The Note

Former Def. Sec. William Cohen returned from Europe Tuesday and is in Washington through the weekend.

Rep. Gephardt returned from Chicago and plans to spend the week in D.C. (An attendee at his daughter's wedding tells ABC's Sally Hawkins that the family was mum about veepstakes.).

Senator Edwards is on vacation but returns to the spotlight on July 4 with his annual North Carolina beach walk; Edwards will attend a Victory 2004 (that's the joint DNC/Kerry fundraising account) event next Monday in Boston, ABC's Gloria Riviera reports.

The Des Moines Register 's Jane Norman writes up the CNN/ USA Today poll showing lack of enthusiasm for corn-state governor Vilsack. LINK

Fahrenheit 9/11:

While Spidey tries to meet his unbelievable expectations (We've already got our tickets … Toby has such beautiful blue eyes..and Kirsten's gaze … .), "Fahrenheit 9/11" adds 316 additional theaters today and 526 more Friday to bring its total run to 1,710, reports Variety's Gabriel Snyder. "Further expansion is expected July 9. The pic was No. 1 in Monday grosses, showing sustained audience interest."

Included on the expanded theater list: Jackson, Miss. and Mountain Home, Ark.! LINK

Hollywood Reporter's Martin Grove takes a long, boffo look at how Michael Moore so effectively turned "Fahrenheit" into a record-breaking hit. Grove's top 10 list includes "the importance of having a good villain," knowing "how to manipulate the media," and creating a "secondary controversy with its own villain."

Meanwhile, it turns out that Moore's flashing Rep. Peter Goss's office number had its intended effect: "We're getting hundreds of calls," Goss spokeswoman Julie Almacy tells the Ft. Myers News-Press. LINK The Wall Street Journal 's Johnson and Marr looks at Move America Forward and Citizens United's efforts to combat "Fahrenheit" and report that "figuring out how to prevent the movie from becoming an even wider cultural phenomenon is dividing the political right." LINK Last night Letterman's Top 10, "George W. Bush Complaints About 'Fahrenheit 9/11,'" was not exactly kind to the president:

10. That actor who played the president was totally unconvincing.

9. It oversimplified the way I stole the election.

8. Too many of them fancy college-boy words

7. If Michael Moore had waited a few months, he could have included the part where I get him deported.

6. Didn't have one of them hilarious monkeys who smoke cigarettes and gives people the finger.

5. Of all Michael Moore's accusations, only 97% are true.

4. Not sure — I passed out after a piece of popcorn lodged in my windpipe.

3. Where the hell was Spiderman?

2. Couldn't hear most of the movie over Cheney's foul mouth.

1. I thought this was supposed to be about dodgeball!"

Why you won't be reading Richard Roeper's urging that "Everyone should see this film" on a movie poster anytime soon (did we hear objections when pastors urged parents to take their minors to see "Passion of the Christ"?). LINK The Boston Globe 's editorial board thinks the movie's got good and bad parts but is a must-see because it "challenges people to think hard about their country and their president." LINK

A Windows on the World chef, though, who was walking to work the morning of Sept. 11, thinks "Fahrenheit" is "indicative of a nation that has become too apathetic, ignorant or deceived to face the enemy at the gate." LINK

Nader-Camejo '04

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