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The New York Times' Christopher Marquis describes the procedures that the Pentagon is attempting to put in place -- and the problems that go with them. LINK

Tort wars:

The Wall Street Journal's Shalaigh Murray writes about how the American Trial Lawyers Association does its thing, Noting that ATLA has "outmaneuvered the White House and its business allies at almost every turn [and] stirs public sympathy for victims that typically trumps Mr. Bush's complaints that lawsuits are clogging the arteries of the American economy."

The Los Angeles Times' Elizabeth Shogren looks at the argument over amendments that yesterday stalled the Senate bill to limit class-action lawsuits. LINK

The politics of national security meets casting and counting:

The Washington Post's John Mintz reports that election officials nationwide are just starting to discuss concerns that terrorists may try to disrupt the election by attacking the U.S. on election day. "Election officials around the country say they are eager for advice on how to address security worries but say they are baffled at the idea of securing the nation's 193,000 polling places." LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: casting and counting:

A group of center-left voter groups are challenging Florida's administrative rule that touchscreen machines are exempt from mandatory manual recounts because voter intent is clear. Not so, say those who brought the suit. LINK

The conventions:

The Washington Post's Jeffrey Birnbaum looks at who's giving the $103.5 million in private donations to the Democratic and Republican conventions. A study by the Campaign Finance Institute shows that the top fundraisers for the Democratic convention include Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Sen. Ted Kennedy, and three of Sen. Kerry's top fundraisers. On the Republican side, Birnbaum reports, nine of the 12 top fundraisers "either contributed to President Bush's reelection campaign directly or have raised more than $100,000 for him." Not to mention the corporate donations on both sides. LINK

According to a study released Wednesday, "the host committees for the Republican and Democratic conventions this year will draw almost $104 million in private contributions, 12 times what-they did a dozen years ago," reports the New York Times' Raymond Hernandez and Glen Justice. LINK

"We're in the money . . ." is being sung in the heads of those planning the conventions. While the Boston Globe's Klein and Vascellaro focus mainly on the private funding helping Boston 2004, they Note the increase in private donations to both conventions this year. According to a report by the Campaign Finance Institute: "Private sources are on track to contribute about $110 million to this year's Democratic and Republican conventions combined, some 13 times what they gave for the 1992 conventions." LINK

Security in Boston is continuously being beefed up as we get closer to the convention, and yesterday, local and federal officials began random bad searches on inbound buses -- previously the bag-searching has focused on T passengers on subway and commuter rail. LINK

Apparently Verizon and the other wireless companies are working hard to ensure complete coverage for delegates, guests, and journalists attending the Boston convention. Note to telecommunications companies: We speak for all news organizations when we say "Make it work because tired reporters on deadline are not fun when e-mail and phones don't work."LINK

The politics of Iraq:

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