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Skinhead Plot To Kill Obama Thwarted, Officials Say

In court records unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Tenn., federal agents said two men planned to rob a gun store, target students at a largely African-American high school and then attempt to kill Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Authorities said the plan was fantastic in its scope and that Obama was never in any danger.

Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tenn., and Paul Schlesselman, 18, of West Helena, Ark., did not expect to be successful, officials said, but they were willing to die trying. Officials said they planned to drive as fast as they could toward Obama and shoot at him from the windows.

According to court records, the two men, who met on the Internet, had talked about dressing in white tuxedos and top hats for the alleged assassination attempt.

The suspects are being held without bond on charges of possessing an unregistered firearm, conspiring to steal firearms and threatening a candidate for president.