ABC News' The Note: First Source for Political News

Farewell Blake Rasmussen: On Wednesday, we had to say goodbye to another one of our outstanding interns. Blake Rasmussen is heading back to Mount Vernon, Iowa, for his senior year at Cornell College. For someone who has only spent several months of his life in the nation's capital, Blake has an amazing sensibility and appreciation for what makes Washington tick. He did everything we ever asked of him and lots of things we didn't even think to ask for. He is truly a gentleman and a scholar, and we will miss him.

TODAY'S SCHEDULE (all times ET):

— 8:30 am: The Labor Department releases the weekly jobless claims report and July import and export prices — 10:00 am: The Commerce Department issues business inventories for June — 10:00 am: Vice President Cheney criticizes Senator John Kerry's national security credentials at a campaign event at the Dayton Convention Center, Dayton, OH — 10:00 am: The Federal Election Commission holds a meeting, Washington, DC — 10:30 am: The U.N. Security Council holds a public meeting to vote on a draft resolution extending the mandate of the U.S. Assistance Mission in Iraq for 12 months — 1:00 pm: Ralph Nader holds a press conference at the Holiday Inn, Tampa, FL — 1:15 pm: Federal Reserve Board Governor Edward Gramlich speaks on rules for assessing Social Security reform at the Retirement Research Consortium Conference at the National Press Club, Washington, DC — 2:00 pm: Sen. John Kerry attends a campaign event at California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA — 2:00 pm: President Bush speaks to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners at their International Training Facility, Las Vegas, NV — 2:00 pm: The Federal Open Market Committee issues minutes from its June 29-30 meeting — 2:30 pm: Charlie Cook gives an on-the-record briefing at the Foreign Press Center on "The 2004 Election: The Undecided Voter," Washington, DC — 4:30 pm: The Federal Reserve releases its weekly report on aggregate reserves and the monetary base, factors affecting bank reserves and money supply — 6:00 pm: The Republican National Convention staff and New York Republican State Committee host a convention sign painting party, Albany, NY — 6:30 pm: Ralph Nader speaks at a campaign rally at the Holiday Inn, Tampa, FL — 8:15 pm: Sen. Kerry attends a "Believe in America Rally" at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, Central Point, OR — 9:00 pm: President Bush and Mrs. Bush appear on CNN's "Larry King Live" (presumably on tape) — 9:05 pm: President Bush speaks at an RNC dinner fundraiser at the Santa Monica Airport, Santa Monica, CA — 11:15 pm: Senator Kerry is greeted by veterans upon arrival in Eugene, OR

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