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6:35 PM ET, August 13, 2008

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Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Gunman Kills Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman  —  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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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 …
Michelle Malkin:
I shot the Arkansas Democrat Party chairman  —  The Arkansas Democrat Party chairman was shot today at his office in a horrible attack and is in critical condition.  There is scant information about the unhinged shooter, but it seems he was disgruntled over losing his job.
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Sadly, No!
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Confederate Yankee
Andrew DeMillo / Associated Press:
Report of shots at Arkansas Dems headquarters
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Fox News:
Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Dead After Shooting Inside Party Headquarters
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Yahoo! News:   Gunman kills Arkansas Democratic Party chairman
CNN:
Clintons: Arkansas Democratic leader killed
Discussion: D-Day
Agence France Presse:   Arkansas Democratic leader dies after shooting: Clintons
Think Progress:
Chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party shot and in critical condition.
Discussion: Associated Press and 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
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Georgian president to McCain: Move ‘from words to deeds’  —  (CNN) - Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili on Wednesday called for John McCain and other American leaders to do more for Georgia in their response to the conflict in his country.  —  “Yesterday, I heard Sen. McCain say …
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Washington Post:
While Aide Advised McCain, His Firm Lobbied for Georgia
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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Washington Post:   Georgia Says Russian Tanks Violated Truce
Wall Street Journal:
Bush and Georgia
Discussion: Commentary and Betsy's Page
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 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and TBogg
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
I Know The Secrets That You Keep
Discussion: TigerHawk
New York Times:
Book on Obama Hopes to Repeat Anti-Kerry Feat
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.
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Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:   McCain calls for a ‘steady hand’ on tiller
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.
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.
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:
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 …
Discussion: Boston Globe, MoJoBlog and CNN
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 …
 
 
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Financial Times:
Three prominent Republicans declare their support for Obama
Agence France Presse:
US team blame stadium official for gymnastics loss
Discussion: The Corner
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
60 Senate Seats in Sight?
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
ANOTHER GOP SENATOR TO SKIP CONVO
Discussion: TIME.com
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
McCain: Won't Rule Out Pro-choice Running Mate
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
The Drums of Change  —  On or about last Friday, the world changed.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and MoJoBlog
Rasmussen Reports:
41% Say Bush Worst President Ever; 50% Disagree
Tom Skilling / Chicago Tribune:
Decade has had fewest 90-degree days since 1930
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
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Hunter Baker / www.redstate.com:
An Open Letter to Rick Warren
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Joseph A. Palermo / The Huffington Post:
John McCain Must Denounce These Types of Racist Slurs Coming From His Allies
Linda Hirshman / Slate:
RECLAIMING THE MORALITY OF ABORTION AND THE OVERDUE CHANGE …
Kevin Vaughan / Rocky Mountain News:
Obama tickets come with a catch
National Enquirer:
SEX, MORE LIES & VIDEOTAPE
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Eight Strikes and You're Out  —  John McCain recently tried …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Yes, She Can  —  While Obama was spending three hours watching …