Sen. Robert Byrd Dies; Being Gay and Aging; How to Find the Perfect Doctor; Solutions for the Oil Spill

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Remembering Sen. Robert Byrd, who died Monday morning aged 92. West Virginia reporter Paul Nyden and Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, remember the nation's longest serving senator; DIY Check Up series continues; TEDX Oil Spill conference kicks off; portraits of troops at Ft. Drumm; the challenges of being gray and gay; this week's agenda.

Top of the Hour: Sen. Byrd's Legacy, Morning Headlines

Sen. Byrd dies aged 92. Charleston Gazette reporter Paul Nyden remembers Byrd's legacy. Plus, morning headlines.

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Remembering Sen. Robert Byrd, Longest Serving Senator

Sen. Robert C. Byrd served in Congress longer than anyone in the nation's history. The senator's office announced that he passed away at 3 a.m. Monday morning at a suburban Washington hospital. The West Virginia Democrat was 92, and was serving in an unprecedented ninth term in the U.S. Senate.

Paul Nyden - Reporter (check title) for Charleston Gazette, W. Va.'s largest Newspaper. Been on Byrd obit duty for years.

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Supreme Court Term Ends; Justice Stevens Wraps Nearly 35 Years of Service

It's a major day for the Supreme Court. It's not only the first day of Elena Kagan's confirmation hearings, but also the last day of the court's term and the end of Justice Stevens' tenure on the bench. But before the court breaks for the summer, there are four remaining cases on which the judges are expected to rule.

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This Week's Agenda: Petraeus' Confirmation, Saudi King Comes to DC, Job Numbers

The week was thrown into uncertainty with the death this morning of Sen. Robert Byrd. The New York Times' Marcus Mabry and The Takeaway's Charles Herman, look at that and the rest of the news coming up in the next seven days.

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The Voices of Soldiers Heading to Afghanistan

Last week in Afghanistan it was the changing of the guard for some Generals, McCrystal sent packing, General Petraeus packing for a return visit. But all across America every day, families are packing up and sending a loved one off to join the troop surge in Afghanistan. John Hockenberry hears some of the voices from the First Battalion, 87th Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division.

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Gay and Gray in America: Getting Older as a Gay Man or Woman

What is it like getting older when you’re part of the first generation of gay people to live fully out of the closet? And who cares for you as you exit the world? We explore these issues with Laurie Young, aging policy analyst at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Brenda Austin, a retiree in her late sixties, who lives in New York and has been out of the closet since the 1950s.

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Top of the Hour: Robert Byrd's Death; Morning Headlines

Sen. Robert Byrd died aged 92. Robert Rupp, political science professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College assesses his impact on America. Plus, morning headlines.

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Robert Byrd's Passing and the Elena Kagan Confirmation Hearings

Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan begin today. But this news was overshadowed by the death this morning of Sen. Robert Byrd. 

Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich looks at the record of Sen. Byrd and previews the Kagan hearings, along with Jamal Greene, associate professor of law at Columbia Law School and former law clerk for Justice Stevens.

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In Colorado Pot-Selling Pioneers Don't Get Rich Quick

Colorado is the first state where the medical marijuana business is fully regulated, licensed and taxed. Unlike California where medical marijuana dispensary owners work in nonprofit collectives, Colorado allows cannabis business owners to profit as much as possible from their sales. Colorado legalized medical marijuana in 2000, and more than 80,000 people in the state now hold medical marijuana certificates, according to The New York Times. However, tight rules and restrictions have made it hard for these businesses to thrive.

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World Cup Ends for Team USA

It was a sad weekend for U.S. soccer fans, as they watched the Americans fall to Ghana in the World Cup for the second consecutive time.  Ghana scored the game-winning point in the third minute of extra time, beating the U.S. 2-1. The Takeaway sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, reflects on Team USA's perfomance and tells us if the 2010 World Cup can be seen as a successful one for the Americans, and looks at whether it raised the profile of U.S. soccer. However, the tournament isn't over, and Ibrahim says that the great matches are still to come.

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Robert Byrd's Record on Race

We're remembering Sen. Robert Byrd, who died early this morning at the age of 92. Rep. Nick Rahall (D), who has represented southern West Virginia in Congress since 1977, tells what Byrd's passing means to him, as a member of the state's Congressional delegation.

There's also a scar on Byrd's proud history of service. He got his start as a political organizer in the Ku Klux Klan and he was an outspoken critic of civil rights legislation in the 1960s. That's a history that Senator Byrd acknowledged, but apologized for, later in life.

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North Korea Threatens Nuclear Deterrent

North Korea is threatening to pursue new nuclear weapons technology in response to what it sees as U.S. hostility. This comes amid tensions over a sunken South Korean warship and the warning was issued hours after President Barack Obama urged his Chinese counterpart to take a stronger stance on the warship issue. BBC correspondent John Sudworth reports from the South Korean capital, Seoul.

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John Francis on Walking the Earth to Save the Planet

John Francis knows about the desire to act after an oil spill. In 1971, a major oil spill in the San Francisco Bay led him to make radical changes in his life. He ultimately decided to stop driving and start walking... everywhere.

After countless arguments with people, in which he had to defend his decision to boycott the use of motorized vehicles, Francis made another life-altering change — he stopped speaking. But now he has a lot to say, and gives a talk today at the TEDX Oil Spill conference, where leading thinkers will tackle questions raised by the disasterous spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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How West Virginians View Robert Byrd

17,000 votes, nine terms, 51 years. Sen. Robert Byrd died early Monday morning at the age of 92. He was the longest serving member of Congress in American history. He grew up in a rural coalfield community in West Virginia and this was a major aspect of his identity as a leader from West Virginia.

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Former West Virginia Governor Remembers Robert Byrd

Senator Byrd's ability to funnel federal money to West Virginia made him beloved in his home state and derided as a "King of Pork" by other others. Gaston Caperton was the governor of West Virginia from 1989 to 1996, and saw Byrd's ability to maneuver in the Senate close up.

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