Stories You Should Know (6/30/10)

The New York Times (New York, NY)
Elena Kagan deflected questions about her own views on gun rights and abortion during her Supreme Court confirmation hearings yesterday, instead describing Supreme Court precedents. Ms. Kagan’s responses, during a long and sometimes tense day of parrying with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, were similar to those of Supreme Court nominees past, but unlike her predecessors, Ms. Kagan wrote a 1995 article calling for judicial nominees to be more forthcoming.

The Washington Times (Washington, D.C.)
House Republicans blocked a Democratic attempt Tuesday to extend unemployment benefits for an eighth time since 2008, saying they couldn’t stomach adding the $33.9 billion price tag to the deficit.

USA Today (USA)
The race for Ohio’s open Senate seat to replace retiring Sen. George Voinovich, a Republican remains a tossup.  Democrat Lee Fisher has 42% and Republican Rob Portman, 40% — statistically unchanged from earlier measures in March and April, Quinnipiac reports.

The Washington Times (Washington, D.C.)
Less than a week after Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal resigned after making disparaging remarks about his civilian bosses, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved Gen. Petraeus to replace him as commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan. The full Senate likely will confirm Gen. Petraeus in coming days.

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
President Obama is making a renewed push for an immigration overhaul, possibly during a lame-duck session of Congress after the November election — when members would no longer face an imminent political risk for supporting it.  To date, no Republican senators have agreed to back a comprehensive immigration bill, nor has such a bill been introduced in the Senate.

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