Washington Post: Bush has "solid lead" over Kerry heading into first presidential debate; Bush's attacks have damaged Kerry, with voters parroting GOP stump lines "as if they are reading from Bush campaign ad scripts."
Christian Science Monitor: Battleground shifting, but election could come down again to Florida and its 27 electoral votes. "The state remains, in the estimation of many analysts, the closest in the nation. And the fact that it has lately been wracked by four hurricanes -- leaving many voters paying no attention to politics -- only adds to its unpredictability."
New York Times: Bush was warned of costly consequences of an Iraq invasion two months before the war began. Intelligence reports forecast violent internal conflict and possible insurgency.
AP: FBI has backlog of hundreds of thousands of hours of untranslated audio tapes from al-Qaida intercepts, despite millions more dollars and hundreds more linguists devoted to translations since the 2001 terror attacks.
AP: King of Jordan says elections would be impossible in the "chaos of Iraq today" and he sees no sign of improvement.