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12:15 AM ET, August 14, 2008

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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.
Agence France Presse:   Arkansas Democratic leader dies after shooting: Clintons
Fox News:   Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Dead After Shooting Inside Party Headquarters
Cassy Fiano / Stop The ACLU:
Michelle Malkin and Sean Hannity blamed for shooting of Bill Gwatney …
Discussion: www.redstate.com
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 …
Discussion: Power Line and The Jawa Report
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bill Kristol: Colin Powell will probably endorse Obama, may speak …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Ace of Spades HQ
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, Hullabaloo and The RBC
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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
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain In The Red Zone
Discussion: The Swamp and Talking Points Memo
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%
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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.
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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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Hannity Pwns himself over John McCain's own affair.  Double standard: Eruption  —  Nothing John McCain did dishonestly in his life counts because he was a POW.  So says Sean Hannity after he got caught attacking John Edwards and trying to play the average Amercian guy who just doesn't understand …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and The Nation
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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CNN:
McCain pushes hard line against Russia; aides attack Obama
Discussion: www.redstate.com
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.
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?
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 …
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
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Is This What It Means To Be An Obama “Progressive?”  —  Share This: Digg!  —  I am an Obama supporter.  Who could not be when McCain is the other choice?  But pols are pols and do what they do.  That's why I rip them all when they do the wrong thing, by my lights.  For example, as Obama did on FISA Capitulation.
Discussion: Salon
 
 
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