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5:40 PM ET, August 13, 2008

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Arkansas Online:
Gwatney shot at state Democratic headquarters  —  Gunman dead after chase, police say  —  LITTLE ROCK — A gunman shot Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney three times at the State Democratic Party Headquarters in Little Rock on Wednesday, fleeing the scene in a pickup and leading police …
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Andrew DeMillo / Associated Press:
Gunman wounds Arkansas Democratic Party chairman  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A gunman barged into the Arkansas Democratic Party headquarters Wednesday morning and shot the state party chairman three times, critically wounding him, authorities and party officials said.
New York Times:
Gunman Critically Wounds Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman  —  Bill Gwatney, the chairman of the Arkansas Democratic party, was shot and critically wounded in his office in Little Rock Wednesday morning, police officials said.  —  The officials said a single gunman fired three shots at Mr. Gwatney …
Andrew DeMillo / Associated Press:   Report of shots at Arkansas Dems headquarters
Fox News:
Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman in Critical Condition Following Shooting
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Michelle Malkin:
I shot the Arkansas Democrat Party chairman
Discussion: Sadly, No!
CNN:
One shot at Arkansas Democratic Party HQ
Discussion: D-Day
Think Progress:
Chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party shot and in critical condition.
Discussion: Towleroad.com
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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Dave Davies / Philly.com:
Poll: Obama leads in Pa., but not by much  —  BUOYED by a widespread disdain for President Bush and concern about the economy, Democrat Barack Obama holds a lead over Republican John McCain in the latest Daily News/Franklin & Marshall Poll.  —  Obama leads McCain by eight points …
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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Zoe Magee / ABCNEWS:
Georgia-Russia Shaky Cease Fire
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Hot Air
Washington Post:
Georgia Says Russian Tanks Violated Truce
Discussion: Hot Air
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Washington Post:
While Aide Advised McCain, His Firm Lobbied for Georgia
Think Progress:
McCain: 'In the 21st century, nations don't invade other nations.'  —  In recent days, Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) rhetoric toward Russia has mostly been overblown bluster, including an accusation that the country wanted to restore its old empire.  However, since a cease-fire was announced …
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
McCain: Georgia conflict won't ‘re-ignite the Cold War’
Discussion: Boston Globe and TIME.com
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
McCain calls for a ‘steady hand’ on tiller
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Roger Kimball / Pajamas Media:
NY Times tries to torpedo anti-Obama book; succeeds in spreading its message  —  Oh dear, Oh dear, Oh dear.  Jerome Corsi, author of the bestselling Unfit for Command in 2004, a book that turned the phrase “swift boat” into a verb and helped defeat John “Reporting for Duty” Kerry …
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Fox News:
Kristol: Colin Powell to Endorse Barack Obama  —  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell will endorse Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention, Weekly Standard Publisher Bill Kristol told FOX News exclusively on Thursday.  —  “He may well give a speech at the Democratic convention explaining …
Peter Beinart / Washington Post:
Erasing The Race Factor  —  Obama's Best Hope Is To Face the Issue Directly  —  Barack Obama has a problem.  He really, really doesn't want this campaign to be about race.  He wants it to be about change, President Bush, the economy, gas prices, Iraq, Afghanistan — almost anything else.
Jacqueline Trescott / Washington Post:
Unabomber Objects to Newseum's Exhibit  —  Ted Kaczynski, the convicted “Unabomber,” is upset that his Montana cabin, where he was eventually captured, is part of a display at the Newseum.  —  In a handwritten letter to a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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The Smoking Gun:
Kaczynski Angered By Predatory Home Loan
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
Clemente Lisi / New York Post:
PHELPS' PIG SECRET: HE'S BOY GORGE  —  Swimming sensation Michael Phelps has an Olympic recipe for success - and it involves eating a staggering 12,000 calories a day.  —  “Eat, sleep and swim.  That's all I can do,” Phelps, who won two more gold medals today, told NBC when asked what he needs to win medals.
Discussion: Donklephant
Rick Sallinger / CBS4Denver:
‘Gitmo On The Platte’ Set As Holding Cell For DNC  —  DENVER (CBS4) ― CBS4 News has learned if mass arrests happen at the Democratic Convention, those taken into custody will be jailed in a warehouse owned by the City of Denver.  Investigator Rick Sallinger discovered the location and managed to get inside for a look.
Washington Post:
Beijing Is All Dressed Up, But No One Is Going  —  Chinese Olympic organizers acknowledged Tuesday they were struggling to handle an unforeseen and baffling problem inside Summer Games venues and at the showpiece Olympic Park.  —  Not enough people.  —  Two weeks after announcing …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Yes, She Can  —  While Obama was spending three hours watching “The Dark Knight” five time zones away, and going to a fund-raiser featuring “Aloha attire” and Hawaiian pupus, Hillary was busy planning her convention.  —  You can almost hear her mind whirring: She's amazed at how easy it was to snatch Denver away from the Obama saps.
Tom Skilling / Chicago Tribune:
Decade has had fewest 90-degree days since 1930  —  August is the wettest and often the muggiest month of the year.  Yet, summer heat continues in short supply, continuing a trend that has dominated much of the 21st Century's opening decade.  There have been only 162 days 90 degrees or warmer …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Ari Melber / The Washington Independent:
Stop Obama/Bayh 08  —  Popular candidates like Gen. Wes Clark and Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) were famously recruited into politics by volunteer-driven “drafts.”  Now something close to the opposite of a draft is rumbling among concerned Democrats, as insiders and bloggers respond to apparently credible rumors …
 
 
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