ABC News' The Note

Whether he considered it or not, yesterday John Kerry took Ralph Nader's advice when he selected Edwards. On June 22, Nader sent a letter to Kerry urging him to choose Edwards for his strong electability, and his background as an attorney in support of a citizen's right to sue. Shortly after Kerry announced his number two, Nader issued a statement urging the ticket to "speak out against massive corporate lobbying efforts to weaken the right of citizens to sue when they are injured by corporations who produce faulty or dangerous products, put toxics in the environment, are injured by medical malpractice and other corporate negligence." LINK

This week, Nader promotes his new book "The Good Fight: Declare Your Independence and Close the Democracy Gap" with public and media appearances in New York and New Jersey. LINK

Friday is the deadline for Nader-Camejo supporters to submit signatures to appear on the Nevada ballot.

ABC News Vote 2004: casting and counting:

Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood concedes there are "unexplained glitches" with the state's voter list. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: the Senate:

A dozen people are vying to replace Sen. nominee Jack Ryan on the Illinois ticket. "Some names I know, some names I don't know," state GOP Chairman Judy Baar Topinka told the Chicago Sun Times. The next step is to meet with former Illinois AG Tyrone Fahner and former U.S.. Attorney J. William Roberts are vetting the candidates, whose names have not been released. LINK

The politics of the 9/11 Commission:

The New York Times' Philip Shenon reports that leaders of the 9/11 Commission are standing by their finding that Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda did not appear to be collaborating, and that they dispute the suggestion by Vice President Cheney that he "probably had access to more intelligence than the commission did about possible ties between the Qaeda terrorist network and Iraq." LINK

The politics of Iraq:

On a stop in New Hampshire, ex-presidential candidate and retired Gen. Wesley Clark said, "I can't bear to see what this administration is doing to the United States Army," according to the AP's Anne Saunders. LINK

Big casino budget politics: Medicare:

The New York Times' Robert Pear leads thusly in his story about the investigation into actions by Medicare administrator Thomas Scully regarding telling Congress the actual costs of the program: "An internal investigation by the Department of Health and Human Services confirms that the top Medicare official threatened to fire the program's chief actuary if he told Congress that drug benefits would probably cost much more than the White House acknowledged." LINK

Third graf: the report found that neither the threat nor withholding the actual number from Congress violates criminal law.

The Hill reports on the investigation and report as well. LINK

The politics of welfare:

The New York Times' Robert Pear and Raymond Hernandez look at how an election-year stalemate in Congress is affecting states' welfare programs. LINK

Judicial politics:

"The judicial nomination wars, dormant in recent months, re-emerged Tuesday as the Senate narrowly confirmed one of President Bush's nominees to the bench who has argued that abortion is akin to the Holocaust and that the Bible requires women to be subservient to men," reports the New York Times' Lewis. LINK

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