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9:10 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 …
Discussion: pandagon.net and www.redstate.com
CNN:
Clintons: Arkansas Democratic leader killed  —  (CNN) — The chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party died Wednesday, 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 …
Andrew DeMillo / Associated Press:
Gunman kills Arkansas Democratic Party chairman  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A man barged into the Arkansas Democratic headquarters and opened fire Wednesday, fatally shooting the state party chairman before speeding off in his pickup.  Police later shot and killed the suspect after a 30-mile chase.
Discussion: Washington Post
Confederate Yankee:
Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman [Shot] Killed: UPDATE: Shooter Was Fired Employee  —  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, and then pushed his way in and then shot Gwatney before fleeing.
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 …
Agence France Presse:
Arkansas Democratic leader dies after shooting: Clintons  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) — The chairman of the Democratic Party of Arkansas was shot and killed Wednesday by a gunman who opened fire at the party's state headquarters, according to ex-president Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton.
Fox News:
Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Dead After Shooting Inside Party Headquarters
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
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.
The Huffington Post:   Brzezinksi: I Expect Powell To Endorse Obama
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Colin Powell to back Obama: Bill Kristol
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:
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 …
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.
Boston Globe:
McCain supports Georgia
Discussion: CNN and Comedy Central
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
The Drums of Change  —  On or about last Friday, the world changed.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
Dave Davies / Philly.com:
Poll: Obama leads in Pa., but not by much
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain In The Red Zone
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:   McCain calls for a ‘steady hand’ on tiller
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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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
I Know The Secrets That You Keep  —  Jerome Corsi, who co-authored the 2004 Swift Boat classic “Unfit for Command” that helped scuttle the SS Kerry is back for Barack.  The NY Times reviews the effort.  Shorter - there are a few mistakes, so ignore the whole thing.  How did that strategy work with Kerry?
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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 …
Discussion: The New Republic
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Rasmussen Reports:
41% Say Bush Worst President Ever; 50% Disagree
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:
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.
 
 
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