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The New York Times' ed board contemplates "a major flaw in America's electoral system is that the top election officers are often publicly rooting for the Democratic or Republican side." LINK

The politics of Iraq:

The New York Times' Eric Schmitt takes a look at the strain on the U.S. military, due to operations in Iraq. LINK

Fahrenheit 9/11:

We know this is a little late, but it's worth checking out Daniel Fierman's cover story on Michael Moore in this week's Entertainment Weekly. There isn't much new here, but Moore does make one of his most overt admissions that his movie is meant to help Democrats. Fierman asks Moore, "Is this why you pushed for it to be released on June 25? And the October DVD date? To directly assist the Democrats in the election?" Moore: "Yes."

And Chris Lehane's wallet just got a little fatter. Moore on Lehane: "F--- with me and I've got the chief motherf---er."

Meanwhile, the Fridley theater chain will not screen "Fahrenheit 9/11" "in any of its 34 venues in Iowa and Nebraska because owner R.L. Fridley says the film incites terrorism." The same goes for Illinois-based GKC Theaters, which reaches Wisconsin: LINK

Don't forget: the movie opens in the U.K. today, and Moore has suggested that somebody make a version about Prime Minister Tony Blair. LINK

Last night on "Larry King Live," Sen. Kerry had this response about whether he intends to see "Fahrenheit 9/11" -- which gave his wife and Mr. King momentary pause.

King: Do you plan to see the movie?

Kerry: No, I don't plan to.

King: Wouldn't you be curious to want to see it?

Kerry: I've seen it. I've watched it for the last four years LINK

And yesterday we proved that we really weren't math majors, blowing our back-of-the-envelope calculations of how popular "Fahrenheit 9/11" would be if Stan Greenberg's poll proved correct and all the people (44 million) who either said they had seen or intend to see the movie actually were telling the truth. So, one more try:

If there are, say, 100 million likely voters in the country, and around 6 million of them have helped the movie gross around $40 million, then an additional 38 million saw the movie, they would help put "Fahrenheit" somewhere in the 20s of all-time biggest box office grosses. We doubt that, and thanks to greater thinkers for pointing out our error. Which is not to say that if/once "Fahrenheit" grosses $100 million, a significant chunk of the voting electorate would have seen the Bush-basher.

The Wood County, Ohio, Democratic party is holding a fundraiser screening of Michael Moore's hit documentary tonight. The $20 entrance fee will be used to "open and equip party headquarters." LINK

The conventions:

Scott Greenberger of the Boston Globe writes of the $95 million budget for the Democratic National Convention and what else could be done with the money. "Or the money could bring Boston the Yankees' star-studded infield, which is paid $53 million this year." LINK

Security concerns forced city officials to deny the Kerry campaign a permit for the big Boston Pops concert and fireworks display on the Esplanade that the soon-to-be nominee specifically wanted, the Boston Globe reports. LINK

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is trying to calm Boston residents in the wake of Secretary Ridge's announcement yesterday. LINK

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