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11:40 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.
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CNN:
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 …
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:
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
Shannen Coffin / The Corner:
Rest in Peace, My Friend  —  The day of Tony Snow's hiring at the White House was electric.  To call him a “rock star” was an understatement.  He brought substance to every meeting he was in and every subject he covered.  He was unwaveringly conservative at the principals table …
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 television-radio host Tony Snow died early this morning.  —  Snow died about 2 a.m. Eastern in Georgetown University Hospital.
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
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
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow Dies
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.
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Jonathan Darman / Newsweek:
Glow Fading?  —  The latest NEWSWEEK Poll shows Barack Obama …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Barack Obama, John McCain even again
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Cash pours in for John McCain
Discussion: Don Surber and Washington Wire
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 …
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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: Sadly, No!
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
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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog and TIME.com
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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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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