The Note

Given Thursday's journey, Clark joins an elite list of (in)frequent Kerry charter fliers including Florida Sens. Bob Graham and Bill Nelson, Sen. Edwards, and Rep. Dick Gephardt.

From the Franco files, potential first daughter Alexandra Kerry screened her 15-minute short film, "The Last Full Measure," in the non-competition portion of the Cannes Film Festival this week.

Ms. Kerry, the eldest of the candidate's two daughters, dined in Paris with stepbrother Andre Heinz on Thursday but could not avoid the pesky paparazzi. New York Times ace reporter David Halbfinger took a brief break from his European vacation to track the young filmmaker's progress in her search for a film distributor.

While festival-goers take their first look at the graduate student's work, one significant audience member has yet to view the Vietnam-themed film. In yet another local television interview, Kerry admitted, "I have not seen the film yet," but added, "I'm very proud of her."

Three full hours after the candidate's protective pool had been dismissed with the assurance of a full lid Thursday, Kerry did take time to view the Iraq abuse slides in S-407, a secure room inside the Capitol. Rand Beers, the campaign's national security adviser, accompanied the Senator, who took 50 minutes to view hundreds of pictures which remain in the custody of the Department of Defense.

Kerry offered no comment to the quickly assembled members of his national press corps, dismissing three questions on the topic dominating news headlines all week.

Kerry holds a single event on Friday in Washington, speaking to the International Brotherhood of Police Officers before darting to Beantown for a day off the campaign — but probably not bike — trail.

Kerry speaks to the Teamsters in Las Vegas on Sunday, and then travels to Topeka, Kan., for Brown vs. The Board of Education anniversary festivities. The Senator heads back west on Tuesday, campaigning for the first time with former Gov. Howard Dean in Oregon before returning to Washington for more "administrative time."

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