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10:30 AM ET, July 12, 2008


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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 and The Moderate Voice
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Tony Snow, father of three, dead at 53  —  Tony Snow was much bigger than the post he held.  —  When he spoke from the West Wing podium of the White House, he was not only speaking for the president of the United States, but also speaking for himself.  Some called the president's press secretary argumentative.
Discussion: New York Times
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow Dies  —  Tony Snow, 53, the former television and radio talk show host who became President Bush's chief spokesman and redefined the role of White House press secretary, died early this morning after losing a high-profile battle with cancer.
Discussion: Power Line
Yahoo! News:
Former Bush press secretary Tony Snow dies  —  WASHINGTON - Tony Snow, a conservative writer and commentator who cheerfully sparred with reporters in the White House briefing room during a stint as President Bush's press secretary, died Saturday of colon cancer.  He was 53.  — SLIDESHOW: Tony Snow
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 …
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.
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.
Zogby Poll: McCain Leads in FL while Obama is Up in Key Western States …
Discussion: Donklephant and The Other McCain
Gallup Daily: Obama Holds 6-Point Lead Over McCain
Discussion: Daily Kos and Donklephant
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:   New Obama Radio Ad Hits McCain As “Shameful” For “Makin' Stuff Up”
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Shuts Big Bank As Crisis Intensifies  —  IndyMac Bank, a prolific mortgage specialist that helped fuel the housing boom, was seized Friday by federal regulators in one of the largest bank failures in U.S. history.  —  The Pasadena, Calif., thrift was one of the largest savings and loans …
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 Blog
Louise Story / New York Times:
Regulators Seize Mortgage Lender
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.
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.
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