ABC News' The Note: First Source for Political News

Sen. Edwards continues his first solo campaign run today in the South, attending a town hall meeting at 2:30 pm ET in New Orleans following his own "front porch" stop. He flies to Houston tonight for a fundraiser.

Today is the second "National Party for the president Day," and First Lady Laura Bush will be on a conference call with "tens of thousands" of Bush-Cheney supporters at 8:30 pm ET.

Mrs. Bush is also in the South today, speaking to the press after a Heart Truth campaign event in Jacksonville. After a Jacksonville fundraiser she travels to Nashville for the national Alpha Kappa Alpha convention.

Today is the deadline for Ralph Nader to submit signatures to be included on the Michigan ballot.

And the Senate debates and is expected to pass the FSC/ETI jobs bill today and afterward take up the U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement.


Newly hired Googling monkeys are required to master a 754-page style book and pass a test before they get their bananas, as it were.

Often, our monkeys have too much to do and we really need their help putting this Note out.

So we give them a one-page summary of the most important stylistic points. No embellishment from our stylistic analysts, no caveats. Just the facts, in black and white.

For reasons a special commission is investigating, although the given name of aforementioned New York Times super-writer Elisabeth Bumiller is spelled correctly in that style guide, sometimes, mistakes are made. Those monkeys (and humans) less accustomed to the Beltway sometimes replace the 's' with a 'z.'

We do so in yesterday's Note, and for that, we apologize. (We also apologize for making the exact same mistake in Noted Now this morning!)

Incidentally, we refuse requests to release the one-page summation of our longer report.

ABC News Vote 2004: Bush-Cheney v. Kerry-Edwards:

Susan Page of USA Today sat in on a Peter Hart-led focus group in Dayton, Ohio this week and discovered "the face of trouble for President Bush." LINK

This one is a must-read.

Following in the footsteps of "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," C-SPAN and the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania find through a soon-to-be televised focus group that Dayton voters are a "tough sell for both parties." LINK and LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Kerry-Edwards '04:

Ron Fournier of the Family Wire breaks news that Sen. Kerry is reducing his ad buy in Missouri and Arizona and Virginia, but Tad Devine begs the world not to see any deeper meaning in all this. LINK

The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz wraps the Kerry campaign's "$2 million ad buy aimed at black audiences and news outlets." LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Anderson and Yang report the response to the new Kerry campaign ads from the Congressional Black Caucus' chair Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.). "Saying his opinion represented the consensus among the 25 or so caucus members who saw and heard the commercials, he added: 'We felt the ads just did not, would not grip African American people in a way that would cause them to be very excited about going to the polls for John Kerry.'"LINK

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