Dispatch from the Front: The Week of August 6

President Obama has a busy week on the campaign trail. Today, he will be in Connecticut. After a day at the White House on Tuesday, he heads to Colorado for campaign events on Wednesday and Thursday.

The House and Senate are on their August recess (though technically they will be holding pro forma sessions since the House voted against adjourning). Due to construction in the Senate chamber, the Senate will be holding some of these sessions outside of the Capitol in the nearby Hart office building.

Executive Branch: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in South Africa today. She is in the middle of a week-and-a-half-long trip to Africa. Under Secretary for International Trade Francisco Sánchez will also be in South Africa this week for the U.S.-South Africa Business Summit.

Economic Reports: From The New York Times: “Data will include consumer credit for June (Tuesday); second-quarter productivity (Wednesday); weekly jobless claims, the trade deficit for June and wholesale trade inventories for June (Thursday); and import prices for July (Friday).” And more from The Washington Post.

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