updated 8/4/2005 10:41:00 AM ET 2005-08-04T14:41:00

5 p.m. EST

Talk about a blogswarm! The left-leaning blogs have rallied behind Paul Hackett, an Iraq war vet running for Congress in Ohio. The special election is being held today, in a traditionally Republican district.

I reported to you yesterday that blogs like Swing State Project were really getting out the word on Hackett and raising around $40K per day on the web for the get out the vote effort. At the time I started searching the blogs on the issue, there were very few conservative blogs talking about the race. It seemed like the liberals owned this one.

A Blogpulse trend graph and some research I found on Chris Bower's site MyDD confirmed that theory, but seemingly overnight the conservatives came to the rescue of Jean Schmidt. Bloggers like Red State are now speaking out loud and proud against Hackett. We'll know tonight, probably a few hours after poll closing at 7:30, which team won.

On the show today, with the 2006 elections still over one year away and 2008 looking like a light year from now, why are special interest groups already on the attack (or defense) over a possible Hillary Clinton presidential run? We'll be joined by two activists from both sides of the issue.

And later, is racial profiling the way to stop Islamic terrorists? There is no real silver bullet, but this method of identifying young Muslim men for questioning and bag searches has worked in Israel. Would Americans stand for this as a law enforcement tactic?

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12 p.m. EST

We're are now past the two month mark in the investigation of the disappearance of teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba.  At least on the surface it appears that no significant evidence has been found.  What is going on there?

We're going to dig deep into the mystery and take a look at the facts and fiction surrounding this case.  Our guests today: FBI dynamo Candace DeLong and famed forensic expert Larry Kobilinsky.

Video: Bloggers on Bolton

Later in the hour, a look at the legal rights of prisoners at the detention camp in Guantanamo Bay.  As the trial process begins for four of these detainees, lawyers are saying that the Pentagon has rigged the process to ensure conviction.  We'll take a look at that argument and get deeper into the question of who these men are and why they've been held so long.

I'd like to give a hat tip to Newsbull for opening a forum on my blog reports.  I am the first entry in a new category they've created for "blog reporters."  Cool.

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