Focused and Pensive, Not Peevish or Irritated

"From a friendly smile at the airport to hundreds of fall flowers on campus to a new paint job in the debate hall, university and civic leaders have worked hard to capitalize on the brief spotlight on Cleveland," writes the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Hollander. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: casting and counting:

The New York Times ' Kate Zernike and Ford Fessenden preview Registration Monday, the last day voters can register in 16 states including Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Elections officials and outside groups report surges in voter registration, but all are careful to caution that the link between registration and voting isn't iron-clad. LINK

The New York Times ' Michael Moss reports, "Amid new evidence that civilians lagged far behind soldiers in voting from abroad four years ago, political operatives on both sides of the presidential campaign raced this week to help Americans overseas cast their ballots in time for next month's election." LINK

The St. Pete Times on a voting mystery. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Kerry-Edwards '04:

Sen. Kerry will visit the Philadelphia area again today, and this trip will include a meeting with supporters of stem-cell research, reports Tina Moore of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Note the PA tactic: "Kerry aides say he does not need to persuade city voters to vote for him, he just has to persuade them to vote. The city's Democrats outnumber Republicans by a ratio of about 4-1." LINK

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Thomas Firtgerald also marks Sen. Kerry's switch to domestic issues. LINK

This Pittsburgh Post-Gazette headline should actually be on top of a Kerry-Edwards press release: "Kerry thrives in town-hall event." LINK

THK gets a shout-out from her hometown paper. LINK

The Los Angeles Times takes a look at the traditionally Republican Arab-American vote in Florida and how the Democrats (with the help of one Cam Kerry) are courting it. LINK

"Kerry's Florida campaign includes a carefully crafted message that seeks common ground between moderate Arab and Jewish voters on civil liberties and other domestic concerns — but shies away from the details of the Israel-Palestinian conflict … "

The Los Angeles Times' Matea Gold Notes Kerry's use of the New York Times reporting on aluminum tubes intelligence to attack the president's credibility with the American people and how that allows for an easy rhetorical pivot point between foreign and domestic issues. LINK

The Cincinnati Enquirer Notes Kerry's appeal for the black vote last night at an Ohio church. LINK

The New York Times ' Lawrence Altman looked comprehensivly at Sen. Kerry's health over the weekend. LINK

Kerry's team had the good sense to come clean with the Good, Gray Doctor.

The New York Times ' David Halbfinger writes that at least in Ohio, "swing voters are giving Mr. Kerry a second look after his strong showing in the first presidential debate. And they are liking what they see." LINK

The Washington Post 's Dana Milbank on Kerry's focus on the economy. LINK

The Kerry campaign has finally admitted Virginia is not a battleground and has sent the state staffers elsewhere, the Washington Post 's Michael Shear reports. LINK

Walter Shapiro tries out his Roger Ebert impression and Notes that "what gives Going Upriver relevance is its connection to Kerry's performance in last Thursday night's debate." LINK

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