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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Check out the links below to hot political stories around the country this morning.

  • NO HOLDS BARRED: Galvanized politically in ways they have not been since the early 1990's, Hollywood's more liberal producers and writers are increasingly expressing their displeasure with President Bush with not only their wallets, but also their scripts.
  • The New York Times: TV shows take on Bush, and pull few punchesexternal link

  • HOLY HEADACHE: John Kerry's support for abortion rights and stem cell research has prompted discussions among Roman Catholic bishops and Vatican officials over how to respond to a presidential candidate who professes Catholicism while taking stands contrary to church teaching.
  • The New York Times: Kerry, candidate and Catholic, creates uneasiness for churchexternal link

  • MONEY RACE: Democrat John Kerry's campaign is expected to announce today that it raised more than $40 million in the first quarter of 2004, roughly keeping pace with the Bush-Cheney money juggernaut.
  • The Boston Globe: Kerry raises $40m in quarterexternal link

  • RAKING IT IN: 187 so-called Rangers who have each collected $200,000 or more in contributions. Another 268 Pioneers have each raised $100,000. And 32 Mavericks, who are 40 or younger, have funneled at least $50,000 to the president's campaign. These efforts have given Bush a huge financial edge over John Kerry. At its current rate through direct mail solicitations alone, the campaign will reach the $200-million mark by summer.
  • The Los Angeles Times: Fundraiser's are collecting by the bundle for Bush campexternal link

  • KERRY SLAMS TREASURY: The Treasury Department seemed to weigh in on the ongoing fight between President Bush and John Kerry over taxes when it issued a news release detailing how much the Massachusetts senator's proposals might cost. The release did not name Kerry, but it described in detail how much his programs would cost "hard-working individuals and married couples." The Kerry campaign blasted the release, calling it a violation of the Hatch Act, which bars most government employees from participating in partisan politics while on the job.
  • The Boston Globe: Kerry blasts Treasury analysis of tax plansexternal link

  • BIG SPENDER: President Bush spent twice as much as Democrats in just four weeks on the air, pouring about $40 million into television and radio commercials that championed his record and assailed John Kerry's.
  • The Boston Globe: Bush outspends Democrats 2-to-1 on airexternal link

  • A FAMILY AFFAIR: Alex and Vanessa, used to the spotlight, plan to continue campaigning for the presumed Democratic presidential nominee while trying not to sidetrack their personal aspirations -- medicine and acting.
  • The Los Angeles Times: New kids on the stumpexternal link

  • DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS: President Bush yesterday backed the enforcement of workplace discrimination claims based on sexual orientation, challenging a decision by the head of the Office of Special Counsel to suspend enforcement in the federal workplace pending a legal analysis.
  • The Washington Times: Bush backs policy against biasexternal link

  • DOCUMENTS HELD: The White House has not turned over thousands of pages of documents from the Clinton administration to a commission investigating the September 11, 2001, attacks, even though the records are relevant to the panel's mission, one of Clinton's attorneys said yesterday.
  • The Washington Post: White House holds back Clinton papersexternal link

  • BORED BOY: The White House, trying to get out in front of the Yawning Boy story, is now in charge of media access to the young man who was seen on David Letterman's show this week yawning his way through one of President Bush's less robust speeches.
  • The Washington Post: White House spins the boy who yawnedexternal link

    Compiled by Heather Riley


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