Dispatch from the Front: The Week of March 25

Today, President Obama speaks at a naturalization ceremony. This evening, he hosts a Passover Seder at the White House. On Tuesday, the Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings, and the Major League Soccer champions, the LA Galaxy, visit the White House. On Thursday, four African leaders meet with President Obama: President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, President Macky Sall of Senegal, President Joyce Banda of Malawi and Prime Minister Jose Maria Pereira Neves of Cape Verde. President Obama rounds out the week with a trip to Miami, where he will talk about the economy.

The House and Senate are out this week.

Executive Branch: Vice President Biden meets with the Foreign Minister of Australia today. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Afghanistan for meetings with President Hamid Karzai. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano attends the naturalization ceremony with President Obama.

Economic Reports: From The New York Times: “Economic data to be released include durable goods for February, the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller housing price index for January, new home sales for February and consumer confidence for March (Tuesday); pending home sales for February, weekly jobless claims, fourth-quarter gross domestic product (revised) and the Chicago P.M.I. for March (Thursday); and personal income and spending for February and the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index for March (Friday).”

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