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Despite what the naysayers say, Arizona Dems will not go down without a fight.

The Raleigh News and Observer's Lynn Bonner tries to explain why Edwards was in South Carolina yesterday. LINK The Des Moines Register 's Tom Beaumont Notes that Edwards will step in for Kerry like in Iowa today … with Colin Van Ostern asserting that Edwards is a very good running mate. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: casting and counting:

Two studies looking at felon disenfranchisement laws' effect on voting in individual cities has concluded that "those laws have a disproportionate effect on African-Americans because the percentage of black men with felony convictions is much larger than their share of the general population," the New York Times ' Fox Butterfield reports. LINK

Bush's National Guard service and the CBS documents:

Karl Rove denies being behind the fake documents. LINK Some News of Day articles: LINK and LINK and LINK Note that last one — in the New York Times — has four sources saying Dan Rather is not in love with the Thornburgh choice.

The Los Angeles Times on the one-two punch delivered to CBS: LINK

"With Respect,": James Pinkerton writes to Dan Rather: answer THESE questions. LINK

Says Bob Novak: "High-level Democrats, including some inside the Kerry campaign, were appalled by this week's political sideshow. Just as John Kerry began finding his voice on Iraq, he was in danger of being drowned out by Democratic operatives Joe Lockhart and Terry McAuliffe. But the Democratic presidential candidate had only himself to blame." LINK "Democratic critics can hardly comprehend that Lockhart, President Bill Clinton's spokesman who was recently taken aboard the campaign by Senator Kerry, telephoned a notorious Bush-bashing eccentric who was CBS's source of the discredited documents. They also are unhappy that McAuliffe, the Clinton-selected Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman who supposedly was eclipsed when Kerry clinched the nomination, has launched an advertising campaign attacking President Bush's National Guard record."

Nader-Camejo:

The Arkansas Supreme Court will hear arguments today to determine if Nader's name should be added in Arkansas. LINK

The AP's Charles Beggs reports the Oregon Supreme Court unanimously took Ralph Nader off the Oregon presidential ballot yesterday, but the consumer advocate said he will take his case to US Supreme Court. The decision supported the logic of Oregon's Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, who found errors petition sheets brought Nader 218 signatures short of the 15,306 needed to put him on the Nov. 2 ballot. LINK

Nader's campaign sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates to request tickets to the Sept. 30 presidential debate in Miami, one for Nader, plus three others.

Note: Nader has declined offers to participate in other third party debates, because he feels his place is on stage with Bush and Kerry.

There are a few groups making noise about Nader's exclusion from the nationally televised debates. LINK and LINK

Al Hunt writes that "The thorn in the Democrats' side, Ralph Nader, may not be quite as deep as four years ago. But it won't go away and still could prove deadly." LINK

The Congress:

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