ABC News' The Note: First Source for Political News

Robert Strong, the administrative officer in charge of air operations while President Bush was in the National Guard, tells AP that "the public ought to be concerned about his preferential treatment getting in and whether he satisfied his commitment to the Air Guard," Kelley Shannon reports. Strong also says that Killian's records would have been removed from his office before his family would have been allowed to retrieve them. LINK

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Bernie Goldberg recounts his attempts to debate the issue of political bias with Rather, his former boss.

The debate about debates:

Reuters' Steve Holland reported yesterday afternoon that the Commission on Presidential Debates hopes to hear from the campaigns shortly. LINK

The Washington Times ' Ralph Z. Hallow offers up a look at Republican objections to CBS' participation in the debates, given what they call Dan Rather's "stonewalling." Note the hint of frantic effort by the Commission on Presidential Debates to get the campaigns to even talk to them in enough time to get the logistics and security organized. LINK

Jonathan Greenberger reports in Student Life, St. Louis' premiere student publication, (our boy is all growed up!) Notes "Steve Givens, the coordinator of Washington University's debate planning committee, said the commission did not consult him before sending the letter, and he is unsure how it arrived at the ten-day figure." Greenberger writes "So far, the University has only spent about $50,000 on direct preparations for the debate, mostly on small 'incidental fees' like preparing press kits and ordering t-shirts and pins."

"The proposed debate at the University is seen by many observers as the most likely of the four proposed debates to be cancelled, a notion which the CPD appeared to address in its memo. Writing specifically about the town hall format of the St. Louis debate, the CPD noted that this is 'a format that has proved most popular with the American public.'" LINK

ASU tells the university community what to expect. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: The Big Four: Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, and Wisconsin:

The Columbus Dispatch's Joe Hallett reports that "the 12-county northwestern Ohio region not only picks the Ohio winner — 10 for 10 since 1964 — but it does so with uncanny accuracy." LINK

The Columbus Dispatch's Mark Niquette watches Edwards talk about health care in Portsmouth, OH. LINK

According to the latest Philadelphia Daily News/CN8 Keystone Poll, "Bush now leads Kerry 47 to 45 percent among registered voters in the state with 8 percent still undecided. The lead was within the poll's 4.4 percent margin of error, essentially making it a tie." LINK

The Philadelphia Inquirer explores the bellwether that is Elk County, PA. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: the battlegrounds:

USA Today 's Julie Appleby reports, "Hundreds of people in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Vermont had their Canadian prescription-drug orders seized and thousands more had their shipments delayed after about 450 packages arriving in Miami from the Bahamas were seized by U.S. Customs in July." LINK

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