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 firstname.lastname@example.org