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10:55 AM ET, June 14, 2008

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John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Let's Get Something Straight  —  I liked Tim Russert, even though I thought his BS gotcha nonsense was thorough idiocy and not helping the debate at all.  He was a likable guy- friendly, always smiling.  I understand it is a loss for the beltway folks, and he had a lot of really good friends …
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Tom Shales / Washington Post:
Tim Russert: The Smile That Lit Up Journalism  —  But he couldn't have died.  It seems impossible.  Tim Russert can't be gone because he was having too good a time.  —  He was an expert at journalism, politics and the ways of the world, yes, but he also seemed to have mastered happiness.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
SAD NEWS.  —  The wires are reporting that Tim Russert died from a heart attack today.  He was 58.  —  I had a weird experience a few months ago where a Twitter message I thought private was accessed by someone outside my circle and leaked to Wonkette.  The message was written during …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama on Russert's death
Juliet Eilperin / The Trail:
McCain Cancels Fundraiser with Oilman Who Joked About Rape  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Friday suddenly cancelled an upcoming fundraiser at the home of a Texas Republican after media outlets began asking the campaign about comments the host made while running for governor in 1990.
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Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Giuliani Plans to Aid Hopefuls, for His Share  —  WASHINGTON — With the Republican Party in need of money for the November elections, former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani has offered to appear at fund-raisers around the country for G.O.P. candidates.  But there is a catch: He wants some cash out of the deal.
Larry Rohter / MSNBC:
NYT: McCains owed $225,000 in credit card debt  —  Senate disclosure statements give look at candidates' personal finances  —  Senators John McCain and Barack Obama released their Senate financial disclosure statements on Friday, revealing that Mr. McCain and his wife had at least $225,000 …
Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard:
It's Not Race, It's Arugula  —  Obama's real electoral challenge.  —  On the way to his rendezvous with destiny, Barack Obama consistently lost white voters, especially of the middle and working classes, to Hillary Clinton—voters variously known as Appalachians or Reagan Democrats …
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Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Court Deems Campaign Finance Rules Too Weak  —  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled yesterday that the Federal Election Commission has failed to adequately enforce key aspects of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance restructuring that Congress passed six years ago …
John Coleman / KUSI-TV:
John Coleman's Comments Before the San Diego Chamber of Commerce  —  Global Warming and the Price of a Gallon of Gas  —  You may want to give credit where credit is due to Al Gore and his global warming campaign the next time you fill your car with gasoline, because there is a direct …
The Campaign Spot:
Obama vs. The New Rochelle Train  —  David Mendell's Obama: From Promise to Power, p. 148-149: … Obviously, if Barack Obama were satisfied with an office job, not only would he have not spent three years as a community organizer, he probably wouldn't have ever run for office.
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Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
Senators Caught in Mortgage Fallout  —  When Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota wanted a mortgage for his beach house, he turned to a Washington insider, James A. Johnson, former head of Fannie Mae, the government mortgage giant, who then put the senator in touch with Angelo Mozilo …
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
AT&T: termination fees ultimately a great deal for consumers  —  Those early termination fees (ETFs) that consumers pay for switching cell phones in mid-contract are a great deal, an attorney for AT&T told the Federal Communications Commission yesterday.  “ETF-backed term contracts give customers …
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Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Europe will miss George Bush when he's not around
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
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Ross Douthat:
The (Ir)relevance of ANWR  —  Of course we should drill for oil there.
Malcolm Moore / Telegraph:
George W Bush meets Pope amid claims he might convert to Catholicism
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
This Is Why Facts Matter  —  Senior Brookings Fellows Michael O'Hanlon …
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