Election Recycling: Lapse in Judgement Edition

pay no attention to the man behind the curtainKerry gives harsh rebuke of war and Bush, saying capture of Hussein has left U.S. less secure and proposing withdrawal within first term: "The president misled, miscalculated and mismanaged every aspect of this undertaking and he has made the achievement of our objective. . . far harder to achieve than it ever should have been." [WP, NYT, LAT, USAT, BG, WSJ]

Bush responds: "He's saying he prefers the stability of a dictatorship to the hope and security of democracy. I couldn't disagree more and not so long ago so did my opponent." [WP, WP, USAT]

Federal judge strikes down 15 campaign finance rules, citing "immense loophole." Unlikely to change this cycle; FEC vows appeal. Shays: "This is a very important step in making sure the law is implemented the way it was passed. There will be a significant tightening up of the regulations." [WP, NYT, LAT, WSJ]

Rather apologizes, admits lapse in judgment; CBS News cannot authenticate documents. Burkett named as source; Lockhart discloses conversation with him. [WP, WP, NYT, NYT, NYT, LAT, LAT, USAT, USAT, USAT, BG, WSJ]

Three debates confirmed for Bush, Kerry; lecterns to be 50 inches high; spontaneity restrained. Cheney, Edwards to sit at specially constructed table. [WP, NYT, NYT, BG]

Experts question feasibility and originality of Kerry's plan for Iraq. [WP]

For Bush, U.N. address is mainly a front of multilateralism; to discuss world health and illiteracy. Reagan official: "It undercuts Kerry's argument against Bush that he doesn't get along with other countries. They won't be booing him." [WP]

Annan, speaking before Bush, to say war on terror has undercut civil liberties and human rights. [WP]

Kerry doesn't mention abortion at women's event. [LAT]

Bush, Kerry share New York City for a few hours. Bush raises $3m; Kerry picks up $4m. [NYT]

Campaign ads try to fix vulnerabilities. Bush's focus on domestic issues, Kerry addresses Iraq -- for now: "Both candidates must reinforce those pillars from their perspective constantly. You can't have a campaign for president anymore that has a single message day in, day out." [LAT]

BC04 possibly losing support among Cuban Americans upset over new restrictions and sanctions. [LAT]

Bush raised $259m during primary. [NYT]

"F9/11" screenings popular for troops in Iraq. [CSM/USAT]

Americans abroad blocked from absentee ballot site run by DoD. [USAT]

Voter drives in swing states yield droves of young registants. [USAT]

Kerry muddles message as he improvises beyond script. [WSJ]

Nader added to ballot in Maryland. [WP]



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