The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to meet, at the request of the Japanese and Ambassador Bolton, at the UN at 10:00 am ET to discuss North Korea.
Potential Democratic 2008 presidential hopefuls Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) and Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) both appeared on morning network television which got them some AP pickup describing the North Korean regime as somewhat unpredictable. LINK
The Pentagon has confirmed that North Korea test-launched a seventh missile this morning. According to the Pentagon, the missile was a scud "type" missile. The Associated Press reports the seventh was a medium-range missile that landed in the Sea of Japan. Prior to the launch of the seventh missile, North Korea defended its right to conduct missile tests, calling it a matter of national sovereignty. "We continue on our revolution in our own way, according to our conviction in this complicated and conflicting situation, as we have such invincible and revolutionary military power, even for the imperialist United States," its communist party newspaper said in a commentary.
The House/Senate immigration divide will be on display today, amid talk of compromise and triggers. First up is Chairman Arlen Specter's (R-PA) Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on comprehensive immigration reform including a temporary guest worker program at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA at 10:00 am ET. Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) is expected to participate. Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R-NYC) is scheduled to be the lead-off witness. Sens. Specter and Kennedy plan to hold a media availability prior to the hearing at 9:30 am ET. After the hearing, Sen. Kennedy and Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) hold a conference call on today's hearings at 12:15 pm ET.
On the left coast, a House International Relations subcommittee chaired by Rep. Edward Royce (R-CA) holds a field hearing on "border vulnerabilities and international terrorism" at noon ET at the Imperial Beach Border Patrol Station in San Diego, CA. The second part of the Royce hearings will take place on Friday in Laredo, TX.
First Lady Laura Bush participates in a roundtable discussion with members of the United States-Afghan Women's Council at the Department of State at 11:00 am ET. (Mrs. Bush is expected to attend a closed press briefing on the Basra Children's Hospital at the State Department at 10:20 am ET.)
Gov. Jon Corzine (D-NJ) was scheduled to address the New Jersey legislature at 9:00 am ET as casinos, parks, and beaches across the state close due to the ongoing government shutdown. The governor's proposed 1% sales tax hike is at the heart of his budget battle with the legislature. More from the AP: LINK
Gov. Mitt Romney accepts an award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESRG) in recognition of the commonwealth's support for state employees who are enlisted in the National Guard and Reserve at 10:00 am ET in Boston, MA.
Bill Clinton speaks at a fundraiser for congressional candidate Baron Hill (D-IN) in Indianapolis, IN.
The abbreviated week ahead:
In addition to President Bush's big boomer birthday tomorrow, Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and Ned Lamont participate in their first Democratic primary debate tomorrow night at 7:00 pm ET on WVIT-TV in West Hartford, CT. The debate is scheduled to last 60 minutes and viewer submitted questions are expected to be part of the program.