What to Watch

What to Watch

(By Susan Walsh -- Associated Press)
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Monday, April 20, 2009

-- Washington gets back to the grind. President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are back in the States, Congress is back in town (though only the Senate is in session), and the Supreme Court starts hearing oral arguments again.

-- Obama will hold his first Cabinet meeting, but it won't be his first complete one. Health and Human Services Secretary-designate Kathleen Sebelius, above, remains unconfirmed by the Senate and will not be in attendance.

-- A number of top Justice Department nominees will finally get their Senate votes this evening, when roll-call votes are scheduled on the confirmation of Tony West to be assistant attorney general for the civil division, Lanny Breuer to be assistant attorney general for the criminal division and Christine Varney to be assistant attorney general for the antitrust division. All are expected to be confirmed.

-- Well, isn't this cozy? The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Visa will hold the third annual Financial Literacy and Education Summit in Chicago, bringing private and government finance leaders from Canada and Mexico together with Visa's head of global public affairs and Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii). Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke will deliver a pre-taped welcome, and the event will be webcast at http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/summit2009.

-- Political technologists from across the country will converge on the George Washington University Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet's annual two-day Politics Online Conference, which will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. This year's theme is "Politics on the Internet Comes of Age."

-- Iraqi Minister of Human Rights Wijdan Salim is in town, and at 10 a.m. he will give a presentation at the Woodrow Wilson Center on the status of women in Iraq.

-- The Paradigm Research Group will hold a news conference at the National Press Club to discuss the just-concluded annual X-Conference. That meeting, held in Gaithersburg over the weekend, took a look at unidentified flying objects and the possible existence of extraterrestrial life.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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