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Midweek briefing ...

| Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004

The Commission on Presidential Debates is asking for the race of reporters and photographers seeking credentials to cover the Oct. 8 presidential debate in St. Louis. And that has some members of the Fourth Estate rightly up in arms. But we wonder how many of our indignant brethren express the same outrage over applications tied to, say, college admission• ... Speaking of race , John Kerry is suggesting that Republicans might try to keep black voters from casting their ballots to help President Bush win re-election. It's a scurrilous charge from a scurrilous candidate. ... The Washington Post notes that Mr. Kerry's closest adviser, longtime political operative Bob Shrum (a Connellsville native) is 0-7 in the presidential elections with which he's been involved. It appears that even The Post is preparing to brand Kerry with a big "L" on his forehead. ... Camp Kerry must be double-clutching the campaign into high gear. Why else would it, as the Los Angeles Times reports, make a command decision to use the words "new direction" instead of "change"• ... One of Dan Rather's prime "corroborating" sources on those Bush memos dissing the president's National Guard service now says he never saw the memos. Sounds like a pretty darn solid confirmation to us -- of the forgery charge, that is.

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