At the end of an eventful week on Capitol Hill comes ... an eventful weekend. The Senate’s top Democrat weighs in on Libya and the White House-led deficit-reduction talks; President Obama, Vice President Biden and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) hold a golf summit; and the Republican Leadership Conference continues in New Orleans. What’s not likely to be on the agenda, for the first time in three weeks? Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). Here’s our look at the top five things to keep an eye on this weekend:
5. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is on the PBS Newshour at 6 p.m. tonight. According to PBS’ David Chalian, Reid says that he has “one big complaint” about the Biden-led deficit-reduction talks: “They shouldn’t be taking breaks.” Reid also says of the conflict in Libya, “This thing is going to be over before you know it.” Those sound like words that have the potential to come back to haunt Reid.
4. Obama, Boehner, Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) hold a “golf summit” Saturday. There’s no telling whether politics – or the ongoing deficit-reduction talks – will be discussed, but the informal gathering may perhaps smooth the way for hashing out a final debt-ceiling deal. On Friday afternoon, Rep. Gerry Connolly offered his own suggestion for where to host the match: the Laurel Hill Golf Club, located in the Virginia Democrat’s district. The White House has not yet released details of the location.
3. The Republican Leadership Conference continues in New Orleans. Among those addressing the conference on Saturday are Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. How warm a reception will Perry get, and will he give any further clues as to his 2012 ambitions?
2. Defense Secretary Robert Gates makes the rounds on the Sunday shows; expect him to face plenty of questions on Afghanistan, Libya and the 2012 defense budget. Also on Sunday, Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) stop by CBS’ “Face the Nation.” (Read Politico’s Manu Raju for more on the recent battles between the two top senators.)
1. Yes, we know Monday isn’t technically the weekend, but The Fix’s monthly “Politics and Pints” political trivia night is so much fun, you will think it’s still Saturday! Or something. Be there at 7 p.m. Monday at Capitol Lounge. We will.