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It looks like Ralph Nader's campaign has tip-toed its way to getting on the ballot in just under a dozen states so far — with deadlines almost daily.

The Note rarely Notes it, but Ralph Nader gets A LOT of international press as the story provides plenty of angles for the "stupid Americans" story.

USA Today 's Andrea Stone looks at Republican activity benefiting Nader in different battleground states. LINK

A New Pew Research Center poll shows Nader at 2 percent support — with a margin of error of 3 percent. LINK

Democrats "are sparing no effort to see him finish this race for the White House as nothing more than a pesky asterisk," reports Calvin Woodward of the AP, with a catchy headline dubbing the indie candidate a "menace on the margins." As Nader's poll numbers have dropped, Michael Dimock of the Pew Research Center concludes the polarized electorate is part of what's limiting Nader's appeal. LINK

Campaigning in Tampa, FL yesterday, the AP reports Nader made a plea for conservative support. "The liberal Democrats that voted for us in 2000 are abandoning us in droves," Nader said. "We're going for some of those … hundred million non-voters that the two parties have ignored and can't make a dent in and we're going for independent, liberal and conservatives who voted for Bush in 2000 but who are furious with him now." LINK

Nader will likely be on the ballot as a Reform Party candidate in the Sunshine State. His visit was met with a release from the Florida Democratic Party, saying that "transparent Republican attempts help put him on the ballot and fund his campaign." LINK

The Miami Herald 's Daniel de Vise looks at what kind of impact Nader will have on Southern Florida, a "touchy question" among some progressives. "Four years later, Nader supporters in South Florida feel like pariahs: scorned by Democrats, cast out by the Green Party that once endorsed Nader, and at odds with virtually everyone else in the 'anyone-but-Bush' camp." LINK

The 10:00 news at KOB-TV in Albuquerque took to the streets in interview Nader petition gatherers. LINK

The Des Moines Register's Lynn Campbell writes, "The effort to get Nader on the ballot in Iowa has drawn scrutiny in recent weeks as volunteers who said they were supporting President Bush have appeared outside Bush-Cheney campaign events in Clive and Cedar Rapids, asking Republicans to sign a petition for Nader." LINK

The Nader campaign tells ABC News it delivered more than raw enough signatures to the secretary of state's office to put Nader on the ballot in Iowa yesterday.

Politics:

"Federal prosecutors investigating possible corruption in city contracting have subpoenaed Mayor James K. Hahn's e-mails," reports the Los Angeles Times .LINK

Rep. Rodney Alexander's party switch last week doesn't appear to be going as smooth as he might have hoped. We're sure it won't take very long for the D-trip to get this clip to your inbox. LINK

The Wall Street Journal 's Elizabeth Bernstein offers mini-profiles of the most politically influential religious leaders in the country, with ties and specific advisery roles to President Bush and Sen. Kerry.

Free Matt Cooper:

The New York Times ' Adam Liptak reports "reporter for The New York Times , Judith Miller, was subpoenaed yesterday by a Washington grand jury investigating the disclosure of the identity of a C.I.A. undercover officer to the syndicated columnist Robert Novak and other journalists." LINK

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