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What to Watch: Obama Promotes Post-9/11 GI Bill, Meets Emir of Kuwait, NASCAR Champions

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Monday, August 3, 2009

-- President Obama attends a rally at George Mason University in Fairfax to celebrate -- and promote -- the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which went into effect on Aug. 1 and provides educational benefits to a fresh generation of veterans. Also appearing will be Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.

Obama also will meet with the emir of Kuwait, Sheik Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah at the White House, then, in the evening, receive a visit from 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, as well as former NASCAR champions and drivers.

-- The Commerce Department issues its report on construction spending for June, which should provide more signs of the recession's direction.

-- The Education Department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools holds its 2009 National Conference through Wednesday at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

-- The Environmental Protection Agency holds a public hearing on its proposal to strengthen National Ambient Air Quality Standards for nitrogen dioxide (NO2), which is produced as a result of gas and diesel-powered vehicle emissions, as well as industrial processes.

-- The Senate Democratic Policy Committee holds a congressional oversight hearing to examine the U.S. Army response "to the exposure of hundreds of U.S. troops to a deadly carcinogen at a water injection facility in Iraq" in 2003. Participants will include Sens. Byron L. Dorgan (D-N.D.), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), as well as members of the National Guard and an expert on the health risks of the chemical.


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