The Note

JK: I THINK THEY ARE COMPILING THOSE RECORDS RIGHT NOW. IT WON'T TAKE LONG. I DON'T MEET WITH THAT MANY LOBBYISTS.

CB: WILL YOU MAKE A PLEDGE NOW THAT YOU WILL RELEASE THAT INFORMATION BEFORE THE GENERAL ELECTION?

JK: WELL, IF GEORGE W. BUSH WILL ALSO RELEASE EVERYBODY THAT THEY HAVE MET WITH PRIVATELY AND SECRETLY, YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT. I THINK WE OUGHT TO LIVE BY THE SAME STANDARD.

CB: EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE CALLING FOR IT IN YOUR STUMP SPEECH.

JK: I WILL RELEASE IT.

CB: REGARDLESS WHAT PRESIDENT BUSH DOES?

JK: ABSOLUTELY.

We wonder what John Sasso and Michael Whouley think of that "absolutely."

4. The exclusive, "shoe-leather" work of the AP's John Solomon, who magically obtained documents showing what John Kerry did for a big insurer (AIG) with big Big Dig problems. LINK

The story gets next to no TV or paper pickup (ask yourself why, Ed Gillespie), but, believe us, it is a sign of things to come, and to the extent that these stories define John Kerry for those battleground state voters -- instead of Vanessa and Chris town meetings -- well, it COULD be a re-run of '88.

Sen. Kerry is in Maine today.

Sen. Edwards is in Tennessee and Virginia

Gen. Clark is in Tennessee.

Gov. Dean is in Michigan.

Rep. Kucinich is in Washington.

Rev. Al Sharpton has no public events.

President Bush travels to South Carolina this morning to speak about homeland security.

The politics of gay marriage:

The Washington Post's David von Drehle writes that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's decision "has virtually guaranteed that the issue will be a wedge in this year's political campaigns." LINK

Pam Belluck of the New York Times also sees it in the fore this election season. LINK

And everyone, everywhere, Notes that the first marriages will likely happen two months before the Democratic National Convention in . . . Boston.

The New York Times' Stevenson reports that "conservative groups said the White House had informed them that the president would soon endorse efforts to pass an amendment to the United States Constitution defining marriage to be between a man and a woman." LINK

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the Wall Street Journal today urges "my fellow governors and all state legislators to review and, if necessary, strengthen the laws concerning marriage" and that "Amending the Constitution may be the best and most reliable way to prevent such confusion and preserve the institution of marriage."

The Boston Globe's Lewis does the daily news chores. LINK

The Boston Globe's Greenberger writes about how the Bay State's court has one-upped its Vermont counterparts. LINK

Elizabeth Mehren of the Los Angeles Times writes, "The controversy may remind conservative voters that he comes from a liberal state." LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Bush-Cheney re-elect:

Knight Ridder's Hutcheson looks at how questions about the President's leadership have "forced him the defensive" -- the President has "reversed course on the need for an investigation into prewar intelligence in Iraq, reluctantly agreed to extend a probe into the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and fended off questions about his military service." LINK

President Bush travels to South Carolina today on an official visit that comes just two days after the Democratic primary there. LINK

AP's Lindlaw previews the President's trip to South Carolina, where he will address port safety and the decision to invade Iraq. LINK

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