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8:15 PM ET, June 27, 2010

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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Byrd, 92, ‘seriously ill’ in Washington hospital  —  Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) was admitted to a Washington-area hospital in “seriously ill” condition, his office said a news release Sunday.  —  The statement said that Byrd, 92, “was admitted to the hospital late last week suffering …
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Washington Wire:
‘Seriously Ill’ Byrd Could Spell Delay for Financial Regulation Vote  —  Sen. Robert Byrd (D., W.Va), currently Congress's longest-serving member, has been hospitalized in “serious” condition, diminishing the chances of the Senate putting the financial-overhaul bill to a vote this week.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Doug Palmer / Reuters:
Senator's concern may complicate Wall Street bill vote  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's efforts to win final approval of a historic financial regulatory reform bill looked more complicated on Saturday after a Republican senator threatened to oppose it.
Discussion: Raw Story
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Senator Byrd is Ill; A Note on West Virginia's Vacancy Laws
Janie Lorber / The Caucus:
Senator Byrd ‘Seriously Ill’
Discussion: The Page
CNN:
West Virginia Dem hospitalized in serious condition, office says
Discussion: TalkLeft
The Independent:
The last post: McChrystal's bleak outlook  —  President Obama lost patience with Runaway General's failed strategy  —  Sacked US General Stanley McChrystal issued a devastatingly critical assessment of the war against a “resilient and growing insurgency” just days before being forced out.
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
McCain blasts Afghanistan withdrawal date as ‘political decision’ by Obama  —  Sen. John McCain blasted President Barack Obama's stated goal of beginning troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in July 2011, saying Obama made a “political decision” not based on military strategy.
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
Military disturbed by rapid turnover at top in Afghan, Iraq wars
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
Elena Kagan's Supreme Court hearing to start Monday  —  Senate Republicans are expected to grill the Obama high court nominee on issues ranging from gun control to campaign finance reform.  Kagan's confirmation is still expected.  —  Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, center …
Discussion: The Politico, TalkLeft and The Page
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Reuters:
Court to rule on Sarbanes-Oxley and gun rights
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
The final four decisions
Discussion: Althouse
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Civil rights organizations question nominee Elena Kagan's record on race
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama and Roberts Will Cast Shadows Over Kagan Hearings
Discussion: ABCNEWS and CNN
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Intelligence Committee chairwoman open to delaying Afghan deadline  —  The chairwoman of the Select Intelligence Committee said she is “absolutely” open to delaying the July 2011 date for a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said on Fox News Sunday …
Discussion: CNN and Balloon Juice
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Choice  —  He did the right thing, picking Petraeus and committing to success.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
David Frum / FrumForum:
Obama's Parade of Foreign Policy Failures
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Maureen Callahan / New York Post:
Obama's race-rant Rev. rages on  —  CHICAGO — He's been keeping such a low profile since nearly derailing Barack Obama's campaign for president in 2008 — is it possible that the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright has mellowed?  —  Hardly.  —  During a five-day seminar Wright taught …
ByJ / Washington Times:
ADAMS: Inside the Black Panther case Anger, ignorance and lies  —  On the day President Obama was elected, armed men wearing the black berets and jackboots of the New Black Panther Party were stationed at the entrance to a polling place in Philadelphia.  They brandished a weapon and intimidated voters and poll watchers.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Karen Nelson / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
No skimmers in sight as oil floods into Mississippi waters  —  Scores of similar demonstrations were held around the United States, including one at Anna Maria Island, Fla. |  GULFPORT, Miss. — A morning flight over the Mississippi Sound showed long, wide ribbons of orange-colored oil …
Ian Welsh / Crooks and Liars:
G20 Confers On How To Make You Pay For The Blunders Of The Rich  —  Protesters riot yesterday in Toronto at the G20.  —  It's really, really simple.  The rich crashed the world economy.  They were bailed out, with their wealth having almost entirely recovered and corporate profits likewise have pretty much recovered.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
G-20 nations pledge to cut deficits despite Obama's push for stimulus  —  President Barack Obama's push for continued global stimulus in light of a tenuous economic recovery was largely pushed back at the G-20 as world leaders agreed to focus on deficit reduction.
 
 
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Transit and Density  —  From an LA Times writeup of a light …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Huckabee says polling shows he's best Republican to take on Obama in 2012
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McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Feds won't charge Blackwater in Sudan sanctions case
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