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11:10 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.
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 …
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 …
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
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Longest-serving U.S. senator 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 …
Fox News:
Robert Byrd, Longest-Serving U.S. Senator, Dies at 92
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Sen. Robert Byrd Dies at 92
Discussion: Daily Kos
The Politico:
The Senate mourns Byrd
Discussion: Hit & Run and CNN
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Robert Byrd, Evolving the Senate and With the Senate
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
W.Va. law murky on succession
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Sen. Robert Byrd dies
Discussion: FrumForum
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
Robert Byrd's health and Joe Manchin's ambition
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 …
Lee Ross / Liveshots:
High Court's Big Ruling For Gun Rights  —  In its second major ruling on gun rights in three years, the Supreme Court Monday extended the federally protected right to keep and bear arms to all 50 states.  The decision will be hailed by gun rights advocates and comes over the opposition of gun control groups …
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  —  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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans look to grill, not block Kagan
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.
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.
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
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 … and Eschaton
Ssumner / TheMoneyIllusion:
Why won't those &$*%#@ bloggers go away?
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and EconLog
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
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
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Discussion: Ballot Box
Chris Mooney / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Pharyngula
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