What to Watch: Obama Arrives in the Middle East

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

-- President Obama arrives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he will meet with King Abdullah. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton travels to Cairo in advance of the president's arrival for a speech tomorrow to the Muslim world. She will join Obama at his speech and in his meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. [Story, A12.]

-- Vice President Biden meets with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak at the White House. At noon, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Biden hold a roundtable discussion with governors and state transportation officials to discuss SUPERTRAINS, a.k.a. funding for high-speed rail in the Recovery Act.

-- At 10 a.m., first lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement address to the graduating class of the District's Washington Mathematics Science Technology Public Charter High School, held in Howard University's Cramton Auditorium.

-- Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has another day on Capitol Hill thick with senatorial meet-and-greets. The judge's list today: Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.), Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

-- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke at 10 a.m. gives the House Budget Committee the Fed's view on economic challenges.

-- The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on "GM and Chrysler Dealership Closures."

-- The Senate Judiciary Committee holds the first-ever congressional hearing on obstacles faced by gay couples under U.S. immigration law and the Uniting American Families Act, written to address them.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com


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