What to Watch

What to Watch: Obama Signs Tobacco Control Act

Monday, June 22, 2009

-- President Obama signs the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act today in the Rose Garden. The bill gives the Food and Drug Administration new authority to regulate tobacco products.

-- First lady Michelle Obama travels to California, where she kicks off the United We Serve summer service initiative at an event with the nonprofit group Kaboom at Bret Harte Elementary School in San Francisco. California first lady Maria Shriver and Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) acting chief Nicky Goren also will appear.

In the evening, the first lady gives the keynote address at the 2009 National Conference on Volunteering and Service, hosted by the CNCS and the Points of Light Institute, at the Moscone Center.

-- Cabinet secretaries and senior administration officials are also holding events to help launch the service initiative, which runs through the National Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11. The initiative will be led by the CNCS, which Michelle Obama's former chief of staff, Jackie Norris, left the White House to join.

-- A Senate banking subcommittee holds a hearing on "Over-the-Counter Derivatives: Modernizing Oversight to Increase Transparency and Reduce Risks." Among those testifying are Mary Schapiro, chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Gary Gensler, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; and Kenneth Griffin, founder, president and chief executive of Citadel Investment Group.

-- The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools opens its ninth annual National Charter Schools Conference, which runs through Wednesday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Education Secretary Arne Duncan addresses the group in the morning, as does former NFL star Tiki Barber, who participates in the breakout session "Obama's Vision, Harlem's Reality: How Harlem Village Academies Achieves 100% Proficiency."

-- Reza Pahlavi, former crown prince of Iran, is the morning newsmaker at the National Press Club at 10 a.m.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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