The world rotates around locations other than Washington, D.C., this week — 北京, Москва́ and თბილისი. That’s Beijing, Moscow and Tblisi.
Congress remains out until Monday, September 8, save for the Tuesday and Friday pro forma sessions of the Senate. Who presides this week? Probably a Senator.
President Bush returns from China this evening and on Tuesday he meets with the Coalition for Affordable American Energy, a new alliance of energy-using businesses and trade associations, including the National Association of Manufacturers. CAAE supports expanded energy production via the end of a ban on OCS drilling, as well as through the development of alternative energy sources. The President heads to Crawford on Thursday for a two-week break.
We’ll drill down below the cabinet level this week (somebody has to drill) to note that the Deputy Secretary of Transportation is in Portland, Maine, today to launch the Hydrogen Road tour with an exhibition of hydrogen cars from nine different manufacturers (including BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen). The cross-country tour ends in Santa Clara 13 days from now. (News story and release from the Massachusetts Hydrogen Coalition“)
Economic reports: On Thursday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the CPI for July, and major retailers report July sales, as well. And in Europe, second quarter GDP figures are released for EU-member countries Thursday.
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