Meanwhile, Secretary Rumsfeld is in Singapore for the Shangri-La Dialogue -- a meeting of the defense chiefs of 23 countries. The meeting began Thursday and aims to address Asian security concerns.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) is in Iraq today with three other lawmakers: Rep. Ray LaHood (R-IL), Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL) and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD). In a Baghdad press conference, the Speaker called on the Iraqi government to seek "national reconciliation in order to end the insurgency and disband the sectarian militias."
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) holds private meetings in Los Angeles, CA.
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) attends the 11:00 am ET ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) Center for Genetics and Pharmacology and the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences in Buffalo, NY. Sen. Clinton visits the St. Adalbert's Response to Love Center with Sister Mary Johnice at 1:15 pm ET.
Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) keynotes the Great Scranton Chamber of Commerce's 138th annual dinner in Scranton, OH.
Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA) signs a preparation for adult living services bill and a foster parents' bill of rights bill at 3:00 pm ET in Des Moines, IA.
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) campaigns with Mike McGavick at a reception with agriculture and community leaders in Yakima, WA at 6:00 pm ET.
Fresh off of his Thursday campaign launch, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) holds a stem-cell roundtable in Hackensack, NJ before welcoming Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) for a meeting with African-American ministers in Newark, NJ and a 4:30 pm ET rally in East Orange, NJ.
The Cato Institute holds a discussion, "Reforming Government Health Insurance Programs," as part of its "Health Care University" at 12:00 pm ET in Rayburn B-338.
The grand jury investigating the CIA leak meets at 9:30 am ET.
On Saturday, Sen. Obama and Sen. Biden speak to the Ohio Democratic Party's dinner. Norm Kurz and Robert Gibbs have agreed to ban applause meters from the room. Former Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) speak at the New Hampshire Democratic state convention in Manchester, NH.
Sen. Feingold will also speak to the Maine Democratic convention -- a state party which, according to the Portland Press Herald, is likely to debate on Saturday whether or not their party platform should include a call for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. LINK
Make sure to tune in on Sunday morning to "This Week" for that George Stephanopoulos sit down with former Vice President Al Gore in his first Sunday show interview in more than three years. They'll discuss Gore's new documentary, his possible 2008 aspirations, and so much more. Plus, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, George Will, and Washington's premiere power couple – Time's Jay Carney and ABC's Claire Shipman – all join George to debate the week's politics.
Can't wait until Sunday? Tune in to "This Week All Week," the best political webcast around to hear George Stephanopoulos, Mark Halperin, and Jessica Yellin weigh-in on the ramifications of the Administration's new diplomatic posture toward Iran and how Sen. Clinton did in her big acceptance speech. LINK
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