Congress remains out this week, save for the subminute, pro-forma sessions called in the Senate to prevent recess appointments (Can they really?) by President Bush — Tuesday at 9 a.m. and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. The Senate gets back to real sessions on Monday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. The House returns the day after, December 4, at 2 p.m.
Mr. Hand: [stomps on a newspaper clipping] So it seems you discovered your unpleasant nature.
John Murdoch: Who are you?
Mr. Hand: We might ask the same question, yes? Sleep… now.
For President Bush and Secretary of State Rice, the big event of the week is the Annapolis Conference and its efforts to establish a framework for a process to achieve a dialogue toward resolving long-standing structural disagreements vis a vis institutionalized peace advancement in the Middle East.
John Murdoch: Hey, do you know the way to Shell Beach?
Taxi Driver: You’re kidding! Me and the Mrs. spent our honeymoon there. All you gotta do is take Main Street West to… or is it the Cross… You know, that’s funny, I can’t remember if it’s Main Street West or the Crosstown.
Data on sales of existing homes will be released Wednesday and on new homes Thursday. Prediction: Media will focus on the negative.
Dr. Schreber: There is nothing beyond the city. The only place home exists… is in your head.
And the European Parliament reports that the Environment Committee will vote on a co-decision report (first reading) on the review of the directive on fuel quality. At the same committee, President Pöttering and Secretary-General Harald Rømer will sign on behalf of the EP the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) charter, which seeks to promote good environmental practice.
Mr. Book: SHUT IT DOWN! SHUT IT DOWN FOREVER!
P.S. All jokes and movie references aside, serious elections are taking place this week overseas. In Russia on Friday, parliamentary elections. And on Sunday, Venezuela will vote on constitutional amendments that, if approved, would entrench Hugo Chavez as a full-blown Castroite dictator. Energy markets will be watching.
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