Welcome to "First Shots," a daily roundup of early-bird news and a preview of what's to come.
• The president will hold a press conference this morning in which he's expected to announce the appointment of Chicago economist Austan Goolsbee to replace Christine Romer as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers. (New York Times)
• A federal judge in California last night ruled that the military's ban on openly gay service members violates the Constitution. (Los Angeles Times)
• The U.S. government has failed to effectively deal with home-grown terrorism, the former heads of the Sept. 11 commission announced in a new report. (Associated Press)
• Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin hold a rally tomorrow in Alaska. But their event is on Sept. 11, which doesn't please some critics. (ABC News)
• John Bolton for president? (Associated Press)
• France is not bowing to pressure from the EU to stop deporting Roma (Gypsy) people. (BBC)
• The "Here You Have" computer virus yesterday struck several major corporations including ABC/Disney, Google, and Coca-Cola. (MSNBC)
• Even though the military helped to make the new Medal of Honor Select combat video game, some military branches have decided not to make the game available on military bases. It turns out that in this lifelike representation, users can fight against US troops. (New York Times)
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