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10:25 AM ET, June 28, 2010

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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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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 …
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 …
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Robert Byrd dies at 92  —  Sen. Robert C. Byrd died in a Virginia hospital early Monday morning, ending an extraordinary Senate career that began two years before President Barack Obama was born.  —  Byrd was 92 — the longest-serving U.S. senator ever — and his life was a kaleidoscope …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Filling Sen. Robert C. Byrd's Senate seat  —  With the death early Monday of Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D), West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III (D) must select an interim replacement for a legend who many in the state and elsewhere consider one of a kind.  —  A quirk in West Virginia's laws appears …
Discussion: Daily Kos, FiveThirtyEight and The Page
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Byrd's death triggers special election....but when?  —  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.  —  West Virginia law states that if there is a Senate vacancy more than two and a half years …
Fox News:
Robert Byrd, Longest-Serving U.S. Senator, Dies at 92  —  Feb. 2009: Sen. Robert Byrd doffs his hat for reporters as he arrives at the Capitol in Washington.  —  Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, the longest-serving senator in American history, died Monday at the age of 92, a spokesman for the family said.
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and Moonbattery
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Sen. Robert Byrd Dies at 92
sundaygazettemail.com:
U.S. SEN. ROBERT C. BYRD DIES AT 92
Discussion: Daily Kos
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:   Robert Byrd, Evolving the Senate and With the Senate
Michael Tomasky / Salon:
The Senate will always need a Robert Byrd
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:   W.Va. law murky on succession
CNN:
Robert Byrd dead at 92
Discussion: FrumForum
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
Robert Byrd's health and Joe Manchin's ambition
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and The Page
Caitlin Taylor / ABCNEWS:
Robert C. Byrd, Powerful Senator, Dead at 92
Discussion: The Note, The Politico, CNN and USA Today
Janie Lorber / New York Times:   Senator Robert Byrd Is Seriously Ill
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.
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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.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
More questions for nominee Elena Kagan
ABCNEWS:
Political Showdown Begins: Kagan Hearings Open Today
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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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Ian Austen / New York Times:
Police in Toronto Criticized for Treatment of Protesters, Many Peaceful
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: RedState and Beltway Confidential
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Can the Obama Administration Meet Health Care Deadlines?  —  90 Days After Health Reform, A Look at Where it Stands and a Timeline of Implementation  —  Three months after the $938 billion health care bill was signed into law, questions abound about whether the Obama administration can meet …
Discussion: Right Wing News
 
 
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