O'Keefe reports that between Thursday and June 25, Kerry will travel to: Phoenix, Ariz.; Louisville, Ky.; Little Rock, Ark.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Boston, Mass.; Greenwich/Stamford, Conn.; Portland, Ore.; Seattle, Wash.; Los Angeles, Calif.; New York; New Jersey; Aspen and Denver, Colo.; and San Francisco and Silicon Valley, Calif., before swinging back to L.A. and New York. For those keeping track, that's five battleground states, two that President Bush won in 2000 with at least 15 percent of the vote, and five that were blue as could be last time around.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press picks up on Kerry's message invoking the memory of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone and Notes Kerry "was was greeted by a group of 14 veterans, members of 'Minnesota Veterans and Families for John Kerry.'" Outside the convention center, reports the paper, "about 30 Kerry critics gathered" to "emphasize criticism that Kerry 'flip-flops' on issues." LINK
The Washington Post's John Harris writes up Kerry's remarks to the Anti-Defamation League and Notes that Kerry only made a "quick nod to the news of the moment: the vote in a Likud Party referendum Sunday to reject Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to unilaterally withdraw troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip. Bush and Kerry had embraced Sharon's plan …"LINK
The New York Times' Michiko Kakutani turns in a glowing review of the Boston Globe's Kerry biography, calling the newspaper series on which it is based significantly tougher-minded than a similar one David Maraniss did on Bill Clinton for The Washington Post in 1992." Writes Kakutani: "Some of Mr. Kerry's traits, cited in this book, eerily recall those of Al Gore." LINK
The Hill reports the Stars are all aligning for the Kerry campaign -- Quincy Jones, Babs, Dave Matthews, and more! LINK
ABC News Vote 2004: the battlegrounds:
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Steven Walters reports on a new star-based rating system of day care facilities proposed by Gov. Jim Doyle on Monday. LINK
A Wall Street Journal editorial chides Ohio's Republican governor for taxing and spending, and says that "if Mr. Bush loses the linchpin state, the Taft-Bennett-Householder wing of the Ohio GOP will be one of the reasons."
The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates at some point soon, reports ABC News' Ramona Schindelheim, but it won't be today; they'll likely remain at 1 percent until the end of the summer.
"For months, the Federal Open Market Committee has said it was leaving the Fed Funds Rate -- the rate banks charge each other for overnight loans -- at 1% because it was worried about the possibility of deflation, a sustained downward spiral in prices. With prices rising, it's a good bet that the Fed isn't worried any more. The common wisdom now is the Fed will be looking at an early and gradual increase in interest rates, a balance designed to keep inflation in check without crushing the rebound in the jobs market," Schindelheim reports.
The Wall Street Journal reports "the recovery of the nation's manufacturing sector remained on course last month, but rising prices are starting to worry some factory operators."
The federal deficit is likely to narrow by $100 billion as tax receipts pare borrowing, the Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman reports. LINK