3:00pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Law

High Court Strikes Down Ariz. Campaign Finance Law

Originally published on Mon June 27, 2011 10:22 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a blow, but not a fatal one, to public campaign financing, with a 5-4 decision striking down a central provision of an Arizona law.

The Arizona law offers public funds to state legislative and executive-branch candidates who abide by tight contribution and spending limits. Another provision gives additional dollars when publicly funded candidates face big-spending opponents or outside money groups — and that's what was rejected by Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority.

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3:00pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Business

FDIC Chief Worked To Advocate For Consumers

Sheila Bair is stepping down as one of the most high-profile chairmen of the FDIC. Bair, a Republican, transformed herself as a populist that fought both Republican and Democratic administrations to try to push her policies through.

3:00pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Around the Nation

Two Flooded N.D. Cities Face Different Outcomes

Two towns along the swollen Souris River in North Dakota have met different fates: In Burlington, residents fought day and night to build levees to protect their town, but the water just came in too fast. Hundreds of homes are lost. But farther downstream in Velva, N.D., residents seem to have beaten the clock and will get their levees high enough to hold back the flood waters.

3:00pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Politics

Bachman Makes It Official

Rep. Michele Bachmann was in Waterloo, Iowa, Monday, where she kicked off her campaign for president.

3:00pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Law

Supreme Court Overturns Calif. Video Game Ban

The Supreme Court has struck down a California law that bans the sale and rental of violent video games to children. In a 7-2 vote, the justices ruled that the law was unconstitutional and that it violated the free speech rights of children.

2:44pm

Mon June 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Federal Judge Blocks Parts Of Georgia's Immigration Law

Originally published on Mon June 27, 2011 1:08 pm

A federal judge granted a request to block parts of Georgia's immigration law.

The AP reports:

Judge Thomas Thrash on Monday blocked parts of the law that penalize people who transport or harbor illegal immigrants. He also blocked provisions that authorize officers to verify the immigration status of someone who can't provide proper identification.

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2:17pm

Mon June 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Lets $270 Million Tobacco Award Stand

Cigarette makers must pay to help smokers in Louisiana quit their habit, as the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal by tobacco companies in a landmark class-action case.

By refusing to throw out a $270 million jury award, the high court put an end to a case that began in May 1996, when some 500,000 smokers in Louisiana filed a class-action suit against tobacco companies.

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1:24pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Sports

LA Dodgers File For Bankruptcy

The Los Angeles Dodgers have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Major League Baseball recently nixed a TV deal for the Dodgers that team owner Frank McCourt said would provide financial stability for the team. The bankruptcy filing appears to be a last ditch effort by McCourt to keep baseball from seizing the Dodgers — one of the most storied teams in sports.

Owner: MLB Forced Us To This Point

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1:13pm

Mon June 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Venus And Serena Williams Lose At Wimbledon

Venus Williams hits a return to Tsvetana Pironkova during their match Monday. With the loss, Williams followed her sister, Serena, out of this year's tournament.
Carl De Souza AFP/Getty Images

Both Serena and Venus Williams were eliminated from Wimbledon's singles tournament Monday, ending a streak of success at the grass event.

Their exit means that for the first time since 2006, neither Williams sister will play in the Wimbledon women's final.

Here's part of a Newscast report NPR's Philip Reeves filed from London:

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1:08pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Krulwich Wonders...

Baseball 'Bot, Please Do My Dishes

"Rollin Justin" the robot.
German Aerospace Center

Me: So what's this?

Dave Mosher: A state-of-the-art, baseball-catching robot.

Me: A what?

DM: A robot that catches baseballs without a glove. And when I say balls, that's what I mean: this guy can catch two bare-handed — at the same time!

Me: You don't need to catch two balls in baseball.

DM: Germans built this robot...

Me: Ah...

DM: Anyway, you've got to see this...

Me: Wow!

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