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Womanpower is apparently a word (really!) and the First Lady was touting it in Minnesota like it's her job. Check out the write-up from Chuck Haga at the Star Tribune. LINK

The First Lady then took her womanpower down to Iowa. The Des Moines Register's Erin Jordan tells us what happened. LINK

"Vice President Dick Cheney attacked the central theme of John Kerry's campaign during a Des Moines-area rally Tuesday, arguing that the Democratic presidential nominee lacks the basic understanding of the war on terrorism to protect Americans," writes the Des Moines Register's Thomas Beaumont. LINK

The Des Moines Register's Rob Borsellino wins the prize for Column About Today's Cheney Visit to Iowa That Had Us Rolling on the Floor Laughing. LINK

The Washington Post 's Mark Leibovich profiles Laura Bush, Noting how she differs from Teresa Heinz Kerry but HATES being asked about her. And he makes this trenchant observation:. LINK

"Unseen but oft-invoked, Heinz Kerry elicits strong and at times nasty reactions. 'Telling someone to shove it in public is inappropriate in my view,' says Helene Hartman, of Yardley, Pa. She supports Laura Bush because she supports her husband and, more than that, she "brings a level of dignity and composure to the role of first lady."

"A Washington nonprofit group with ties to the Republican Party is airing radio ads in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and seven other cities, asking if U.S. Senator John Kerry takes 'the black community for granted?'" reports the Philadelphia Daily News. LINK

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The Washington Post 's Jim VandeHei wraps Sen. Kerry's discussion with community leaders in Las Vegas, during which he "said Bush is threatening the security and the economic vitality of Nevadans with his plan to ship spent nuclear waste from around the country for storage in the mountain 90 miles northwest of here."LINK

Jodi Wilgoren of the New York Times sketches out the lay of the land in Nevada. LINK

The Las Vegas Review-Journal writes: "John Kerry sounded as if he were stumping in Nevada in late October, not the hottest summer day of the year Tuesday when he implored a partisan crowd of more than 12,000" for their help in winning this crucial election. LINK

The Reno Gazette-Journal also writes up Kerry's visit, Noting what Kerry promised Nevada residents in his speech and then adding, "His speech offered no plans for paying for those promises, for which the Republican Party has long criticized him." LINK

"Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry has raised more money from California than any candidate has ever collected in one state in any election," reports the Los Angeles Times. LINK

There's a major organized labor voter mobilization going on in order to bring out the vote for Senator Kerry this November, and Leigh Strobe of the AP has the details.

"The AFL-CIO alone is spending $44 million to mobilize union households. AFSCME, with 1.5 million members, has budgeted $48 million, said (Gerald) McEntee, who has been assigned to oversee labor operations in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The 1.6 million-member Service Employees International Union has allocated $65 million." LINK

And not to pick on the great David Halbfinger again, but that outreach includes the Alliance for Retired Americans!!!

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