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

  • BATTLEGROUND BONANZA: President Bush and John Kerry are pouring resources into more than 20 states in a struggle to master what both sides describe as one of the largest and most complex electoral playing fields in nearly 20 years.
  • The New York Times: Candidates face sprawling and complex electoral mapexternal link

  • ON MESSAGE: Sen. John Kerry's campaign is tightly focused on arranging the candidate's travel schedule, the content of his speeches, and the media's access to him with the singular goal of allowing them, not outside events, to set the agenda for his campaign.
  • The Boston Globe: Kerry camp strives for a consistent messageexternal link

  • LOOK HOMEWARD: President Bush and Democratic rival John Kerry each sought to spotlight their domestic agendas on Tuesday, even as the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal grabbed much of the attention from the race for the White House. Kerry promoted his healthcare proposals in Kentucky and Florida, while Bush defended his signature education program, No Child Left Behind, at an Arkansas junior high school.
  • The Los Angeles Times: Bush and Kerry keep focus on domestic issuesexternal link

  • MIDTERM MOVES: In a report based on the book, "Misunderestimated: The President Battles Terrorism, John Kerry and the Bush Haters," The Washington Times looks at the White House strategy in the midterm elections.
  • The Washington Times: Democrats played into GOP handsexternal link

  • BUSH FLIES SOUTH: While Congress held another hearing about the abuse of detainees in Iraq and negotiated to view explicit photos and videos, President Bush flew into the South on Tuesday to joke with a mayor about filling potholes and to lavish praise on a junior high school with strong test scores.
  • The Washington Post: Bush escapes capital to stump in the Southexternal link

  • TAX BILL: Teresa Heinz Kerry paid $750,000 in federal, state, and local income taxes last year, roughly 14.7 percent of the $5.1 million in income she received primarily from tax-exempt interest accrued on her vast bond holdings, Sen. John F. Kerry's presidential campaign announced in a statement yesterday.
  • The Boston Globe: Heinz Kerry paid $750,000 in taxesexternal link

  • SPREAD THE WORD: Both the Bush and Kerry campaigns are employing word of mouth strategies to spread their messages.
  • The Washington Post: In Ohio, building a political echoexternal link

  • WOOING WOMEN: President Bush is getting a campaign boost today from his wife and his sister through an online advertisement and discussion that aims to showcase his potential appeal to women voters.
  • The Los Angeles Times: First Lady makes online pitchexternal link

  • LAW NOT LEFT BEHIND: President Bush answered the growing number of critics of the "No Child Left Behind" education law that he made a centerpiece of his domestic agenda, declaring in a school gymnasium Tuesday that "we're not backing down" to those who say the federal government is setting unrealistic academic standards.
  • The New York Times: Education law will stand, Bush tells its detractorsexternal link

  • CHENEY TAKES HEART: Vice President Dick Cheney's office said he received good news yesterday during his annual heart checkup, with a pacemaker detecting no irregular heartbeat.
  • The Boston Globe: Cheney gets good news on heart examexternal link

  • PUT IT OFF: Federal Election Commission lawyers on Tuesday urged the agency to delay for at least three months imposing any financial restrictions on independent groups that have been raising and spending millions of dollars in this year's presidential race. Such a move likely would mean the groups could continue their activities through the November elections, despite a law designed to stem the flow of large donations into the political process.
  • The Los Angeles Times: FEC is urged to delay spending limitsexternal link

  • RANT RECALL: Months before Howard Dean's self-defeating "I Have a Scream" speech, White House political strategist Karl Rove produced a TV spot featuring an earlier Dean outburst and quietly showed it to focus groups. Although the ad never aired, Mr. Rove found that even Democratic voters were turned off by the anger of a political phenomenon that had come to be known as Bush hatred.
  • The Washington Times: Dean's angry Iowa outburst was not his first rantexternal link

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