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5:50 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.
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.
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
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.
CNN:
‘Meet the Press’ host Russert dies at 58
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Tim Russert dead, heart attack
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
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.
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
CONGRESSMAN TO MCCAIN: STOP USING MY SONG!
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Matthew Yglesias:
Obama on Social Security  —  I think one of the big questions hanging out there in the campaign is how America's currently McCain-loving seniors will feel when they find out about McCain's passion for wrecking Social Security.  I got some remarks from the Obama campaign in my inbox this morning …
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Glenn Kessler / The Trail:
Obama Defines Social Security ‘Doughnut’ Plan
Discussion: The Corner, The Caucus and Eschaton
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 …
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
Lessig Blog:
The Kozinski mess  —  So the wires are a twitter with the story of Chief Judge Alex Kozinski's “web site” which, from reading the stories, you'd think was filled with porn (and worse), revealing a dark soul who, some experts in legal ethics suggest, shouldn't be presiding at an obscenity trial.
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Scott Glover / Los Angeles Times:   Judge Alex Kozinski recuses himself from obscenity trial
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.
Rogers Cadenhead / Workbench:
AP Files 7 DMCA Takedowns Against Drudge Retort  —  I'm currently engaged in a legal disagreement with the Associated Press, which claims that Drudge Retort users linking to its stories are violating its copyright and committing “'hot news' misappropriation under New York state law.”
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Ali / Think Progress:
Laura Ingraham tells Bill O'Reilly she's been forced off the air.  —  On Tuesday, Fox News announced it will include right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham in “a rotating series of personalities” to host its 5:00 pm hour.  Ingraham has more time to devote to TV, after apparently being forced off her radio show, at least temprorarily.
Discussion: I Am TRex
Ian Bailey / Globe and Mail:
Powell tells B.C. crowd he might vote for Obama  —  VANCOUVER — Colin Powell, the former Republican secretary of state, says he is not ruling out a vote for Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic nominee for president.  —  While Mr. Powell served in the administrations of two Republican presidents …
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.
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
 
 
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