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Archive: 2/04-3/04

Monday  3/29/04

Condi’s Wind-up Doll Chatter is not Selling  3/29/04 Black America Web 

Kerry Faults Bush Administration for Poor Civil Rights Enforcement  3/29/04 NNPA 

BOOKS OF THE TIMES; The Bush Family: Father, Son, Freud and Oedipus  3/29/04 NYT: "Members of the usually media-wary Bush family seem surprisingly unguarded in talking to the authors, and some of their remarks could well disconcert a White House in campaign mode or ratify opponents' worst fears. For instance the Schweizers quote one unnamed relative as saying that George W. Bush sees the war on terrorism ''as a religious war'': ''He doesn't have a p.c. view of this war. His view of this is that they are trying to kill the Christians. And we the Christians will strike back with more force and more ferocity than they will ever know.'' "

Sunday  3/28/04

Insiders expect Majette to run for Miller's seat  3/28/04 Atlanta Journal Constitution 

President Asked Aide to Explore Iraq Link to 9/11 Attacks  3/28/04 NYT: "The White House acknowledged Sunday that on the day after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush pressed his top counterterrorism adviser, Richard A. Clarke, to find out whether Iraq was involved."

Saturday  3/27/04

All eyes on Rice  3/27/04 Newsday: "To a remarkable degree, the controversy over the Bush White House's performance in combating terrorism that erupted last week has become centered on one administration figure: National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice."

Blow For Bush  3/27/04 Newsweek: "Public confidence in the president’s handling of homeland security has been damaged by the testimony of former counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke to the 9/11 panel this week, according to the latest NEWSWEEK poll."

Friday  3/26/04

Condoleezza Rice's Credibility Gap  3/26/04 American Progress: "A point-by-point analysis of how one of America's top national security officials has a severe problem with the truth."

Thursday  3/25/04

Terror aides strangely keep turning on Bush  3/25/04 The Hill: "In August 2002, Rice tapped Beers as special assistant to the president for counterterrorism at the NSC — the senior terrorism hand on her staff. (In a sense, Rice put Beers in the role Clarke occupied before Sept. 11 — though so much in the org chart had changed by that point that no direct comparison is really possible.) Seven months later, just a couple days before the bombs started falling over Baghdad, he resigned. Two months after resigning his White House job, he signed up as Kerry’s lead adviser on foreign policy."

Why John Kerry Must Retract his Position on Venezuela  3/25/04 Venezuela Analysis: "During five years of Chavez’s presidency, there have been absolutely no political prisoners. Those detained during recent disturbances, whom the opposition claimed were political prisoners, were arrested lawfully on charges brought by a Public Prosecutor, and the majority of them have been released. Those who remain detained have been arrested on charges such as illegal possession of arms and, in many cases, for illegally carrying weapons of war. Trials for those arrested have not yet taken place. Kerry repeats the discourse of the Venezuelan opposition that refers to those arrested for carrying illegal arms as political prisoners, yet he has never declared that those arrested for protesting peacefully in front of the School of the Americas in Georgia are political prisoners."

Wednesday  3/24/04

An Open Letter to John Kerry - You Are Wrong on Venezuela, Senator  3/24/04 Counterpunch: "You also mention in your March 19th Statement that President Chavez has "repeatedly undermined democratic institutions using extra-legal means, including politically motivated incarcerations, to consolidate power". Honestly, Mr. Kerry, are you speaking of the same President Chavez who has been democratically governing Venezuela since 1998, has implemented one of the most progressive constitutions in the world in the area of human rights, has developed successful social programs that are benefiting millions of Venezuelans in the areas of health care, education, housing and jobs, and has brought more Venezuelans into the political process than any government in the nation's history? ...Prior to President Chavez' administration, there were hosts of political prisoners in Venezuela. Yet since Chavez has been in office, there have been no political prisoners. This is a fact documented by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, and even the US State Department's Country Report on Venezuela."

An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and Its Implications for United States National Security  3/24/04 Environmental Media: released in Oct, 2003 - A report commissioned by the U.S. Defense Department.

Now the Pentagon tells Bush: climate change will destroy us  3/24/04 Observer: printed 2/22/04 - "Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters. A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a 'Siberian' climate by 2020. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world. The document predicts that abrupt climate change could bring the planet to the edge of anarchy as countries develop a nuclear threat to defend and secure dwindling food, water and energy supplies. The threat to global stability vastly eclipses that of terrorism, say the few experts privy to its contents… So dramatic are the report's scenarios, Watson said, that they may prove vital in the US elections. Democratic frontrunner John Kerry is known to accept climate change as a real problem. Scientists disillusioned with Bush's stance are threatening to make sure Kerry uses the Pentagon report in his campaign. The fact that Marshall is behind its scathing findings will aid Kerry's cause. Marshall, 82, is a Pentagon legend who heads a secretive think-tank dedicated to weighing risks to national security called the Office of Net Assessment."

John Kerry's French connection  3/24/04 Spinsanity: "Rather than trying to engage in the now-common rhetorical tactic of creating associations with terrorists or dictatorial regimes, some political opponents of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry are engaged in a slightly more subtle campaign to link him with France, the leading opponent of the war in Iraq, and thereby play on nationalist sentiment. Kerry does, of course, have French relatives and speaks French. But the rhetoric has extended far beyond those near-meaningless facts. Ever since an anonymous Bush advisor told the New York Times last April that Kerry "looks French," the Massachusetts Senator's political adversaries have attempted to capitalize on anti-French sentiment created by the war and portray him as aloof and opposed to America's interests."

Sunday  3/21/04

Bush attacked on terrorism record  3/21/04 BBC: "A former White House security expert has accused President Bush of doing a "terrible job" of tackling terrorism."

Saturday  3/20/04

Kerry and Black America - Just Another Stupid White Man  3/20/04 Counterpunch 

Clinton Aides Plan to Tell Panel of Warning Bush Team on Qaeda  3/20/04 NYT: "Senior Clinton administration officials called to testify next week before the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks say they are prepared to detail how they repeatedly warned their Bush administration counterparts in late 2000 that Al Qaeda posed the worst security threat facing the nation — and how the new administration was slow to act. They said the warnings were delivered in urgent post-election intelligence briefings in December 2000 and January 2001 for Condoleezza Rice, who became Mr. Bush's national security adviser; Stephen Hadley, now Ms. Rice's deputy; and Philip D. Zelikow, a member of the Bush transition team, among others. One official scheduled to testify, Richard A. Clarke, who was President Bill Clinton's counterterrorism coordinator, said in an interview that the warning about the Qaeda threat could not have been made more bluntly to the incoming Bush officials in intelligence briefings that he led."

Thursday  3/18/04

Bombing Group Reportedly Wants Bush Re-Elected  3/18/04 Omaha Channel: "An Islamic militant group that had claimed responsibility for the train bombings in Spain says it supports the re-election of President George W. Bush. The group said it needs what it calls Bush's "idiocy and religious fanaticism" to "wake up" the Islamic world."

America's Image Further Erodes, Europeans Want Weaker Ties  3/18/04 Pew Research: "Anti-war sentiment and disapproval of President Bush's international policies continue to erode America's image among the publics of its allies. U.S. favorability ratings have plummeted in the past six months in countries actively opposing war ­ France, Germany and Russia ­ as well as in countries that are part of the "coalition of the willing." In Great Britain, favorable views of the U.S. have declined from 75% to 48% since mid-2002. In Poland, positive views of the U.S. have fallen to 50% from nearly 80% six months ago; in Italy, the proportion of respondents holding favorable views of the United States has declined by half over the same period (from 70% to 34%). In Spain, fewer than one-in-five (14%) have a favorable opinion of the United States. Views of the U.S. in Russia, which had taken a dramatically positive turn after Sept. 11, 2001, are now more negative than they were prior to the terrorist attacks."

Wednesday  3/17/04

Rev Backs Foe  3/17/04 Black World Today: "In his endorsement of Sen. John Kerry, the presumed Democratic presidential nominee, the Rev. Al Sharpton made it abundantly clear that his support was not without a price, but not a monetary price to relieve his campaign debt as rumored."

Tuesday  3/16/04

Black Caucus Appeals for Diversity in Kerry Campaign  3/16/04 Black America Web 

Sharpton Gives Kerry a Partial Endorsement, Stays in Contest  3/16/04 LA Times 

Nation's Direction Prompts Voters' Concern, Poll Finds  3/16/04 NYT: "The candidacy of Ralph Nader looms as a potentially lethal threat to Democratic hopes of regaining the White House: With Mr. Nader in the race, Mr. Bush leads Mr. Kerry by 46 percent to 38 percent, with Mr. Nader drawing 7 percent of the votes. In a sign of the polarized electorate Mr. Bush and Mr. Kerry are facing, three-quarters of supporters of each candidate asserted they would not change their mind before the election."

Monday  3/15/04

Powell Doubts Leaders Want Kerry to Win  3/15/04 AP 


Friday  3/12/04

Black members of Congress say they expect to help Kerry plan  3/12/04 AP 

Jackson Jr. backs lawyer against Shaw  3/12/04 Chicago Sun Times 

9/11 images said inappropriate by voters  3/12/04 Salon: "Undecided voters, by a 2-1 margin, feel it was inappropriate for President Bush's re-election campaign to use images from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in a television commercial, according to a poll released Friday."

Bush Exaggerates Kerry's Position on Intelligence Budget  3/12/04 Washington Post: "In terms of accuracy, the parry by the president is about half right. Bush is correct that Kerry on Sept. 29, 1995, proposed a five-year, $1.5 billion cut to the intelligence budget. But Bush appears to be wrong when he said the proposed Kerry cut -- about 1 percent of the overall intelligence budget for those years -- would have "gutted" intelligence. In fact, the Republican-led Congress that year approved legislation that resulted in $3.8 billion being cut over five years from the budget of the National Reconnaissance Office -- the same program Kerry said he was targeting."

Thursday  3/11/04

Obama's "Bright Lines" Bid for the Senate  3/11/04 Black Commentator: "We at BC think that Obama’s Illinois campaign is a fine example of how progressive Black candidates can and should present themselves in statewide contests. With the election a few days away Obama retains a narrow lead over the field of Illinois Democratic senatorial contenders. To his credit, Obama has so far rejected the strategies of failed African American candidates for statewide office like Ron Kirk of Texas. He has not packaged himself as a fiscal or any other kind of conservative, and refuses to run rightward to that imaginary moving target the corporate media call “the center.” "

GOP boss ads insult to 9/11 families  3/11/04 NY Daily news: "I'm not anti-war on terrorism, and I'm pro-Bush and everybody knows it," said Jack Lynch, who lost his firefighter son Michael. "I still think that neither party ... should be using images of 9/11 for political gain."

The Texas vote fallout roils Dems  3/11/04 The Hill: "Green’s endorsement by a handful of Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members angered many of Bell’s colleagues, creating friction within the Texas delegation and the caucus at large."

Wednesday  3/10/04

Sharpton Should Quit Unless...  3/10/04 NNPA 

Kerry Statement on Venezuela  3/10/04 Vcrisis: on a page with links to CubaNet, representing the Miami Mafia, and the Haiti Democracy Project, the cover for the recycled Ton Ton Macoutes.

Monday  3/8/04

Civil Rights Group Seeks Kerry Apology  3/8/04 AP 

2004 Campaign: A 'Shocking' Stumble  3/8/04 Newsweek: "The controversy over President George W. Bush's new TV ads featuring firefighters and fleeting images of the 9/11 attacks threw campaign officials on the defensive—and raised questions about the Bush team's ability to effectively spend its massive $150 million war chest, some GOP insiders say."

Sunday  3/7/04

Haitian immigrants protest Bush at rally  3/7/04 Chicago Tribune: "U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said that she had talked on the phone with Aristide's American-born wife, Mildred Trouillot, hours before the couple left the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, and that Trouillot had not said anything about an imminent departure. "I'm telling you that this was not a woman who was preparing to pack her bags," said Schakowsky, who called for a congressional investigation into the circumstances around Aristide's demise."

Sharpton devotees unwavering in support  3/7/04 NY Journal News 

In Sweeping Critique, Kerry Condemns Bush for Failing to Back Aristide  3/7/04 NYT 

Saturday  3/6/04

Kerry, Torricelli and a Mysterious Frontgroup - Who Mugged Howard Dean in Iowa?  3/6/04 Counterpunch: "On November 7, 2003, a strange new group no one had ever heard of called "Americans for Jobs & Healthcare" was quietly formed and soon thereafter began running a million dollar operation including political ads against then-frontrunner Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean. The commercials ripped Dean over his positions or past record on gun rights, trade and Medicare growth. But the most inflammatory ad used the visual image of Osama bin Laden as a way to raise questions about Dean's foreign policy credibility. While the spots ran, Americans for Jobs-through its then- spokesman, Robert Gibbs, a former Kerry campaign employee-refused to disclose its donors. The most stunning single fact to emerge-which should have been covered more heavily nationwide and was first broken by the Web site that disgraced former Senator Robert Torricelli, severely admonished for his unsavory campaign finance practices and forced to leave the Senate, had quietly donated $50,000 from his old Senate campaign account to Americans for Jobs. Torricelli reportedly also is a fundraiser for Senator Kerry's presidential campaign." Toricelli is an old ally of the Cuban American right wing in Miami.

Friday  3/5/04

Obama, Ryan lead Senate races  3/5/04 Chicago Sun Times: "The poll of 1,500 likely voters, by the Chicago Sun-Times' sister paper, the Daily Southtown, put Obama, a state senator from Hyde Park, in the driver's seat with 28 percent, followed by Hull, an Old Town trader, at 23 percent and Illinois comptroller Dan Hynes, of North Center at 22 percent."

Tuesday  3/2/04

Democrat Not Spoken Here  3/2/04 Alternet 

Florida Dems line up for Kerry  3/2/04 UPI: "Kerry's Florida campaign is led by state Chairman Kendrick Meek of Miami, an influential member of the Congressional Black Caucus."

Monday  3/1/04

The Last Word - Vietnam Remembered  3/1/04 American Prospect: "The radical conservatives in the Bush administration who pushed the United States into Iraq were intent on erasing the legacy of America's impotence and humiliation in Vietnam. Yet they are in the process of re-creating it. And in so doing they are resurrecting the memories of Vietnam."

Sunday  2/29/04

Dems Get Feisty In NYC Debate  2/29/04 CBS 

Friday  2/27/04

Kerry says U.S. fueled conflict in Haiti  2/27/04 Miami Herald 

Wednesday  2/25/04

Sharpton prepares for Haiti  2/25/04 Black World Today: "During a meeting to support community activists in Harlem Tuesday evening, the Rev. Al Sharpton announced that he would be going to Haiti next Wednesday to help negotiate a peace agreement between the opposition and the government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide."

Tuesday  2/24/04

When John Kerry's Courage Went M.I.A.  2/24/04 Village Voice 

Monday  2/23/04

The Confessions of Al Sharpton  2/23/04 Weekly Standard 

Friday  2/20/04

The privilege of a 'war president'  2/20/04 CSM 

Thursday  2/19/04

Dean's Rough Ride  2/19/04 The Nation: "In forty years of observing presidential contests, I cannot remember another major candidate brutalized so intensely by the media, with the possible exception of George Wallace. Howard Dean contributed some fatal errors of his own, to be sure, but he also brought fresh air and new ideas, a crisp call to revitalize the Democratic Party and at least the outlines of deeper political and economic reforms. The reporters, as surrogate agents for Washington's insider sensibilities, blew him off. Dean's big mistake was in not recognizing, up front, that the media are very much part of the existing order and were bound to be hostile to his provocative kind of politics. To be heard, clearly and accurately, he would have had to find another channel."

Alarm Bells  2/19/04 Whisky Bar: "Democratic presidential hopefuls John Edwards and John Kerry both hold leads of 10 percentage points or more in hypothetical match-ups against President Bush, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Wednesday… Even before this latest poll, Gallup took a look at the past eight elections in which one of the candidates was an incumbent president, and found not a single case in which a president who was trailing a named challenger in the early months of the election year went on to win in November."

Wednesday  2/18/04

Chink in Kerry’s Armor - Jobs Concerns Let Edwards Make It Close  2/18/04 ABC 

The Assassination of Howard Dean  2/18/04 Alternet 

Dean to End His Campaign  2/18/04 AP: "Howard Dean will end his campaign for the presidential nomination and oversee a new effort to keep his issues alive and his supporters organized on behalf of Democratic causes, two party officials said Wednesday."

Sharpton’s Tactics Responsible for Black Voters’ Snub  2/18/04 Black America Web: "But Sharpton could not have predicted the ice-cold response to his campaign by black voters. This may not have been a good time for Sharpton to make his run for the White House, according to the experts, for black voters have one unifying mandate -- get George W. Bush out of the White House."

Expert: Sharpton Should Quit Unless…  2/18/04 Black Press USA 

Kerry Tells Anti-War Movement to Move On  2/18/04 Counterpunch 

Spinelessness and Credulity - Why is Kerry Getting a Pass?  2/18/04 Counterpunch 

President Kerry  2/18/04 Seattle Weekly: "THE BUSH THAT ran in 2000—confident, charming—would have an easy time with Kerry. But in using war as his excuse for everything from budgets running amok to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Bush has set himself up for a John Kerry buzz saw. All Kerry needs do is be himself: a man who is not a boat rocker but does have a conscience, a man who took great risk and whose decisions in the thick of battle turned out to be heroic. Voters will then look back at the diminished, dissembling Dubya, loathed by many Americans and viewed with growing skepticism by many others. Kerry is a wash—he neither inspires nor repulses. Even with all that money, Bush is primarily running against Bush. He'll lose."

Black Democrats line up behind 'electable' Kerry  2/18/04 Times Picayune, LA 

Tuesday  2/17/04

Experts React to the Administration's Interference with Science  2/17/04 Congress 

Monday  2/16/04

A Change in Political Climate  2/16/04 Newsday 

Saturday  2/14/04

Bush v. Kerry - The Power Elite's Dream Ballot  2/14/04 Counterpunch 

Dean's Demise No Big Loss for the Left  2/14/04 Counterpunch 

Friday  2/13/04

Kerry faces big test in internet storm about mystery woman  2/13/04 Telegraph 

Drudge lays a dud  2/13/04 Who's Lying 

Thursday  2/12/04

Dean Attacks Kerry's Ethics - Says senator is 'like Bush'  2/12/04 Newsday: "The day after Kerry swept two primaries in the South to knock out rival Wesley Clark, Dean went on the attack at a news conference in Milwaukee, Wis. Dean cited reports that former New Jersey Sen. Robert Torricelli, who is now backing Kerry, contributed to a group that ran ads in December using images of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden to question Dean's ability to combat terrorism. Torricelli left the Senate in 2002 in a cloud of ethics allegations."

Wednesday  2/11/04

'No dirty tricks!’ says Sharpton  2/11/04 Final Call 

Reverend Al Dumps Jesse's Best for Bush's Buddy - Sharpton's Cynical Campaign Choice  2/11/04 Village Voice 

Tuesday  2/10/04

Kerry's `Southern strategy' spurs worry  2/10/04 Chicago Tribune 

Monday  2/9/04

Three hopefuls court voters at local black congregations  2/9/04 Times Dispatch, Richmond: "John Edwards, John Kerry and Al Sharpton dashed through five prominent black churches yesterday, pursuing the crucial African-American vote in advance of tomorrow's Virginia Democratic presidential primary."

Sunday  2/8/04

Kerry crushes rivals with pair of victories  2/8/04 AP 

Al Sharpton, it's time to step aside  2/8/04 Chicago Times 

Dean paid $7.2 million to aide's company  2/8/04 LA Times 

Friday  2/6/04

Campaign 2004: Last minute Navajo visit helped Kerry campaign  2/6/04 Indian Country 

Poll says Kerry far ahead in Michigan  2/6/04 UPI 

Thursday  2/5/04

The problem with Al Sharpton  2/5/04 Black Commentator 

Gloria Steinem: If Bush Wins in 2004, "Abortion Will Be Criminalized"  2/5/04 Buzzflash 

Cynthia McKinney is running again  2/5/04 SF Bay View 

Group asks no FEC funds go to Sharpton  2/5/04 UPI 

Wednesday  2/4/04

State-by-state roundup  2/4/04 AP: 2/3 primary results.

Kerry shows strength in bellwether Missouri  2/4/04 AP: "More than half of blacks, about 15 percent of all voters, favored Kerry. Al Sharpton, the only black candidate, and John Edwards each got about 16 percent of the black vote."

Black Vote Propels White Candidates  2/4/04 BET 

Moseley-Braun and the Butcher - Campaign for Justice or Big Oil's Junta?  2/4/04 Counterpunch: "While in Nigeria, she met no pro-democracy opposition leaders. She appears never to have raised the issues of massive human-rights abuses with Abacha. Instead, she traveled around Saro-Wiwa's home province of Ogoniland with the military, and according to Nigerian press reports chatted up the military governor who supervised the hangings. She ignored State Department protocol, never telling them she was going, and undercut a White House mission by Rep. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., who had been sent to press Abacha to discuss human rights. By contrast, Nigerian state media reported that Sen. Moseley-Braun thought things in Nigeria were fine and dandy… Fleshman noted that during the Clinton administration, U.S. investment in the oil business about doubled. He stressed, "the volume of Nigerian oil entering the United States soared during that period. So, it was a time of unprecedented economic activity between Nigeria's military rulers and their business partners in the big oil companies and the United States. Moseley Braun was part of that." "

President's test of faith  2/4/04 Guardian: "The religious war that is of most concern to George Bush these days has nothing to do with Wahabi, Shia or Sunni Muslims. It involves Roman Catholics, and particularly those in the five swing states of Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Judging by the enthusiasm that Catholics are showing for Senator John Kerry, Mr Bush may be in greater jeopardy than he ever expected. Where his father lost the Catholic vote to Bill Clinton by 16 percentage points, Mr Bush won it against Al Gore by three points, according to exit polls on election day 2000. That gave him enough states for Florida to make a difference."

For Sharpton, Third in S.C.  2/4/04 Newsday 

Al Sharpton Redefines Winning  2/4/04 NNPA: "In Tuesday’s seven primaries and caucuses, Sharpton finished a distant third in South Carolina with 10 percent, behind John Edwards (45 percent) and John F. Kerry (30 percent), but ahead of retired Gen. Wesley Clark (7 percent), Howard Dean (5 percent), Joseph Lieberman (2 percent) and Dennis Kucinich (0 percent). In delegate-rich Missouri, he came in sixth place with 3 percent, ahead of only Kucinich, among those still in the race. Sharpton also came sixth place in Delaware, with 6 percent of the vote, and Oklahoma, with 1 percent. He placed seventh in Arizona, New Mexico and North Dakota with 0 percent of the vote."

Sharpton Fails to Achieve 2 Chief Goals in South Carolina  2/4/04 NYT 

Why Sharpton Doesn't Cut It  2/4/04 Pacific News 

A Bush Covert Operative Takes Over Al Sharpton's Campaign Sleeping With the GOP  2/4/04 Village Voice: "Roger Stone, the longtime Republican dirty-tricks operative who led the mob that shut down the Miami-Dade County recount and helped make George W. Bush president in 2000, is financing, staffing, and orchestrating the presidential campaign of Reverend Al Sharpton. Though Stone and Sharpton have tried to reduce their alliance to a curiosity, suggesting that all they do is talk occasionally, a Voice investigation has documented an extraordinary array of connections. Stone played a pivotal role in putting together Sharpton's pending application for federal matching funds, getting dollars in critical states from family members and political allies at odds with everything Sharpton represents. He's also helped stack the campaign with a half-dozen incongruous top aides who've worked for him in prior campaigns. He's even boasted about engineering six-figure loans to Sharpton's National Action Network (NAN) and allowing Sharpton to use his credit card to cover thousands in NAN costs—neither of which he could legally do for the campaign. In a wide-ranging Voice interview Sunday, Stone confirmed his matching-fund and staffing roles, but refused to comment on the NAN subsidies."

Tuesday  2/3/04

Kerry calls on Bush to settle questions on military record  2/3/04 Boston Globe 

Black Voters in S.C. Look to Electability - Sharpton's Message Has Played Better on the Stump Than in the Polls  2/3/04 Washington Post 

Monday  2/2/04

Sharpton launches tour of South Carolina from old slave market  2/2/04 AP 

S.C. Primary Could Define Black Vote Nationally  2/2/04 Black America Web: "If one were to poll the majority black audience, the clear winner probably would be Sharpton, who was greeted with numerous, roaring standing ovations with his raw tell-it-like-it-is remarks. At the end of the forum here, Lovett Stovall of Atlanta said Sharpton impressed him the most. "He was talking about bringing it home," said Stovall, 54. "He talked straight. His speech was the one you could relate to. "And this wasn’t about race," said Stovall. "It was about who brought the message. He had the charisma. The others seemed to be just going through the motions." "

MEL MARTINEZ - Terrorist candidate for U.S. Senate  2/2/04 Granma: "U.S. Senate candidate Mel Martínez – George W. Bush’s former secretary for housing and urban development – maintains close ties with the Cuban Liberty Council (CLC), the Cuban-American group that most encourages terrorism, with several of its leaders who have histories of terrorism, while he has openly taken part in this organization’s activities."

Iraq intelligence efforts led by Cheney magnified errors, officials say  2/2/04 Knight Ridder: "What went wrong with intelligence on Iraq will never be known unless the inquiry proposed by President Bush examines secret intelligence efforts led by Vice President Dick Cheney and Pentagon hawks, current and former U.S officials said Monday."

Al Sharpton Lays Out His New Deal  2/2/04 NCM 

Sunday  2/1/04

Black voters key in South - Democrats hustle to win support - 7 states set to hold primaries Tuesday  2/1/04 Toronto Star 

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