Dispatch from the Front: The Week of October 4

With Congress out of town this first Monday of October, attention turns to the judicial branch and the Supreme Court’s fall term.  President Obama promotes jobs training and community colleges. National employment data are released Friday, gaining extra notice because it’s the last national unemployment report before Election Day.

President Obama attends a meeting of his Economic Recovery Advisory Board today at the White House, where he will announce a new jobs-training initiative, “Skills for America’s Future.” (New York Times report.) On Tuesday, he joins Jill Biden at the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges. (Biden statement.) Tuesday evening, the President speaks to the 2010 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit” about the impact of women in business on the economy and the steps we can take together to ensure that America remains competitive over the long term.” (Will he pitch the Paycheck Fairness Act?) On Wednesday, he attends a DNC dinner in Cresskill, N.J.  On Thursday, the President hops over to Prince George’s County, Md., for a campaign event with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. Later, the President heads to Chicago to campaign for Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias.  More on the President’s schedule.

The Supreme Court convenes at 10 a.m., the start of the October term with new Justice Elena Kagan on the bench. For business, cases involving federal preemption may be the most significant.

The Senate meets in pro forma sessions Tuesday and Friday, preventing President Obama from making recess appointments. The House is recessed until Nov. 15

Senate Hearings: Senate HELP Committee holds a hearing Thursday, “The Wobbly Stool: Retirement (In)security in America.”

Executive Branch: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius travels to the Pittsburgh area today, hosted by Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) to announce additional retirement programs for the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program created by the new health care law.  U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk meets today with the European Union Ambassador to the United States, Jo ão Vale de Almeida; on Tuesday, the USTR holds the annual public hearing on China’s compliance with its World Trade Organization commitments. (USTR weekly schedule.) Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is the keynote speaker Wednesday in Atlantic City at the two-day North American Offshore Wind Conference

Economic Reports: The Census this morning releases the Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories, and Orders Survey for August. The pending home sales figures also come out. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the much-anticipated, much-watched, much-analyzed September employment data, and the wholesales inventory report for August is released. Retail sales figures for September are released Thursday. For the full week, see this Reuters coverage, Neil Irwin’s Washington Post column.

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