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USA Today 's Jim Drinkard introduces us to John Sperling, who is very rich, running newspaper ads with a twist on the red states versus blue states school of politics, convinced that Democrats should work their base, and had his cat cloned when he couldn't get his dog cloned. LINK

"Why do Republicans and Democrats differ so emphatically?" "Do liberals 'think' with their limbic systems more than conservatives do?" Steven Johnson tackles these ideas and more as he explores the possibility of the "Political Brain" in Sunday's New York Times ' Magazine.

Johnson references an article that appeared in the New York Times ' somewhat recently which profiled a team of U.C.L.A researchers who analyzed the "neural activity" of Democrats and Republicans while viewing campaign ads. Johnson notes its "pretty to think that we decide our political affiliations by methodically studying each party's positions on the issues" but a recent study by Arizona State shows that the voter naturally formed party affiliations prior to determining their political values. All of these theories are just that. The connection between the "brain and the polis" is still largely unknown, but "who is to say those effects don't travel all the way to the voting booth?"

Draw your own conclusion Sunday!

This is only going to get better! Mayor Daley vs. the Chicago Tribune (and its parent company). LINK

TODAY'S SCHEDULE (all times ET):

—8:30 am: The Labor Department releases the weekly jobless claims report —9:00 am: Sen. John Kerry addresses the International Association of Fire Fighters 47th Biennial Convention at the John B. Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA —9:30 am: The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the 9/11 Commission's recommendations with Commission Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton, Homeland Security Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson, and others, Washington, DC —9:30 am: The National Press Professional Affairs Committee, the Gallup Organization, and the National Constitution Center host a program entitled, "Election Polling 2004: How to Interpret and Report on Polls in a Close Election" at the National Press Club, Washington, DC —10:00 am: The FEC meets to consider an opinion from its general counsel that would the commission to regulate any organization whose major purpose is political beginning the next election cycle, Washington, DC —10:00 am: The House International Relations Committee holds a hearing on "Diplomacy in the Age of Terrorism: What is the State Department's Strategy?" Washington, DC —10:00 am: National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice speaks on "Waging the War of Ideas in the Global War on Terror" sponsored by the U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington, DC —10:30 am: RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie holds a conference call to announce the keynote speaker and daily themes for the 2004 Republican National Convention —12:00 pm: Sen. Kerry attends a front porch visit, Derry, NH —4:00 pm: The Cato Institute hosts a Policy Forum on "Affirmative Action After Michigan," Washington, DC —10:00 pm: Mario Rodriguez of BC'04, Alexandra Gallardo-Rooker of KE'04, and Matt Gonzalez on behalf of the Nader-Camejo campaign participate in a debate the at the Temecula City Counsel Chambers, Riverside County, CA

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