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4:35 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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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 …
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.
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 …
Lee Ross / Liveshots:
High Court's Big Ruling For Gun Rights
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
NRA prepares lawsuits in wake of Chicago verdict
Discussion: FrumForum
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Kagan Promises Impartiality as Hearings Open
Sean Lengell / Washington Times:
Divisions on display as Kagan hearings begin
Washington Post:
As Kagan confirmation hearings begin, Republicans struggle for line of attack
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
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 …
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Let's Not Forget Sen. Byrd's Negative Legacy
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Filling Sen. Robert C. Byrd's Senate seat
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:   Byrd Did Not Just Write the Book on Senate, He Rewrote Its Rules
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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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 …
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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.
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 …
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 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
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
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
GREATER FOOLS  —  Halfway through his Presidency, George W. Bush called on the country to build “an ownership society.”  He trumpeted the soaring rate of U.S. homeownership, and extolled the virtues of giving individuals more control over their own financial lives.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
24 percent of Americans believe Obama was born outside the U.S.  —  Long after the question of President Obama's birthplace should have been put to rest, a new poll shows that nearly one in four Americans believe the “birther” lunacy that the president was born outside the country.
Discussion: Guardian
 
 
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Kim Hart / The Politico:
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The Atlantic Online:
An Invitation for Glenn Greenwald
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama to meet with groups on immigration reform
Discussion: CNN
Jan Hoffman / New York Times:
Online Bullies Pull Schools Into the Fray
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
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Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Informer
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Obama: If We Work Hard, Afghanistan Could Be a Success...Like Iraq!
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Clinton: Obama not getting his due
Discussion: Weasel Zippers