The Note

The economy's rebound is on full-bore in Nevada, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Hubble Smith. "Larger-than-expected growth in Southern Nevada's gaming revenue and visitor volume suggests the economic expansion will continue through the next 18 months." LINK

Boeing won a defense contract yesterday worth nearly $4 billion initially but up to $40 billion over the next 25 years. The contract will have an enormous effect on the Washington state economy: Nearly 1,200 engineering jobs will be created in the Puget Sound area as a result, reports the Seattle Times. LINK

West Virginia's Charleston Gazette offers a sneak peek at Sen. Robert Byrd's upcoming book, which describes the President as, in Byrd's words, "in a class by himself -- ineptitude supreme." The book, "Losing America: Confronting a Reckless and Arrogant Presidency," goes on sale next month. LINK

The reported increase in the number of Asian and Latino Americans is front-page news in Wisconsin. "From April 2000 to July 2003, the Latino population rose 13% to 39.9 million and accounted for about one-half of the nation's additional 9.4 million residents, the Census Bureau said. The increase was almost four times the 3.3% growth in the total U.S. population." LINK

An editorial in the Oregonian cries for a revision of the presidential debates which "have become so empty and dull that most Americans just ignore them." LINK

Veepstakes:

So what are the major vetted ones doing this week?

Rep. Gephardt has no major public events. Sen. Edwards has about a half dozen over the next seven days. He receives an award tomorrow from the Drum Major Institute in New York. Gen. Clark fundraises for Kerry in New York on Thursday. Gov. Vilsack spends time in Washington and New Mexico at DGA events before attending to a jobs-and-economy tour of Iowa next week.

The New York Times' Glen Justice Notes at least one thing that the Senators under consideration for the running mate slot have in common: they're millionaires. LINK

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he wants Kerry to visit the ever-growing population of Rio Rancho, New Mexico saying, "It's candidates' lack of wisdom and brains not to campaign here. I've never understood it." LINK

The Clintons of Chappaqua:

The Washington Post's Mike Allen highlights the bipartisan spirit at the unveiling of the Clinton portraits at the White House, Monday morning. "In fact, Bush and 42 -- a Democrat named Bill Clinton -- entered the East Room together to the strains of "Hail to the Chief" and for 45 minutes transformed the White House into an island of bipartisan humor and graciousness in a roiling election-year sea." LINK

"For a moment in the White House on Monday morning, it seemed like a political mirage: President Bush and Bill Clinton, joking as they walked together into the East Room, then spending the next 20 minutes effusively praising each other. But the even stranger sight was the audience, the men and women who make up Sen. Kerry's brain trust," Notes the New York Times' David Sanger, in high Bumiller mode. LINK

The Chicago Tribune's Jeff Zeleny concludes:

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