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Monday, June 28, 2010

Robert Byrd, RIP 

Senator Robert Byrd, the longest-serving senator in American history, died early this morning at age 92. His career included a long legislative history and a rhetorical skill that frequently referenced the Bible, classical literature and history. His public life had a dark side from his early involvement with the KKK to his generally pro-abortion voting record.

Senator Byrd was known for being the master at "bringing home the bacon" in terms of federal spending to his state of West Virginia, which has resulted in his name being attached to all kinds of public facilities, including a large radio telescope.

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