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Steve Gilliard, 1964-2007

It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog, passed away June 2, 2007. He was 42.

To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.

Please keep Steve's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Steve meant so much to us.

We will miss him terribly.

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2/14 The Libby Defense rests

Ok, the Libby defense promised big and delivered small.

You have no clue as to what a jury will do, but saying your client will testify, in a trial which involves his integrity, and then doesn't, might not help.

We need to give an insane level of credit to FDL for their dilligent work on the Libby trial. I didn't follow every twist and turn because I follow Iraq and you cannot do both. On the personal level, Jane Hamsher flew cross country after breast cancer surgery to do this. They pulled in a bunch of people to help and did their own coverage, every day

They had help from the Huff Po, but they didn't have to suck up to anyone to get heard. While people made fun of the trial, they kept at it. They put in the kind of work no one has seen in the blogosphere and then put money behind it.

People wanted Rove indicted, and were pissed when it didn't happen. They kept working.

This is only the start of what we could do if rich liberals opened their wallets as well as their mouths.

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