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Election Recycling: Rural Makeover Edition

this_many_years_old Bush campaign to paint Edwards as second choice to McCain and as poll-driven maneuvering; plans to roll out ad featuring McCain. Pollsters predict 15-point Kerry bounce. [NYT]


New Democratic platform centers on security. [USAT]

U.S. Chamber of Commerce would be against Kerry-Edwards. [WSJ]

Cheney's favorability rating at 22 percent. Kerry team calls the veep "a ball and chain that Bush is carrying around." Cheney himself an unenthusiastic campaigner: "You guys want to hear this speech or not?" [WP, NYT]

NEA endorses Kerry. [USAT]

Kerry profile, part II: College and war. [NYT]

For convention access, donations go to private groups and host committees rather than national parties. [LAT]

Kerry has "rural makeover": "Look at the power of that land. You can just feel it. You see it." [Independent]

Parties push to increase voter registration. [BG]

Third parties challenge Bush, Kerry from the far ends of the political spectrum. [WT]

Bush team masters stagecraft. Lockhart: "I use the word 'producing' deliberately, because that's what they are: TV productions, designed to both articulate the president's agenda and, probably more importantly for the Bush team, show the president in a position of strength and authority." [LAT]

Welfare reform low priority during election year. [NYT]

The world is watching this race. [BG]

Head of ACT, Steve Rosenthal, focuses $100 million on Democratic voters. Donna Brazile:

"He is as mean and tough and vicious as they come and that makes him more attractive." [WP]

Parties welcome bloggers to convention; Trippi gushes. [WP]

Sean Combs celebrates politics with get-out-the-vote organization. Phylicia Rashad: "This is like being with the president." [NYT]

[AFP/File/Tim Sloan]

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What did we say this morning? Something about how "They want a war with Iran," and "Please do not listen to news reports about Trump telling his people to cool their jets with the Iran talk, because they want a war with Iran, and all they are looking for is their trigger"?

News came out early this morning that Iran shot down a US drone in the Strait of Hormuz, outside Iranian waters. Let's see what our president and his war-bonering GOP shitmouths in Congress have had to say about that:

Great. Just great. So what's happening now?

Awesome. Just splendid. Trump is having a cuddle party today with John Bolton (who's had a hard-on to bomb Iran since the Bush administration); Mike Pompeo (who's been making the rounds lying and saying Iran and al Qaeda are best friends, thus implying that it's very legal and very cool for Trump to strike Iran without congressional authorization, based on the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Congress voted for five days after 9/11); and Patrick Shanahan, the outgoing acting Defense secretary, who will make way for another acting Defense secretary, because who needs real Defense secretaries? (The new guy, Mark Esper, is part of the meeting too.) And as Senator Schatz points out above, Trump is emotionally unstable and doesn't know dick about foreign policy, so it's just great that he's having an emergency meeting with these unhinged hawks about this right now.

Tell us what this all means, unhinged hawk Lindsey Graham!

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