Columnist Tony Blankley Dies

    WASHINGTON, :  White House Press Secretary Michael McCurry(L) and spokesperson for House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Tony Blankley(R), discuss Bosnia during an interview 27 November at the White House during a morning news program, CBS This Morning. US President Bill Clinton is scheduled to address the nation 27 November to gather support for sending 20,000 US troops to Bosnia in an effort to keep peace.           AFP PHOTO Paul j. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Conservative columnist and former editorial page editor of The Washington Times Tony Blankley died Sunday. The 63-year-old suffered from stomach cancer. Blankely was the press secretary and adviser to GOP candidate Newt Gingrich from 1990 to 1997. He also had many positions in the Reagan administration. Born in London, Blankley acted on TV’s Lassie, among other shows, and was in movies with Humphrey Bogart. More recently, he served as a regular commentator on the politics show The McLaughlin Group.

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