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Michelle Obama: A day of public service and belles-lettres.
Michelle Obama: A day of public service and belles-lettres. (Martin H. Simon - Via Bloomberg News)
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

-- President Obama is joined by business leaders for a morning roundtable meeting on cutting employers' health-care costs. In the afternoon, he and Vice President Biden honor the National Association of Police Organizations' Top Cops award winners in the Rose Garden. Later, both will discuss Iraq with Gen. Ray Odierno, the U.S. military commander in the country, and Ambassador Christopher R. Hill in the Situation Room. In the evening, he and the first lady host a celebration of "poetry, music and the spoken word."

-- Following up on her husband's dramatic expansion of federally funded service programs, first lady Michelle Obama speaks before employees of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps and other service programs, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

-- Continuing in his role as administration emissary to the House of Labor, Biden addresses the 2009 Legislative Conference of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees at the Washington Hilton.

-- At 2:30, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis, Social Security Administration Commissioner Michael Astrue, and Assistant Treasury Secretary for Economic Policy Alan Krueger gather at the Treasury Department to release the annual Social Security and Medicare trustees reports.

-- The White House brought together stakeholders to talk health-care reform yesterday. At 10 a.m., the Senate Finance Committee picks up the baton for a hearing on "Financing Comprehensive Health Care Reform" with an array of think tank, academic, labor, government and corporate guests.

-- Former president Jimmy Carter takes us back to the '70s with a speech on "Energy Security: Historical Perspectives and Modern Challenges," before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at 2 p.m.

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