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11:55 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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Filling Robert Byrd's Seat
Sen. Robert Byrd dies
Discussion: In The Agora and FrumForum
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Sen. Robert Byrd Dies at 92
Charleston Gazette:
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Succession process for Byrd is ‘murky’
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Robert Byrd, Evolving the Senate and With the Senate
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
The Politico:
The Senate mourns Byrd
Discussion: Hit & Run and CNN
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 …
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.
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.
Mallory Simon / This Just In:
Court rules for gun rights, strikes Chicago handgun ban  —  In another dramatic victory for firearm owners, the Supreme Court has ruled unconstitutional Chicago, Illinois' 28-year-old strict ban on handgun ownership, a potentially far-reaching case over the ability of state and local governments to enforce limits on weapons.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
More questions for nominee Elena Kagan
James Vicini / Reuters:
Supreme Court rules Chicago gun ban unconstitutional
Discussion:, The Eye and The Page
The Note:
Husband of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dead at 78
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and PrawfsBlawg
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Hatch: GOP won't filibuster Kagan
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans look to grill, not block Kagan
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 …
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.
Ssumner / TheMoneyIllusion:
Why won't those &$*%#@ bloggers go away?  —  In a recent essay Kartik Athreya suggests that almost all economics bloggers are basically quacks, hardly worth paying attention to.  OK, take a deep breath and don't get defensive Sumner; constructive criticism is always welcome:
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and EconLog
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Do I Have Anything Interesting to Say?  —  Kartik Athreya …
Discussion: Grasping Reality … and Eschaton
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.
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Giannoulias pulled into Blagojevich trial
Discussion: Ballot Box
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
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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