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Kerry accepts presidential nomination

CNN's John Mercurio looks at where things stand at the convention's close.

John Kerry makes his acceptance speech at the DNC.
Kerry speech (Part 2)
Kerry speech (Part 3)
Kerry speech (Part 4)

Retired Gen. Wesley Clark speaks on behalf of Kerry.

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

  • "TRUST AND CREDIBILITY": John Kerry accepted the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday night, pledging to "restore trust and credibility to the White House" as he accused President Bush of misleading the nation into war and pursuing policies that he described as a threat to the economy, the Constitution and the nation's standing in the world.
  • The New York Times: Invoking his past, Kerry vows to command 'a nation at war'external link

  • THE WAR HERO: Accepting the Democratic nomination, Kerry offered himself to Americans as a decorated Vietnam War veteran who saw the horrors of war firsthand as a young man, and who nearly four decades later is ready to defend the country with more vigilance and better judgment than Bush.
  • The Washington Post: Kerry: 'America Can Do Better'external link

  • SURPRISE ATTACK: Kerry capped a Democratic convention centered on his Vietnam experiences with an acceptance speech that seemed the political equivalent of a surprise attack on an enemy's strongest point. In a confident and combative address, Kerry signaled his determination to fight the fall campaign on terrain that the White House has long assumed would belong to President Bush: strength, integrity, values and the prosecution of the war on terror.
  • The Los Angeles Times: Planting a flag on Bush's turfexternal link

  • THE ENTRANCE: After riding in a motorcade from his Beacon Hill home past cheering passersby to the FleetCenter, Kerry entered the convention hall to the thunder of Bruce Springsteen's ''No Surrender." Dressed in a navy blue suit, white shirt, and red tie, Kerry made his way through ''swing alley" -- where delegates from Pennsylvania, Colorado, and other battleground states were stationed -- and then joined a dozen fellow Vietnam veterans on the dais. Flashbulbs flickered like strobe lights through the hall -- which had to be closed by police for overcrowding -- as Kerry opened his remarks to cheers.
  • The Boston Globe: Kerry vows freedom anewexternal link

  • ALEX AND VANESSA: He captured the Democratic presidential nomination by convincing primary voters that he was the candidate who could best win back the White House. But on Thursday night Kerry still had to prove to Democrats that he was a man they could love. So he sent the people who love him. Before Kerry even ascended the stage, his daughters had the thousands of delegates hungry to retake the White House in tears and giggles with warm stories not of a politician, but of dear old dad.
  • The New York Times: Tender stories from family position Kerry in a soft lightexternal link

  • THE BIOPIC: A Remarkable Promise" -- a nine-minute documentary made with the help of director Steven Spielberg -- presented the Democratic Party's view of its presidential nominee: a patriotic, courageous soldier and a warm husband and father. The film highlights Kerry's credentials as a Vietnam veteran and casts his later opposition to that war as an extension of his love for his country.
  • The Los Angeles Times: Kerry biopic includes his combat filmexternal link

  • OOPS: The 100,000 balloons released from the rafters at the FleetCenter at the end of Kerry's acceptance speech last night apparently did not fall fast enough, prompting the convention producer to profanely complain in remarks that were inadvertently picked up by CNN and heard by millions of viewers.
  • The Boston Globe: Balloon drop dribbles insteadexternal link

  • THE PROTESTERS: A peaceful protest on Canal Street turned ugly with demonstrators setting a fire and going toe-to-toe with billy club-toting cops in the first serious violence of the Democratic National Convention. Protesters threw punches at cops, while officers struck a handful of unruly demonstrators with nightsticks. When the dust cleared, three men were arrested -- one for assault, one for disorderly conduct and another for allegedly carrying a fake Molotov cocktail. A fourth person was arrested earlier.
  • The Boston Herald: Police arrest three, restore calm near FleetCenterexternal link

  • THE RATINGS: Although this year's conventions are more choreographed and made-for-television than ever, the ratings suggest even fewer people watched network coverage of this week's convention than in the past. And if fewer people are tuning in, the expected bounce from the convention for the Kerry-Edwards ticket could be less than the campaign might hope -- although Democrats deny that people haven't been watching.
  • The Chicago Tribune: Spotlight on, but fewer are watchingexternal link

  • THE AD STRATEGY: The Democratic Party is planning a $50 million to $100 million advertising campaign in support of Kerry, employing novel tactics to enable its presidential nominee to husband limited resources for use in the fall campaign against Bush. Flush with more than $60 million in the bank, the Democratic National Committee has set up a separate campaign operation with its own pollster, television consultants and media buyer to run a full-scale "independent" drive on behalf of Kerry. On Saturday, the first week's TV buy, worth $6 million, starts in 20 battleground states.
  • The Washington Post: An 'independent' spending blitzexternal link

  • 100 MILLION DOLLAR DRIVE: The Democratic National Committee plans to tap the fund-raising pool again with a drive to raise $100 million -- more than $1 million a day -- in contributions between now and Election Day. A separate effort will try to bolster fund-raising for state parties.
  • The New York Times: Determined not to be outdone by ricer GOP, Democrats rev up money engineexternal link

  • POST-CONVENTION BOSTON: As a hyperkinetic week gives way to the dog days of summer, residents are left facing a long list of costs, and, city officials hope, benefits -- the complex legacy of a much-sought event that promised to promote the city, but was haunted by the specter of terrorism and labor strife.
  • The Boston Globe: Convention leaves costs, prospects of gain for cityexternal link

  • BOSTON BUSINESS: A slew of merchants, cultural venues and restaurants rallied yesterday in a concerted effort to bring shoppers, tourists and everyday workers back to the Hub following a devastating week of DNC-debilitated business. Discounts and deals will abound beginning today, when Mayor Thomas Menino will kick off a "Thank You Boston" weekend by lunching at Il Panino Express on Hanover Street.
  • The Boston Herald: Bostonians, wherever you are...It's safe to come homeexternal link

  • ON TO PENNSYLVANIA: Intent on boosting his chances of winning Pennsylvania, Kerry leads his presidential campaign into downtown Scranton today on the heels of his address in Boston. His 21-state bus tour kicks off with a 2 p.m. rally outside the Lackawanna County Courthouse in a state he almost certainly must win to earn the presidency. After a stop in Harrisburg later today, Kerry heads to Greensburg on Saturday.
  • The Scranton Times: 'Reporting for duty': Kerry's battle starts today in Scrantonexternal link

  • WEEKEND PLANS: Kerry heads for Michigan via Pennsylvania and Ohio, with a statewide blitz beginning Sunday in Taylor and continuing Monday in Flint, Grand Rapids and Muskegon. Bush will be a step ahead today when he visits Grand Rapids -- his fourth Michigan visit in July -- for a downtown rally after.
  • The Detroit Free Press: For candidates, it's on to Michiganexternal link

  • BUSH TO MISSOURI: Ending a week of self-imposed silence, President Bush today travels to Springfield, Missouri., to kick off a month-long campaign blitz highlighting his plans for a second term. The burst of activity leading into the Republican convention August 30 to September 2 signals Bush's determination to counter any boost that Kerry gets from this week's Democratic convention. Bush, who followed tradition by keeping a low profile during the Democratic gathering in Boston, will be much more active in coming weeks.
  • The Kansas City Star: Bush to Springfield as low profile endsexternal link

  • CHALLENGING NADER: Democrats from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Monday will challenge Ralph Nader's petitions for a place on the Pennsylvania presidential ballot in November. A Democratic state legislature staffer said party volunteers are prepared to comb through the thousands of petition signatures Nader is expected to submit Monday, the state deadline.
  • The Philadelphia Daily News: Dems challenging Nader's bid in Pennsylvaniaexternal link

  • RON REAGAN'S CASE: The son of the 40th president of the United States takes a hard look at the son of the 41st and does not like what he sees.
  • The Esquire Magazine: The case against George W. Bushexternal link

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