What to Watch

What to Watch: An Obama 'Tele-town Hall'

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

-- President Obama will hold a "tele-town hall" on health care at AARP's office in Washington, then will take part in a White House meeting as part of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner.

-- Vice President Biden will head to Philadelphia to announce federal stimulus funds for law enforcement agencies. Also attending will be Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and a slew of Democratic mid-Atlantic governors -- Edward G. Rendell (Pa.), Jon S. Corzine (N.J.), Jack Markell (Del.) and Martin O'Malley (Md.) -- as well as Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.

-- The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be an associate justice on the Supreme Court.

-- The Senate Judiciary terrorism and homeland security subcommittee will meet to discuss "Closing Guantanamo: The Path Forward Under the Rule of Law."

-- The Joint Economic Committee will hold a hearing on "Current Trends in Foreclosures and What More Can Be Done to Prevent Them." Witnesses include William Shear, director of financial markets and community investment at the Government Accountability Office, and Keith Ernst, director of research at the Center for Responsible Lending.

-- Elizabeth Edwards, a senior fellow on health-care issues at the liberal advocacy group Center for American Progress and the wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards, will testify at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on "Medical Debt: Is Our Healthcare System Bankrupting Americans?"

-- How very D.C.: Biden chief economist Jared Bernstein takes part in another Center for American Progress event, the group's "Progressivism on Tap" series, before an all-reservations audience at Busboys and Poets, 14th and V streets NW, at 6 p.m.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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