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Bush-Cheney '04's chairman in Southwest Ohio, Michael Allen, resigned Monday after acknowledging an affair with a woman in his office. LINK

Republican National Convention: media:

The Republicans have their Nash and all, but we prefer our Burstein. LINK

Like working reporters actually have time to stop by the spa???? LINK

That said — the GOPers get lots of credit for clean bathrooms, good food, friendly cops (how they'd manage) and not too many long lines at the mags.

But running out of food, Mr. Sheekey??? So very, very Boston of you.

The New York Post's Fred Dicker reports the air conditioning at the Sheraton isn't working at full capacity. We hope you keep cool, Fred. LINK

Republican National Convention: the Democrats:

A Swift rapid response from the Democratic team to President Bush's comments and to, apparently, Chip Reid's interviews.

Today, the Democrats will hit the Purple Heart thing heavily in their press conference and surrogate events. Rep. Charles Rangel, himself a Purple Heart recipient, will headline the DNC's response presser.

Sen. Edwards will say he that negative attacks won't create one single job, won't provide one person health care and more.

The DNC will also release an 11 minute video of "ordinary" folks responding to Bush's stump lines.

The New York Times' Jodi Wilgoren looks at the Democrats' oppo operation -- and thankfully stays away from the "Zeroes." LINK

Republican National Convention: potpourri:

The New York Times' Jim Rutenberg looks at the staging of the convention -- low platform, retro graphics and all. LINK

Republican National Convention: op-eds:

Dick Morris writes McCain, Giuliani, Bloomberg, and Koch all nailed it and stayed right on message. LINK

David Ignatius has Questions For a Wartime President LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Bush v. Kerry:

"President Bush holds clear advantages over John F. Kerry on national security issues and leadership in the war on terrorism, largely erasing the broad gains Kerry made at his party's Boston convention last month, but voters continue to give the president negative marks on the economy and his handling of Iraq, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll," writes the Washington Post' Muste and Morin. LINK

In the new ABC News/Washington Post poll, ABC News Polling Director Gary Langer reports that the President "has erased most of John Kerry's gains on issues and attributes alike, retaking a sizable lead in trust to handle terrorism, moving ahead on Iraq and battling Kerry to parity on the economy — the three top issues of the 2004 campaign." But, Langer reports, the race remains essentially unchanged overall with a 48-48 tie among likely voters.

The Wall Street Journal's Alan Murray listens to all the rhetoric about the 2004 presidential race being a gravely important election (particularly as espoused by the likes of Eddie Vedder and Leonardo DiCaprio) writes, ". . . if this presidential election is so important, why is the election-year debate so vacuous? . . . The great danger of Election 2004 may lie not in whether one side or the other wins, but in whether whoever wins inherits a nation that is rapidly becoming ungovernable." LINK

The Wall Street Journal's editorial board says "we told you so" on 527s, and says everyone who's complaining has it coming.

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