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Monday, June 29, 2009

-- President Obama meets with Colombian President Álvaro Uribe, above, at the White House.

-- Forty years after the Stonewall riots, the president also marks Gay Pride Month with an event celebrating the accomplishments of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

-- Uribe will also meet, in the morning, with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.

-- First lady Michelle Obama continues her health and fitness advocacy -- as well as her push for health-care reform -- with a speech after visiting with patients and caregivers at the Unity Health Care Upper Cardozo Center in Columbia Heights.

-- The Supreme Court, ending its term, is set to hand down its ruling on Ricci v. DeStefano. Judge Sonia Sotomayor, now a Supreme Court nominee, ruled on the case as part of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. Sotomayor was a member of a three-judge panel that upheld a ruling that white New Haven, Conn., firefighters had not been discriminated against when denied promotions. Court watchers are eagerly awaiting the Supreme Court's decision to see how it stacks up against the nominee's.

-- Furious maneuvering after the ruling: At 11 a.m., the conservative Federalist Society hosts a call to discuss the repercussions of the case, featuring C. Boyden Gray, who was White House counsel to President George H.W. Bush, and Roger Clegg, president of the Center for Equal Opportunity. At 1 p.m., the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the liberal American Constitution Society hold their own call. Among the participants will be Scotusblog founder Tom Goldstein, a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

-- The House and Senate are in recess through July 6.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com


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