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12:50 PM 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.
Michelle Malkin:
Tony Snow, R.I.P.  —  Heartbreakingly sad news this morning.  Tony Snow has died.  He was 53.  He was a true mensch, multi-talented-and one of the kindest people I had the honor to meet in the news business.  —  Tears: … Indeed, he was.  Here's Tony jamming with his band at the National Press Club:
Former Bush spokesman Tony Snow dies  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former White House press secretary Tony Snow — who once told reporters “I'm a very lucky guy” — died at the age of 53 early Saturday after a second battle with cancer.  —  Snow, who had been undergoing chemotherapy treatments …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow Dies  —  Tony Snow, the slick, telegenic conservative writer and broadcaster who left Fox News to become White House press secretary and who was generally well-liked by the press, has lost his long — and highly public — battle with colon cancer:
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 and Swampland
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Breaking News: Tony Snow dies; ex-Bush press secretary was 53
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:   Tony Snow, Former White House Press Secretary, Dies at 53
Shannen Coffin / The Corner:   Rest in Peace, My Friend
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Tony Snow, father of three, dead at 53
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
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Barack Obama, John McCain even again
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Peter Viles / L.A. Land:
Feds cite Schumer in collapse of IndyMac  —  An important angle in the IndyMac failure that may get lost in ominous headlines tonight and tomorrow: federal regulators pointedly cited U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., in explaining the bank's failure.  In simple language, federal regulators blamed Schumer for a run on the bank.
Discussion: Don Surber
Hubris Sonic / Group News Blog:
IndyMac Bank Fails, Fed Take Over
Amity Shlaes / Washington Post:
Phil Gramm Is Right  —  “In serious consideration for ambassador to Belarus.”  That's the role John McCain joked that former senator Phil Gramm might have in a McCain administration.  Gramm is McCain's most senior economic adviser, the one best qualified to lead the finance team of a McCain presidency.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Sadly, No!
Andrew Cline / Wall Street Journal:
Environmentalists Say Yes to Offshore Drilling  —  On the morning of Jan. 28, 1969, a Union Oil drilling site six miles off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif., sprang a leak.  The ensuing spill stretched for miles, killed thousands of birds, and gave America the image of wildlife and shorelines covered in black crude.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Jennifer Rubin / Weekly Standard:
The Quotas That Won't Die  —  Neither party has the nerve to take on the scandal of preferential set-asides in government contracts.  —  Forty years ago, the Nixon administration (building on the Johnson administration's attempt to transform the Small Business Administration into a weapon …
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Obama Won't Commit to Event at Military Base  —  A coalition of military groups is planning a nationally televised town-hall-style meeting with the presidential candidates near Fort Hood, Tex., the largest active-duty military installation in the country.  But so far, only Senator John McCain of Arizona …
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.
Zimbabwe sanctions vetoed by UN
Discussion: normblog
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Liberal Shock Troops  —  While he is a skilled candidate, Barack Obama's ability to surprise, stun and sweep over the vaunted Clinton Machine to capture the Democratic nomination was rooted in his background as a community organizer.  He's now turning those skills to the general election.
Discussion: Hot Air
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
JOHN CORNYN: TIME TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT ENERGY  —  John Cornyn represents Texas in the United States Senate.  Senator Cornyn has forwarded a post commenting on John Hinderaker's “Democrats sucking wind on energy policy.”  Senator Cornyn writes: … Thanks to Senator Cornyn for the kind words and for his report.
Discussion: Hot Air
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
A Blind Eye to Guantanamo?  —  Book Says White House Ignored CIA on Detainees' Innocence  —  A CIA analyst warned the Bush administration in 2002 that up to a third of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay may have been imprisoned by mistake, but White House officials ignored the finding and insisted …
Discussion: The Agitator
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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