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9:25 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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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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama on Russert's death  —  Obama in Columbus, Ohio:
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 …
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Daily Dish
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
NBC's Tim Russert Dies
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
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
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Salon and Balloon Juice
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 …
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.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Redstate and Ed Driscoll.com
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 …
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 …
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Minnesota Presidential Election  —  Minnesota: Obama Continues to Dominate  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Minnesota the state shows that Barack Obama leads McCain by double-digits, 52% to 39%.  That's the third straight month with virtually identical poll results.
 
 
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
AT&T: termination fees ultimately a great deal for consumers
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
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Matthew Yglesias:
Request: Ambinder  —  A reader wants to know: “I know you read Ambinder's blog.
Discussion: Open Left
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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Ireland rejects European Union reform treaty
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Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Clinton fundraisers ready to aid Obama, party
Discussion: TIME.com
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 …
Discussion: TBogg
CNN:
Al-Sadr: New force to fight U.S. in Iraq
Nico Pitney / The Huffington Post:
Dems Not Backing Obama? Rahm Will Deal With It
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