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Read all the way to the end for the last word on knock-you-off-your-balance strategy from none other than Mike Feldman.

The Associated Press' Scott Lindlaw previews Vice President Cheney's speech today, in which he "will assert Monday that Democrat John Kerry would sweep away an array of tax cuts President Bush has enacted." LINK

The speech is billed as a campaign speech. BC04 press secretary Scott Stanzel: "The Vice President gave a speech at the Reagan Library on the clear differences between President Bush and Senator Kerry on foreign policy and in this speech he will highlight the clear choice on how we keep the economy and keep jobs moving. The Vice President obviously is one who has a wealth of experience and is able, in a very articulate manner, to discuss the differences, that Kerry's policies would derail the economic recovery and kill jobs."

According to excerpts given to the AP, Cheney will focus on Sen. Kerry's record on tax cuts and will say that "all those 'no votes now form the basis of Sen. Kerry's economic plan."

More excerpts:

"He says that he will keep some of those tax cuts, never mind that he opposed each one of them at the time," Cheney says. "He has given the usual assurances that in those first 100 days he's planning, only the wealthiest Americans can expect higher taxes. But voters are entitled to measure that campaign promise against Senator Kerry's long record in support of higher taxes for every income group."

"Cheney was to offer an upbeat assessment of the economy, saying that manufacturing and homeownership are up, inflation and interest rates down. The vice president gives tax cuts enacted by Bush in 2001 and 2003 credit."

The New York Times' Elisabeth Bumiller compares the vacation spots of President Bush, Crawford, Texas, and John Kerry, Ketchum, Idaho. LINK

If you want the nuts and bolts version of the Ketchum v. Crawford debate, refer to Kerry campaign reporter Ed O'Keefe's handy guide from his time in Idaho: LINK

"Several hundred people stormed the small yard" of Karl Rove, yesterday afternoon, "pounding on his windows, shoving signs at others and challenging Rove to talk to them about a bill that deals with educational opportunities for immigrants," writes the Washington Post's Steven Ginsburg. Karl's first response to the crowds, "Get off my property." Rove later relented and spoke to a few of the protesters. LINK

This is an unfortunate story and development.

"A mixture of gossip, family doings and truncated contemporary history, "The Bushes" does not reveal any lasting clues about this unusual group of people who have done so much to shape modern American politics," writes the Washington Post's Lewis Gould in his review of Peter and Rochelle Schweizer's book on the Bush family. LINK

US News and World Report's Matthew Benjamin looks at the economy of Central Pennsylvania and what it means for the BC04 re-election campaign. Despite an economy holding up well, "the president may be vulnerable here as elsewhere across the nation's manufacturing belt."

"If ever a state was aptly named for an election, it's this one," says Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. "Pennsylvania is the key, arguably more so than Ohio or Florida, to this election." LINK

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