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The Washington Post's Justin Gillis reports that the government plans to buy enough anthrax vaccine to inoculate 25 million people. LINK

The Bush Administration is almost ready to release a new set of punitive measures against Syria that would lift some export restrictions, including those on U.S. computers and cell phones, the Washington Post's Robin Wright and Glenn Kessler report. LINK

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The Chicago Sun-Times' Andrew Herrmann and Scott Fornek report on a protest by Latino lawmakers against GOP Senate candidate Jim Oberweis in response to his TV and radio ads that said 10,000 illegal immigrants entering the U.S. daily. LINK

Fornek and Herrmann also report that the aide to Republican Senate candidate John Borling who talked up details from the divorce files of rival candidate Jack Ryan has been fired. LINK

The AP's Maura Kelly reports on the drugs, divorces, and alleged smear campaigns at the center of Illinois' Senate contest. LINK

Karen Crummy of the Denver Post reports that Rep. Mark Udall stepped aside from running for Senate voluntarily and for the good of the party: "There was no dealmaker." LINK

John Aloysius Farrell and Julia Martinez of the Denver Post Note that the Colorado GOP is still looking for a candidate after Rep. Bob Beauprez and state Treasurer Mike Coffman refused alleged requests by the Bush Administration to run. Lt. Gov. Jane Norton and Rep. Scott McGinnis of Grand Junction are expected to announce their decisions today. LINK

And the Rocky Mountain News' Jim Tankersley and M.E. Sprengelmeyer Note that while Rep. Tom Tancredo will not run for the Senate, Jim Nicholson, a man of many hats, may announce his decision today. LINK

Tom McAvoy of the Pueblo Chieftain reports that Rep. Scott McInnis will run for reelection to the House instead of jumping into the race for retiring Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell's seat. This leaves open the possibility that he could run for governor in 2006. LINK

Correction:

Yesterday, The Note inadvertently declared the candidacy of former Edwards campaign spokesman and current Porter Novelli Vice President Roger Salazar for the Colorado Senate race. Of course, the candidate in Colorado is the state's attorney general, Ken Salazar, not California resident Roger. Not since The Note accidentally called Mrs. Rob Reiner by the wrong first name has there been such a flurry of commotion in Southern California. Being a public relations master, the misidentified candidate was kind enough to comment on the situation for The Note, telling us that "I don't mind as long as I don't have to pay the filing fee."

Politics:

Washington Wire reports that next Thursday's Stephanopoulos-moderated Gillespie vs. McAuliffe debate is sold out!

The Washington Post's Helen Dewar reports that members of the Senate Judiciary Committee came to a bipartisan agreement Thursday for federal prosecutors to investigate the Republican aides who accessed Democratic strategy files on a computer and leaked them. LINK

This Saturday one Gov. Vilsack is set to keynote the Treasure State's Democratic Party annual dinner.

We here at the Note offer you a Big Sky sneak peek:

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