What to Watch

What to Watch

Sailors on the USS Ronald Reagan will hear from Vice President Biden and lunch with him and his wife.
Sailors on the USS Ronald Reagan will hear from Vice President Biden and lunch with him and his wife. (By James A. Parcell -- The Washington Post)
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Thursday, May 14, 2009

-- President Obama starts his day in Albuquerque, where he will hold a town hall forum at Rio Rancho High School on his efforts to stop abusive practices by credit card issuers. A bill codifying the president's reforms is expected to go before the Senate for a vote today. [Story, A14]

-- Vice President Biden and his wife, Jill, depart for San Diego to visit sailors and their families at nearby Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. The second couple will lunch with sailors on the USS Ronald Reagan after an address by the vice president. He will also tour the base and meet with Navy SEALs. In the evening, Biden attends a Democratic National Committee event.

-- The National Transportation Safety Board at 9 a.m. begins the third and final day of its hearing on Colgan Air-Continental Connection Flight 3407, which crashed in a Buffalo suburb in mid-February. [Story, A2]

-- Women's Policy Inc. is sponsoring, with participation from the leadership of the bipartisan House Women's Caucus, a breakfast forum on the economy's impact on women and families and featuring Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis, above. Later, she addresses the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees at its 2009 legislative conference.

-- It's always health-care week at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which today holds a 10 a.m. hearing on "Delivery Reform: The Roles of Primary and Specialty Care in Innovative New Delivery Models."

-- The National Association of Realtors lifts its chin and kicks off its 2009 Midyear Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo, running through May 16, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

-- In other damaged-industries news, the Free Press and the James L. Knight Foundation are holding a "summit" on "Changing Media" at the Newseum, featuring acting Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael J. Copps, Susan Crawford of the White House's National Economic Council, former FCC chairmen Reed Hundt and Michael Powell, and Vivian Schiller of National Public Radio, who delivers the keynote speech.

-- At 7:30 p.m., Senior White House adviser David Axelrod appears before a sold-out crowd at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium for a turn on NPR's weekly quiz show, "Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!" He will be in the "Not My Job" slot, where celebrities (and also those merely famous for Washington) answer three questions totally unrelated to their jobs.

President Obama also took a spin on the show as a senator -- and nailed all three questions about the superstitions of Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs. Streaming audio will be available at http://www.npr.org/waitwait, and the show airs Saturday at 11 a.m. on WAMU.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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