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8:30 AM ET, July 12, 2008

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Fox News:
Tony Snow, Former White House Press Secretary and FOX News Anchor, Dies at 53  —  Tony Snow, the former White House press secretary and conservative pundit who bedeviled the press corps and charmed millions as a FOX News television and radio host, has died after a long bout with cancer.  He was 53.
Discussion: Think Progress
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CNN:
Former White House spokesman Tony Snow dies  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former White House press secretary Tony Snow — who once told reporters “I'm a very lucky guy” — has died at the age of 53 after a second battle with cancer.  —  Snow, who had been undergoing chemotherapy treatments …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Breaking News: Tony Snow dies; ex-Bush press secretary was 53  —  After a long, candid and public battle with colon cancer, former White House press secretary and radio talk-show host Tony Snow died early this morning.  —  Immediate details were sketchy.  But the news bulletin moved shortly after 7 a.m. Eastern time.
Discussion: Wizbang
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Newsweek Poll: Obama drops like a rock  —  Last month, Newsweek's poll surprised many by showing a huge gap between Barack Obama and John McCain, with the Democratic nominee-apparent enjoying a 15-point lead over the Republican.  One month later, Obama has lost all of the momentum and has dropped into a virtual tie with McCain.
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Jonathan Darman / Newsweek:
Glow Fading?  —  The latest NEWSWEEK Poll shows Barack Obama leading John McCain by only 3 points.  What a difference a few weeks can make.  —  Jae C. Hong / AP  —  Poll Drop: Obama is down is the latest poll, but still shows signs of strength  —  A month after emerging victorious …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Polls: Obama ahead by eight  —  (CNN) — As the dog days of summer set in and Americans take a break from the daily political band-and-forth, a new CNN analysis of several recent national opinion surveys show Barack Obama with a sizeable lead over John McCain.
Discussion: Reuters
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New Obama Radio Ad Hits McCain As “Shameful” For “Makin' Stuff Up”
Discussion: Eschaton
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Bloomberg:
IndyMac Seized by U.S. Regulators Amid Cash Crunch  —  IndyMac Bancorp Inc. became the second-biggest federally insured financial company to be seized by U.S. regulators after a run by depositors left the California mortgage lender short on cash.  —  The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp …
Discussion: L.A. Land and LewRockwell.com Blog
Louise Story / New York Times:
Regulators Seize Mortgage Lender  —  Banking regulators seized IndyMac Bancorp, one of the country's largest mortgage lenders, on Friday evening.  —  The bank, a star in the subprime era, is the second largest ever to fail and the first major bank to shut its doors since the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s.
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
Every Time I Try to Crawl Out, They Pull Me Back in!  —  You know something? … No, that is not right: … No, that is still not right: … Maybe this will do it: … Called on forty minutes' notice, I trot over to the J-School studio to be a talking head on BBC/Newsnight about Fannie and Freddie.
Discussion: Discourse.net
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama's latest flip-flop: Death penalty for bin Laden!  Update: Double flip-flop with a global test?  —  Just three weeks ago, Barack Obama said that he would not make Osama bin Laden into a martyr if he was captured.  Today, Barack Obama suddenly thinks the death penalty would be keen-o for OBL.
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Karl / protein wisdom:
The Iranian threat, real and Photoshopped  —  Wired's Noah Shachtman rounds up some of the better mockeries of Iran's attempt to Photoshop a failed missile launch into a success.  My favorite may be the old school approach of a Boing Boing commenter:  —  While the Photoshop folly is deserving …
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Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
2 Vetoes Quash U.N. Sanctions on Zimbabwe  —  UNITED NATIONS — An American-led effort to impose sanctions against Zimbabwe failed in the Security Council on Friday, with Russia and China exercising a rare double veto to quash a resolution that they said represented excessive interference in the country's domestic matters.
Mohammad Rafiq / Reuters:
U.S. air strike kills 47 civilians: official  —  JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A U.S. coalition force air strike on Sunday killed 47 civilians, including 39 women and children, in the eastern province of Nangarhar, an Afghan official said on Friday.  —  The issue of civilian casualties …
 
 
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Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
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Chicago Sun Times:
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Holds 6-Point Lead Over McCain
Discussion: Donklephant
Los Angeles Times:
McCain's broken marriage and fractured Reagan friendship
Larry Rohter / New York Times:
Immigration and the Military
Discussion: Lonewacko
Sean Oxendine / The Next Right:
Obama Fundraising, Ctd.
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McCain staff asked for protester's ouster
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 Earlier Items: 
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
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Discussion: Don Surber
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
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Discussion: VP Watch and New York Times
Drudge Report:
IRAN MISSILE TEST BLUFF: OLD ROCKETS, BOGUS VIDEO
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Lindsay Beyerstein / The Raw Story:
Exclusive: Alabama US Attorney denies being involved in university …
Laura Rozen / MotherJones.com:
Iran Red Lines
Michael Grunwald / Time:
Is Florida the Sunset State?
Ben / Think Progress:
Barnes Defends Gramm: Americans Are ‘Whining All The Way Through’ The Bad Economy
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Como Se Dice? Obama Clarifies Comments Over Foreign Languages