The Note

According to conservative Web site, the U.S. Conference of Bishops is considering a commission to determine if they can ex-communicate public figures, including Kerry and Kucinich, for their pro-choice views. Notice how the author refers to the two candidates as "pro-abortion." LINK

From ABC News' Kucinich campaign reporter Melinda Arons:

Either Kucinich is gaining in popularity or the Webmaster finally got around to adding those other entries to the site, but suddenly there are 16 entrants to the site's "Who Wants to be a First Lady?" contest, 8 times the number from a few days ago. The descriptions range from the serious (a woman who was inspired to enter because her family fled dictatorship, she suffers from a disability and she's witnessed layoffs at her company) to the superficial (a 28-year-old Ivy League graduate who wants the free trip to New Hampshire to visit her parents) to the just plain bizarre (a woman who claims her astrologer Madame Lee says Kucinich is a Libra-Dog so they'll be "great friends and lovers"). The campaign still says no dice to participating, but if it keeps growing at this rate Kucinich might not have a choice but to agree to meet the lucky winner.

Not to be confused with the contestants, the band Barenaked Ladies has endorsed Kucinich. Singer/guitarist Steven Page rants on his blog: "Why does even the left-wing media say things like 'Howard Dean is the most progressive option for the Democrats (besides Kucinich)?' This occurs in both the Progressive and the Nation's current issues. It's time to take Dennis Kucinich out of the brackets and treat him as the viable and believable candidate he is." Too bad the band is Canadian.

Read more from the trail with Kucinich on LINK


The Washington Post examines the deflated DC Primary and notes Sharpton's focus there. LINK

Jeff Jacoby gets a little praise for his Sharpton rip yesterday. LINK

On, Joe Davidson attempts to explain why Reverend Sharpton hasn't really ignited the passion of African-American voters. Could it be the hair?

Davidson references an online conversation about Sharpton in which a participant said, ""He's a joke … He needs to sit his **s down and stop wasting votes. Those votes can go to a candidate that really has a chance of winning … Sharpton needs to retire from politics … and take that perm with him." LINK

On Town Hall's Web site, Larry Elder denouncing Sharpton, asks the question, "who appointed this race-baiter as the moral arbiter of the Democratic Party?"

And Elder agrees with Barbara Bush. "When all else fails, haul out Al Sharpton and let him take the Confederate flag and whip Dean with it. Former First Lady Barbara Bush nailed it when she called the presidential candidates "a sorry bunch" — with Sharpton at the helm." LINK

The NNPA profiles Daruius Jennings and the eulogy that Sharpton will give — and mentions President Bush's absence from funerals of fallen soldiers. LINK

From ABC News' Sharpton campaign reporter Beth Loyd:

The family of fallen soldier Darius Jennings has asked Reverend Sharpton to give the eulogy at his funeral to be held at 1:00 pm ET on Saturday, November 15 at Edisto High School in Cordova, South Carolina. Jennings, 22, died on November 2 when the Chinook helicopter in which he was riding was shot down near Fallujah in Iraq.

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