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President Bush bows his head during prayer services during the National Day of Prayer ceremony at the White House on Thursday.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Check out the links below to hot political stories around the country this morning.

  • POLITICS AND PRAYER: President Bush reached out to evangelical Christians at a National Day of Prayer ceremony yesterday that religious networks broadcast from coast to coast. Some academic specialists on religion and politics -- and some advocates of a stark division between church and state -- suggested that the Republicans were using the 53rd annual National Day of Prayer to give the GOP an edge in the November election.
  • The Boston Globe: Bush reaches out to conservative faithful at prayer eventexternal link

  • COMMUNION CONTROVERSY: A Roman Catholic antiabortion group launched an advertising campaign against Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington yesterday, attacking him for saying he is not comfortable denying Communion to Sen. John F. Kerry and other Catholic members of Congress who support abortion rights.
  • The Washington Post: Ad assails D.C. cardinal for stance on communionexternal link

  • KERRY TARGETS RUMSFELD: John Kerry yesterday called for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to resign over the abuse of Iraqi prisoners in U.S. custody. He also criticized President Bush for not knowing about the abuse until last week and for delaying an apology to the Arab world.
  • The Boston Globe: Kerry says Rumsfeld should resign over Iraq inmate abuseexternal link

  • BUSH APOLOGY: A week after the release of photographs showing American soldiers torturing Iraqi prisoners, President Bush apologized for the abuse for the first time yesterday and called the revelations "a stain on our country's honor and our country's reputation."
  • The Washington Post: Bush apologizes, calls abuse 'stain' on nationexternal link

  • LESSON PLANS: Unveiling his most sweeping education initiative yet, Sen. John F. Kerry said Thursday he would provide states more than $20 billion over the next decade to hire more teachers and raise their pay in return for new efforts to weed out poorly performing instructors.
  • The Los Angeles Times: Kerry proposal would boost teachers, but with a priceexternal link

  • KERRY SURVEILLANCE: Thousands of pages of documents released by the FBI detailing its surveillance of the protest group Vietnam Veterans Against the War during the early 1970s suggest that organization spokesman John F. Kerry was only an occasional target of the spying activity. The FBI records also hint at the passion felt by the highly decorated Navy patrol boat skipper after he returned from Vietnam to take an active role in the national effort to halt the war.
  • The Los Angeles Times: Kerry not key target in '70s FBI inquiryexternal link

  • NO JOB OPENING: President Bush said yesterday that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld will remain in the Cabinet, despite calls from Democrats for the Pentagon chief to resign over the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners.
  • The Washington Times: Bush stands behind Rumsfeldexternal link

  • WIN, LOSE, OR DRAW: A key House Democrat said yesterday the way President Bush is pursuing the war in Iraq makes it "unwinnable," drawing a stern rebuke from Republicans who said Democrats essentially declared victory for terrorists.
  • The Washington Times: Democrat says Bush war doomedexternal link

  • ABORTION PLAN: Teresa Heinz Kerry told a television interviewer this week that she had planned to have an abortion in the mid-1970s after discovering that cortisone she took while unaware of her pregnancy could cause birth defects but that she had a miscarriage the night before the scheduled procedure.
  • The New York Times: Kerry's wife planned abortion in 1970's for medical reasonsexternal link

  • ROAD TRIP: President Bush, arguing that his prescription of tax relief is healing the economy and creating jobs, is taking that campaign message to voters in two states he lost by narrow margins four years ago. Bush was to resume a re-election campaign bus tour of the Midwest on Friday after spending two difficult days in Washington dealing with the international fallout from the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. soldiers.
  • The Associated Press: Bush resumes campaign bus tour of Midwestexternal link

    Compiled by Heather Riley

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