Molly Ivins, columnist, lost her third battle with breast cancer at age 62. Our condolences and prayers go out to her family and friends.

President Bush, referred to as “Shrub” in Ivins’ writings, said in a statement issued after her death Wednesday evening that Ivins was a Texas original who was loved by her readers and many friends.

“I respected her convictions, her passionate belief in the power of words, and her ability to turn a phrase. She fought her illness with that same passion. Her quick wit and commitment to her beliefs will be missed,” Bush said.

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