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Thursday, July 9, 2009

-- President Obama remains in L'Aquila, Italy, for the Group of Eight-plus-five meeting. First lady Michelle Obama is along for the trip.

Back home, the administration holds a summit on swine flu. At the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, state leaders will discuss preparedness.

-- With administration poll numbers dropping in Ohio and unemployment in the state raising concerns, Vice President Biden heads to Cincinnati. This morning at the American Can Building, a once-abandoned factory now being redeveloped, Biden will bang home the impact of the federal stimulus. This afternoon he flies to Clifton Park, N.Y., where he will again discuss the stimulus, joined with increasingly beleaguered New York Gov. David A. Paterson (D-N.Y.) and newly elected Rep. Scott Murphy (D-N.Y.) at the main campus of the Shenendehowa Central School District.

-- Thousands of pages of documents about Judge Sonia Sotomayor will be made available online by the National Archives, the William J. Clinton Library and the George H.W. Bush Library. The documents will include court records, correspondence, news clippings, articles and e-mails regarding the Supreme Court nominee's previous nominations to the federal bench.

-- Obama was in Russia this week, and now his czars are heading to the Hill for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on "The Rise of the Mexican Drug Cartels and U.S. National Security." Testifying will be border czar Alan Bersin, drug czar Gil Kerlikowske, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer and others.

-- Nominations in progress: The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hears from Robert Abbey, named as director of the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management, and Richard Newell, picked to be administrator of the Energy Information Administration.

-- Butterstick turns 4. The National Zoo celebrates Tai Shan's birth by giving him a frozen bamboo-and-beet-juice "cake."

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com


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