ABC News' The Note: First Source for Political News

President Bush begins his day in Los Angeles and flies to Portland, OR, for a small business summit at 3:15 pm ET. He finishes the day in Washington state at a 10:20 pm ET RNC fundraiser in Medina.

That means that the two candidates, if on schedule, will overlap on the ground in Portland for a decent amount of time.

Sen. Edwards meanwhile returns from his four-day vacation in North Carolina for a 12:15 pm ET front porch event in Flint, MI, the hometown of Michael Moore, who has not been invited, shockingly. Edwards then rallies Flint's Mott Community College at 1:15 pm ET, then heads to Rosemount, MN for a 7:30 pm ET Olympics-watching party.

And Elizabeth Edwards kicks off her first solo campaign swing today, participating in a tour with working women at three local businesses in Columbus, OH at 2:15 pm ET and hosting and African-American women's meet and greet at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Cincinnati, OH at 6:30 pm ET.

Tomorrow President Bush speaks at a rally in Sioux City, IA. The President returns to Washington on Sunday. Sen. Kerry is on vacation in Ketchum, ID, all weekend. Sen. Edwards is in Belle Plaine, MN and Fargo, ND, on Saturday and in Waterloo and Des Moines, IA and Springfield MO, on Sunday.

Vice President Cheney, who has no events today, speaks tomorrow at a campaign rally at Elko High School in Elko, NV. He is down on Sunday.

This weekend, America Coming Together bigwigs will convene in Cleveland, OH for a final, pre-election planning session. More than 500 top organizers will attend for what spokesman Jim Jordan calls a weekend of "inspiration, instruction, exhortation and canvassing." Guests include Ann Richards, Barack Obama, and Howard Dean.

On "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," George is on the campaign trail with Obama and Alan Keyes.

Later Sunday, C-SPAN's "Road to the White House" will air the entire 1971 Dick Cavett debate between John O'Neill and John Kerry on Vietnam.

McGreevey comes out:

McGreevey's speech was one of the single most memorable announcements in our news lifetimes.

As for political speeches, it was perhaps the most consequential since Bill Clinton denied having a relationship with "that woman."

The most important political question just might be what effect this all has on other prominent closeted gay Americans.

By engaging in some risky business, McGreevey loses his position as the top gun of New Jersey politics, and risks doing collateral damage to a party that has been far and away dominant in the Garden State by making all the right moves but now risks losing it.

The central figure here by all accounts is Golan Cipel. Cipel, an Israeli citizen, a published poet and former naval officer, met McGreevey while he visited Israel as the mayor of Woodbridge four years ago.

When McGreevey took office he was named the Governor's special assistant on homeland security, without so much as a routine background check in 2002.

At the time questions arose about Cipel and the Governor was asked by a reporter about rumors that he and the man were involved in a sexual relationship. McGreevey denied the allegations saying, "Don't be ridiculous!" "

Cipel has said McGreevey was impressed by his political knowledge, telling an Israeli paper in 2001 that McGreevey 'liked the way I thought.'" LINK

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