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

FIGHTING NADERITES: With Democrats disliking them and some Republicans loving them, Naderites vow to fight.

The Boston Globe: Beset Naderites vow to fight onexternal link

GOP STRUGGLES: With days to go before the Republican National Convention, the culture wars are heating up again. This time they're starting at home, as the Republican Party's election-year overtures to moderates clash with its affirmations to conservative Christian voters.

The Los Angeles Times: A GOP struggle for the podiumexternal link

FBI QUESTIONED: Several Democratic lawmakers called on Tuesday for a Justice Department investigation into the Federal Bureau of Investigation's questioning of would-be demonstrators about possible violence at the political conventions, saying the questioning may have violated the First Amendment.

The New York Times: Inquiry into FBI questioning is soughtexternal link

CONVENTION CAMPAIGNING: Breaking with tradition, Senator John Kerry plans to campaign for at least one day during the Republican National Convention, venturing to Nashville to speak at the American Legion's national convention.

The New York Times: Kerry will campaign during Republicans' conventionexternal link

CAMBODIA ALLEGATIONS: Kerry is disputing an allegation made by a group of veterans opposed to his presidential candidacy that he never operated inside Cambodia during the Vietnam War.

The Boston Globe: Kerry disputes allegations on Cambodiaexternal link

JESUS VOTE: Just a few miles from George W. Bush's former office at the state Capitol, a panel of religious experts Tuesday weighed a question with relevance to many people of faith: How would Jesus vote?

The Associated Press: People of faith ask: How would Jesus vote?external link

MCGREEVEY PRESSED: Embattled New Jersey Governor is under increasing pressure from state Democratic power brokers to leave office immediately and clear the way for Sen. Jon S. Corzine (D-N.J.) to run this fall to succeed him.

The Washington Post: Democrats press McGreevey to quitexternal link

BEST CHOICE?: Even though former Rep. Bill McCollum is expected to win the Florida Republican Senate primary, some polls show that former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez might be the stronger candidate against Democratic front-runner Betty Castor.

The Washington Times: GOP's Florida front-runner may not be best challengerexternal link

PEACEFUL PROTESTERS: In a transparently mercantile bid to keep protesters from disrupting the Republican National Convention later this month, the Bloomberg administration will offer "peaceful political activists" discounts at select hotels, museums, stores and restaurants around town during convention week.

The New York Times: Just keep it peaceful, protesters; New York is offering discountsexternal link

MASCOT MADNESS: In what could be the weirdest election since California's recall race, a hyperactive bunny, a steroid-pumped clean freak, a giggling blob of dough and 23 other product mascots are campaigning to become America's favorite advertising icon.

The Los Angeles Times: Character issuesexternal link

ECONOMY CONCERNS: At a time when the president is counting on the recovery to restore confidence in the economy and counter bad news out of Iraq, key reports are reviving concerns about the strength of the economic rebound.

USA Today: Concerns over economy persistexternal link

UNSCRIPTED KERRY: Insiders say Kerry's off-the-cuff remarks show progress in connecting to voters.

The Washington Post: Unscripted candidate a hit with audiencesexternal link

ECONOMY TALK: President Bush yesterday ventured into the blue-collar regions of two swing states, sounding an upbeat note on the economy and restating his support for a missile defense system to protect the nation.

The Boston Globe: In Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Bush touts economyexternal link

WAR RECORD: John Kerry's campaign said yesterday that the Democratic presidential nominee is not hiding any of his war records and has, in fact, released them all to the public.

The Washington Times: Kerry camp denies hiding war recordsexternal link

Compiled by Heather Riley


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