MIDDAY ROUNDUP

FROM THE BLOGS:
The horses' asses in the statehouse
- Matt Welch, Hit & Run
Brokaw admits he's a Democrat - Michelle Malkin
Calif. school nets $200k from Palin speech - Ed Morrissey, Hot Air
Boehner says Dems 'snuffing out America' - Steve Benen, Political Animal
Big news on Siegelman - Josh Marshall, TalkingPointsMemo
Boehner commits honesty - Jonathan Chait
FinReg DOA in the Senate? - SusanAnne Hiller, Right Wing News
Fundamental rights and the Supreme Court - Jennifer Rubin, contentions
Five reasons to hate the new START - James Carafano, The Foundry
Austerity in Ireland - Matthew Yglesias
SCOTUS declines challenge to Healthy SF - David Dayden, firedoglake
Vox populi on the deficit - Ezra Klein
In which I interview myself - Rick Moran, Right Wing Nut House
FinReg: Collins holding out her vote - Joan McCarter, Daily Kos
On that Saddam-al-Qaeda connection - Jeffrey Goldberg

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
Byrd will lie in repose in Senate chamber - The Hill
Kagan shifts on disclosure of legal views - New York Times
Consumer confidence crumbles in June - Wall Street Journal