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6:05 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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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:
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.
Andrew DeMillo / Associated Press:
Report of shots at Arkansas Dems headquarters  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party was hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday, a party executive said.  A television station reported that three shots were fired at party headquarters.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Fox News:
Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Dead After Shooting Inside Party Headquarters
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Agence France Presse:   Arkansas Democratic leader dies after shooting: Clintons
Michelle Malkin:
I shot the Arkansas Democrat Party chairman
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Sadly, No!
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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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 Thursday.  —  “He may well give a speech …
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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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.
Marc Ambinder:
A Virginia-Centric Convention  —  The selection of ex-VA Gov. Mark Warner to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention comes on the heels of a secret, last-minute effort to convince Warner to submit his name and record for vice presidential vetting.
Discussion: CNN and The New Republic
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The New Republic:   Virginia GOPer Headlines Denver! Oops—Other Warner
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 …
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
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.
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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Hunter Baker / www.redstate.com:
An Open Letter to Rick Warren
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Joseph A. Palermo / The Huffington Post:
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