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What to Watch: Obama to Appear at Events for Creigh Deeds

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

-- President Obama has invited the all-important Gang of Six -- three Democrats and three Republicans from the Senate Finance Committee -- to the White House to discuss their efforts to craft a health-care bill [Story, A1]. Later, Obama will speak at a rally for Virginia gubernatorial candidate R. Creigh Deeds (D) at the McLean Hilton in the evening, then attend a fundraiser for Deeds in Tysons Corner.

-- The full Senate continues its deliberations on the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, left, to the Supreme Court; a vote on confirming her is scheduled for 3 p.m. [Story, A3].

-- The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hears from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, Assistant Energy Secretary David Sandalow, Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp and Bill Fehrman, president and chief executive of MidAmerican Energy, on "Climate Change and Ensuring that America Leads the Clean Energy Transformation."

-- "The U.S. Postal Service in Crisis" is the title of a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee hearing. Lawmakers will consider the affairs of the beleaguered service, which reported Wednesday that it lost $2.4 billion last quarter. [Story below.] Speakers include Postmaster General John Potter and Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

-- Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Christina Romer addresses the question "So, Is It Working? An Assessment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act at the Five-Month Mark" at the August breakfast meeting of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., at the Newseum.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta


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