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Monday, June 8, 2009

-- President Obama and Vice President Biden announce plans to ramp up Recovery Act implementation over the summer.

-- Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor continues to meet with members of Congress, today visiting the offices of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).

-- How is it the Brazilian Navy mistakenly thought it had found wreckage from the downed Air France airliner in the middle of the Atlantic? Because the oceans are full of schmutz. The United Nations Environment Programme details the extent of the problem, releasing the report "Marine Litter: A Global Challenge."

-- The situation in Iraq may have been superseded by the one in Afghanistan, but it remains critical. Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Rafi al-Issawi stops by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for "Political Developments Since the Surge."

-- The National Fair Housing Alliance continues its 2009 conference at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. Speakers of note today include Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Loretta King.

-- Volunteers of America gathers some high-profile personalities for the discussion "Boomer Bust: From Greatest Generation to Crisis Generation," featuring former Senate majority leader Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.), former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile at the National Press Club.

-- The national Republican congressional and senatorial committees hold their 2009 House and Senate Dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Gingrich is the keynote speaker for the fundraiser. Others include House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Reps. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) and Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.).

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpostcom


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