Federal City Digest: What to Watch

Thursday, May 28, 2009

-- President Obama, who attended a fundraiser in Beverly Hills last night, returns to Washington today. In the afternoon, he will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House. [Story, A9]

-- Vice President Biden and wife Jill Biden attend the Sons of Italy Foundation's 21st Annual National Education & Leadership Awards Gala at the National Building Museum, where Biden will be honored as the "first non-Italian American recipient" of the group's highest award.

-- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hosts a working dinner with Abbas.

-- The Independent Film Channel hosts a luncheon at the Newseum on how the national press has been covering the Obama presidency. Participants include Norman J. Ornstein; ABC's George Stephanopoulos; Fox News Channel's Greta Van Susteren; CNN's John King and Tucker Carlson; IFC Media Project host Gideon Yago; and Marcus Brauchli, executive editor of The Washington Post.

-- It's day two of the State of Environmental Justice in America 2009 Conference at the Doubletree Crystal City in Arlington. Highlights include Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis on "Environmental Justice in the Obama Administration" and presentations from a wide array of officials representing relevant offices at the Justice, Interior, Energy, Agriculture and Transportation departments, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

-- Actress Mary Tyler Moore is in town in her capacity as the international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to give a luncheon speech at the National Press Club and tout her recent book about living with Type-1 diabetes, "Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes."

-- News You Can Use: Got an old cellphone or hard drive you'd like to ditch? Now's your chance, if you have a congressional ID. Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) -- in partnership with Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), Green the Capitol, the Senate Rules Committee, Redemptech and others -- is sponsoring an in-gathering of Hill staffer's "e-waste" from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or until the truck is full) at Third Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. The electronics will be recycled.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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