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1:15 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.
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 …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Filling Sen. Robert C. Byrd's Senate seat
Discussion: Daily Kos
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Filling Robert Byrd's Seat
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Succession process for Byrd is ‘murky’
CNN:
Sen. Robert Byrd dies
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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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 …
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.
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.
James Vicini / Reuters:
Supreme Court rules Chicago gun ban unconstitutional
Discussion: msnbc.com, The Eye and The Page
The Note:
Husband of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dead at 78
Discussion: CNN
George F. Will / Washington Post:
More questions for nominee Elena 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 …
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.
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.
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The Note:
Byrd, Brown Put Financial Reform Bill in Flux
Discussion: The Politico and Open Left
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
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Ssumner / TheMoneyIllusion:
Why won't those &$*%#@ bloggers go away?
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and EconLog
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
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Obama: If We Work Hard, Afghanistan Could Be a Success...Like Iraq!  —  It's worth reading President Obama's two answers on Afghanistan at the press conference yesterday at the conclusion of the G-20 summit in Toronto.  The second, reproduced below , is especially striking.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Jed Babbin / Real Clear Politics:
5 Questions for General Petraeus
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and TPMMuckraker
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CNN:   Alvin Greene under investigation
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Most Approve of Obama Decision to Remove Gen. McChrystal  —  Those following story closely back Obama by roughly 2 to 1  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds a majority of Americans approving of President Obama's decision to remove Gen. Stanley McChrystal as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Discussion: Politics Daily, CNN and TPMDC
National Review:
McCain, Once More  —  That this magazine has not always agreed with Sen. John McCain's judgments is an understatement.  For a few years at the start of the decade, not an issue went by, it seemed, without our feeling obligated to criticize the Arizona Republican.
 
 
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James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
GREATER FOOLS  —  Halfway through his Presidency …
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Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Will Sean Duffy of ‘The Real World’ be picked to serve in the House?
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Russ Roberts / Wall Street Journal:
Why Friedrich Hayek Is Making a Comeback
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Jerusalem Post:
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Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
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