What to Watch

What to Watch: Economy Takes Center Stage

Friday, August 7, 2009

-- On a day when the Labor Department is due to issue its July jobs report, President Obama's only public appearance will be to discuss -- surprise -- the economy. He'll deliver his speech in Arlington, at Fort Myer's Henderson Hall.

-- Vice President Biden continues his vacation at Kiawah Island, S.C.

-- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton continues her African trip by meeting with foreign ministers in South Africa.

-- New federal guidelines for schools to follow during flu season will be announced during a news conference by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

-- Duncan delivers the keynote address at the D.C. Public Schools' summer graduation ceremony at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

-- The Labor Department's Employment Situation report comes out at 8:30 a.m. An hour later, Bureau of Labor Statistics Commissioner Keith Hall will testify about the report to the Senate Joint Economic Committee.

-- At 3 p.m., the Federal Reserve reports on consumer installment credit for June.

-- Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Howard Koh and Health Resources and Services Administrator Mary Wakefield participate in an online discussion, at http://www.healthreform.gov, addressing "how health insurance reform will benefit all Americans."

-- Sarah Lovenheim

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