On the Radar: June 27, 2011

Supreme Court Rejects Ban On Violent Video Games
By Joan Biskupic, USA TODAY
The Supreme Court on Monday struck down California's ban on the sale of violent video games to minors, in a 7-2 decision emphasizing the free speech interests of young people and giving video games the same protection of books and movies. Read more

Bachmann Is In, Officially
By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times
Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota formally opened her candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday, presenting herself as a forceful conservative who will confront the party’s establishment and not compromise on principles to capture grass-roots enthusiasm that has risen up in opposition to President Obama. Read more

Iowa poll: Bachmann, Romney lead GOP race
By John Dickerson, CBS News
With a new poll in Iowa showing the tight race between Michelle Bachmann and Mitt Romney, Jan Crawford and John Dickerson report on where the candidates stand in the GOP race. View

Inside Nancy Pelosi’s Drive To Win The House Majority Back For Democrats
By Karen Tumulty and Paul Kane, The Washington Post
Nancy Pelosi no longer has a balcony with the grandest view in Washington. The size of her staff has been cut by a third. And it took months, she said, to get rid of the smell of cigarette smoke from the second-floor suite she received in her swap with now-House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). Read more

GOP Compromise On Debt: Cut Military Spending?
By Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane, The Washington Post
As President Obama prepares to meet Monday with Senate leaders to try to restart talks about the swollen national debt, some Republicans see a potential path to compromise: significant cuts in military spending. Read more

What Would Milton Friedman Have Done?
By David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal
Another entry in figuring out what the late monetary scholar Milton Friedman, the Nobel laureate, would have done in response to the global financial crisis comes from Edward Nelson, chief of the monetary studies section of the Fed’s monetary affairs division. Read more

U.S. To Begin 'Thinning Out' Its Afghan Forces
By Yochi J. Dreazen and Sara Sorcher, National Journal
President Obama’s announcement last week that 10,000 troops would leave Afghanistan this year set off a political firestorm, with Democrats accusing Obama of withdrawing too few troops and Republicans accusing him of withdrawing too many. Read more

McManus: Obama's Popular In Europe, Where It Doesn't Count
By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
His fame there doesn't do him much good at home, where voters are no longer in thrall to the uniqueness of the half-Kenyan, half-Kansan politician. Read more

Posted: Mon, 06/27/2011 - 5:53pm