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What to Watch: Obama to Return to Elkhart, Indiana

Sen. Robert Menendez, a supporter of Judge Sonia Sotomayor.
Sen. Robert Menendez, a supporter of Judge Sonia Sotomayor. (Lauren Victoria Burke - AP)
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

-- President Obama makes his second visit as president to Elkhart, Ind., a town with a staggering unemployment rate (nearly 17 percent, according to the latest statistics). There, he will continue to press his case for health-care reform and to advocate for his economic policies.

-- Vice President Biden also travels to an economically depressed locale, Detroit, and will visit NextEnergy, a nonprofit that studies alternative means of generating energy, with Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm (D).

-- The full Senate discusses the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court, part of the lead-up to a vote on her confirmation that is expected before the chamber recesses at the end of the week.

-- Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and representatives of Hispanic organizations hold a morning news conference to argue for Sotomayor's (virtually assured) confirmation. Later, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the National Council of La Raza will hold a rally to support her at Upper Senate Park.

-- The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee has a morning hearing on "Examining Proposals to Enhance the Regulation of Credit Rating Agencies."

-- NASA's Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee holds a public meeting at the Carnegie Institution, with presentations on such topics as "Vision for Space Exploration Background" and "Mars Society Views on U.S. Human Space Flight." The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television.

-- Young America's Foundation is holding its 31st annual National Conservative Student Conference through Friday at George Washington University, with featured presentations Wednesday from Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Family Research Council President Tony Perkins and Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta


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