Dispatch from the Front: The Week of February 20

Happy Presidents’ Day!

On Tuesday, President Obama hosts a performance of the blues at the White House. On Wednesday, he will speak at the future site of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. On Thursday, he travels to Miami. He concludes the week with a meeting with the Danish prime minister at the White House.

The House and Senate are out this week.

Executive Branch: Homeland Security Secretary is touring the border in Texas today. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Commerce Secretary John Bryson speak to the State Department Global Business Conference. Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks at the launch of an effort to recruit and train teachers in science, technology, engineering and math education. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk meets with members of the National Association of Manufacturers. Also this week, Under Secretary for International Trade Francisco Sanchez leads a Commerce Department mission on ports and maritime security technology in India.

Economic Reports: From the New York Times: “Data will include existing home sales for January (Wednesday); weekly jobless claims (Thursday); and the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for February and new home sales for January (Friday).”

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