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The Washington Post's Susan Schmidt and Dan Eggen report that Berger's lawyer says the removal of the papers was inadvertent, and that while Berger has offered to cooperate, the FBI has not interviewed him. LINK

The AP's John Soloman reports "President Clinton's national security adviser, Sandy Berger, is the focus of a Justice Department investigation after removing highly classified terrorism documents and handwritten notes from a secure reading room during preparations for the Sept. 11 commission hearings." LINK

The New York Post on "file swipe:" LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Carla Anne Robbins has a story.

ABC News Vote 2004: Kerry-Edwards '04:

The Boston Globe's Glen Johnson reports that Sen. Kerry will accept federal funds after he accepts his party's nomination next week, will be paid back the $6.4 million loan he gave his campaign before Iowa, and will disperse leftovers to Democratic Party operations who can advertise and whatnot on his behalf. LINK

The Washington Post's Dana Milbank takes Note of the Kerry campaign's "one-word weapon": Halliburton. LINK

The Boston Herald's Miga and Guarino's Kerry profile topic of the day is his years between his marriage to Julia Thorne and Teresa Heinz Kerry. "Kerry soon found himself embroiled in controversial deals, some with political supporters and top fund-raisers, involving leased cars, cut-rate housing from developers and condos." LINK

The Boston Herald duo also looks at Julia Thorne's "suffocation" once her husband John began his career in public service. LINK

And then, under a headline "All the Senator's Women," Guarino and Miga look at Sen. Kerry's interest in ladies. "The senator was often seen prowling area nightclubs, attending parties at a million-dollar Commonwealth Avenue apartment and traveling extensively." LINK

"He called himself a lonely man looking for love."

The Washington Post's Paul Farhi takes a really interesting look at the combination of database jockeying and shoe-leather canvassing that Democrats are using to build a sophisticated system to target voters and catch up to the long-held voter database infrastructure of the Republican Party. Farhi includes a smart quote from direct-mail consultant Hal Malchow, who Notes that the techniques vastly improve how the party will allocate resources, but "'This doesn't improve [a candidate's] message one bit.'" LINK

We also liked the poetic imagery of an "enormous data torrent streaming toward Washington from all around the country," even if it makes us want to run for our lives like in a scene from a disaster movie.

Perhaps some softball-playing reporter on Nantucket can get John Kerry to weigh in on the burgeoning controversy over whether or not Hemingway's Ketchum home should be open to the public. LINK

"By rallying the Democratic base, the 51-year-old Edwards might be able to secure money, volunteers and votes from Democrats who were otherwise grudging in their support of Kerry," writes James Rainey of the Los Angeles Times in his assessment of Edwards' first solo trip. LINK

Be sure not to miss Sally Kirkland on her tiptoes, and don the bib before reading this one.

USA Today's Kathy Kiely writes about Edwards' recent travels where he stumps for both sides of his "two Americas." LINK

The Raleigh News & Observer's Rob Christensen reports on Edwards' home state haul yesterday. LINK

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