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2:45 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.
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:
Douglass K. Daniel / Associated Press:
Cancer claims ex-Bush press secretary Tony Snow  —  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.
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.
Tom Blumer /
Classless AP Takes Cheap Shots at Just-Passed Snow  —  At long last, has the Associated Press lost all sense of decency?  —  The AP's story (saved here for future reference in case the wire service is embarrassed into revising it; you might consider saving it too as Exhibit A on how far …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
RIP, Tony Snow; Update: Brit Hume tribute video added
Discussion: Ed
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow Dies
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Tony Snow, father of three, dead at 53
Discussion: New York Times
Shannen Coffin / The Corner:   Rest in Peace, My Friend
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:   Tony Snow, Former White House Press Secretary, Dies at 53
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Tony Snow dies of cancer; ex-Bush press secretary was 53
White House:
President and Mrs. Bush Saddened by Death of Tony Snow
Discussion: The Foundry and BizzyBlog
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.
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Barack Obama doesn't rule out Hillary Clinton for vice president  —  In a phone conversation with a Democratic donor, he says Bill's potential role makes the decision ‘complicated.’  —  WASHINGTON — Barack Obama told a potential donor to his campaign that Hillary Rodham Clinton is on his list …
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
Ashley M. Heher / Associated Press:
Bernie Mac makes off-color joke at Obama event  —  CHICAGO - Comedian Bernie Mac endured some heckling and a campaign rebuke during a surprise appearance Friday night at a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.  —  Toward the end of a 10-minute standup routine …
Fueling VP speculation, Obama heading to Iraq with Hagel, Reed
Discussion: Open Left
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.
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
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
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 …
Jo Mannies / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Obama leads McCain slightly in latest Missouri poll  —  Missouri voters are frightened about the economy, hurting over high gas prices, disillusioned with the war in Iraq and convinced the nation is headed in the wrong direction.  —  Such a pessimistic view of the country is prompting …
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