“A federal appeals court on Thursday turned down the Obama administration’s effort to enforce a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico,” the New York Times says. “A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans, ruled shortly after a hearing in a lawsuit filed by companies that claim they are being financially crippled by the suspension of drilling.”
Another court ruling: "A US district court judge in Boston yesterday declared unconstitutional a 1996 law that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriage," the Boston Globe reports. "Judge Joseph L. Tauro, ruling in two separate challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act, declared that the law 'induces the Commonwealth to violate the equal protection rights of its citizens' and 'plainly intrudes on a core area of state sovereignty, the ability to define the marital status of its citizens.'"
First Lady Michelle Obama heads to the Gulf region Monday for the first time. She will "meet with locals in Panama City Beach, Fla., about the impact of oil spill" and "receive a briefing and later make a public speech that evening," The Hill writes.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said President Obama wanted LeBron James to go to Chicago, and there were plenty of Obama references in last night's LeBron-athon. (Really, some Vitamin Water drinker wanted to know if James could beat Obama in a game of H-O-R-S-E?) The New York Times calls this new Heat team: "Miami in Pinstripes: the New Evil Empire."