Dispatch from the Front: The Week of August 15

President Obama begins his bus tour through the Midwest today. He kicks off the tour in Cannon Halls, Minn., and then travels to Decorah, Iowa. The President stays in the Hawkeye state on Tuesday, holding an economic forum event in Peosta. On Wednesday, he hosts townhall events in Atkinson and Alpha, Ill. On Thursday, he travels to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., to begin his vacation.

The House and Senate are in recess.

House Hearings: TUESDAY—An Education and Workforce Subcommittee holds a field hearing in Greenville, S.C., on “Reviving our Economy: The Role of Higher Education in Job Growth and Development.”

Executive Branch: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano meets with the Canadian minister of public safety in Winnipeg today. Trade Representative Ron Kirk is in El Paso.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar tours Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine to talk about job creation and conservation.

Economic Reports: From the New York Times: “Data this week will include housing starts, import prices and industrial production and capacity utilization for July (Tuesday); the Producer Price Index for July (Wednesday); and weekly jobless claims, the consumer price index, existing home sales and leading economic indicators for July, and the Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index for August (Thursday).” More from the Washington Post here.

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