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6:30 AM ET, June 28, 2010

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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 …
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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 …
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Robert Byrd dies at 92  —  The Senate has lost one of its legends with the death of Robert C. Byrd, an orphan child who married a coal miner's daughter and rose from the hollows of West Virginia coal country to become the longest serving senator in U.S. history.
Discussion: The Page
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.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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 …
Janie Lorber / New York Times:
Senator Robert Byrd Is Seriously Ill  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Robert C. Byrd, the longest-serving senator in United States history, is “seriously ill,” his office announced Sunday afternoon.  —  Mr. Byrd, a 92-year-old Democrat from West Virginia, was admitted to an undisclosed hospital late …
Washington Wire:
‘Seriously Ill’ Byrd Could Spell Delay for Financial Regulation Vote
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
CNN:
West Virginia Dem hospitalized in serious condition, office says
Discussion: TalkLeft
Janie Lorber / The Caucus:
Senator Byrd ‘Seriously Ill’
Discussion: The Page
Doug Palmer / Reuters:
Senator's concern may complicate Wall Street bill vote
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
WBBM-TV:
Alexi Giannoulias Subpoenaed For Blago Trial  —  CHICAGO (CBS) ― First it was President Barack Obama, then White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, now U.S. Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias is joining the Rod Blagojevich corruption trial subpoena list.
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Keystone Kanuck Kops — By: Mark Steyn  —  More fun from the G20 summit:  —  Having stood by watching as a mob trashed downtown businesses (and their own cruisers), the peculiarly insecure dweebs of the Toronto police are now threatening law-abiding passers-by (that would be Cop#3478) and beating up Guardian reporters:
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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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The Daily Caller:
No, seriously!  —  David Weigel, who's been covering the right for the Washington Independent, will soon be heading to the Washington Post.  —  Weigel joins the Post on April 5, and will be launching a blog focused on the conservative movement, tea party activists, and how the GOP's preparing for November...
Discussion: Althouse, PointOfLaw Forum and Hot Air
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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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?”
Discussion: Hot Air
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
A. Charles Johnson  —  Q. What's more boring than soccer?  —  We might assume, arguendo, that regular readers have been following The Other McCain's relentless mockery of the 2010 World Cup.  However, for those who may have joined the mockery in progress and missed the set …
Associated Press:
Martin Ginsburg, Justice's Husband, Dies  —  Prominent Lawyer and Husband of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is Dead at 78  —  (AP) Martin Ginsburg, the husband of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a prominent lawyer in his own right, died Sunday from complications of metastatic cancer.
JSOnline:
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 …
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 …
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Reuters:
Court to rule on Sarbanes-Oxley and gun rights
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
The final four decisions
 
 
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David Segal / New York Times:
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Rasmussen Reports:
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Discussion: Power Line and HotAirPundit
Adrian Blomfield / Telegraph:
US-Israeli relations suffer ‘tectonic rift’
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Ian Welsh / Crooks and Liars:
G20 Confers On How To Make You Pay For The Blunders Of The Rich
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 Earlier Items: 
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Intelligence Committee chairwoman open to delaying Afghan deadline
Discussion: CNN and Balloon Juice
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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
Discussion: neo-neocon, Politicususa and The Page