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What to Watch: Obama Headed to NAACP Convention in New York

Vice President Biden plans to make several stops in Virginia today.
Vice President Biden plans to make several stops in Virginia today. (By Ron Edmonds -- Associated Press)
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Thursday, July 16, 2009

-- President Obama travels to New Jersey to campaign for Gov. Jon S. Corzine (D), then to New York for the NAACP Centennial Convention, where he is the keynote speaker on the conference's final day.

-- Vice President Biden continues his unofficial tour of purple states with a hop across the Potomac. He'll be in Alexandria, at the city's Durant Center, for a White House Middle Class Task Force meeting at 1:30 p.m. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will also attend the event, centered on health-care reform. Later, Biden heads south to Richmond to discuss the stimulus at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. In the evening, he is the draw at a fundraiser in Henrico County for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds.

-- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, her elbow sufficiently recovered to travel, heads overseas through July 23; her trip will take her to India and Thailand.

-- The Senate Judiciary Committee continues to consider the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, and today there is a new wrinkle to the proceedings: lots and lots of witnesses -- from the American Bar Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, the National Association of Women Lawyers, a passel of law schools, the Center for Equal Opportunity, the Independence Institute, one baseball player and a plaintiff, Frank Ricci, from a case on which Sotomayor ruled. It is not clear whether the committee can get through all of them today; the testimony is likely to continue into tomorrow.

-- Former Treasury secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. will testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and its domestic policy subcommittee on "Bank of America and Merrill Lynch: How Did a Private Deal Turn Into a Federal Bailout? Part III."

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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