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7:10 PM ET, June 28, 2010

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Adam Clymer / New York Times:
Robert Byrd, Respected Voice of the Senate, Dies at 92  —  Robert C. Byrd, who used his record tenure as a United States senator to fight for the primacy of the legislative branch of government and to build a modern West Virginia with vast amounts of federal money, died early on Monday.  He was 92.
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Jake Glance / sos.wv.gov:
Tennant Statement On Procedure To Fill Vacant Senate Seat  —  “Hello I am West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.  —  “This is a sad time for our state.  I want to express my condolences to Senator Byrd's family.  I also want to express my condolences to the people of West Virginia.
David Broder / The Fix:
Byrd's death triggers special election...but when?  —  Sen. Robert Byrd's death will trigger a special election.  But, when?  AP Photo.  —  The death of West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd (D) will trigger a fierce battle to replace him, although the timing of that race remains an open question.
Associated Press:
Manchin says he won't appoint himself to fill Byrd's seat  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Joe Manchin says he will not appoint himself to fill the U.S. Senate vacancy created by the death of West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd.  —  Manchin told The Associated Press there is no timetable …
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Election to Byrd seat will be held in 2012  —  West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant announced today that a special election to fill the Senate seat held by Robert Byrd will not be held until 2012, settling some initial confusion about when a permanent replacement would take office.
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Let's Not Forget Sen. Byrd's Negative Legacy  —  As the encomia mount like rotting, fly-buzzed piles of the pork-barrel spending he so systematically shoveled back to his West Virginia home, let's not forget the late Sen. Robert Byrd's most undeniable legacy: Undermining belief in politicians …
Joe Holley / Washington Post:
West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd dead at 92  —  Robert C. Byrd, a conservative West Virginia Democrat who became the longest-serving member of Congress in history and used his masterful knowledge of the institution to shape the federal budget, protect the procedural rules of the Senate and …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Special Election To Replace Byrd Will Be In 2012
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Byrd special election to be held in 2012
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Filling Sen. Robert C. Byrd's Senate seat
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Gun rights extended by Supreme Court  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court held Monday that the Constitution's Second Amendment restrains government's ability to significantly limit “the right to keep and bear arms,” advancing a recent trend by the John Roberts-led bench to embrace gun rights.
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Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
OKAY, having quickly skimmed the McDonald opinion, a few thoughts.  —  First, it's 5-4.  Though a pro-gun-rights opinion may pacify the gun-rights crowd to a degree, the closeness of these decisions is likely to keep them active in upcoming elections.  —  Second, it shows how little influence legal academics have.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rules That Gun Rights Apply to Local Laws  —  WASHINGTON — The Second Amendment's guarantee of an individual right to bear arms applies to state and local gun control laws, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a 5-to-4 decision.  —  The ruling came almost exactly two years …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
NRA prepares lawsuits in wake of Chicago verdict
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Chicago Breaking News:
Daley: City will revise gun law after Supreme Court ruling
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Court strikes Chicago handgun ban
Ian M. / Think Progress:
After Slamming ‘Activist’ Judges, Sessions Criticizes Kagan As Insufficiently Activist  —  Confirmation hearings are set to begin today on the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the United States Supreme Court.  Yesterday, appearing on CBS' Face the Nation, Senate Judiciary …
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The Politico:
GOP plans attack on Kagan
Raw Story:
US Supreme Court deals pedophilia blow for Vatican
Discussion: Shakesville
Reuters:   Supreme Court rejects Vatican appeal in sex abuse case
George F. Will / Washington Post:
More questions for nominee Elena Kagan
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Third Depression  —  Recessions are common; depressions are rare.  As far as I can tell, there were only two eras in economic history that were widely described as “depressions” at the time: the years of deflation and instability that followed the Panic of 1873 and the years of mass unemployment …
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Paul Krugman:
The Invisible Bond Vigilantes Continue Their Invisible Attack
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Ezra Klein
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Post fallout  —  Jeffrey Goldberg last week quoted an anonymous friend at the Post trashing “these bloggers” the Post brought on board, who “trade on the name” of the Post when they're not “reporters.”  —  Greg Sargent fires back across the newsroom:  —  Time for those who are anonymously dissing …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Sex complaint against Gore is detailed, credible; Could this be Gore's real ‘Inconvenient Truth’?  —  The allegation that Al Gore sexually assaulted a woman in a Portland, Ore., hotel room nearly four years ago has dealt a serious blow to the former vice president's story that he and wife Tipper simply …
David Weigel / Big Government:
Hubris and Humility: David Weigel Comes Clean on Washington Post, the D.C. Bubble, & the ‘Journolist’  —  In the first (and still best) “Austin Powers” film, a United Nations representative makes a faux pas and calls the film's villain “Mr. Evil.”  —  “It's Dr. Evil,” he huffs.
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Why I Denied David Frum's Website A Spot In The Blogads Conservative Hive
John Monk / The State:
U.S. Sen. race: Greene's finances subject of SLED investigation  —  State agency wants to know how U.S. Senate candidate could afford filing fee  —  SLED and the 5th Circuit solicitor's office are investigating the finances of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene to see whether …
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Al Franken Caught Sleeping During Kagan Testimony  —  If you had the pleasure of watching Kagan's [paint dry] testimony today, you would second Franken's sentiment.  Killing us with her cadence.  Ahhhhh!
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
The Atlantic Online:
An Invitation for Glenn Greenwald  —  It turns out that the left-wing commentator Glenn Greenwald doesn't like me (who knew?).  In a rather long posting, he accuses me of many different sins, mainly, though not exclusively, having to do with my early support for the Iraq war, and for my reporting from pre-invasion Iraqi Kuridstan.
Discussion: Commentary
Media Czech / Barefoot and Progressive:
Rand Paul refuses to say how old the earth is  —  I attended a fancy Christian Homeschool Educators of Kentucky (CHEK) conference on Friday, where Liberty Christ himself showed up to give a sermon and answer (and dodge) a few questions.  —  Here is the question and answer session:
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Hullabaloo
Boston Globe:
Brown outpolls Kerry, Obama  —  US Senator Scott Brown, who only months ago was a little-known figure even within the tiny band of Republicans in the state Senate, not only catapulted to national stature with his upset US Senate victory, but is today the most popular officeholder in Massachusetts, according to a Boston Globe poll.
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Obama's Unbelievable Winning Streak  —  Blogs and Stories  —  So he hasn't plugged the leak, and his poll numbers are sagging.  Truth is, Obama has exceeded in 18 months what Clinton and Carter achieved in a combined 12 years.  —  I know this is supposed to be Barack Obama's summer of discontent.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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Ian Welsh / Crooks and Liars:
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Scott F. / The Classless Society:
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Phil Rogers / NBC Chicago:
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James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
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Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Russ Roberts / Wall Street Journal:
Why Friedrich Hayek Is Making a Comeback
National Review:
McCain, Once More  —  That this magazine has not always agreed …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Most Approve of Obama Decision to Remove Gen. McChrystal
Discussion: CNN, Politics Daily and TPMDC
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Obama: If We Work Hard, Afghanistan Could Be a Success...Like Iraq!
Discussion: Weasel Zippers