Dispatch from the Front: The Week of October 29

Washington—along with most of the East Coast—is bracing for the storm. Federal government offices in the D.C. region have closed, as has the public transit system.

President Obama is in the homestretch of his reelection campaign. The storm has forced a change in plans today, and the President has cancelled campaign plans and returned to the White House. The President has a busy week of campaigning scheduled, but it remains to be seen how Sandy will affect those plans.

The House and Senate remain in recess.

The Supreme Court, however, is braving the weather. Court is in session this morning.

Executive Branch: The storm has also scuttled the Vice President’s campaign plans. He cancelled an event in New Hampshire today. Secretary of State Clinton is in Algeria today and is traveling for the rest of the week. After leaving Algeria, she has planned stops in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, and Croatia

Economic Reports: From The New York Times: “Economic information to be released this week includes personal income and spending for September and the Chicago Federal Reserve Midwest manufacturing index (Monday); the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index for August and consumer confidence for October (Tuesday); the Institute for Supply Management manufacturing index for October, construction spending for September, weekly jobless claims, retail sales for October and ADP employment for October (Thursday); and unemployment for October (Friday).”

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