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Election Recycling: Manufacturing Mirage Edition

no means no dude Powell says troops are "under the most difficult of circumstances;" Kerry attacks Bush for vacationing: "[I]'m told that when he takes days off, you know, he totally relaxes: He doesn't watch television, he doesn't read the newspapers, he doesn't make long-term plans, doesn't worry about the economy. I thought about that for a moment. I said, sounds to me like it's just like life in Washington, doesn't it?" Bartlett responds that Bush is "not skiing" in Texas. [WP]


Kerry questions Bush's Iraq policy: "Why is the United States of America almost alone in carrying this burden and the risks which the world has a stake in?. . . There is no Arab country that is advanced by a failed Iraq. There is no European country that is safer by a failed Iraq. Yet, those countries are distinctly absent from risk-bearing. . . This is essentially an American occupation." [WP and BG]

Iraq and the 9/11 commission become sidebar topics in Kerry's economic speeches. [LAT]

Rice stays on script, defends Bush, as panel presses her on pre-9/11 warnings. [NYT and NYT and WP]

Cheney heads to Japan, China, and South Korea, just as kidnappings of Japanese and South Koreans occur in Iraq. "It's a classic case, I think, of those who are opposed to what we're trying to do in Iraq, trying to change the behavior of governments through terror, intimidation, the threat of violence. It's important that those of us who are working on this overall effort not allow that to happen," said a senior administration official. [WP and WT]

Bush nominates executive for a new position on manufacturing policy; Kerry says it's a "manufacturing mirage;" Pelosi: "Manufacturing workers want action, not another government employee." [WP and NYT]

Internal conflicts over advertising cause one of Kerry's chief consultants to reduce his role; Kerry camp sees a long summer of ad spending. [NYT]

After Rice, Clinton pays panel a visit. [NYT]

In Crawford, Bush watches Rice, meets with "wildlife conservation organizations" including the NRA. [USAT]

Likely Hispanic voters favor Kerry to Bush, according to new poll. [WT]

Not on the 321st date, John! REUTERS/John Gress US ELECTION

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