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We bet we have not heard the end of this story, nor the end of the Ney Committee's discussion on this one . . .

And since we're big believers in the "understand the players" ethos, here's the Washington Post's Tom Edsall's look at new FEC commissioner Bradley A. Smith. LINK

Big casino budget politics:

Might the transportation spending bill lead to President Bush's first veto? The Los Angeles Times has a look at the collision for which the President and Republican controlled Congress are headed. LINK

Politics Live:

Even as the winnowing process has started, Note readers stay loyal to the process and need their political news just like they need water. That's why there is Politics Live, a news program to watch on at 1 p.m. ET every day. It's short, sweet, to the point, and covers the day's political developments.

C'mon, take a sip.

To watch a clip of yesterday's show, here's a link. LINK

AOL subscribers, don't you worry, you can watch it too.

But you can't tell the players without a program -- which means ya gotta sign up to have ABC News Live delivered right to your desktop. We don't underestimate the power of customer service around here. LINK

ABC 2004: The Campaign Bus Logs:

As the campaigns go national, so do our campaign buses. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at their daily logs.

From ABC News Blue Bus producer Michael Kreisel:

PAINFUL CONVERSATION OF THE DAY: Michael to Restaurant waitress: I have one question…Do you know how to get to Honest John's Bar and Grill? (We were going there to shoot a meeting of Dean supporters).

Waitress: "Yes I do" (Then she walks away)

OVERHEARD CONVERSATION OF THE DAY: Man #1: "Who are they?" Man #2: "They say they are from ABC News" Man #1: "They are probably lying!"

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