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More: "The dozens of scheduled speakers include entertainer Ben Stein and commentator Michael Medved, both outspoken opponents of abortion. Appearances also are planned by Archbishop Justin Rigali and Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt, a Republican expected to run for governor next year."

"The group hopes that President George W. Bush will address conventioneers via a taped video message, [coordinator Holly]Miller said. Last January, he marked the annual Washington march against abortion by speaking to activists via telephone from St. Louis, where Bush had traveled to promote unrelated issues."

ABC 2004: The Invisible Primary:

Quinnipiac's latest New Jersey presidential poll scheduled for release today will show: "Bush beats New York Senator Hillary Clinton 54 — 38 percent; Bush tops Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman 53 — 39 percent; Bush beats Massachusetts Senator John Kerry 53 — 37 percent."

In USA Today , Haya El Nasser Notes: "National candidates may be going after Hispanic voters, but Hispanics remain a small constituency despite their huge numbers. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (and potential 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee) is one of nine "prominent Hispanics" whose photo is featured on A1 of The Nation's Newspaper. LINK

Even though John DiStaso's Granite Status is mostly about the New Hampshire congressional delegation, it's still a mustest must read. LINK

The AP reports, "The governors of Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico watched as two teenagers registered to vote Wednesday at the kickoff of a national registration drive for Hispanics and Puerto Ricans." LINK George Will mocks James Carville and the Democratic party for being, in his worldview, on the wrong side of history on all sorts of issues, including Social Security. LINK GORE

The New York Times ' Jim Rutenberg smartly catches up with Time.com on the Al Gore network story, with some hazy details on distribution and format talks. LINK Rutenberg explains about the Hyatt Touch: "Mr. Gore's chief partner in the endeavor is Joel Hyatt, the co-founder of Hyatt Legal Services and a Democratic fund-raiser during the 2000 presidential election, associates of the two men said. Neither Mr. Gore nor Mr. Hyatt would comment."

And quotes Camera Planet executive Steve Rosenbaum who consulted with the duo: "'It's not a political network, it's not an Al Gore network, it's not a Democratic network.'"

The New York Post 's Brian Blomquist picks up the story, saying Al Gore is looking to build "a liberal TV and radio empire." LINK Involved in the endeavor so far are Chicago Democratic donors Anita and Sheldon Drobny (the Paradigm Group), director-activist Rob Reiner, and Al Franken, as potential radio talk show host, and lawyer and Metzenbaum-son-in-law Joel Hyatt.

The New York Daily News' TV editor Richard Huff assesses the notion of Al Gore as Ted Turner. LINK Isn't this New York Times lead tailor-made for Gore?

The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to publish a draft report next week on the state of the environment, but after editing by the White House, a long section describing risks from rising global temperatures has been whittled to a few noncommittal paragraphs. LINK

KERRY

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