Election Recycling: CNN Burns Down the Log Cabin

Cheney lays out case against Kerry, noting "Bush will never seek a permission slip to defend the American people." Miller describes opponent with "manic obsession to bring down our commander in chief." [WP, NYT, LAT, WT, BG, USAT, USAT]

Tonight, Bush to reveal second term agenda that reduces vulnerabilities. Dowd: "We're the incumbent party running on an agenda of change." BC04 tells supporters to talk up speech in next few days; hope of breaking tie in polls. [WP, WSJ, BG, USAT, USAT]

CNN refuses Log Cabin ad. [LAT]

Hannity asks Cheney, "Do you think most Americans know we're in the middle of World War III?" [NYT]

Overriding theme has been "be afraid of terrorists, and be very afraid of John Kerry's ability to fight terrorists," writes Milbank. "It's terrorism, stupid," writes Brownstein. [WP, NYT, LAT]

Kerry, under pressure, distances himself from Bush with new rhetoric. On Iraq, "I would have done almost everything differently." Kerry to stay on issues of the economy, health care, education. Lockhart says all attacks will be squashed, possibly by Kerry; Begala may join team. [WP, NYT, LAT, WSJ, WT, BG, USAT]

Fox News convention coverage beats the networks. FNC flack: "Saying. . . [only] Republicans are watching is like saying 'The Sopranos' beats the networks only because Italians are watching." [NYT, LAT]

BC04 sues for halt of 527 activities, claims "massive" and "ongoing" FEC violations between KE04 and liberal 527s. [WP, WT]

Dowd argues Bush can win even with discontent about the economy. [WP]

Bush enters city, accepts endorsement of New York firefighters. [NYT, LAT, WT]

Bush has mixed record by his own standards, but he'll always have 9/11. Bush: "I can't tell you exactly how determined I was prior to 2000. I can tell you that now, I am resolute and determined to succeed, and to lead this country." [WP, NYT]

Demonstrators form unemployment line from Wall Street to convention site. [WP, WP, NYT, LAT]

Cheney, however briefly, displays charisma. [NYT]

Schwarzenegger adored across city, from Harlem public school to the Ritz-Carlton. [WP, NYT]

Schwarzenegger may campaign for BC04 in Ohio. [LAT, LAT]

Reorganizing Social Security is enormous challenge for Bush, policy wonks. [WSJ]

Aside from taxes and Iraq, Bush has wavered and used vague terms. [LAT]

Bush's bubble of good news may pop upon release of jobs numbers on Friday. [NYT]

Andrew Card: "This president sees America as we think about a 10-year-old child. I know as a parent I would sacrifice all for my children." Democrats say it's condescending. [BG]

GOP goes all out; delegates taste victory. [NYT, NYT, LAT]

Rove steps out from the shadows and hits the television circuit. [BG]

General Franks endorses Bush. [WP]

Critics say Democrat convention was a missed opportunity. [USAT]

Jenna, Barbara survive the day after their gigglefest. [WP]

Nader meanders around convention: "This corrupt Republican Party that has the brazenness to headline its day yesterday 'People of Compassion.' Where are you, George Orwell?" [WP]

Fake news interviews provide convention interludes. [WP]

Convention design invokes country in the city. McKinnon: "We want to make sure that everything communicates something that reflects the character of the president." [NYT, NYT]

Republican delegates dance less than Democrats. [NYT]


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