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Novak: Last of the Shoe-Leather Columnists

(Newser) - Most Americans will remember Robert Novak as the acerbic right-winger on CNN, but he saw himself first and foremost as "a shoe-leather reporter," writes Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz. Novak prided himself on getting scoops and uncovering secrets via a wide network of Republican officials. But that... More »

To Friends, Hardliner Novak Was a 'Pussycat'

Hard work made him 'the ultimate insider journalist'

(Newser) - Bob Novak called himself a “rough and tumble” journalist, “but to his friends and colleagues, he could be a pussycat,” writes Eleanor Clift in Newsweek. Despite their widely divergent views, Novak—who died today at 78—helped Clift get a spot on the then-all-male McLaughlin Group. When... More »

Robert Novak Dead at 78

Columnist, known as 'Prince of Darkness,' was 78

(Newser) - Conservative Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak died this morning at 78, after a year-long battle with brain cancer, the Sun-Times reports. Known, to his delight, as the “Prince of Darkness,” Novak’s “Inside Report” column has been syndicated since 1963. He was at the center of the... More »

Novak: Cancer Helps Heal Old Wounds

Fiery columnist bonds with Kennedy, explains hit-and-run accident

(Newser) - Although Robert Novak has antagonized many in Washington, that hasn’t stopped the political columnist's targets from encouraging him as he battles brain cancer. “I have had few good things to say about Teddy Kennedy since I first met him,” Novak admits in a syndicated column distributed today,... More »

In 'Dire' Shape, Novak Will Retire

(Newser) - Robert Novak says his prognosis is "dire," and the longtime political columnist will retire immediately, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. "The details are being worked out with the doctors this week, but the tentative plan is for radiation and chemotherapy,” said Novak, who was diagnosed with a... More »

Robert Novak Diagnosed with Brain Tumor

77-year-old Chicago Sun-Times columnist in hospital for biopsy

(Newser) - Newspaper columnist Robert Novak revealed today he has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. A biopsy is set for today to determine if the tumor is malignant or benign. “I will be suspending my journalistic work for an indefinite but, God willing, not too lengthy... More »

Victim in Novak Hit-and-Run 'Doing Fine'

'I'm a pretty tough guy,' 86-year-old homeless pedestrian says

(Newser) - The pedestrian struck by Robert Novak's Corvette this week says that other than a dislocated shoulder, he’s “doing fine,” the Washington Post reports. In fact, Don Liljenquist seems more star-struck than car-struck: "Bob Novak is the one that hit me?" the homeless 86-year-old said in a... More »

Feds Let Troops Fight, Won't Help Them Vote

White House, Pentagon, Dem-controlled Congress all dragging heels to make voting easier

(Newser) - The Pentagon has long dragged its heels on making it easier for US troops overseas to have their votes count back home, columnist Robert Novak points out in the Washington Post. There’s little appetite in a Democratic-controlled Congress to kick-start the process, Novak notes, as evidenced by the “... More »

Did McCain Dupe Novak on VP Pick?

Columnist suspects he was played to rain on Obama's parade

(Newser) - Conservative columnist Robert Novak triggered a frenzy of speculation that John McCain was about to announce his choice for runningmate just as Barack Obama was grabbing favorable headlines on his trip to Iraq. Novak now believes he may have been manipulated in a tactic to steal attention by the McCain... More »

Dems' Prints All Over McClellan's 'Bitter Retort'

Leak account has Novak wondering who really wrote book

(Newser) - Scott McClellan's treatment of the Valerie Plame leak case has a key player wondering who really guided the former press secretary’s pen. "His robotic performances from the White House podium seemed only to disgorge what he had been told, and What Happened has the similar feel of someone... More »

Will Edwards Be Obama's AG?

His camp denies the rumor; either way, 3rd-place finisher stays in race

(Newser) - He doesn't have a single primary win yet, but as John Edwards continues his bid for the presidency, rumors are swirling that the trial lawyer is more likely to end up as attorney general in an Obama administration. "Illinois Democrats" have been quietly circulating the rumor, claims Robert Novak,... More »

Hillary's Dirt on Barack?

Clinton camp denies rumor of hurtful information on rival

(Newser) - Does Hillary Clinton have dirt on Barack Obama? Robert Novak said yes in his weekend column and sparked a day of bickering between the camps. Obama’s campaign called the report “devoid of facts, but heavy on innuendo and insinuation of the sort to which we've become all too... More »

Novak: Bush Is Alone On Gonzales

"In half a century, I have not seen a president so isolated from his own party"

(Newser) - There is virtually no support on Capitol Hill for the president's wish to save Alberto Gonzales, who is even more disliked than Rumsfeld was, Robert Novak wrote today. "In half a century, I have not seen a president so isolated from his own party in Congress.  Not Jimmy... More »

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