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Lynn Sweet to the Chicago Sun-Times hammers "Nader incorrectly does not grasp that his appeal to the far left of the political spectrum will take away more votes from Democrat John Kerry than from Bush. He still refuses to comprehend how his run four years ago siphoned off votes from Democrat Al Gore in states where the balloting was close, especially in Florida, New Hampshire and Oregon." LINK

Does Chris Kofinis have a new title: "chief strategist?"

The Washington Post 's Brian Faler reports Ralph Nader "has become embroiled in an ugly exchange with the Anti- Defamation League, after he suggested that President Bush and Congress were 'puppets' of the Israeli government." LINK

Nader isn't on the West Virginia ballot quite yet, but at least he's on the agenda of tonight's Kanawha County Commission meeting, which will likely discuss the petition drive to place Ralph Nader on this November's presidential ballot in West Virginia. LINK

"The treasurer of the national Reform Party, which is supporting Ralph Nader for president, has told federal election officials that the party has $18.18 in the bank and should be terminated," reports the AP. LINK

Ralph Nader backers are hard at work in Wisconsin. The candidate's state field coordinator, Bill Linville, tells the AP that this time around Nader officials don't plan to provide updates on their progress and that they will conduct their own review of names and addresses before turning them in. "We're going to leave ourselves as much time to check through the signatures as possible," Linville said. LINK

The AP reports the Green Party of California denied Ralph Nader's request to hold a special nominating convention that would have given him another shot at appearing on California's ballot. The plot to bump candidate David Cobb from the Green line has failed. LINK

Nader's legal battle in Pennsylvania. LINK

Ralph Nader will participate in convocation series at Drury University in Springfield Missouri on Aug. 26. By then, the secretary of state's office may have determined whether his signatures are valid, placing him on the ballot. LINK

Will he celebrate with a surprise visit to Bass Pro outdoor shop? (Cheney seemed to enjoy it so.) LINK

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In case you were wondering, our monkeys of the Googling variety need no "anti-sense expression vector" injected for efficiency. LINK

Publishers of the upcoming Jon Stewart/"Daily Show" staff book have upped the initial printing. And apparently the book has the potential to appeal to both New Yorker magazine readers as well as readers of Playboy. LINK

Rona Marech of the San Francisco Chronicle talks to some gay newlywed couples anxiously awaiting the California Supreme Court's decision over whether San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom overstepped his bounds by allowing gay couples to marry. LINK

The New York Times ' Diana Jean Schemo reports that teachers' groups, led by the National Education Association, "introduced a campaign on Wednesday to mobilize opposition to the No Child Left Behind law, to demand more money for public schools and to raise the profile of education as an election issue" with house parties and meetings at churches, libraries and schools on Sept. 22. LINK

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