The Note

In the second major speech of his 11-day national security push, Sen. John Kerry will discuss how he would contain the spread of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Kerry's speech comes one week after the release of a Harvard study, sponsored by the Nuclear Threat Initiative, that warns that less fissile material was secured in the two years after Sept. 11, 2001 than in the two years just before. LINK

The Kerry campaign announces a "significant new ad buy" today. To really beat it into the ground while the embargo is still in effect, we direct you to Saturday's story by Nick Anderson of the Los Angeles Times, who Noted that in June the Massachusetts Senator spending a reported $750,000 to go on the air in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, and the Washington, D.C. area. LINK

USA Today's Jill Lawrence calls Virginia the "third unexpected state [Kerry] has added to his list of targets for the fall." LINK

The Boston Globe's Pat Healy reports, "Yet beyond reminding voters that he was a 'Navy guy' during the Vietnam War -- which Kerry did three times in local news interviews yesterday -- and promising to delay military base closings until they could be reevaluated in a wartime light, the Democrat is not offering Virginians anything markedly different than the past standard-bearers in his party, political analysts said yesterday." LINK

Sen. Kerry's "unusual" journey to Portsmouth, Va., touched on Kerry's heritage (He's a "Navy man,") and his veepstakes musings (Gov. Mark Warner denied that he and Kerry discussed the subject.). LINK

The Washington Times' Donald Lambro writes that the Democratic base hasn't unified behind Kerry -- in fact, polls show that 12 percent of Democrats have said they'd vote for President Bush. LINK

Ain't lookin' for prayers or pity: the Washington Post's Evelyn Nieves reports that Sen. Kerry has his work cut out for him to win over New Jersey voters. LINK

The St. Petersburg Times' Adam Smith profiles Marcus Jadotte, "the only African-American in the top tier of the campaign and one of three African-Americans among the top 15 or so campaign advisers." LINK

The New York Times David Halbfinger deconstructs "Let America Be America":

"For Mr. Kerry, a central quandary has been how to convey in just a few words an argument against the incumbent as well as an alternative vision of his own. And while much of his platform amounts to picking up where the Clinton administration left off, Mr. Kerry's advisers say they are mindful that campaigns are won by talking about the future, not the past, however recent." LINK

"To his aides, the Hughes poem, which contrasts a dim view of America's reality with the age-old ideal of its shining potential, accomplishes all of this in its first line."

Our two points about this:

A. We still wonder if Bill Bradley will bring legal action. LINK

B. We still think L.A.B.A.A should be pronounced "La-bah" by the political cognoscenti. (As in "Kerry then did his "La-bah" riff…")

The Boston Globe's Brian McGrory introduces us to a moderate Republican grocery store chain businessman who may run for Kerry's Senate seat should it be open. LINK

Cindy Adams, who is just about the only person in America besides Bob Novak who can get away with devoting an entire half-column to fundraising guests, predicts that Sen. Kerry's June 10 fundraiser will take in $7 million. LINK

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