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8:46 AM, Jun 28, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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The Senate loses its longest-serving member. Robert Byrd passed away at the age of 92.

The Daily Grind

They have ways of taking your money: "This week, New York state senators vote on a bill that would make it illegal for any homeowner or renter to sublet for less than a month. The new law would be a blanket ban on short-term rentals no matter how ethical the renter is. (It's always been illegal to violate co-op leases and condominium bylaws.) This proposed law is bad news for any budget traveler visiting New York City and renting one of the 3,000 spaces that go for much (much) less than the nightly rate at hotels. Cheap digs may be history."

O'Malley takes the low road in Maryland.

Well, it's not exactly the same. Gretchen only gets in a round of golf every two weeks. Har.

This is how The Nation celebrates American sports victories: "Why can't we just recognize that Algeria played gallantly against a better US team, which won by the skin of its teeth? Why must an insanely miraculous athletic victory also be a reinforcer of cultural supremacy? It's yet another reminder why it is so important for progressives to not just thrill to the joys of sport but be conversant in the politics of sport."

Neat: Vintage national parks posters from the '30s.

Who'd a thunk it: "But a new study, based on an analysis of every question asked and every answer given at Supreme Court confirmation hearings in the last 70 years, shows that the hearings often address real substance, illuminate the spirit of their times and change with shifts in partisan alignments and the demographic characteristics of nominees."

This oughtta solve everything.

Tea Partiers apparently in Toronto for some reason.

Palin talks to Texas.

"Imagine if a conservative listserv were discovered, and that it included Rupert Murdoch and 400 conservative pundits and journalists. Imagine if it were disclosed that the participants actively discussed coordination in framing stories so as to benefit the Republican Party. Do you think there would be a ho hum “Oh, it was just a private list” response? Of course not, the liberals would be howling to the rafters about the existential threat to the Republic."

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