ABC News' The Note: First Source for Political News

"Republicans' business allies vow to match Democratic groups' turnout efforts. The Business-Industry Political Action Committee will help employers in key states reach employees on election issues at least seven times before November. Bipac's Darrel Shull laments, 'Debate on gay marriage is crowding out the opportunity to debate some other issues important to the business community.'"

The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne invokes the legacy of Lee Atwater, noting "Atwater's spirit is hovering around this year's campaign, and the Democrats need to sleuth out the content of the 3-by-5 card on John Kerry." LINK

Karl Rove stopped by a Party for the president in Irvine, Calif., yesterday to thank volunteers and declare to party faithful: "Who wins this election will determine the course of history." ">LINK

And "The Sopranos"' Tony "Paulie Walnuts" Sirico attended another "Party for the president" last night in Queens. LINK

Bennett Roth of the Houston Chronicle does the "Cheney as a liability" story today and leads with the joint appearance by the Vice President and Sen. John McCain in Michigan. LINK

The New York Daily News' DeFrank writes about the reaction to the latest Cheney speculation, Noting "Bush administration officials said yesterday there is zero chance that Cheney will be replaced." LINK

Considering Cheney's low approval ratings and the suggestions that he might be dumped from the ticket, the president's "reliance on Cheney in Iowa so far could signal that the campaign considers the state less attainable than its neighbors in the critical Midwest battleground," the Des Moines Register posits. LINK

Bill Douglas of Knight Ridder looks at President Bush's populist message on the campaign trail, Noting that the president's own pedigree "hasn't stopped him from portraying Sen. John Kerry as an elitist Northeastern liberal sophisticate." LINK

Howard Kurtz's ad watch on the latest BC04 ads: "In both cases the votes cited are accurate and Kerry's explanations, however well argued, are complicated." LINK

The Washington Times' Sammon looks at the back and forth between the White House and the NAACP and Notes: "By speaking to the Urban League, which focuses more on economic opportunity than politics, Mr. Bush hopes to appeal to blacks by emphasizing pragmatism over ideology." LINK

The New York Times' Paul Krugman slams the President's health care policy, saying that proposed tax credit just won't do the job of substantially increasing the ranks of the insured. LINK

The conventions:

"More than half the Republicans in the House have signed a formal complaint to President Bush about the failure to give prominent conservative, pro-life party members even one prime-time speaking role at the Republican National Convention," reports the Washington Times' Z. Hallow. LINK

Signaling that the Democratic National Convention is going to be a headache for Boston Mayor Thomas Menino until the end, the Boston Globe reports that party chairman from some states are asking delegates not to cross the picket lines at delegate welcome parties in Boston, and "Some are also asking delegates to boycott Menino's speech on the convention floor Monday night." LINK

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