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The New York Times ' Jodi Wilgoren has her write up, including the CBS News poll. LINK

The Washington Post 's Lois Romano and Jim VandeHei. LINK

The AP's Ron Fournier: LINK

USA Today 's Andrea Stone and Jill Lawrence: LINK

The Los Angeles Times plays catch up to the Washington Post with truth squadding Thurlow's citation too. LINK

USA Today 's Stone writes that a clear picture of what Kerry "did or did not do in Vietnam . . . may never emerge." LINK

More "Unfit for Command" excerpts from the Washington Times : LINK

The New York Daily News on Kerry's retort to ads questioning his military service. LINK

The Columbus Dispatch's Darrel Rowland writes that Kerry "escalated the battle over his Vietnam service yesterday." LINK

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Craig Gilbert writes that a "bristling" Kerry was "[a]bruptly ending his silence on the subject." LINK

Knight Ridder's James Kuhnhenn writes that Kerry dust[ed] off an old primary-campaign rallying cry." LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Kerry-Edwards '04:

The Washington Post 's Lois Romano on what was originally supposed to be Senator Kerry's storyline yesterday: hitting Bush on drug imports in New Hampshire. LINK Kerry's health care front-porch event in Derry, NH, was completely overtaken by his Swift Boat pushback, but not so much that Matea Gold didn't give it some play in the Los Angeles Times. LINK

The Manchester Union Leader's Garry Rayno reports that Mary Knowles, who was featured in a Kerry television spot and numerous Kerry speeches about health care, "was eligible for 26 weeks of disability but didn't take it because her husband had been laid off and it would mean a cut in the family income." LINK

The Manchester Union Leader's Scott Brooks writes that "Kerry is hitting on the singular issue that could put him over the top:" health care. LINK

The Arizona Republic columnist Robert Robb explains why the claims by John Kerry recently that "a recent Congressional Budget Office report proves that the tax "burden" on the middle class has gone up as a result of the Bush tax cuts" are false. LINK

Yah, man. Let's all just motivate and vote for John Kerry this year, OK? The Boston Globe 's Kaushik reports that Hempfest "Organizers are pushing pot smokers to help elect Senator John F. Kerry president." LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Bush-Cheney v. Kerry-Edwards:

ABC News' Karen Travers reports:

The Bush-Cheney '04 campaign raised $14 million in July, according to the FEC report it filed for the month, bringing the campaign's grand total to over $240 million, the highest total of any presidential campaign in history.

The Kerry campaign figures will be available today and will show the entire pre-convention fundraising total for the campaign.

The Bush campaign also reported that it had $32.5 million in cash on hand on July 31. In comparison, the campaign had $64,287,947 on hand at the end of June.

The BC04 campaign put up five new ads in July and spread its ad buy to North Carolina with two previously released ads. The campaign also went up on radio with two new ads.

Three of the television ads aired on national cable and local television markets in battleground states, 1 aired only in New Mexico and another was just aiming at local markets in key states.

The specifics on the campaign's disbursements (including how much it spent on advertising) will be available later today.

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