The Note

The Boston Globe's Pat Healy reminds readers that while Kerry may be ""keeping a low profile" on the issue in Massachusetts, he is fairly vocal out on the campaign trail as he accuses the President of using same-sex marriage a wedge to divide people. LINK

The Washington Post's Finer Notes on same-sex marriage law that Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, "perhaps more than any other politician," "could feel the impact of the intensely divisive issue on his political future." LINK

The Boston Globe's Rick Klein and Mary Leonard report that the Log Cabin Club of Massachusetts is going after the President and Gov. Romney. LINK

Fighting same-sex marriage is fast becoming Rep. Marilyn Musgrave's "'legacy.'" The New York Timestakes a look at her hometown and finds people who say they feel "almost a burden of history, or as though they are living in a laboratory -- because Ms. Musgrave, a Republican, has become such a symbol and lightning rod for the national debate on the question of gay marriage, and because this is the place that shaped her and elected her." LINK

The politics of Medicare:

The New York Times' Robert Pear highlights the GAO's finding "that advertisements and brochures prepared by the Bush administration to publicize a new Medicare law, although not illegal, misrepresented the prescription drug benefits that would be offered to millions of elderly and disabled people." LINK

The Washington Post's Ceci Connolly writes that "The Bush administration did not overstep legal boundaries in its $12 million marketing campaign promoting the virtues of a new Medicare prescription drug package." LINK

Of course the AP leads thusly, "The Bush administration's publicly funded Medicare ad campaign on television is legal, though somewhat political, congressional investigators said Wednesday." LINK

The politics of the Hill:

The Washington Times' Amy Fagan looks at House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's legislative agenda, which he presented in a closed-door meeting yesterday as a conservative roadmap for the Republican Party -- including "winning the war on terror, doubling the size of the economy and strengthening the family." Now the Republican caucus sounds eager to hear specifics. LINK

ABC Vote 2004: the Senate:

The Associated Press reports on Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar's decision to run for retiring Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell's seat and how he cleared the Democratic field -- including Rutt Bridges, who was strongly contending for the title of "Favorite Candidate Name" in The Note's 2004 rankings. LINK

Salazar is in, Udall is out, reports the Denver Post. LINK

The Chicago Sun-Times' Scott Fornek looks at the latest flap over divorce records in the Illinois Senate race -- this time, those of Republican frontrunner Jack Ryan. Shouldn't somebody somewhere be discussing policy or something? LINK

On the Democratic side, the Chicago Sun-Times' Abdon Pallasch looks at the shifting sands of the candidates' fortunes, played out in a pre-primary debate. Now, Pallasch reports, it's Obama and Hynes fighting each other and Hull fighting his own demons. LINK

Buckle your seatbelts for this primary, write the Chicago Tribune's John Chase and John McCormick under this headline: "Hull concedes he took cocaine in early '80s." LINK


The Washington Post's Thomas Heath writes up yesterday's steroid hearings. LINK

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