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9:20 PM ET, June 13, 2008

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MSNBC:
NBC's Tim Russert dead at 58  —  Washington bureau chief, ‘Meet the Press’ moderator collapsed on job  —  Tim Russert at the Newseum in Washington on Nov. 14.  —  Live video  —  LIVE: Remembering Tim Russert  —  LIVE VIDEO: Watch MSNBC's coverage of the life of NBC News Washington …
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Charles Hurt / New York Post:
TIM RUSSERT DIES FROM APPARENT HEART ATTACK … Tim Russert, NBC journalist and political heavyweight host of “Meet the Press,” has died after collapsing at NBC's Washington news bureau.  He was 58 years old.  —  Television sources said Russert was recording a voice-over when he collapsed in the studio today.
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
NBC's Tim Russert Dies  —  Tim Russert, the host of “Meet the Press,” and NBC's Washington bureau chief, has died.  He was 58.  —  Mr. Russert was a towering figure in American journalism and moderated several debates during the recent presidential primary season.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
NBC's Tim Russert Dies at 58  —  Host of ‘Meet the Press’ Suffers Heart Attack  —  Tim Russert, the Democratic operative turned NBC commentator who revolutionized Sunday morning television and infused journalism with his passion for politics, died this afternoon.
Discussion: TownHall Blog, TVNewser and Tammy Bruce
Michelle Malkin:
Reports: Tim Russert dead after heart attack; was working in NBC Washington bureau  —  He was 58.  —  Reports coming in from the NYPost and NYTimes.  —  He was a fixture of Beltway political journalism, good on the entitlement crisis, and by all accounts, a good-humored guy.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
On Tim Russert  —  News of the sudden death of Tim Russert, Washington bureau chief of NBC News and host of “Meet the Press,” will have a large — and lasting — impact on the world of politics and journalism.  —  Russert was, without question, the single most influential political journalist working in Washington.
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Talk Radio Reacts To News Of Tim Russert's Sudden Passing
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama on Russert's death
Discussion: FOX Embeds, Stumper and TIME.com
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Tim Russert dead, heart attack
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
McCain Slams The Supreme Court's Habeas Decision  —  PEMBERTON, N.J.—I am still sitting in a John McCain town hall, so have not had time to transcribe the full quotes, but wanted to post this quick.  After a day of consideration, the McCain Campaign has decided to come out hard against yesterday's 5 …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Town hall talks break down  —  The talks between the McCain and Obama campaigns on debates appear to have broken down, with Obama's campaign — evidently concluding that the format could favor McCain, or at least give McCain some oxygen — offering just one town hall and one extra debate in response to McCain's suggestion of 10.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
CONGRESSMAN TO MCCAIN: STOP USING MY SONG!
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Spin Cycle
Glenn Kessler / The Trail:
Obama Defines Social Security ‘Doughnut’ Plan  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sen. Barack Obama today plans to make a firm commitment to a Social Security tax hike on people making more than $250,000 a year, stepping away from an earlier plan he floated last year to boost the 12.4 percent payroll tax …
Discussion: The Corner, The Caucus and Eschaton
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Matthew Yglesias:
Obama on Social Security
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MCCAIN SIGNS ON FOR MORE BUSH BAMBOOZLEMENT!
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Angry Bear
Kombiz Lavasany / Democratic National Committee:
McCain Bamboozles Seniors On Social Security
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
FU AP  —  I talked to a reporter this week about the embattled Associated Press and said three times that I didn't want it to die.  I might take that back.  —  The AP has filed truly noxious takedown notices against Rogers Cadenhead's community-created Drudge Retort, arguing copyright violations for quotes from 33 to 79 words long.
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Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Noonan: Obama Is An Unpatriotic, Effeminate, Cynical, Immoral, Godless Opportunist  —  Today, Nooner bases her entire column on this comparison: … You can see right away where this is headed, don't you? … Translation: Obama hates America. … Yup, and apparently, in Old America …
Discussion: Orcinus
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Brave New World?  —  And so it begins, the campaign proper.
Discussion: Wonkette, alicublog and pandagon.net
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
This Is Why Facts Matter  —  Senior Brookings Fellows Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack gave a report today and entertained questions at a Brookings briefing on Iraq.  It was the single most illuminating presentation I have witnessed on the status of Iraq and the potential way forward.
Discussion: TBogg
Sara Just / Political Radar:
McCain Cancels Event with Controversial Fundraiser  —  ABC's Rick Klein reports: Sen. John McCain on Friday abruptly cancelled a Monday fundraiser that had been scheduled at the home of a Texas oilman, after ABC News contacted the campaign inquiring about a verbal blunder the Texan made during …
The Hill:
McCains report more than $100,000 in credit card debt  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his wife reported more than $100,000 of credit card liabilities, according to financial disclosure documents released Friday.  —  The presidential candidate and his wife Cindy reported piling up debt on a charge card between $10,000 and $15,000.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend, Salon and Macsmind
Nico Pitney / The Huffington Post:
Dems Not Backing Obama?  Rahm Will Deal With It  —  As the man who guided (and pressured and arm-twisted) Democrats to historic congressional gains in 2006, what is Rep. Rahm Emanuel doing now about party members like Rep. Dan Boren who have balked at publicly endorsing Sen. Barack Obama?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Open Left
Tim Starks / CQ Politics:
Agreement Could Pave Way for Surveillance Overhaul  —  Congressional leaders and the Bush administration have reached an agreement in principle on an overhaul of surveillance rules, sources familiar with negotiations said Friday.  —  Aides and officials were still fine-tuning the details …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Open Left and Daily Kos
CNN:
Al-Sadr: New force to fight U.S. in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is establishing a new fighting force to battle U.S.-led troops in Iraq, he said in a letter read in Iraqi mosques Friday.  —  Al-Sadr's letter said that “the resistance will be exclusively conducted by only one group.
 
 
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Matthew Yglesias:
Request: Ambinder  —  A reader wants to know: “I know you read Ambinder's blog.
Discussion: Open Left
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Europe will miss George Bush when he's not around
Shawn Pogatchnik / Associated Press:
Ireland rejects European Union reform treaty
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
The Complete Guide on How to Deal with Bill O'Reilly's ambush producers
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Clinton fundraisers ready to aid Obama, party
Ross Douthat:
The (Ir)relevance of ANWR  —  Of course we should drill for oil there.
Discussion: The Corner
Malcolm Moore / Telegraph:
George W Bush meets Pope amid claims he might convert to Catholicism
Agence France Presse:
Star R. Kelly not guilty of child porn: verdict
Discussion: The Corner
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Question Of Empire, Ctd.
Discussion: Eunomia
Paul Krugman:
Sexism? Who, us?
Ali / Think Progress:
Laura Ingraham tells Bill O'Reilly she's been forced off the air.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and I Am TRex
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 46%, McCain 43%
David Sirota / The Huffington Post:
An Anti-Clinton for VP
Jonathan Stein / MoJoBlog:
Report: Rove Talks “Fairly Regularly” …
Discussion: Think Progress
John Rodgers / Nashville City Paper:
Updated: Superdelegate Davis slow to endorse Obama
Ian Bailey / Globe and Mail:
Powell tells B.C. crowd he might vote for Obama
 

 
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