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8:00 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
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
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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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
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
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 …
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David Hambling / New Scientist:   US boasts of laser weapon's ‘plausible deniability’
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.
Associated Press:
Newly released files show Julia Child was a spy  —  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
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
New Books Aim To Unweave the Obama Narrative  —  In two autobiographies and dozens of speeches, Barack Obama has weaved the narrative that defines his campaign: An introspective boy gradually comes to terms with his mixed-race heritage and emerges with an “unprejudiced” worldview.
Discussion: Commentary and The Corner
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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.
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Political Perceptions
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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 …
Jules Crittenden:
My Wife's Book  —  “Tethered,” a novel by Amy MacKinnon, literary suspense, Random House.  Think CSI on a soul-searching journey in which the protagonist is doing everything she can to look the other way.  Searing gut-punch prose, a page-turner.  OK, I'm her husband,* but I'm also a compulsive editor.
 
 
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Rob Crilly / Times of London:
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USA Today:
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Amanda Terkel / Salon:
John McCain, Internet dunce
Discussion: Open Left and Think Progress
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Is This What It Means To Be An Obama “Progressive?”
Discussion: Salon
KGMB-TV:
Cokie Roberts Draws Heated Reactions
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For Obama, the Devil Wears Pra-duh
Mary Ann Akers / Washington Post:
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
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