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The Wall Street Journal's Bob Davis and Antonio Regaldo look at the evolution of President Bush's position on stem cell research, and how new technology is at times able to break through the debate to become a political issue.

The Los Angeles Times' Maura Reynolds takes a look at how federal dollars can find their way to battleground states. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Kerry-Edwards '04:

John Kerry will be in Ohio Thursday night -- ground zero of the presidential race and will strike back at his Republican opponent at almost the second after the latter finishes his convention acceptance speech, the AP's Nedra Pickler reports. LINK

From a campaign memo: "Hours after the close of the Republican convention, Kerry, Edwards and their families will hold a midnight rally in Springfield, Ohio before splitting up to hold separate tours through battleground states. Culminating in coordinated, country-wide Front Porch visits on Monday, the weekend will focus on the Kerry-Edwards plan to create jobs, cut taxes for the middle class, lower health care costs and make America stronger and safer because John Kerry and John Edwards believe a stronger America begins at home.

As Kerry, Edwards and Teresa Heinz Kerry and Elizabeth Edwards hit the battleground states, the campaign will unveil new television ads next week on their plan to build a stronger America."

What was Rand Beers doing in Nantucket yesterday?

Why … prepping for debate prep, ABC News' Dan Harris reports.

A senior campaign official said that Kerry and a team of advisers were narrowing down a universe of topics about which to prep.

Among the folks there: Bob Shrum, Ron Klain, and others.

This is not the first time they've done debate prep (prep), per the official.

Speaking at a town hall meeting at University of Central Florida, Vanessa and Alex Kerry, Andre Heinz and Cate Edwards said the nation is at a critical juncture, and that the youth vote could make all the difference" Maria Padilla reports. LINK

Richard Cohen of the Washington Post writes that in order for Kerry to get back on track, he needs to return to straight talk. LINK

If Hurricane Frances will allow it, John Edwards will visit Brevard County, FL, on Friday. LINK

Edwards told a crowd in West Virginia on arrival at the Raleigh County Memorial Airport, "You'll get tired of seeing me." LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: the Senate:

The race on the GOP side is a tossup, with Martinez sources bullish on their chances, says ABC News' Jon Karl.

But public polls are less clear. LINK

And turn out could be screwed up by the GOP convention (some of the party's top vote corrallers are in New York), the approach of Hurricane Frances, and, well, a myriad of Florida factors.

We all agree: "'The last 48 hours of a campaign, if done improperly, can have an impact on the general — there's no question about it,' said Gov. Jeb Bush Monday." LINK

"Tom Slade, former Florida Republican Party chairman, said the nastiness of the race can hurt party turnout and the ability to attract qualified candidates to other campaigns. Slade would like to see both parties become more civil in the debates." LINK

"Coors keeps busy in NYC: Candidate meets Reaganomics guru, speaks to delegates." LINK

casting and counting:

The DOJ will monitor polling sites in Miami. LINK

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