What To Watch

What To Watch

(By Manuel Balce Ceneta -- Associated Press)
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Thursday, April 16, 2009

-- President Obama will depart for Mexico City in the morning. His travels will also take him to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, where he will attend the Summit of the Americas. The trip runs through April 19.

-- Bermuda is pushing back against the idea that it's a tax haven as scrutiny grows of offshore corporate accounts. At 4:15 p.m., Bermudan Deputy Premier and Finance Minister Paula Cox will hold a news conference at the National Press Club to announce the signing of Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEA) with eight countries, which the island territory believes should address calls for greater transparency and international cooperation.

-- Vice President Biden will travel to Missouri, where he will first join House Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) at Whiteman Air Force Base to honor military families. In the afternoon, Biden, Gov. Jay Nixon (D) and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke visit the ABB Transformer Factory in Jefferson City, Mo., which makes transformers for a Missouri wind-farm project, to highlight the recovery act's performance.

-- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be in Haiti in the morning, for a meeting with President Réne Préval, and the Dominican Republic in the afternoon, for a meeting with President Leonel Fernández. She will be on the road through April 19 and will join Obama at the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago.

-- A timely speech from Retired Vice Adm. Kevin Cosgriff, former commander of the U.S. naval forces in the Middle East, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean: He will discuss "Taking Action Against Piracy on the Somali Coast" in a presentation at the Middle East Institute at noon.

-- Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington will participate in a morning meeting with Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong, above, and other Chinese education officials. The Chinese ambassador to the United States, the president of the American Council on Education and the director of the National Science Foundation are also expected to attend.

-- The Log Cabin Republicans will open their 2009 annual convention, which runs through the 19th at the Westin City Center hotel, kicking it off with a reception with Republican National Committee National Coalitions Director Angela Sailor on "the RNC's plan to create a more inclusive party." That will be followed by a dinner and, at 9:30, an after-party at Nellie's Sports Bar on U Street.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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