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2:15 PM ET, June 14, 2008

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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
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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.
David Remnick / New Yorker:
TIM RUSSERT  —  Our colleague Calvin Trillin once referred …
Discussion: The New Republic
Washington Post:
Key Iraqi Leaders Deliver Setbacks to U.S.  —  Premier Rejects Terms of Proposed Pacts; Cleric Reactivates Militia  —  The Bush administration's Iraq policy suffered two major setbacks Friday when Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki publicly rejected key U.S. terms for an ongoing military presence …
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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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Craig Gilbert / JSOnline:
Delegate's reversal stuns party  —  Wisconsin Democrat now publicly supports McCain  —  Washington - As an avid supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primaries, Debra Bartoshevich is not alone in her frustration over Clinton's defeat.  —  She's not alone in refusing to support Barack Obama.
Discussion: TIME.com, Redstate and Political Punch
Mike O'Shea / Concurring Opinions:
What to Watch For in D.C. v. Heller  —  The Supreme Court's next scheduled opinion day, Monday, June 16, could yield a decision in the landmark Second Amendment case of D.C. v. Heller.  My guess is that we'll see Heller on or after June 23, at the very end of the Term.
Discussion: Convictions
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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
See-Dubya / michellemalkin.com:
It's not race, it's arugula  —  The Weekly Standard's Noemie Emery disputes the media's facile, predictable racial interpretation of Obama's poor showing in Appalachia.  It's not because of race, but rather reflects a deep national divide between action-oriented Jacksonians versus clerical, paper-pushing Brahmins:
Discussion: American Spectator
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Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard:   It's Not Race, It's Arugula
Scott Ott / scottott.blogtownhall.com:
Chris Matthews' Russert Eulogy: Like a Belch in Church  —  Chris Matthews' initial reaction to the death of colleague Tim Russert can be summed like this: Bush lied.  People died.  —  Yes, MSNBC's Chris Matthews found a way to use even the death of a beloved journalist …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
ASSIGNMENT DESK: BILL RICHARDSON FOR VP?  —  Make Bill Richardson vice president, or he will kill this child.  Yeeearrgghhh!  —  Ryan asks, “Could you do an evaluation of Richardson for VP?  He seems like an obviously good choice, but there hasn't really been any discussion of him as a nominee.
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.
Dina Cappiello / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Companies get OK to annoy polar bears  —  WASHINGTON - Less than a month after declaring polar bears a threatened species because of global warming, the Bush administration is giving oil companies permission to annoy and potentially harm them in the pursuit of oil and natural gas.
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama considering world tour ahead of August convention  —  WASHINGTON — Barack Obama may depart this summer from his road-warrior tour of election-battleground states to take a trip around the world, one intended to shore up his credentials on foreign policy.
Discussion: The Swamp
 
 
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Associated Press:
Afghan official: 870 inmates escaped from prison
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
NRA's political clout is waning
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Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
Japan, Seeking Trim Waists, Measures Millions
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Dennis Prager / Townhall.com:
Prager H1: Big Victory for Terrorists and Liberals
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: GOP might face tough time in November
Associated Press:
Candidates disagree on joint town hall meetings
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McCain Cancels Fundraiser with Oilman Who Joked About Rape
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