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11:25 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.
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 …
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 …
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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
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
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 …
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
 
 
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: GOP might face tough time in November
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Fox forced to apologise to Obama for third time in two weeks
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Medical Fraud a Growing Problem
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Oil and Food Prices Add to Inflation Pressures
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Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Court Deems Campaign Finance Rules Too Weak
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Tim Starks / CQ Politics:
Agreement Could Pave Way for Surveillance Overhaul
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Europe will miss George Bush when he's not around
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
The Complete Guide on How to Deal with Bill O'Reilly's ambush producers
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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