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6:50 AM ET, August 14, 2008

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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 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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bill Kristol: Colin Powell will probably endorse Obama, may speak …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Ace of Spades HQ
New York Times:
Gunman Kills Democratic Official in Arkansas  —  Bill Gwatney, the chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party, was fatally shot in his office in Little Rock on Wednesday morning, police officials said.  —  The officials said a gunman fired several shots at Mr. Gwatney, a former state legislator …
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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 …
Cassy Fiano / Stop The ACLU:
Michelle Malkin and Sean Hannity blamed for shooting of Bill Gwatney …
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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Boston Globe:
McCain supports Georgia
Discussion: Comedy Central
People.com:
The Edwards Affair: Elizabeth's ‘Excruciating Anguish’  —  Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards stunned the nation with his televised confession Aug. 8 that he had an extramarital affair.  Battling cancer that her doctors call incurable, his wife, Elizabeth …
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Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Johnny, I hardly knew ye  —  After covering John Edwards — and liking him — for years, what I thought I knew about him was wrong.  But reporters often misjudge candidates.  —  John Edwards at his South Carolina primary night rally in Columbia, S.C., on Jan. 26, 2008.
Discussion: Web Scout and Overlawyered
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Peace Plan Offers Russia a Rationale to Advance  —  TBILISI, Georgia — It was nearly 2 a.m. on Wednesday when President Nicolas Sarkozy of France announced he had accomplished what seemed virtually impossible: Persuading the leaders of Georgia and Russia to agree to a set of principles that would stop the war.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Guardian
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Jeremy Clarkson / Times of London:
Russia and Georgia at war... in beach volleyball
CNN:
McCain pushes hard line against Russia; aides attack Obama
Discussion: www.redstate.com
TheDenverChannel.com:
Police: Pound Of Cyanide Found In Denver Hotel  —  Canadian Man Had Been Dead For Days Inside Burnsley  —  DENVER — Police confirmed Wednesday that they found about a pound of sodium cyanide in a Denver hotel room where the body of a Canadian man was discovered earlier this week.
Associated Press:
Newly released files detail early US spy network  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  WASHINGTON - Before Julia Child became known to the world as a leading chef, she admitted at least one failing when applying for a job as a spy: impulsiveness.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Deborah Haynes / Times of London:
Iraq minister: US combat troops to pull out in three years under deal  —  American soldiers will withdraw from cities across Iraq next summer and all US combat troops will leave the country within three years, provided the violence remains low, under the terms of a draft agreement with the Iraqi Government.
Discussion: Hot Air, Harry's Place and On Deadline
Zachary Coile / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pelosi blasts Lieberman  —  (08-13) 14:22 PDT Washington - —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted Sen. Joe Lieberman today for making what she called “totally irresponsible” remarks about Democrat Barack Obama, which she warned could prompt Senate Democrats to strip him of his committee chairmanship.
David Hambling / Danger Room:
Laser Gunship Fires; ‘Deniable’ Strikes Ahead?  —  Boeing announced today the first ever test firing of a real-life ray gun that could become US special forces' way to carry out covert strikes with “plausible deniability.”  —  In tests earlier this month at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Veepstakes: McCain's Pro-Choice Trial Balloon?  —  John McCain's admission to the Weekly Standard's Steve Hayes ("Shayes" to friends) that he would consider the possibility of choosing a pro-choice running mate is rightly seen as a trial balloon to gauge reaction among conservative base voters to such a move.
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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 …
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
In a Generation, Minorities May Be the U.S. Majority  —  Ethnic and racial minorities will comprise a majority of the nation's population in a little more than a generation, according to new Census Bureau projections, a transformation that is occurring faster than anticipated just a few years ago.
Discussion: Beltway Confidential and Truthdig
 
 
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Amanda Terkel / Salon:
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Discussion: Open Left and Think Progress
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Is This What It Means To Be An Obama “Progressive?”
Discussion: Salon
KGMB-TV:
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Reporters get peek at Meghan McCain's children's book