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Zell Miller will reappear at Madison Square Garden as the convention keynote speaker, reports Ed Chen of the Los Angeles Times. LINK

"'The administration has done a very good job for three and a half years, perhaps too good a job, of shoring up his conservative base,' said Charles Cook, an independent analyst based in Washington. 'At this point, reaching to the middle is what he needs to do. The convention program, highlighting moderates and a Democrat, is a sign that this is what they intend to do.'"

"U.S. Senator Zell Miller — a conservative, pro-Bush Democrat from Georgia — will become the first member of an opposing party to deliver the keynote address at a national convention," writes Stefan Friedman of the New York Post . LINK

USA Today 's Judy Keen looks at Senator Zell Miller's 12-year journey from keynote to keynote. LINK

More schedule highlights: LINK

The Washington Times ' Ralph Z. Hallow writes about "the ex-Marine from the foothills of Appalachia" who will keynote the Republican National Convention. Zell Miller will be the first speaker ever to keynote both major party conventions. In what the Washington Times calls a "ideological kaleidoscope" other prime-time headliners will include Arizona Senator John McCain, New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. LINK

Haberman and Bazinet report the a Republican Party official who says the GOP is planning a "tasteful" tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks, including family members of the victims. "Why do you think we picked New York? It's not because it's Republican territory," a Bush adviser told the Daily News. LINK

Anarchists as wild cards? "Moderate" anarchists? What are the chances for something ugly to happen at the convention? LINK

The NYPD played for cameras yesterday. LINK

Money and politics: The Washington Post 's Tom Edsall looks at the new FEC rules, effective Jan. 1, "that will make it significantly more difficult for independent political groups to continue to raise and spend millions of dollars in contributions for the 2006 election." One regulation limits to $5,000 any contribution resulting from a solicitation indicating that "any portion of the funds" will support or oppose a federal candidate. The other stipulates that 527 groups must finance at least half of their efforts with limited hard money donations from individuals. LINK

The AP's Sharon Theimer breaks down the new ground rules on interest groups laid down by the FEC yesterday. Starting after Nov. 2, 2004, "The Federal Election Commission rules, approved 4-2 Thursday, will require nonparty groups that raise more than $1,000 to take only limited donations from individuals if they tell donors the money will be used to promote or oppose a particular presidential or congressional candidate. They will also have to disclose their financing and spending to the FEC." LINK

"The Federal Election Commission passed a series of complicated campaign finance rules on Thursday in an effort to make it harder for some independent political groups to spend millions in unrestricted contributions in future elections," the New York Times ' Glen Justice reports LINK

A new campaign finance "loophole?" Members of Congress can give money to GOTV groups. LINK

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