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1||June 28, 2010: Sen. Robert Byrd dies at age 92, after serving in the Senate for more than 50 years. Byrd was the longest serving member in congressional history.

Here, Byrd stands outside the Capitol building as a freshman senator in 1959. ||Newscom/RollCall&&

2||1953: President Dwight D. Eisenhower greets Byrd, third from the left in the front row, and other freshman members of the House at the White House. ||Newscom/RollCall&&

3||1970s: Sen. Byrd meets with President Gerald Ford.||Wikimedia Commons&&

4||January 4, 1985: President Ronald Reagan confers with Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole (R-KS), and Senate Minority Leader Byrd during a meeting with a bipartisan group of Congressional Leaders in the Cabinet Room at the White House. ||Newscom/CNP&&

5||November, 1983: Sen. Howard Baker (R-TN), Speaker of the House Tip O'Neil (D-MA), Ford, former President Jimmy Carter, Byrd, and Rep. Robert Michel (R-IL). ||Newscom/Zuma&&

6||October 7, 1979: Byrd meets with Pope John Paul II at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.||Newscom/RollCall&&

7||November 17, 1994: Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC) and Byrd.||Newscom/RollCall&&

8||1967: Byrd at a hearing.||Newscom/RollCall&&

9||May 24, 1988: President Reagan meets with Byrd, to his left, and other congressional leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House. Also attending the meeting (from left) are: Michel; House Speaker Jim Wright (D-TX); Dole; and Senator Alan Cranston (D-CA).||Newscom/White House-CNP/PHOTOlink&&

10||1987: Byrd poses with his wife, Erma Ora Byrd, left, and an actress portraying Snow White at the International Cooking Demonstration at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Byrd's wife died on March 25, 2006.||Newscom/RollCall&&

11||April 12, 2007: Byrd appears with Al Cecere, president and CEO of the American Eagle Foundation, and Challenger the Eagle at a news conference announcing a resolution to name June 20, 2007 as "American Eagle Day."||Newscom/RollCall&&

12||December 1980: Byrd speaks at the Democratic National Convention. ||Newscom/Zuma&&

13||September 25, 2007: Byrd poses next to his portrait after an unveiling ceremony at the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill.||Newscom/UPI&&

14||November 25, 1987.||Newscom/Zuma&&

15||May 7, 2002: Byrd shakes hands with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld before a hearing on homeland security. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) and ranking Republican Ted Stevens (R-AK) look on. ||Newscom/CQ&&

16||Robert L. Loughhead, President of Weirton Steel Corp.; Byrd; Sen. Jennings Randolph; and Howard M. Love, Chairman and CEO of National Intergroup Inc., attend a press conference on Weirton Steel Corp. being signed over to its employees.||Newscom/Zuma&&

17||November 4, 2000: Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Byrd support Vice President Al Gore at a presidential campaign rally at the airport in Huntington, West Virginia.||Newscom/Zuma&&

18||January 20, 2009: President Barack Obama, Byrd, Vicki Kennedy and Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) during the inaugural luncheon in Statuary Hall at the Capitol.||Newscom/White House via CNP&&

19||May 23, 2006: Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) is joined by former First Lady Nancy Reagan, Byrd, and President George W. Bush at a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony honoring the Reagans.||Newscom/Zunique&&

20||June 26, 1990: Speaker of the House Tom Foley (D-WA) and Byrd applaud Nelson Mandela, leader of the African National Congress (ANC), as he addresses a Joint Session of Congress.||Newscom/CNP&&

21||February 2, 2004: Kennedy and Byrd talk during a hearing on the status of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. ||Newscom/RollCall&&

22||September 6, 2005: Byrd looks at a portrait of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist after filing past Rehnquist's casket in the Great Hall of the U.S. Supreme Court Building. Rehnquist died at age 80 after a battle with thyroid cancer. ||Newscom/Zuma&&

23||June 25, 1998: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Byrd, and Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) during a press conference on a Supreme Court ruling regarding line item vetoes. ||Newscom/CQ&&

24|| ||Newscom/RollCall&&

25||February 26, 2009: Byrd arrives on Capitol Hill. ||Newscom/UPI&&

26||December 1979.||Newscom/Zuma&&

27||October 17, 2007: Byrd looks on as the Dalai Lama is presented with the Congressional Gold Medal by President Bush.||Newscom/CNP&&

Solicitor General Elena Kagan this afternoon will sit down before nineteen senators, dozens of snapping cameras and the entire political world, prepared to dodge questions rather than reveal any personal leanings and charm the Senate Judiciary Committee with her knowledge of Supreme Court precedent. Senators will talk (and talk), make political points about their own pet issues and milk their moments on a national stage.

There will be plenty of discussion of precedents, but if precedent is any indicator, Kagan's confirmation hearings will either be supremely boring or extremely interesting. We handicap the possibility of either, after the jump.

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Disgraced politicians never die, they just fade away. Or get a show on CNN.

TPM has covered many a politician over the years who's been brought down by his own malfeasance, and recently some of them have re-entered the spotlight in one way or another. So where do infamous politicians go after their political careers have been ruined? Well, some go to trial, some go to prison, and apparently some enter the retail industry.

Here's a look at where some of TPM's favorite scandal-makers are now...

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A planned "unity" convention for tea partiers is being pushed to the fall, with organizers scrapping a major gathering with just 19 days before it was scheduled to go off. They cited heat and not being professional event planners, but the abrupt change in plans without a new date firmed up doesn't bode well for the fledgling group.

Tea Party Nation announced in an email to members this weekend that their "unity" convention, planned for July 15-17 in Las Vegas, would be delayed. Organizers didn't give a new date, but said in an email obtained by TPM they think holding it closer to the midterm elections would help the movement's "momentum." It's not clear yet if keynote speaker Senate nominee Sharron Angle (R-NV) will still be attending or if anyone who already booked rooms at the ritzy Palazzo where the convention was to be held or who paid the $399 registration fee will get refunds.

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Gov. Charlie Crist is becoming the de facto Democratic nominee in the Florida Senate race, and there's evidence that Democratic donors are starting to line up behind him. That's not good news for the party's actual choice in the race, Rep. Kendrick Meek.

Since abandoning the Republican Party in the face of a challenge from Marco Rubio, Crist has pulled left on issues near and dear to organized labor and other classically Democratic constituency groups. So far, most of the groups that endorsed Meek early have praised Crist's moves but have stayed with Meek.

In Friday's St. Petersburg Times, however, there's evidence Democratic fundraising machinery is leaving Meek behind.

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