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Kerry and Edwards tell Florida that "every vote is going to be counted" this year even if they have to send Jack and Emma Claire, who are reportedly very good at math "down there to help those Republicans in West Palm Beach count those votes," the AP reports. LINK

The Chicago Tribune's Jeff Zeleny wraps KE04's visit to Florida, where Sen. Kerry stoked a little anger over the voting and vote counting process in the Sunshine State, and the BC04 TV ad launching in North Carolina. LINK

The New York Times' Jodi Wilgoren wraps the star-studded fundraiser that raised a whopping $7.5 million for the Kerry campaign and the DNC. LINK

Kerry-Edwards get by -- and a get $7.5 million richer -- with a little help from their strictly A-list celebrity friends. And John Edwards has a new pet name from Whoopi Goldberg -- "kid." LINK

The New York Post's Deb Orin reports on last night's Radio City bash, where, believe it or not, some celebrities said not-so-nice things about the President. LINK

New York Daily News headline: "Stars Burn Bush." LINK

"The battle between John F. Kerry and Washington's mainline business groups ratcheted up yesterday, when the Kerry campaign assembled a half-dozen executives to declare their support for the Democratic ticket, even if a former trial lawyer has second billing," reports the Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman. LINK

Matea Gold of the Los Angeles Times Notes the Jack and Emma Claire frequent mentions, "As Kerry barrels around the country on his debut run with Edwards, he invokes the North Carolina senator's two youngest children nearly as much as he talks up their father." LINK

"Intended or not, the playful antics of Emma Claire and Jack reinforced the campaign's broader message of optimism."

Special Note: Sen. Kerry knows how to make animal-shaped pancakes.

The Los Angeles Times took to Robbins, N.C. to check out Sen. Edwards' "small town," which he often references in campaign speeches. "What Edwards does not mention in these speeches is the deep vein of Republicanism that runs through his hometown. Edwards did not carry the county, Moore, in his run for the U.S. Senate; in Robbins, the town that formed his political identity, he won 394 to 267." LINK

The Boston Herald ties Sen. Kerry to Ken Lay. "Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry reported more than $250,000 in Enron stock ownership before the firm's 2003 collapse. Kerry also was forced to return a campaign contribution from an implicated Enron executive." LINK

"And Heinz Kerry served on a charity board with Lay, even after he was implicated in the alleged fraud, records show."

Brian McGrory observes in the Boston Globe that the vice presidential nominee search process shows signs of a new man in Sen. Kerry, who he describes as being an "intellectual sieve" beforehand. "It was a most un-Kerry moment at the end of a most un-Kerry journey." LINK

Knight Ridder's Tom Fitzgerald thinks that Kerry has loosened up on the trail since Edwards came on board. LINK

The Raleigh News & Observer's Rob Christensen writes about how Edwards is handling his new role -- with Christensen even using an Ed McMahon metaphor. LINK

John Edwards' secret weapon: Elizabeth Edwards. LINK

A preview of the Kerry-Edwards visit to New Mexico today by the Albuquerque Journal. LINK

The Raleigh News & Observer's John Frank and Barbara Barrett preview Saturday's rally in Raleigh. LINK

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