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SCOTUS: Round-Up #3

> Judy Woodruff will return to Inside Politics today in her role as CNN contributor, to report on the O’Connor retirement…

> Is this how Fox broke the story?: “Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife, Virginia Thomas, sent out this email to the Heritage Foundation staff earlier this morning [at 9:22am], which was acquired by news agencies,” Raw Story says…

> CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin: “We in the news business are sometimes accused of over-hyping events, but today is really an epic moment in American history.”

> ABC News Radio is broadcasting a one-hour special report on the retirement tonight at 7:06pm.

> “Looks like CNN really is dumbing down their news. It didn’t take them very long to go back to reporting on shark attacks — Kyra Phillips at 1:15 pm,” an e-mailer says…

> FNC’s Chris Wallace: “We saw how different the world is in the 2004 campaign. I would come into my office everyday and get a 100 or so e-mails from various interest groups and, you know, it wasn’t unusual. They were sending it out to their vast mailing lists, presenting their point of view in the race between Bush and Kerry. I can promise you it will be that — perhaps on steroids — in this fight.”

SCOTUS: Round-Up #2

oconnor2july1.jpg > “ARUBA SHMARUBA,” The Corner says: “It’s Supreme Court fightin’ time!”

> All the broadcast networks interrupted programming again at 11:15am for Bush’s statement. On CBS, Susan McGinnis was replaced by John Roberts.

> CNN has a photo of O’Connor on the lower left corner of the screen. I thought that was reserved for people who are missing or dead?

> NBC’s Brian Williams recalled seeing O’Connor on an airplane and watching her place a fishing rod in the overhead bin.

> CNN’s Joe Johns: “This is very much choreographed, at least the first stages of it.”

> Wizbang: “I love it that she turned in her resignation on a Friday before a holiday weekend. Half of Washington (and certainly most of the Members) are outta here already. Supreme Court justices– they’re not just above the Constitution; they’re above the D.C. news cycle too! The nerve.”

> Wonkette: “Bush is giving a statement about it at 11:15 the day before a recess and a four-day weekend. It’s the biggest ‘fuck you’ to the White House press corps since lying to them about the war.”

Fox News First With The Biggest Story Of The Summer: Roadblock On Nets

oconnorjuly1.jpgFox News correspondent Brian Wilson broke the biggest news of the summer: Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is retiring. “Nobody else has touched this story,” an e-mailer said at 10:20am. Wilson had three sources, and his BlackBerry was humming with confirmation. FNC posted a story on immediately .

> Update: FNC reported the news that a retirement was “imminent” at 10:11:23. CNN reported the retirement at 10:22:42. MSNBC had it at 10:23. ABC was the first broadcast network with the news, at 10:22:23.

> By 10:25am, all the broadcast networks and CNN had interrupted programming to report the news.

> Bob Woodruff anchored on ABC (still on as of 10:33am). Brian Williams anchored on NBC until 10:30am. Susan McGinnis anchored on CBS until 10:30am.

> NBC’s Pete Williams was outside the Supreme Court: “All indications were that she was going to stay on the court, so this was a surprise.”

> CNN immediately broke out a graphic of “possible candidates” for the Supreme Court, with Joe Johns narrating.

> FNC’s Chris Wallace called the retirement the “big enchilada” and said the fight to “DefCon Four.”

> On CBS, Bill Plante reported that the retirement “raises the stakes in a major way.”

> The Note wondered this morning: “Will there be any SCOTUS retirements in the next 100 hours?”