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What to Watch: Obama Previews Overseas Trip

(Bill O'leary - Twp)
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Thursday, July 2, 2009

-- President Obama will speak with the Associated Press, previewing his July 5-12 trip to Russia, Italy, Vatican City and Ghana at the White House. Then he will head off to Camp David until Saturday.

-- The think tanks are breaking out their Russia experts in advance of the president's trip. At 10 a.m., former defense secretary William Cohen, left, speaks at the Center for American Progress forum "After the 'Reset': U.S. Russia Policy in the Run-Up to the Obama-Medvedev Summit and Beyond." And, at 9 a.m., the Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a forum on the upcoming trip with directors of the CSIS Russia and Eurasia and Europe and Africa programs.

-- The Federal Communications Commission will hold an open meeting at 11:30 a.m. to receive news on how the transition to digital TV went, as well as get an update on the status of the commission's process for developing a national broadband plan.

-- The American Association for the Advancement of Science at 2 p.m. hosts a discussion on the ongoing H1N1 swine flu outbreak featuring Harvey Fineberg, president of the Institute of Medicine, and Anthony Fauci, director at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

-- The House Financial Services Committee's oversight and investigations subcommittee holds the field hearing "The Homeowners' Insurance Crisis: Solutions for Homeowners, Communities and Taxpayers" in West Palm Beach, Fla.

-- And the National Park Service, Capital Concerts and others will preview details of the program and plans for Saturday's Independence Day celebration.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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