The Note

"In the gay community, opposition to the marriage amendment has forged a broad bridge over partisan and ideological differences. In 2000, exit polls conducted by the now-defunct Voter News Service reported that of self-identified gay and lesbian voters, 3 million voted for Al Gore and 1 million voted for George W. Bush."

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

President Bush is in Topeka today for the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and AP's Ben Feeler Notes that Bush "hopes to make some inroads himself among black Americans skeptical of his commitment to equal opportunity in education LINK

"Bush's speech comes at a time when, through a recent campaign swing and television ads, he tries to restore attention to his original domestic priority: improving education."

Feller reports that in his speech, the President will be "focusing on the nation's broader progress in race relations and what still must be accomplished."

Time Magazine's package on President Bush's "Moment of Truth" leads off with a Duffy, Cooper, and Dickerson must-read keying off the President's precarious poll numbers and exploring how closely the fate of his reelection campaign may be tied to Iraq. LINK

"The 43rd President is heading into the danger zone of American politics: not since Harry Truman has a President won a second term with approval ratings below 50% this close to the November elections."

The latest Newsweek poll shows President Bush's approval rating dipping to 42 percent, with 57 percent of those surveyed saying they disapprove of the way he is handling the situation in Iraq, and 62 percent saying they are unhappy with the way things are going in the country. The head-to-head matchup is a statistical dead heat, with Bush at 45 percent and Kerry at 46 percent. LINK

USA Today's Susan Page looks at the referendum on the President in November and what history can tell us about a race that Page says is less about Kerry vs. Bush and more about Bush vs. Bush: LINK

In their final article of two examining the Bush/Cheney fundraising machine, the Washington Post's Grimaldi and Edsall profile a Bush "Pioneer," who denies that donations lead to access, but who may have benefited from a Bush Administration policy change. LINK

See the weekend must-reads for yesterday's installment, which looked at what the Rangers and Pioneers allegedly got for the money and efforts for the President's campaigns.

The Los Angeles Times reports the Golden State's popular Governator is allegedly keeping his distance from the White House. (Note Sen. Kerry recently shared a drink with California's First Lady.) LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Robert Salladay points out that Schwarzengger, an honorary BC04 co-chairman, has been quiet on the campaign front, "focusing now on the state budget and other government business," aides said.

Salladay Notes: "For now, actively campaigning for Bush would complicate Schwarzenegger's own needs, aides said: The governor doesn't want to engage in partisan politics while negotiating with Democrats on the state budget and important legislation."

The New York Times' Elisabeth Bumiller looks at the location and message of Bush's commencement addresses, calling the speeches "a classic vehicle for a White House to roll out major new themes, or to rise at least above the usual remarks presidents make at fund-raisers and business-group lunches." LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Sen. John Kerry:

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