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The Note's list of people who have incredible power in this election year to influence the entire free media cycle, listed in order of influence.

(Let's hope and pray they take the responsibility seriously and use it for good and not evil.)

1. Bill Keller and Jill Abramson of the New York Times

If you doubted for a minute before yesterday the capacity of the New York Times to dominate the media day with a front-page placement, wipe that doubt from your mind.

2. Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report

How incredible would an item floated by the Montgomery Blair alum have to be for newsroom staffs and executive producers not to demand the story be matched?

3. Everyone else is tied for third.

Today President Bush speaks at the National Training Conference on Human Trafficking at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina, Tampa, Fla. and speaks at the Raleigh County Armory Civic Center, Beckley, W.Va. Daughter Barbara travels with him to Florida, and we'll see if she is ready to speak to the crowd.

The President's weekend plans are to skip Camp David and hang around the D.C. area for a bit of his new favorite macho exercise of cycling.

Vice President Cheney and Sen. McCain attend a rally at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Mich., and attend a rally at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo, Iowa. Cheney delivers remarks at a BC'04 rally in Minneapolis, Minn., on Saturday. On Monday, Cheney delivers remarks at a BC'04 event in Columbia, Mo.

Sen. Kerry addresses the 2004 America Federation of Teachers Convention at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. and attends a Kerry/Edwards Victory 2004 Reception at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Va.

Kerry plans to spend the weekend secluded at the Heinz family's three-story, $9.1 million waterfront home in Nantucket, to finish writing his convention speech and to wrap convention plans before a multi-state pre-convention tour. Senator: we suggest you get some ice cream from the Juice Bar (and take the pool with you).

Sen. Edwards attends a Kerry/Edwards Victory 2004 Reception at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, Calif., and speaks at the Southwest Voters Registration, Education Project Latino Vote 2004 Dinner at the Universal City Hilton and Towers, Los Angeles, Calif. Edwards raises money in Newport Beach, Calif on Saturday and in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Sunday. On Monday, Edwards will be in Raleigh, N.C. and ends his day in Washington, D.C.

Teresa Heinz Kerry attends an event with Washington State Democrats the and Governor's Association at the Trade and Convention Center, Seattle, Wash.

The National Governors Association holds its annual meeting in Seattle starting Saturday and running through July 20. Lots of battleground state governors all gathered in one place.

ABC News Vote 2004: Bush-Cheney v. Kerry-Edwards:

The Los Angeles Times' Chris Kraul reports from Mexico City, where Diana Kerry (yes relation — sister) was wooing expatriate voters. She has been to Canada, the UK, and Germany already to help voters abroad learn how to vote — for her brother. In an example of how both the campaigns are taking the every-vote-counts factor seriously, the Republicans have also sent former veep Dan Quayle out to places such as Berlin to do the same thing. LINK

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