3. In The Hill, Dick Morris writes that "the low job approval of Bush's efforts in the week after the storm will fade into history and take its place alongside similar criticism of his slowness to act after the planes hit on Sept. 11 or after the tsunami struck late last year. What counts for the future is that the ratings on his recent performance are 20 points higher than his overall job approval." LINK
Pre-tomorrow, today, President Bush addresses the United Nations High-Level Plenary Meeting at 9:40 am ET. ABC News will carry the President's remarks live.
While in New York, the President is also scheduled to meet with the Prime Minister of Israel (10:15 am ET) and the Prime Minister of Great Britain (10:50 am ET). Upon returning to Washington, DC, the President visits the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue at 6:35 pm ET and marks 350 years of Jewish life in America with a 7:00 pm ET speech at the National Building Museum.
Gov. Blanco will address a special joint session of the Louisiana legislature at 7:30 pm ET. LINK
Round Two of questioning begins in the Roberts confirmation hearings has already begun. The panel breaks for lunch at 1 pm ET and reconvenes at 2:00 pm ET if necessary.
As for the rest of today's schedule:
House Democratic Leaders gather outside of 345 Cannon to discuss Hurricane Katrina and record gas prices at 10:00 am ET.
Also at 10:00 am ET, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation looks at the effect of Katrina on the aviation industry at the same time as the Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on hurricane response.
Sens. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) will hold a joint press conference at 1:15 pm ET to announce the introduction of legislation designed to ensure financial integrity in the Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery effort.
Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) discusses the role of state and local government in homeland security and emergency response in an 11:00 am ET speech to the Heritage Foundation before talking health care reform at a roundtable by CNBC and the United States Chamber of Commerce in Dirksen 215 at 2 pm ET.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) holds the second in a series of "Conversations with Californians," a town hall-style meeting where he will answer questions from the audience.
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) is in full "It Takes a Village" mode today: at 1:15 pm ET, the former First Lady attends the Nation's Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children 2005 rally on the West Lawn of the Capitol and at 8:30 pm ET she attends the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Dinner at Union Station.
Gov. George Pataki (R-NY) heads to China and Japan on an eight-day mission to boost trade for Empire State businesses.
Kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month, RNC Chair Ken Mehlman travels to Tigard, Oregon to deliver remarks to Hispanic community and business leaders at 6:00 pm ET.
Former 9-11 Commission Chair Tom Kean and Vice Chair Lee Hamilton attended a Monitor breakfast at 7:30 am ET so be on the look-out for print stories tomorrow.
According to the Chicago Cubs website, the nation's oldest Supreme Court Justice John Stevens, 85, is going to throw out the first pitch as the Cubs host the Reds at Wrigley Field.