Panetta on Capitol Hill, Obama to honor Israeli president, plus more to watch for Wednesday in politics

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will be on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee during its hearing on the Pentagon's 2013 budget. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey will also give testimony.

At the White House, President Barack Obama will host Israeli President Shimon Peres. In the evening, he'll present Peres with America's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, at a dinner in the East Room. Peres was unable to attend a ceremony on May 29, when Obama gave the honor to Madeleine Albright, John Glenn, Bob Dylan, Toni Morrison, John Paul Stevens and Pat Summitt, among others. First lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton will also be at the dinner.

Elsewhere in Washington, Mitt Romney will address the Business Roundtable Quarterly Meeting at the Newseum. He'll then head to the battleground state of Ohio for an evening fundraiser.

And then there is this: Journalist Bob Woodward will also be at the Newseum on Wednesday. He'll be speaking about reporting on the Watergate scandal for The Washington Post. June 17 will mark the 40th anniversary of the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters that eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

Sources: Associated Press, White House

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