Federal City Digest

Federal City Digest

(By Melina Mara -- The Washington Post By Matt Sayles -- Associated Press)
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Friday, April 17, 2009


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is taking her department's growing commitment to high-tech communication tools very SRSLY.

Today Clinton will hold a Digital Town Hall of the Americas live from the Dominican Republic, where she is stopping en route to the Summit of the Americas. The event will be streamed to the Web at http://townhall.america.gov.

Citizens of the Americas who can't get their questions answered there can "Text the Secretary," according to the State Department, as part of a forum "that can allow you to connect with Secretary Clinton directly." Answers will be posted on the Web after her trip. TXT 90822 (inside the United States) or 202-255-6299 (outside).

But don't forget: Standard rates apply.


-- President Obama will leave Mexico City for Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, where he will attend the Summit of the Americas.

-- Vice President Biden remains in Missouri, where he will hold a meeting of his Middle Class Task Force at the University of Missouri in St. Louis's Millennium Student Center. Today's theme: "Making College More Affordable for our Families." Also attending: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), above, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D), Cecilia Rouse of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, and second lady and longtime educator Jill Biden.

While in the Show Me State, the vice president also will visit the Mathews-Dickey Boys' and Girls' Club, along with Nixon, Rep. William Lacy Clay, St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley, to chat with the kids, then announce a new recovery-act program to "train Missouri youth for 21st century jobs."

-- The Republican National Lawyers Association will hold the second day of its 10th annual National Policy Conference, which has managed to bring together an astonishing array of leading bĂȘtes noires of the right-wing blogopshere. Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), above, will participate in a plenary session on "Filling the Courts: How the GOP Should Treat President Obama's Judicial Nominees." Hans von Spakovsky, former commissioner of the Federal Election Commission, discusses "Legal Issues in Election Law." Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) discusses "Preserving the Free Economy" and columnist George Will speaks on "One Man's America."

-- The Log Cabin Republicans will hold Day 2 of their four-day annual conference, with visits from former McCain campaign senior adviser Steve Schmidt, former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman (R) and an evening reception with Cindy McCain and Meghan McCain, above, at the home of former congressman Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.).

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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