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What to Watch: Obama Heads South to Push for Health Reform

A House panel will look into the safety of prepackaged greens.
A House panel will look into the safety of prepackaged greens. (By Benjamin Sklar -- Associated Press)
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

-- President Obama will travel to Raleigh, N.C., and Bristol, Va., where he will continue to press his case for health-care reform.

-- The Federal Reserve will issue this afternoon its Beige Book of Economic Conditions, gathering data on regional conditions.

-- Nomination in progress: Aaron Williams will appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for a hearing on his nomination to be director of the Peace Corps.

-- Leaf eaters, rejoice: The House Oversight and Government Reform's domestic policy subcommittee is looking into the safety of "ready-to-eat produce," a.k.a., the spinach-and-lettuce-in-a-bag products that dominate cold cases at many supermarkets. Speakers at the hearing, "Ready to Eat or Not?: Examining the Impact of Leafy Greens Marketing Agreements," will include representatives of the Agriculture Department, the California Leafy Greens Marketing Board, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers and Kelly Cobb, a survivor of E. coli poisoning she picked up from California produce.

-- Emmanuel di Lipkowski, space attaché at the French Embassy, will discuss "The Future of European Space Transportation: A View From France" in a speech to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

-- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) will give a luncheon speech on "America and China on the Road to Copenhagen: Toward a Climate Partnership" at the National Press Club.

-- British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and international development minister Douglas Alexander are in town for diplomatic and other meetings through Thursday.

-- The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on "New Challenges for International Peacekeeping Operations," with testimony from United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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