An insider's guide to the upcoming week

Monday, October 15, 2007

Bush in Arkansas

President Bush will spend today in Arkansas, visiting Stribling Packaging in Rogers and speaking about the budget at a convention center there. Later in the day, he is scheduled to attend a fundraising event for Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.).

On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is to begin its hearing on the nomination of Michael B. Mukasey as attorney general. He is not expected to face many obstacles; Democrats and Republicans have commended the former federal judge's nomination.

Bank On It: The annual meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund return to Washington this year, with events beginning tomorrow and continuing through the week.

It is World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick's first time presiding over the event, and he is set to speak several times, beginning with a Thursday news conference. At last year's meeting in Singapore, Paul D. Wolfowitz was still at the helm of the bank and discussing his agenda of rooting out corruption.

Zoellick has not announced a formal agenda, but he did give an address last week, on the occasion of his first 100 days in office, that focused on acknowledging the adversity that comes with globalization and the need for sustainable growth in the poorest countries.

On Sunday, Alan Greenspan is scheduled to give a lecture titled "Balance of Payments Imbalances." Public addresses from the former Federal Reserve chairman used to be a rarity, but Greenspan has been on a media blitz since the publication of his memoir, "The Age of Turbulence."

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