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Robert Novak undergoing treatment for a brain tumor

July 28, 2008 | 10:42 am

Robert Novak, the journalist who has made a fair amount of news himself this month, is suffering from a brain tumor, he revealed today.

Syndicated columnist Robert Novak announced that he has been diagnosed with a brain tumor "On Sunday, July 27, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor," he said in a statement. "I have been admitted to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, where doctors will soon begin appropriate treatment.

"I will be suspending my journalistic work for an indefinite but, God willing, not too lengthy period."

The news was first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, which syndicates Novak's column. Initially begun as a joint effort with the late Rowland Evans that began 45 years ago, the column is the longest-running such commentary in America.

Novak, 77, is especially well-sourced within Republican circles. Earlier this month, he floated in a blog posting the prospect that John McCain would unveil his vice presidential choice while presidential rival Barack Obama was traveling abroad last week -- only to say later that he probably had been led down a primrose path by the McCain campaign.

Last Wednesday, he hit a pedestrian while driving his car in downtown Washington and, apparently unaware of the accident, kept going. He was stopped by onlookers and cited by police; the victim, an elderly homeless man, suffered minor injuries.

The brain tumor diagnosis occurred after Novak became ill while spending the weekend on Cape Cod, Mass; coincidentally, Sen. Ted Kennedy was diagnosed with a brain tumor this spring after he suffered a seizure at his family's Hyannis Port compound on the peninsula.

In a column published today, Novak reflects on the failure of Obama to breakthrough the 50% mark in various national polls through today, despite the many generic factors favoring the Democratic Party in this campaign season.

Novak concluded that McCain, despite "running a flawed campaign in a big Democratic year" still could win the presidency "unless Obama closes the deal."

The Swamp blog also has a post on Novak, as does our Countdown to Crawford blog.

-- Don Frederick

Photo: Associated Press

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