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Getting tickets to the debate at Arizona State University is next to impossible, according to the Arizona Republic. There are no public seats, there is a lottery for students, and the rest to "donors who've given or are willing to give $100,000 or more to help put on the debate." LINK

Here Kitty, Kitty:

Michiko Kakutani's review of Kitty Kelley's book includes this:

"Though Doubleday is promoting Ms. Kelley as 'a master investigative biographer,' she lavishes all too much of her admirable energy on trying to ferret out personal peccadilloes, ranging from drug and alcohol binges to temper tantrums, from weight problems to bad taste in gift-giving. Certainly family members (particularly George W. Bush, running in the aftermath of the Bill Clinton scandals) have to some degree invited this sort of scrutiny by selling themselves as a close, wholesome, all-American clan, but Ms. Kelley's relentless concentration on these matters, often to the exclusion of far more serious issues, makes for a tacky, voyeuristic and petty-seeming narrative. " LINK

And Note to the Times ' correction department: you still don't seem to have a correction for John Broder claiming that the Bush campaign in 1988 ran the famous Willie Horton ad. Since this review repeats the error, maybe you should consider just one big super-correction. Just a thought . . .

You do have a cute Harkin correction, though. LINK

USA Today 's Kathy Kiely has White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan dismissing the Kelley book as "'so trashy that even the tabloids should cringe.'" LINK

The Washington Post 's Linton Weeks sits down with Kitty Kelley, the woman who longs to write an authorized biography. LINK

On Today today, Matt Lauer continued to pummel Ms. Kelley, begging the question of why she is coming back tomorrow.

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

Anne Kornblut writes in today's Boston Globe that it's not all about Ohio. Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin are also vital to both campaigns. LINK

"A new poll in the swing state Wisconsin shows President Bush starting to open up a lead — now 8 points — over Democrat John Kerry in a state that's a near must-win for Kerry," so leads Deborah Orin's New York Post dispatch. LINK

As for us, we're eagerly awaiting the ABC News poll of Pennsylvania out today . . .

With a Gallup Poll showing Bush pulling ahead of Kerry in the Badger State, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle appeared on CNN's "American Morning," and said Bush has "got a very hard time talking about anything he's done on health care." Doyle said Wisconsin strongly supports the ban on assault weapons. When challenged to explain how he could support the assault weapons ban given how it hurt Gore in 2000, Doyle pointed out that the question then was not assault weapons.

"People know the difference between an assault weapon and a deer rifle," he said.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Larry Sandler reports on Democratic efforts to secure the African-American vote in today's state primary and in 49 days for Kerry. LINK

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Craig Gilbert reports, "While both campaigns have called Wisconsin a tossup, that anxiety among Democrats is the flip side of the heightened optimism that GOP activists in the state have voiced during and since their party's convention." LINK

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