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* Enough already with the saccharine Russert tributes! says Jack Shafer of Slate.com.

*Onto a proper analysis of his “Meet the Press” replacement, says FishbowlDC. Here are the website’s contenders: David Gregory, Chuck Todd, Chris Matthews, Tom Brokaw, Gwen Ifill, George Stephanopoulos, Brian Williams, and Andrea Mitchell. Is anyone literally placing bets yet?

*Ugh, solid Keith Olbermann profile in the New Yorker. The “ugh” is for my  conflicted, uncomfortable state of mind while reading the piece. Great writing. Abrasive, frightful character.

*It’s summer. It’s about time someone covered the heat from this angle.

*And speaking of the year’s most leisurely period, it’s getting rather late to book your vacation. The Atlantic Monthly has a travel suggestion that might still have some vacancies.

*And while you’re over at that website, be sure to click by Hanna Rosin‘s illuminating piece about poverty on the urban fringes.