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8:35 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 …
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.
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 …
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 Hill, The Other McCain and The Page
Charleston Gazette:
U.S. SEN. ROBERT C. BYRD DIES AT 92 … Robert C. Byrd: 1917-2010  —  In this August 2009 file photo, Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., accompanied by long time staffer and scheduler Martha Anne McIntosh, waves as he arrives back on Capitol Hill in Washington.  The West Virginia Democrat's office …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Daily Kos
Robert Byrd dead at 92  —  Washington(CNN) — West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd, the self-educated son of a coal miner who became the longest-serving member of Congress, died early Monday at age 92, the senator's office said.  —  Byrd, a nine-term Democrat, was known as a master …
Discussion: FrumForum
Caitlin Taylor / ABCNEWS:
Robert C. Byrd, Powerful Senator, Dead at 92  —  Powerful Senator, Reformed KKK Member, Cast 18,500 Votes in Nine Senate Terms  —  West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd, the longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate, died early this morning.  He was 92.  —  Byrd was admitted to a Washington area hospital …
Discussion: USA Today
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 …
Janie Lorber / New York Times:
Senator Robert Byrd Is Seriously Ill
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Washington Wire:
‘Seriously Ill’ Byrd Could Spell Delay for Financial Regulation Vote
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
West Virginia Dem hospitalized in serious condition, office says
Discussion: The Politico and TalkLeft
Janie Lorber / The Caucus:
Senator Byrd ‘Seriously Ill’
Discussion: The Page
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 …
Washington Post:
As Kagan confirmation hearings begin, Republicans struggle for line of attack  —  For weeks leading up to the start of Elena Kagan's Senate confirmation hearings Monday, Republicans have struggled to find a compelling line of attack to take against the Supreme Court nominee.
The Politico:   GOP plans attack on Kagan
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
Elena Kagan's Supreme Court hearing to start Monday
Washington Post:
U.S. officials say Karzai aides are derailing corruption cases involving elite  —  Top officials in President Hamid Karzai's government have repeatedly derailed corruption investigations of politically connected Afghans, according to U.S. officials who have provided Afghanistan's authorities …
Matthew Rosenberg / Wall Street Journal:   Corruption Suspected in Kabul Airlifts
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: RedState and Beltway Confidential
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.
Doug Palmer / Reuters:
Senator's concern may complicate Wall Street bill vote
Discussion: Raw Story
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:
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Police in Toronto Criticized for Treatment of Protesters, Many Peaceful
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.
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?”
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...
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Moonbattery
David Segal / New York Times:
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Discussion: Truth on the Market and Althouse
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
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Associated Press:
Martin Ginsburg, Justice's Husband, Dies
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 32% View Holder, Napolitano Favorably
Discussion: Power Line and HotAirPundit
 Earlier Items: 
Adrian Blomfield / Telegraph:
US-Israeli relations suffer ‘tectonic rift’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
Ian Welsh / Crooks and Liars:
G20 Confers On How To Make You Pay For The Blunders Of The Rich
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Post
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Intelligence Committee chairwoman open to delaying Afghan deadline
Discussion: CNN and Balloon Juice