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"With his top aides indicted in Texas and an ethics complaint pending against him in Washington, Representative Tom DeLay addressed House Republicans on Wednesday and emerged with broad support, lawmakers who attended the meeting said," the New York Times ' Glen Justice and Sheryl Gay Stolberg report. LINK The Hill reports the Senate GOP is backing off from its plan to paint Democrats as "obstructionists" federal appellate court nominees. LINK

Patrick O'Conner of the Hillwrites about the DNC's effort to tap black donors and the "eager network of young supporters with more disposable income than their parents' generation." LINK

Roll Call reports Hill life's rich pageantry, as Ds and Rs staged PR stunts yesterday. LINK

Politics: Happy 55th Birthday Bruce Springsteen — your fan base (like the electorate) has grown a lot more polarized in recent months! LINK "In the last few years, political races from Congress to county sheriff have begun to hinge on the Indian vote, particularly in places like South Dakota, where the Indian population is 8 percent," the New York Times ' Sarah Kershaw reports. "Republicans and Democrats alike, including the presidential candidates, are courting Indians as never before. Mr. Daschle, the Senate minority leader, has campaign offices on all nine of South Dakota's reservations." LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: the Senate:

Some nice clips for Senate candidate Mel Martinez as Rudy Giuliani campaigned for him in Florida yesterday. LINK

The politics of Iraq and national security:

"A House Republican plan to implement the 9/11 Commission's recommendations contains a raft of additional provisions that would expand federal law-enforcement powers and centralize information about private citizens in government databases," the Wall Street Journal 's Jess Bravin and David Cloud report.

"Elections in Iraq will be held as planned early next year, but getting there will be a violent process, top U.S. military and diplomatic officials told members of Congress yesterday," the Washington Post reports. LINK George F. Will on the Iran dilemma. LINK "The incumbent president is the radical in this unorthodox election year … . The challenger is for once the pragmatist and traditionalist on foreign policy," writes Jim Hoagland. LINK

McGreevey:

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Kaitlin Gurney leads "Seeking to craft a legacy on the very issue that haunted his ill-starred tenure in office, Gov. McGreevey issued a sweeping executive order yesterday outlawing the practice of rewarding political contributors with state contracts known as pay-to-play." LINK

The media:

In 1972, "a few top journalists like R.W. Apple Jr., David S. Broder, Jack Germond and Jules Witcover, through their diligence, ambition and supreme self-confidence, set the agenda for the whole political race. This summer, sitting in the Tank and reading campaign blogs, you could sometimes get a half-giddy, half-sickening feeling that something was shifting, that the news agenda was beginning to be set by this largely unpaid, T-shirt-clad army of bloggers," writes Matthew Klain in the forthcoming New York Times Magazine.

The cover photo will take away the breath of any Note reader.

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