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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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Get on CSpan

and listen to Monica Goodling testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

My eleven year old makes better excuses.

The break was also pretty amusing. Some wingnut woman from Morristown, NJ called to repeat some talking points about immigration, complete with windy references to the Constitution.

It would have been remarkably effective if she hadn't muffed the citizenship question first (435 representatives is what you were looking for, dear. "I knew it was in the 430s" is not impressive)

You can watch here (video link) or listen here.

Christy is liveblogging.

Chat the hearings here.

Edit: if you can't get to CSpan, the Speaker's blog has posted video here