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The Chicago Tribune's Jeff Zeleny wraps the first day on the trail for the KE04 ticket, making sure to include President Bush's comparison of Vice President Cheney and Sen. Edwards and the polls by CNN/USA Today/Gallup and CBS News showing that voters say they're largely satisfied with the choice. LINK

Jill Lawrence details a day of "Kodak moments and gaffes" where Kerry-Edwards electrified Ohio, but may have lost the bald vote. And that new way for John Kerry to connect by playing the loving (grand)father to the adorable Jack and Emma Claire Edwards! LINK

The Washington Post's Mark Leibovich reads the body language and paints a picture with all the visual cues on the first day of the "Double-Date Tour." LINK

The Baltimore Sun's Julie Hirschfeld Davis describes the trail lovefest yesterday, harkening back to the picturesque first days on the trail for the Clinton-Gore ticket in '92. LINK

The Raleigh News & Observer's Rob Christensen follows the first big day, with lots of fun commentary by BC04's Reed Dickens. LINK

The New York Post's Marsha Kranes assesses the bounce that she calls a bump. LINK

Bob Novak says Edwards makes for a lopsided ticket, pairing two liberal candidates. "There is no sign Kerry was serious about reaching out to a more moderate running mate as John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Michael Dukakis did with mixed results. Nor do Kerry's advisers take seriously the notion that Edwards, who looked like a loser for re-election in his own state of North Carolina this year before he dropped out, can win Southern electoral votes against George W. Bush" LINK

The AP Notes, "Americans have a choice in November -- they can vote for millionaires John Kerry and John Edwards, or cast their ballot for millionaires George W. Bush and Dick Cheney." LINK

"Democrats Wednesday looked across the South and suddenly saw a land rich with possibilities, thanks to John Edwards," writes the Hartford Courant's David Lightman. LINK

They may not all be like tonight's concert at Radio City Music Hall, but "Concerts for Kerry has organized close to 40 concerts, including three at rock clubs in Boston. The organization's Web site,, includes links to help bands set up pro-Kerry gigs. As of this week, Concerts for Kerry reported having raised $114,000." The Boston Globe Notes that musicians from Emmylou Harris to Lenny Kravitz have participated. LINK

The New York Daily News reports Kerry-Edwards and the Dems will rake in $5 million at the Radio City Music Hall fund-raiser tonight featuring Dave Matthews Band, Whoopi Goldberg, and Wyclef Jean. Expect the surrounding area to be virtually impassible as soon at 3:00 pm ET today when security preparations go full-throttle. LINK

The New York Times' Sheryl Gay Stolberg profiles Elizabeth Edwards. LINK

Airport worker Bryan Smith may not be married to a Fed chair, but some say he broke the Edwards story. LINK

Kerry-Edwards '04: Southern living?:

Anne Kornblut writes in the Boston Globe that Edwards' Southern appeal may not be such a help to the Democratic ticket in the South. Here's an anonymous quote from a senior Bush official saying that a Kerry attempt at the Southern vote "gives us a chance, when he pokes his head up, to say: 'You know, you're against the tax cut. You voted against the partial birth abortion ban. You voted against parental notification [on abortion]. You're wrong on the flag. You're a liberal, and you're from Massachusetts.'" LINK

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