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10:00 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Brzezinksi: I Expect Powell To Endorse Obama
Discussion: The Washington Note
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
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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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
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain In The Red Zone
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Swamp
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain in charge?  —  I think Greg Sargent is on to something …
Discussion: Wake up America and Hot Air
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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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 …
Discussion: The New Republic
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Rasmussen Reports:
41% Say Bush Worst President Ever; 50% Disagree
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
For Obama, the Devil Wears Pra-duh  —  Senator Barack Obama may have done a good job slicing into Hillary Clinton's fund-raising home turf during the 2008 presidential race, but apparently his campaign hasn't become brainy about all things New York.  —  An updated list of Obama fund-raising events …
Discussion: TIME.com and Wilshire & Washington
 
 
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