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NBC's Luke Russert says he's leaving network

NBC News congressional reporter Luke Russert joined the network out of college following the death of his father, "Meet the Press" moderator Tim Russert. On Wednesday, he pushed the pause button on his political reporting career.

Russert, 30, said he's leaving NBC News on Friday, at the eve of the national political conventions. He said the circumstances of his hiring never gave him the chance to figure out what his future should be, and now he wants to do it.

"NBC News is family and while it's hard to leave, it's the right decision for me at this time," Russert said in a note to colleagues on Wednesday.

Russert's father, the gregarious NBC News...