Dispatch from the Front: The Week of December 26

The final week of 2011 will be a quiet one in Washington, D.C.

President Obama is in Hawaii for the holidays and will return to Washington at the beginning of the new year.

The House and Senate will be away a few weeks longer.  The House returns on January 17 and the Senate is off until January 23.

Executive Branch: Vice President Biden is away from Washington as well.  He is in Wilmington, Del., for the holidays.

Economic Reports: From the New York Times: “Data will include the S.& P./Case-Shiller home price index for October and consumer confidence for December (Tuesday); weekly jobless claims, the Chicago purchasing managers’ index for December, and pending home sales for November (Thursday).”

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