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Kagan promises "impartiality," and Supreme Court issues final rulings of current session. Plus: Appointee for Byrd's seat will serve through 2012.

Supreme Court: Kagan Promises 'Impartiality'; Court Rules On Guns

• "Elena Kagan promised 'even-handedness and impartiality' and outlined a vision of a Supreme Court that 'recognizes the limits on itself,' as she broke weeks of public silence on the opening day of her confirmation hearings for a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court," USA Today reports.

• "The Congressional Black Caucus is pressing" Kagan "for answers on some race-related issues, including on why she apparently opposed the creation of a commission on race in the late 1990s," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports.

 

• "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," Politico reports. "But who won the day in politics? The Democrats."

• "The nation's highest court ordered a technical change Monday to the Sarbanes-Oxley accounting rules but left the broader law intact," the Wall Street Journal reports.

• "A University of California law school's refusal to give official student group status to a Christian society that excluded gays was a reasonable application of the school's nondiscrimination policy, the Supreme Court said Monday in a 5-4 ruling," the Los Angeles Times reports.

 

• "The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear an appeal from business and civil rights groups trying to overturn a 2007 Arizona law that prohibits employers from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants," AP reports.

White House: Obama To Talk Energy, Immigration With Lawmakers

• "Dozens of lawmakers will head to the White House" today "to huddle with President Barack Obama on energy and immigration, two major issues that have stalled this year," Roll Call (subscription) reports.

Energy & Environment: Graham Will Not Join Climate Bill Talks

• "Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will not attend a pivotal" meeting today "at the White House on energy and climate legislation between" Obama "and a bipartisan group of senators," The Hill reports.

• "Tropical Storm Alex may delay by a week BP PLC's plan to increase the amount of oil collected from a leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico, a company official said Monday," the Wall Street Journal reports.

 

Congress: Appointed Senator To Fill W.Va. Seat Until 2012

• "The seemingly irreplaceable Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) will be succeeded by an appointed senator until November 2012, when the state's voters will select a permanent replacement," the Washington Post reports. "This means that Byrd's death on Monday will have no impact on the partisan makeup of the chamber, assuming West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III appoints a fellow Democrat, during the rest of President Obama's term."

• Byrd's death "has scuttled the schedule for Senate Democrats and has made life even tougher for Majority Leader Harry Reid as the Nevadan struggles to complete financial reform and jobs bills," Roll Call (subscription) reports.

• Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, "a veteran of World War II and now the longest-serving member of the Senate, will become the president pro tempore of the Senate, replacing" Byrd, Politico reports.

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Economy: Support Weakens For Conference Bill On Financial Overhaul

• "House and Senate Democratic leaders hope to push ahead with votes this week on the conference report overhauling the financial regulatory system, but crucial Republican votes in the Senate appeared to be wavering because of the last-minute addition of a bank tax," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports.

• "Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) said Monday he would vote against advancing Wall Street overhaul legislation," The Hill reports.

Politics: Voters' Pessimism Beginning To Harden, Poll Finds

• "The latest Society for Human Resource Management/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll underscores how difficult it will be for members of Congress to dislodge deeply entrenched pessimism about the country's direction and Washington's performance as they face voters in November," NationalJournal.com reports.

• "There is a game in Nevada called 'Where's Sharron Angle?' that the press is tired of playing," the New York Times reports. "Ms. Angle, a Nevada Senate candidate and Tea Party darling, has steadfastly refused to talk to reporters here, leading to some unusually aggressive behavior by local television stations."

Health Care: Providers Prepare For High-Risk Elderly Patients

• "With a nudge from the new health care law and pressure from Medicare, hospitals, doctors and nurses are struggling to prepare for explosive growth in the numbers of high-risk elderly patients," the New York Times reports.

National Security: FBI Makes Arrests In Suspected Russian Spy Ring

• "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 and government officials, the Justice Department said Monday," the Washington Post reports.

• "While Gen. David Petraeus is likely to receive a warm reception from the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday, the hearing on his confirmation as the new commander in Afghanistan is likely to expose tensions over U.S. policy there, particularly over the meaning of the July, 2011 date set for starting withdrawals of troops, which Petraeus has said he supports," Politico reports.

• "The U.S. military has systematically overstated or failed to adequately measure the capabilities of Afghan security forces, whose performance is key to the Obama administration's exit strategy for the war, according to a new government audit," the Washington Post reports.

Technology: White House Proposes More Bandwidth For Mobile

• "The Obama administration gave a major boost to the wireless industry Monday by announcing plans to make available for commercial use a huge swath of spectrum," Politico reports.

• "Google Inc. said it would change how Chinese users access its Internet search service after the Chinese government threatened earlier to revoke the company's license to provide online content in that country," the Wall Street Journal (subscription) reports.

• "The United States will aim to begin manned missions beyond the moon by 2025, with a planned trip to Mars the following decade, the White House announced Monday," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports.

• "San Francisco, a city that banned the plastic bag, now has waded into the muddy territory of cellphone radiation, setting off a call to arms in the $153 billion wireless industry," the Washington Post reports.

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