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3:35 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
Weekly Standard:   William Kristol  —  William Kristol is editor of the influential …
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 …
CNN:
Gunman kills Arkansas Democratic leader  —  (CNN) — The chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party died Wednesday, about four 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 …
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.
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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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Reporters get peek at Meghan McCain's children's book
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 …
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%
Jeremy Clarkson / Times of London:
Russia and Georgia at war... in beach volleyball  —  A truce may have been declared in South Ossetia, but tell that to the female beach volleyball players of Russia and Georgia.  Hours after the guns fell silent in the disputed border region a few thousand miles away, insults were flying between …
Discussion: FP Passport
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Associated Press:
Documents: Julia Child part of WWII-era spy ring  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  WASHINGTON - Famed chef Julia Child shared a secret with Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg and Chicago White Sox catcher Moe Berg at a time when the Nazis threatened the world.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain in charge?  —  I think Greg Sargent is on to something regarding McCain's announcement at his press conference today that Sens. Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman — his two closest friends in the Senate — will be heading to Georgia soon.  —  Yes, they're both members of the Armed Services Committee.
Discussion: Hot Air and Wake up America
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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.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
McCain: Won't Rule Out Pro-choice Running Mate  —  Exclusive interview.  —  IN A WIDE-RANGING INTERVIEW aboard his campaign plane this morning, John McCain said that he is open to choosing a pro-choice running mate and named former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge as someone …
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:   Veepstakes: McCain's Pro-Choice Trial Balloon?
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.
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Scholarship  —  I heard about Jerome Corsi's book a few weeks ago from my mother, who said that her great fear—that Barack Obama has covert Islamic associations—had been confirmed by a new book.  I told her not to worry, that many reputable people had looked into the matter and Obama was more likely …
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 …
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 …
KGMB-TV:
Cokie Roberts Draws Heated Reactions  —  Written by KGMB9 News - news@kgmb9.com  —  Barack Obama's Visit has brought a lot of thrills for Hawaii residents, and drawn some heat from critics.  —  The latest is from ABC'S Cokie Roberts.  —  In “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” …
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES and TBogg
 
 
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
ANOTHER GOP SENATOR TO SKIP CONVO
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Tom Skilling / Chicago Tribune:
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