Federal City Digest

What to Watch: Obama at the Cleveland Clinic

Thursday, July 23, 2009

-- President Obama travels to Ohio, where he will tour the Cleveland Clinic, which he has praised for its "top-notch quality" and lower costs, and then hold a town hall in Shaker Heights on the need for health-care reform. Afterward, he bops over to Chicago for a major fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee.

-- Vice President Biden is in Tbilisi for continued meetings with Georgian leaders.

-- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton heads back to Washington from Phuket, Thailand.

-- The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on "Establishing a Framework for Systemic Risk Regulation," with, among others, Sheila Bair, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.; Mary Schapiro, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission; Daniel Tarullo, member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors; and Alice Rivlin, senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution.

-- A group of European rabbis and imams brought over by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, the World Jewish Congress and the Islamic Society of North America meets with State Department and Obama administration officials.

-- Social networks and entangling relations come together at the day-long forum "Face-off to Facebook: From the Nixon-Krushchev Kitchen Debate to Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century" at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.

-- The Food and Drug Administration's advisory committee on vaccines and related biological products meets to discuss clinical trials on swine flu.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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