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6:15 PM 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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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.
Associated Press:
Manchin says he won't appoint himself to fill Byrd's seat  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Joe Manchin says he will not appoint himself to fill the U.S. Senate vacancy created by the death of West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd.  —  Manchin told The Associated Press there is no timetable …
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
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   NRA prepares lawsuits in wake of Chicago verdict
Nathan Koppel / Wall Street Journal:
High Court Rules in Favor of Gun Rights
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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Paul Krugman:
The Invisible Bond Vigilantes Continue Their Invisible Attack
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Ezra Klein
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 …
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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.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Sex complaint against Gore is detailed, credible; Could this be Gore's real ‘Inconvenient Truth’?  —  The allegation that Al Gore sexually assaulted a woman in a Portland, Ore., hotel room nearly four years ago has dealt a serious blow to the former vice president's story that he and wife Tipper simply …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
A little message to Jeffrey Goldberg's anonymous Post sources  —  Now that the smoke has cleared from the Dave Weigel mess, here's a response to the anonymous sources inside the Post who used Jeffrey Goldberg's blog to urinate on the type of opinionated journalism that Weigel, Ezra Klein and others (myself included) practice.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Post fallout  —  Jeffrey Goldberg last week quoted an anonymous friend …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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
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.
The White House:
Presidential Memorandum: Unleashing the Wireless Broadband Revolution  —  MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES  —  America's future competitiveness and global technology leadership depend, in part, upon the availability of additional spectrum.
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Kim Hart / The Politico:   Obama moves toward wireless auction
The Atlantic Online:
An Invitation for Glenn Greenwald  —  It turns out that the left-wing commentator Glenn Greenwald doesn't like me (who knew?).  In a rather long posting, he accuses me of many different sins, mainly, though not exclusively, having to do with my early support for the Iraq war, and for my reporting from pre-invasion Iraqi Kuridstan.
Discussion: Commentary
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 …
Rick Plumlee / Wichitopekington:
Moran leads Tiahrt in SurveyUSA poll  —  A poll conducted for KWCH shows Jerry Moran holds a 20-point lead over Todd Tiahrt in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, according to results released today.  —  With a little more than five weeks before the Aug. 3 primary …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Breitbart.tv:
GE CEO COLLAPSES AS VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN SPEAKS AT GE  —  While Biden was speaking, CEO of Jim Campbell GE Applicances and Lighting CEO collapsed.
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
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.
 
 
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Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Al Franken Caught Sleeping During Kagan Testimony
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Ian Welsh / Crooks and Liars:
Police allow vandals to run amok for 2 hours at G20 protests
Scott F. / The Classless Society:
Journolist: Let's buy Ann Althouse the archives!
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Telegraph:
International Space Station sex ban
Discussion: National Post and Boing Boing
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Obama's Unbelievable Winning Streak
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
24 percent of Americans believe Obama was born outside the U.S.
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Jan Hoffman / New York Times:
Online Bullies Pull Schools Into the Fray
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Payback Time: Labor's New Critic: Allies in Elected Office
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James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
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Why Friedrich Hayek Is Making a Comeback
National Review:
McCain, Once More  —  That this magazine has not always agreed …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Most Approve of Obama Decision to Remove Gen. McChrystal
Discussion: CNN, Politics Daily and TPMDC
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Obama: If We Work Hard, Afghanistan Could Be a Success...Like Iraq!
Discussion: Weasel Zippers