On the Radar: June 29, 2010

SCOTUS: Gun Rights    
By Pete Williams, NBC News  
A major decision by the high court on gun rights and the right to bear arms.  Watch video

Thurgood Marshall in the Spotlight at Kagan Hearing
By Naftali Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal 
As the Senate Judiciary Committee debates the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan, it is simultaneously debating the merits of a larger-than-life figure: former Justice Thurgood Marshall, for whom Kagan served as clerk in the late 1980s. Continue reading...  

Supreme Court has weighty ending to its 2009-10 term     
By Joan Biskupic, USA Today      
The last day of the Supreme Court's 2009-10 term on Monday was an unusually eventful, emotion-filled session that began with condolences for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the death of her husband, Martin, and ended with a tribute to retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. Continue Reading...

With Shift in Afghanistan, Talk Turns to Exit 
By Peter Baker, The New York Times   
When he ordered 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan last December, President Obama stressed that they would not stay forever. “After 18 months,” he said, “our troops will begin to come home.”   Continue Reading...

For Better and Worse, an Era Dies With Robert C. Byrd 
By Todd Purdum, Vanity Fair          
The death of Senator Robert C. Byrd is hardly a shock, and given his great age and full life, it can’t be thought of as a tragedy, either. But it is, nevertheless, the end of an era in Washington and the nation—an era that had its great and grave flaws but whose passing is worth pausing to mourn. Byrd loved dogs, “Washington Week in Review,” tradition, fiddle music, the Senate, the Constitution, and his home state of West Virginia—not necessarily in that order.   Continue Reading...

No Special Election for Byrd Seat  
By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times   
The West Virginia Secretary of State, Natalie E. Tennant, said Monday that she would not schedule a special election in November to replace Senator Robert C. Byrd, a decision that means Democrats do not have to worry about holding the seat – until 2012.  Continue Reading...

Posted: Tue, 06/29/2010 - 11:11am