Dispatch from the Front: The Week of Dec. 29

By December 29, 2008General

Perhaps the quietest week of the year, with New Year’s Day falling on a Thursday, making Friday another defacto holiday. Except …

On Friday the Senate actually, finally, really adjourns the 110th Congress sine die! Before that, two last pro forma sessions — Tuesday and Friday — so the long arm of the Bush presidency doesn’t reach out from the Crawford ranch to make a recess appointment.

The House is scheduled to meet for the opening of the 111th Congress at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 3. (See Congressional Digest). The U.S. Senate is expected to convene Tuesday, January 6. (See Senate schedule.)

Economic Reports: On Tuesday, the Conference Board releases its consumer confidence index for December. Friday is the release of the Manufacturing ISM Report on Business for December.

Otherwise, let a million retrospectives bloom, along with winners and losers lists, top 10s and bottom fives, and see how many cartoonists can come up with something new in the way of old men with sickles and hour glasses welcoming swaddled children to the world.

And to reaffirm our belief in the value of NAFTA, we close the year with Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians, Auld Lang Syne, 1945.

Happy New Year!

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