Dispatch from the Front: The Week of August 24

By August 24, 2009General

The slowest news week of the year, so far, and activists’ tours and congressional townhalls fill the media maw. The end of Cash for Clunkers is nigh! (Tonight, to be precise.)

President Obama is on vacation through August 30 chez Martha’s Vineyard among the wind-power promoters and detractors.

Senate Hearings: Congress is on recess until Tuesday, September 8. There are a handful of Senate committee field hearings this week, one being of modest interest to manufacturers, a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee event scheduled today in Estes, Colorado, to consider climate change impacts on national parks in Colorado. (Veterans Affairs is the other active committee.)

Executive Branch: Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty marked the start of the D.C. school year this morning, welcoming children back with a news conference about H1N1 Flu (swine flu). The Obama Administration’s Rural Tour continues with a stop Wednesday by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in Modesto, Calif. Water and environmental policy, dam construction, and the wilting of California agriculture should be on the agenda. On the menu, the tasty Delta smelt.

Economic Reports: Single-family home prices for June are due Tuesday from the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index. From Dow-Jones: “An updated figure on second-quarter gross domestic product, out Thursday, is forecast to show a 1.4% decline…The government also will report on July durable goods orders Wednesday and personal incomes and spending in July on Friday….Regional manufacturing reports are due Monday from the Chicago Fed, Tuesday from the Richmond Fed and Thursday from the Kansas City Fed.” More from Reuters. Finally, the White House this week will revise its 10-year deficit forecast this week from $7.1 trillion to $9 trillion.

Miscellaneous: Labor and environmental groups travel the land in the “Made in America Jobs” tour, encouraging government to pick more winners and losers in business, as long as labor and environmental groups are the winners. Events this week in New Hampshire, Maine, Tennesse, Ohio, Louisiana and Traverse City, Mich. Schedule.

The pro-energy, pro-jobs Energy Citizens group continues its tour to rally opposition to the Waxman-Markey legislation with stops Tuesday in Nashville and Ekhart, Ind., and Thursday in Greeley, Colo., St. Louis and Tampa. The effort has energetic support from citizens.

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