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The president will speak today in Cedar Rapids, and all the Iowa City Press-Citizen's Vanessa Miller can write about is how candidates are not visiting Iowa City, which lies roughly 30 minutes from Cedar Rapids (We recommend taking I-380 north). LINK

The Iowa City Press-Citizen is also upset that President Bush's forum will be closed to non-Republicans. LINK

For a slightly more objective look at Bush's visit to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as well as an overview of rural Iowa feelings towards the president, check out the Des Moines Register's high-quality Thomas Beaumont. LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Maura Reynolds provides a must-read insight into presidential speech vetting. You may be surprised to learn that the State Department has its own Googling monkeys. And apparently they sometimes turn up undergraduate papers without footnotes that get sent straight to the Oval Office for some pull quotes. LINK

The Washington Times' Sammon looks at the BC04 communication strategy in July — "a presidential vanishing act that began two weeks ago." LINK

And the AP's Scott Lindlaw looks at the RNCBC04 plan for Boston — a "thorn-in-their-side" surrogate delegation and the Veep on the campaign trail. LINK

Lindlaw Notes that the current BC04 ad buy ends on Thursday and "senior Bush campaign aides said they had no plans to run ads during the Democratic convention."

Interesting to Note amid all the "dump Cheney" talk — the Vice President has raised more money for House and Senate Republicans than even President Bush, thus gaining a measure of loyalty from lawmakers, writes The Hill's Geoff Earle. LINK

Despite its reputation as a "hippie haven," a group of professors at the University of Oregon — the driving forces behind letting "scientifically based research" inform classroom practices — have found favor with the Bush Administration and influenced the No Child Left Behind act, reports the AP. LINK

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In what is surely Democrats' favorite story of the day, the Wall Street Journal 's Hilsenrath and Freeman front that many economists believe the economic recovery has indeed taken "two tracks,"Noting data that suggests that affluent Americans have benefited most in this economic recovery.

USA Today's Mimi Hall and Judy Keen write about how both sides are using the 9/11 report as a political tool. LINK

USA Today's Martin Kasindorf reports, "From all appearances, both parties are making a nationwide pitch for the 7 million Hispanic-Americans who are expected to vote on Nov. 2."LINK

"But the impression that this is the 'Year of the Hispanic' — a flattering cliché that politicians recycle every four years — is misleading. Though Hispanics are getting recognized, the attention is limited."

Yet again, an article reminding the world that the Hispanic vote has, alas, many variations and is difficult to characterize simply, in the New York Times. LINK

The Wall Street Journal 's King and Schroeder take a look at President Bush and Sen. Kerry's take on tariffs on Chinese imports and Notes that presidential candidates often take a hard line on tariffs, but when elected ease off from that position.

On the issues, Bush and Kerry see two different Americas, writes Adam Nagourney New York Times. LINK

"On Iraq and the economy, on the United States' place in the world and the candidates' views of each other, it sometimes seems as if Mr. Bush and Mr. Kerry are campaigning in different countries."

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