Dispatch from the Front: The Week of October 8

President Obama travels to California today. This morning he attends a ceremony marking the opening of the Cesar Chavez National Monument near Bakersfield before heading to San Francisco for campaign events. He will also make campaign stops in Ohio on Tuesday and Florida on Thursday.

Senate Committees: THURSDAY—The Senate Commerce Committee holds a field hearing in Anchorage, Alaska, on “Preparing for Offshore Drilling in the Arctic: Lessons Learned from the First Season.”

Executive Branch: Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is in Uruguay for meetings with defense officials from North and South America today. Tomorrow, he travels to Belgium for NATO meetings. On Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan square off in the vice presidential debate.

Economic Reports: From The New York Times: “Data to be released will include wholesale trade for August and the Federal Reserve beige book (Wednesday); weekly jobless claims, trade deficit for August and import prices for September (Thursday); and the Producer Price Index for Septemberthe Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for October (Friday).” More from The Washington Post.

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