ABC News' The Note

Excerpts from Peter Jennings' "Who Is John Edwards?" interview in December. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Sen. John Kerry:

John Harwood profiles Kerry advisor Bob Shrum for the front page of the Wall Street Journal.

It is a no-brainer must-read, even on a day such as this.

The story includes a shot at Shrum's alleged class warfare from California-based Democratic operative Garry South, whose bad blood with Shrum dates back to the 1998 California governor's race.

It also details how Shrum joined Kissinger in a 1965 Harvard Law School debate defending the Vietnam War. The story looks back at some of Shrum's blunders, including his 1992 ad, highlighting protectionist themes, for free-trader Bob Kerrey, and looks at the disagreements Shrum had in the 2000 campaign with younger aides such as Chris Lehane, who wanted Gore to go after Bush's readiness to be President.

But, overall, it is the kind of story that even someone who was, theoretically, hyper-sensitive about negative press, probably wouldn't mind.

The New York Times' Todd Purdum traces Kerry's journey from "idealistic man" on Yale's campus to "realistic sailor at war." LINK

John Kerry courts the Hispanic vote with remarks on Venezuela and Cuba, Lesley Clark of the Miami Herald reports. LINK

Tom Oliphant of the Boston Globe writes that the tide has shifted in the political money game and John Kerry appears to have closed the gap significantly. LINK

The AP reports that the National Education Association, the nation's largest union, endorsed Sen. Kerry for President on Monday. LINK

WE HEAR THAT . . . Kerry spokesgal/road warrior Stephanie Cutter went out shooting after Kerry was done on Saturday and hit all but one of the targets. There is apparently photo evidence. But we have not been able to confirm that she is now known throughout the Midwest as Stephanie "Spinning, Shooting, Sweetcakes" Cutter.

ABC News Vote 2004: Bush-Cheney re-elect:

The Bush-Cheney '04 campaign will attack Sen. Kerry's running mate as his second choice, report Dick Stevenson and Jim Rutenberg of New York Times in a must-read story that talks about Bush campaign strategy for the summer, including the prospects (or, perhaps, lack thereof) for a new presidential domestic agenda. LINK

The duo Note that the "effort to turn Mr. Kerry's flirtation with Mr. McCain against him is part of a multipronged strategy to offset what the Bush campaign assumes will be a sharp swing in the polls for Mr. Kerry."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution picks up on Matt Dowd's latest expectations/polling memo, which lays out the 15 point bounce that Kerry could receive this month from the Democratic convention. LINK

Keying off of the new job numbers, the New York Times' Krugman asks of the Bush campaign: "When does optimism-- the Bush campaign's favorite word these days - become an inability to face facts? LINK

Ed Chen of the Los Angeles Times looks at image making in the Bush Administration, Noting that this White House is "setting new standards in presidential stagecraft." LINK

The Orlando Sentinel's Evan Weiner writes about BC04's appeal to 18- to 34-year-old males with ESPN ad buys. LINK

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