The Note: Surprise Party

The New York Times' Broad and Sanger examine the "blur of charges and countercharges" over missing explosives from Al Qaqaa. LINK

An Army demolition expert said yesterday that his former unit destroyed hundreds of tons of explosives in Iraq, but the Pentagon said it cannot confirm they were from Al Qaqaa. LINK

The New York Times' David Halbfinger on the latest College outlook. LINK

Democratic media consultant Dan Payne (and former advisor to Sen. Kerry) looks at the state of the race and predicts a Kerry win by 6-10 electoral votes. LINK

The New York Times' Kit Seelye on those who have switched their allegiances since 2000. LINK

The Boston Globe's Milligan looks that different issues in battleground states that could influence the race. LINK

The Boston Globe's Beth Healy reports that the performance of stocks "has been a strangely accurate indicator of whether an incumbent president wins reelection." They are predicting just as close a race as the pollsters at this point. LINK

The Pentagon extends the tours of 6,500 troops in Iraq ahead of the January elections. LINK

The New York Times' Jim Dwyer reports on that unpublished portion of the Sept. 11 commission's report, which includes "broadly inaccurate accounts provided by several civil and military officials." LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: ballotwatch: legal wars

The 6th circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the ruling that stopped Republican challenges of 35,000 voter registrations. LINK

The Washington Post's Dan Eggen and Jo Becker look at how government and voting officials are coping with their fear of a 2000 recount repeat. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Bush-Cheney '04:

Gov. Schwarzenegger's star power gets big play in the Los Angeles Times. (It also apparently earned him a little patience from the President during his long introduction.) The photo of the Governor and the President dominates the front page and dwarfs that of the bin Laden photo. (Note Note: Please raise your hand if you believe Dan Bartlett is just as happy without the Bush/Schilling photo as he would have been with it.) LINK

The Los Angeles Times also takes a look at the less than full-throated surrogate. LINK

The Boston Herald's Noelle Straub writes, "After a morning rife with glitches and unwelcome surprises, President Bush righted himself last night with the larger-than-life help of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in staging the most raucous, energized rally of recent days." LINK

The Boston Herald's Straub and Guarino chronicle the politics of Curt Schilling. LINK

The Washington Times Notes the President's speech in Manchester, NH Friday was "his first speech in weeks in which he neither named Sen. John Kerry nor derided Mr. Kerry's Senate record." LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Kerry-Edwards '04:

Matea Gold of the Los Angeles Times reminds her readers that Kerry's intent yesterday was to pull back from his "ripped from the headlines" approach and put forward a positive closing argument. Be sure to Note Ms. Gold's nugget on the Social Security ad in Maine. LINK

The Boston Globe's Pat Healy marks the return of Vietnam to Sen. Kerry's rhetoric yesterday. LINK

The Washington Times writes that Kerry's "closing argument" will ask voters to cast their ballots by seeing the world through a different set of eyes. LINK

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