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11:20 PM ET, August 13, 2008

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Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Gunman Kills Democratic Official in Arkansas  —  Bill Gwatney, the chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party, was shot in his office in Little Rock Wednesday morning and died a few hours later, police officials said.  —  The officials said a single gunman fired three shots at Mr. Gwatney …
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ArkansasTimes:
Bill Gwatney killed; assailant dead UPDATE  — KARK Photo at Democratic headquarters  —  Arkansas State Democratic Party Chair Bill Gwatney was fatally wounded at State Democratic Party Headquarters on Capitol Avenue about 11:50 a.m. today, witnesses at the scene said.
Michelle Malkin:
I shot the Arkansas Democrat Party chairman; Update: Gwatney dies of injuries  —  Update: More horrible news.  Arkansas Democrat Party chairman Bill Gwatney has died of the gunshot wounds.  —  Statement from the DNC: “Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, DNC Vice Chair Lottie Shackelford …
CNN:
Gunman kills Arkansas Democratic leader  —  (CNN) — The chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party died Wednesday, about four hours after a shooting at the party's headquarters, police said.  —  Chairman Bill Gwatney died at 3:59 Wednesday afternoon after a gunman entered his Little Rock office …
Confederate Yankee:
Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman [Shot] Killed: UPDATE: [Shooter Was Fired Employee] Former Employee Claim Walked Back  —  Details are still coming in, but it appears a man showed up at Democratic Party headquarters, asked for chairman Bill Gwatney by name, was denied a meeting …
Andrew DeMillo / Associated Press:
Gunman kills Arkansas Democratic Party chairman
Agence France Presse:   Arkansas Democratic leader dies after shooting: Clintons
Fox News:   Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Dead After Shooting Inside Party Headquarters
Fox News:
Kristol: Colin Powell to Endorse Barack Obama  —  Sources say former Secretary of State Colin Powell will endorse Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol told FOX News exclusively on Wednesday.  —  “He may well give a speech …
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James Gerber / Political Radar:
Powell Says He's Not Going to Dem Convention  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis and David Chalian Report: Gen. Colin Powell told ABC News on Wednesday that he will not be going to the Democratic National Convention, disputing a suggestion made earlier in the day on the Fox News Channel by Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol.
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Jesse Jackson's convention streak in doubt  —  The Rev. Jesse Jackson has spoken at every Democratic convention since 1984, but that streak may come to an end this year.  —  Jackson, a controversial civil rights activist who ran for president in 1984 and 1988, last month had to apologize …
Discussion: Power Line and The Jawa Report
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bill Kristol: Colin Powell will probably endorse Obama, may speak …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Ace of Spades HQ
Pew Research Center:
Presidential Race Draws Even  —  GOP Base Getting Behind McCain  —  With less than two weeks to go before the start of the presidential nominating conventions, Barack Obama's lead over John McCain has disappeared.  Pew's latest survey finds 46% of registered voters saying they favor or lean …
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Gallup:   Gallup Daily: Obama Up by 6, 48% to 42%
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain, Obama ‘draw even:’ Pew poll
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Announces That Lieberman And Graham Are Going To Georgia  —  At a press conference just now, John McCain redoubled his efforts to thrust himself into a leadership role on the Russia-Georgia crisis front, announcing that two top campaign surrogates, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham, are going on a visit to Georgia.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The RBC
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain in charge?  —  I think Greg Sargent is on to something regarding McCain's announcement at his press conference today that Sens. Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman — his two closest friends in the Senate — will be heading to Georgia soon.  —  Yes, they're both members of the Armed Services Committee.
Discussion: Hot Air and Wake up America
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain In The Red Zone
Discussion: The Swamp and Talking Points Memo
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Reporters get peek at Meghan McCain's children's book  —  DETROIT, Michigan (CNN) - Reporters on board John McCain's campaign plane Wednesday got an early look at Meghan McCain's soon-to-be-published “picture book biography” of her father, titled: “My Dad, John McCain.”
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Zachary Coile / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pelosi blasts Lieberman  —  (08-13) 14:22 PDT Washington - —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted Sen. Joe Lieberman today for making what she called “totally irresponsible” remarks about Democrat Barack Obama, which she warned could prompt Senate Democrats to strip him of his committee chairmanship.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Hannity Pwns himself over John McCain's own affair.  Double standard: Eruption  —  Nothing John McCain did dishonestly in his life counts because he was a POW.  So says Sean Hannity after he got caught attacking John Edwards and trying to play the average Amercian guy who just doesn't understand …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ross Douthat:
Unrealpolitik  —  If Russia doesn't halt its advance into Georgia, here's what Max Boot would have the U.S. do: … To his credit, Boot goes on to note the obvious objection that Russia might be in a position to make life miserable for us if we started treating Georgia as '80s Afghanistan, take two.
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CNN:
McCain pushes hard line against Russia; aides attack Obama
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Andy / Towleroad.com:
MCCAIN TAKES $2300 CONTRIBUTION FROM OWNER OF GAY SEX SITE MANHUNT  —  You may have read about Manhunt.net founders Larry Basile and Jonathan Crutchley (above right) in Michael Joseph Gross' OUT article entitled “Has Manhunt Destroyed Gay Culture?”  —  Crutchley's political leanings are pointed out near the beginning of the piece:
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Nevada Presidential Election  —  McCain Takes Slight Lead Again in Nevada  —  The race for Nevada's Electoral College votes remains close, but for the fourth time in the last five months John McCain has a slight advantage.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows …
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Rasmussen Reports:
41% Say Bush Worst President Ever; 50% Disagree
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Is This What It Means To Be An Obama “Progressive?”  —  Share This: Digg!  —  I am an Obama supporter.  Who could not be when McCain is the other choice?  But pols are pols and do what they do.  That's why I rip them all when they do the wrong thing, by my lights.  For example, as Obama did on FISA Capitulation.
Discussion: Salon
 
 
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