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10:30 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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Senator Byrd is Ill; A Note on West Virginia's Vacancy Laws  —  The 92-year-old Senator Robert Byrd, the longest-serving senator in United States history, is seriously ill, according to his office.  —  Byrd has been hospitalized three times since 2009.  If he were not to recover this time …
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
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
Janie Lorber / The Caucus:
Senator Byrd ‘Seriously Ill’
Discussion: The Page
West Virginia Dem hospitalized in serious condition, office says
Discussion: Associated Press and 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.
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.
The Politico:
Theater of the absurd  —  On Wednesday, the same day President Barack Obama ousted his humiliated Afghanistan commander, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs walked into the Oval Office with more grim news: The cap on the gushing oil in the Gulf had been dislodged.  —  “What?”
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Learning the rules of an unengaged president
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
David Frum / FrumForum:
Obama's Parade of Foreign Policy Failures
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Court to rule on Sarbanes-Oxley and gun rights  —  (Reuters) - The Supreme Court could strike down a key part of a 2002 corporate reform law and extend gun rights in the United States on Monday when the justices issue their final rulings of the term.  —  In eagerly awaited rulings …
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
The final four decisions
Discussion: Conglomerate and Althouse
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
Elena Kagan's Supreme Court hearing to start Monday
Discussion: The Politico, TalkLeft and The Page
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama and Roberts Will Cast Shadows Over Kagan Hearings
Discussion: ABCNEWS and CNN
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Civil rights organizations question nominee Elena Kagan's record on race
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 …
U.S. agency's action may kill Bucyrus deal, cost 1,000 jobs  —  Export-Import Bank denies loan guarantees for coal project in India  —  By Rick Barrett of the Journal Sentinel  —  Up to 1,000 jobs at Bucyrus International Inc. and its suppliers could be in jeopardy as the result of a decision …
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Police in Toronto Criticized for Treatment of Protesters, Many Peaceful  —  TORONTO — An escalation of aggressive police tactics toward even apparently peaceful protests at the Group of 20 summit meeting led to calls for a review of security activities.  —  After allowing a small group …
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
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 32% View Holder, Napolitano Favorably  —  Next week is likely to be a big one for Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano if the Obama administration moves ahead with its threatened legal challenge of Arizona's popular new immigration law.
Discussion: Power Line and HotAirPundit
RCMP Yellow Stripe Now to be Worn by all Canadian Cops!  —  Disgrace.  Shame.  Obscene.  The police demonstrated in Toronto on Saturday that they are simply incapable of keeping the city safe and unwilling to impose law and order.  Cruisers set on fire, bricks and stones thrown at will, windows smashed, property destroyed.
Discussion: Moonbattery and five feet of fury.
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Transit and Density  —  From an LA Times writeup of a light …
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