what the apostles of austerity are saying.  Jean-Claude Trichet: … Uh-huh.
PittsburghLIVE.com:
Obama's good for GOP, Boehner says  —  PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner, the Ohio Republican with his eye on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's gavel, said the tide is turning the GOP's way.  —  “The American people have written off the Democrats,” …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Top Republican: Raise Social Security's retirement age to 70  —  A Republican-held Congress might look to raise the retirement age to 70, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) suggested Monday.  —  Boehner, the top Republican lawmaker in the House, said raising the retirement age by five years …
Discussion: Pat Dollard
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 …
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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
President Obama's detrimental deadlines
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Feingold leads by 2  —  It's looking more and more likely that Wisconsin will be in the top tier of competitive Senate races this fall.  Russ Feingold leads challenger Ron Johnson by only two points, 45-43.  Johnson is polling closer to Feingold than Tommy Thompson was as he contemplated a potential campaign.
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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Andy Barr / The Politico:
David Weigel joins MSNBC
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Lara Logan, You Suck  —  Lara Logan, come on down!  You're the next guest on Hysterical Backstabbing Jealous Hackfest 2010!  —  I thought I'd seen everything when I read David Brooks saying out loud in a New York Times column that reporters should sit on damaging comments to save their sources from their own idiocy.
Kos / Daily Kos:
More on Research 2000  —  I have just published a report by three statistics wizards showing, quite convincingly, that the weekly Research 2000 State of the Nation poll we ran the past year and a half was likely bunk.  —  Since the moment Mark Grebner, Michael Weissman …
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 …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Wrong Track Distress  —  It's getting harder and harder for most Americans, looking honestly at the state of the nation, to see the glass as half full.  And that's why the public opinion polls contain nothing but bad news for Barack Obama and the Democrats.
 
 
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The Hill:
Byrd to lie in repose in Senate chamber
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
On That Dastardly Saddam-al Qaeda Connection
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Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
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Discussion: Below The Beltway
The Conference Board:
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Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Iran sets conditions for nuclear talks
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Custard Store Owner: “Biden Went Off On Me... I Was Shocked” (Video)
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: Right Wing News
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Robert Byrd's Klan History, and the 150 Recruits He Brought With Him
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