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Politics: Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik tells 20 members of the Hastings Rotary Club the first thing he'd do if elected is to abolish the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Reserve, the North American Free Trade Agreement and the U.S. Department of Education, "saying they're all sucking away people's hard-earned money," reports Brad Buck of the Palatka Daily News. LINK

The hometown paper Notes Chrissy Gephardt — daughter of Richard and Jane — is a contender on Showtime's political reality show "American Candidate." LINK

The Washington Times reports that an L.A. radio station's talk show hosts "have enlisted their audience to identify and target for defeat one local Republican congressman they deem soft on issues such as border security and benefits for undocumented aliens." LINK

ABC News NOW Did we mention that you'll see more live coverage of Bush and Kerry events on NOW than anywhere else?

Well you will.

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TODAY'S SCHEDULE (all times ET): — 8:30 am: The Labor Department releases the weekly jobless claims report. — 9:00 am: Senator John Kerry speaks at the UNITY 2004 Journalists of Color Conference at the Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. — 9:55 am: President Bush signs H.R. 4613, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2005 at the White House — 11:00 am: The Treasury Department announces details of next week's bill sale — 12:00 am: Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks at the UNITY 2004 Journalists of Color Conference at the Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. — 1:00 pm: President Bush participates in an "Ask President Bush" event at the Aladdin Shrine Center, Columbus, OH — 1:30 pm: Sens. Kerry and Edwards attend a rally at Union Station, St. Louis, MO — 1:30 pm: Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks at the UNITY 2004 Journalists of Color Conference at the Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. — 1:30 pm: RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie holds a teleconference to announce the Republican Party's 2004 delegation diversity numbers — 4:00 pm: Secretary of State Colin Powell meets with Mikhail Saakashvili, president of Georgia, Washington, D.C. — 4:30 pm: The Federal Reserve releases weekly reports on aggregate reserves and the monetary base, factors affecting bank reserves and money supply — 6:00 pm: President Bush speaks at a rally at the Wendler Arena, Saginaw, MI — 6:25 pm: Sens. Kerry and Edwards attend a rally at the Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City, MO

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