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12:40 PM ET, June 14, 2008

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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.
Joe Klein / Time:
“He Was Loving This Election”  —  Back when he was just starting in television — and ever since — but particularly back then, Tim Russert was astounded by the joys of the job.  Early on, he helped arrange an interview with the Pope for the Today Show — and Tim did it up right …
Discussion: TalkLeft, City Room and The Trail
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama on Russert's death
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Fox forced to apologise to Obama for third time in two weeks  —  Rupert Murdoch's Fox News television station has been forced to apologise to Barack Obama for the third time in a fortnight after screening a racially tinged caption referring to his wife Michelle as his “baby mama”.
Discussion: The Liberal Avenger and Truthdig
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.
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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Dennis Prager / Townhall.com:
Prager H1: Big Victory for Terrorists and Liberals  —  Prager H1: The Supreme Court has granted the right of habeas corpus to captured terrorists.  This is a new right created out of whole cloth by the liberal members of the court... Dennis reflects on the tragedy of the death …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Justices Come Under Election-Year Spotlight  —  WASHINGTON — Thanks in no small part to Justice Antonin Scalia's dire warning that granting Guantánamo detainees access to habeas corpus “will almost certainly cause more Americans to be killed,” the Supreme Court finds itself on the verge …
Discussion: New York Times
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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 …
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
New York Times:
A Moment of Clarity in Baghdad  —  The disconnect between Washington's stay-the-course Republicans — President Bush and Senator John McCain, in particular — and the Iraqi government has grown too wide to ignore.  As the administration pushes for a legal agreement to extend …
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 …
Associated Press:
Candidates disagree on joint town hall meetings  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain squabbled over a format for their first one-on-one debate in the U.S. presidential race, as both pushed their economic plans amid fresh reports of surging inflation and sagging wages.
Discussion: Hot Air and Stop The ACLU
 
 
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
SAD NEWS.  —  The wires are reporting that Tim Russert died from a heart attack today.