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POLITICS IN BRIEF

Edwards takes aim at 'fear mongering'

PHOENIXVILLE -- Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards yesterday accused House Speaker Dennis Hastert of stooping "to the politics of fear" when he said Al Qaeda terrorists may launch another terrorist attack to swing the Nov. 2 election in Democrat John Kerry's favor. Hastert's comments, at a fund-raiser Saturday night in his home state of Illinois, were reminiscent of recent remarks by Vice President Dick Cheney that Edwards has called "un-American." Edwards said Hastert had joined the "fear mongering choir." Campaigning near Philadelphia, Edwards said that Hastert "said something to the effect that Al Qaeda wants John Kerry to be president of the United States." (AP)

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Poll sees Bush lead in Granite State

CONCORD, N.H. -- A new poll puts President Bush ahead of Democrat John Kerry in the swing state of New Hampshire. The Mason-Dixon poll for MSNBC and Knight-Ridder has Bush at 49 percent and Kerry at 40 percent. The poll of 625 likely voters was conducted last Monday through Wednesday. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. A poll by the American Research Group last month gave Kerry a slight lead over Bush. (AP)

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