The Week Ahead: The Week of August 4

By August 4, 2008General

Congress is gone until Monday, September 8th. (The Senate does convene in pro forma sessions every Tuesday and Friday through the dog days of summer to prevent Presidential recess appointments. The dog watch, so to speak.)

House Republicans are feeling energized after last Friday’s post-session protests and will continue to push domestic energy production during the recess, even turning up on the House floor today. (Politico reports.)

The President departs for Asia and the Olympics today, stopping on his way to address the troops at Eielson Air Force Base – Thunder Dome in Alaska. Highlights beyond Thunder Dome:

  • Wednesday: Seoul, South Korea, ceremonies, meeting with President Lee Myung-bak. That evening in Bangkok, meeting with Prime Minister of Thailand.
  • Thursday: Bangkok, various activities, including meeting with Burmese activists. Then on to Beijing.
  • Friday: Dedication of U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Various Olympics-related meetings and then attending the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.
  • Saturday: Attend reception with CEO sponsors of U.S. Olympic Team.
  • Sunday: President and First Lady attend church service. President meets with the President of the People’s Republic of China. That night, they attend a men’s basketball game.

Back here in the U.S., Secretary of Commerce Gutierrez speaks at the Singapore Embassy Tuesday, marking the country’s independence day. Labor Secretary Chao speaks Thursday at the Southern Governor’s Association summer meeting at Green Briar, W.V.

Economic Reports: Today Commerce reports on personal income for July and factory orders for June. On Friday, Labor releases productivity report for second quarter. (From the LA Times.)

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