What to Watch

What to Watch: Obama and Putin

(Joshua Roberts - Bloomberg News)
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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

-- President Obama remains in Moscow, where he will deliver the commencement address for the 16th class of the private New Economic School. At the graduate school, Obama will outline his vision for U.S.-Russia relations. He will also meet during the day with Russian political and business leaders, beginning with a breakfast at Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's dacha.

-- Vice President Biden reveals the key findings of the administration's working group on food safety in an afternoon meeting at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. He will be joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, above, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The secretaries co-chaired the group after it was created in March and charged to make recommendations on protecting the food supply.

-- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to meet with ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, an overt sign of support for the man who was removed in a coup June 28. Members of the Honduran National Congress and former members of the Honduran judiciary will hold an afternoon news conference at the National Press Club on Zelaya and the democratic process in Honduras.

-- Shortly after noon, Al Franken (D-Minn.) will be sworn in as the junior senator from Minnesota. There will then be a public reenactment with Biden, as pictures are barred at the official ceremony.

-- The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has a morning hearing on "Moving America Toward a Clean Energy Economy and Reducing Global Warming Pollution: Legislative Tools." Testifying will be Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) and others.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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