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3:35 PM ET, June 28, 2010

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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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The Politico:
GOP plans attack on Kagan  —  Republicans, who decided early on that they stood little chance of defeating Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, settled instead on making her confirmation process a “teachable moment” to highlight the dangers of liberal judicial activism.
Lee Ross / Liveshots:
High Court's Big Ruling For Gun Rights  —  In its second major ruling on gun rights in three years, the Supreme Court Monday extended the federally protected right to keep and bear arms to all 50 states.  The decision will be hailed by gun rights advocates and comes over the opposition of gun control groups …
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 …
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 …
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
OKAY, having quickly skimmed the McDonald opinion, a few thoughts.
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty and Hit & Run
Nathan Koppel / Wall Street Journal:
High Court Rules in Favor of Gun Rights
Discussion: Law Blog, The Foundry and Townhall.com
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Kagan: Court must be ‘properly deferential’ to Congress, voters
Discussion: The Politico and Tablet Magazine
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
NRA prepares lawsuits in wake of Chicago verdict
Discussion: FrumForum
Washington Post:
As Kagan confirmation hearings begin, Republicans struggle for line of attack
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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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.
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 …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Filling Sen. Robert C. Byrd's Senate seat
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Let's Not Forget Sen. Byrd's Negative Legacy
CNN:
Obama: Byrd's story was ‘uniquely American’
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: Ezra Klein
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Do I Have Anything Interesting to Say?  —  Kartik Athreya, a self-described “rank-and-file PhD economist operating within a central banking system” who by his own admission has “contributed no earth-shaking ideas to Economics and work fundamentally as a worker bee chipping away with known tools …
Discussion: Grasping Reality … and Eschaton
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Ssumner / TheMoneyIllusion:
Why won't those &$*%#@ bloggers go away?
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.
Phil Rogers / NBC Chicago:
Blagojevich Considered Oprah for Senator  —  As if she weren't powerful enough, Rod Blagojevich seriously considered asking Chicago heavyweight Oprah Winfrey to take over the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama.  —  “Nobody would assail this pick,” he says in tapes recorded on Nov. 21, 2008.
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Most Approve of Obama Decision to Remove Gen. McChrystal  —  Those following story closely back Obama by roughly 2 to 1  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds a majority of Americans approving of President Obama's decision to remove Gen. Stanley McChrystal as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Discussion: CNN, Politics Daily and TPMDC
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 …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Why I Denied David Frum's Website A Spot In The Blogads Conservative Hive  —  It's no surprise that a guy like David Frum would be defending Dave Weigel, who resigned from the WAPO after his private comments mocking conservatives went public and proved exactly what conservatives have been saying all along …
Discussion: Althouse and Confederate Yankee
National Review:
McCain, Once More  —  That this magazine has not always agreed with Sen. John McCain's judgments is an understatement.  For a few years at the start of the decade, not an issue went by, it seemed, without our feeling obligated to criticize the Arizona Republican.
 
 
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