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The politics of Porter Goss: The Washington Post 's Walter Pincus reports "The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), said confirmation hearings on the nomination of Rep. Porter J. Goss (R-Fla.) as CIA director will be held the first week in September, but Roberts joined a key House panel chairman yesterday in questioning whether Congress will move to overhaul U.S. intelligence agencies before the November election." LINK The New York Times ' Kit Seelye writes that while Democrats are raising a ruckus, it's highly unlikely that they'll throw themselves in front of it. LINK

She outlines the president's master stroke: "Privately, some Democrats said the nomination put them in a difficult political position. The C.I.A. has already gone two months without a replacement for George J. Tenet as director. The Democrats said that if they opposed the Goss nomination they expected that the White House would cast them as obstructionists who were delaying prosecution of the war on terror."

Greg Miller of the Los Angeles Times previews what will no doubt be a Democratic line of attack during confirmation hearings. LINK

"In a section of its final report that is critical of Congress, the Sept. 11 commission singled out Goss' committee, saying it held "perhaps two" hearings on the issue from January 1998 up until the attacks."

ABC News Vote 2004: Kerry-Edwards '04: The AP's Dalrymple give us a quick glance at what's in store as far as campaign message goes — it's all economics and taxes the next two weeks. She also tells us a little bit about Oregon, today's battleground-of-choice.LINK

The Boston Globe 's Charlie Savage looks at how the Kerry-Edwards campaign seeks and has been trying to help Senator Edwards' liability with doctors following a career of being, well, the anti-doctor. "Behind the campaign's effort to recast Edwards lies a fear that doctors' anger over his trial-lawyer image could deprive the Democratic ticket of support from a medical constituency that is very much in play in this election. Polling data from recent elections show that doctors, who traditionally vote Republican, are moving toward Democrats because of concerns over health-care issues, including a patient bill of rights."LINK

The Boston Globe 's Pat Healy wraps Senator Kerry's "politically charged house call on 200 Nevada senior citizens yesterday." LINK

The New York Times ' Jodi Wilgoren wraps Senator Kerry's bash-the-President-on-prescription-drugs-benefits campaign appearance in Nevada Wednesday. LINK

The Chicago Tribune's Jill Zuckman looks at Senator Kerry's almost apolitical — or at least increasingly non-partisan — stance on the trail while wooing battleground state voters.LINK

"Seizing on signs of dissatisfaction among senior citizens with the Medicare law signed last year by President Bush, John F. Kerry told a mostly gray-haired crowd in Nevada's second-largest city Wednesday that as president he would remove the law's restrictions on importing cheaper drugs from Canada," writes the Washington Post 's Jonathan Finer.LINK ABC News Vote 2004: Bush-Cheney v. Kerry-Edwards: Maura Reynolds and Mark Z. Barabak team up for their daily campaign wrap and Notice that they keep almost running into each other on the trail. LINK

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