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3:20 AM ET, June 14, 2008

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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 …
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Charles Hurt / New York Post:
TIM RUSSERT DIES FROM APPARENT HEART ATTACK … Tim Russert, NBC journalist and political heavyweight host of “Meet the Press,” has died after collapsing at NBC's Washington news bureau.  He was 58 years old.  —  Television sources said Russert was recording a voice-over when he collapsed in the studio today.
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 …
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
NBC's Tim Russert Dies  —  Tim Russert, the host of “Meet the Press,” and NBC's Washington bureau chief, has died.  He was 58.  —  Mr. Russert was a towering figure in American journalism and moderated several debates during the recent presidential primary season.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama on Russert's death  —  Obama in Columbus, Ohio:
Discussion: FOX Embeds, TIME.com and Stumper
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
On Tim Russert  —  News of the sudden death of Tim Russert, Washington bureau chief of NBC News and host of “Meet the Press,” will have a large — and lasting — impact on the world of politics and journalism.  —  Russert was, without question, the single most influential political journalist working in Washington.
Discussion: The Trail, TVNewser, Law Blog and FishBowlDC
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Talk Radio Reacts To News Of Tim Russert's Sudden Passing
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
NBC's Tim Russert Dies at 58
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
SAD NEWS.  —  The wires are reporting that Tim Russert died from a heart attack today.
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Daily Dish
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
McCain Slams The Supreme Court's Habeas Decision  —  PEMBERTON, N.J.—I am still sitting in a John McCain town hall, so have not had time to transcribe the full quotes, but wanted to post this quick.  After a day of consideration, the McCain Campaign has decided to come out hard against yesterday's 5 …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Town hall talks break down  —  The talks between the McCain and Obama campaigns on debates appear to have broken down, with Obama's campaign — evidently concluding that the format could favor McCain, or at least give McCain some oxygen — offering just one town hall and one extra debate in response to McCain's suggestion of 10.
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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 …
Glenn Kessler / The Trail:
Obama Defines Social Security ‘Doughnut’ Plan  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sen. Barack Obama today plans to make a firm commitment to a Social Security tax hike on people making more than $250,000 a year, stepping away from an earlier plan he floated last year to boost the 12.4 percent payroll tax …
Discussion: The Caucus, The Corner and Eschaton
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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
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 …
Discussion: The Diplomad and A Tiny Revolution
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
This Is Why Facts Matter  —  Senior Brookings Fellows Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack gave a report today and entertained questions at a Brookings briefing on Iraq.  It was the single most illuminating presentation I have witnessed on the status of Iraq and the potential way forward.
Discussion: TBogg
Nico Pitney / The Huffington Post:
Dems Not Backing Obama?  Rahm Will Deal With It  —  As the man who guided (and pressured and arm-twisted) Democrats to historic congressional gains in 2006, what is Rep. Rahm Emanuel doing now about party members like Rep. Dan Boren who have balked at publicly endorsing Sen. Barack Obama?
 
 
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