WASHINGTON, June 14
President Bush holds a 9:45 am ET press conference in the Rose Garden. (And we have every reason to believe this is a real press conference for which he will actually be in Washington.)
The President also plans to hold a bicameral, bipartisan meeting with congressional leaders at 2:45 pm ET to brief them on his trip to Baghdad.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) have postponed a town hall meeting intended to promote their bread-and-butter economic agenda rollout. (Insert your own metaphor here.) House Democrats will hold a conference call at 1:00 pm ET and the town hall meeting will be rescheduled.
"This week and over the course of the coming weeks, we will continue to highlight the contrasting priorities of the Democratic and Republican visions. As Republicans seek to distract and divide with issues such as gay marriage, the estate tax and flag burning, Democrats will rally all Americans by offering specific plans for energy independence, health care costs, stem cell research, college tuition deductibility, and the minimum wage. As Republicans push their partisan priorities, we will clearly highlight and communicate our commitment to issues that seek common ground and what's best for all Americans," writes Leader Pelosi to her caucus members in an internal memorandum obtained by The Note.
Before his meeting with congressional leaders, the President meets with the Iraq Study Group at 1:45 pm ET and the president of Colombia at 11:00 am ET. The annual congressional picnic is scheduled for the South Lawn at 6:30 pm ET.
House GOP leaders stress their continued commitment to US troops at a 10:00 am ET event outside of the Capitol Hill Club.
The liberal Campaign for America's Future's "Take Back America" conference continues today. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) became the fourth potential '08er to address the group at 9:00 am ET.
Two Senate candidates -- Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) -- are slated to speak later today. Rep. Brown plans to speak about "The Global Deficit: Good Jobs in a Global Economy" at 9:45 am ET and Rep. Sanders speaks about media reform at 11:15 am ET.
Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) speaks at the "You Have the Power" closing luncheon along with AFSCME's Gerald McEntee and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).
Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Russ Feingold, (D-WI), and Edward Kennedy (D-MA) join veterans to oppose a constitutional amendment on flag desecration at 11:30 am ET in the Senate Swamp.
DSCC Chairman Sen. Schumer holds a 1:15 pm ET pen and pad briefing for reporters on the 2006 electoral landscape and his planned path to gaining six seats in November.
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) joins Sen. Schumer, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO), and Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) to discuss legislation designed to protect veterans' personal data at 2:30 pm ET on Capitol Hill. At 10:00 am ET, Sen. Clinton will be recognized for her leadership on energy issues at the 17th annual Energy Efficiency Forum at the National Press Club.
Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) swears in Col. Mark Delaney as Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police at 2:00 pm ET.
Fresh from his first place finish in a recent Des Moines Register poll of likely Iowa caucus voters, Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) rallies hotel workers in Honolulu, HI.