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Democratic National Convention: outside the hall:

What was all that worrying about? "Boston experienced virtually no reported crime on Monday and roads were unusually clear. Even the weather cooperated, with blue skies and none of the oppressive humidity generally associated with Boston summers," writes Elizabeth Mehren of the Los Angeles Times. LINK

Democratic National Convention: the media:

Michael Moore and the frenzy: LINK

Jon Stewart and the media. LINK

David Carr of the New York Times views the "hardy, predictable" behavior of the pesky media swarm greatly outnumbering delegates in Boston. LINK

Democratic National Convention: opinion pieces and editorials:

Kevin Hassett of the American Enterprise Institute argues in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that based on his economic proposals, Sen. Kerry would increase the deficit by $2 trillion over 10 years.

The Washington Post 's ed board Notes "Possibly the worst thing in the [Democratic Party] platform is its unilateralist bent in threatening trade sanctions, a move that would trigger retaliation." LINK

Kerry's tediousness is his strength, writes David Brooks in today's New York Times . LINK

James Taranto picks on Chuck Todd in a Wall Street Journal op-ed about the predictive value of past elections.

The Big Four: Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin:

The Florida Democratic Party has just over $105,000; the Florida GOP has more than $1.5 million. LINK

The AP on Kerry's stem cell research pleas, along with the injured Brevard County deputy. LINK and LINK and LINK

Florida delegates lapped up the attention: LINK and LINK

The Cincinnati Enquirer has the AP's David Espo's story with this headline: "Clintons promise to make Kerry next president." LINK

The Columbus Dispatch's Darrel Rowland's headline reads: "Voices from the past set the tone." LINK

The Columbus Dispatch's Catherine Candisky reports, "With the national spotlight on Kerry, Democratic officials are not interested in debating the gay-marriage issue. Not this week, anyway. They say it is critical for the party to focus on what unifies them and defeating President Bush." LINK

The Toledo Blade's Jim Provance has a story leading the paper's Web site about the subject of gay marriage at the convention. LINK

Provance writes, "Even openly gay and lesbian delegates caucusing as a group in Boston say that while equal rights for gays is important to them, it is not as important to the delegation as the war in Iraq or the national economy."

ABC News Vote 2004: Bush-Cheney re-elect Democratic National Convention:

Note to Washington Bureau Chiefs: There are stories still to be covered outside of Boston. The Los Angeles Times' Kemper has all the details on the Bush Administration's draft rules for the new Medicare law once it is fully in effect come 2006. We wonder why the administration chose to release these rules this week. We're hoping Secretary Thompson gets back to us on that. LINK

The Washington Post 's Walter Pincus reports "President Bush and top administration officials took early steps yesterday to sort through recommendations of the Sept. 11 commission, while some in Congress cautioned against rushing too quickly into a reorganization of the U.S. intelligence system." LINK

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