WASHINGTON, July 12
Is this the (late) October Surprise that will actually determine control of the House? LINK
A man who knows the answer, President Bush, along with the First Lady, left for Heiligendamm, Germany earlier this morning, where Le POTUS meets with Prime Minister Angela Merkel (and confronts a small army of protestors) before heading to St. Petersburg on Friday for a G8 summit, marking the first time Russia has hosted the annual meeting. LINK and LINK
Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is on an unannounced trip to Iraq today.
Bob Novak discusses the Valerie Plame leak investigation on FNC's "Special Report with Brit Hume" at 6:00 pm ET and then does another Fox show later in the evening.
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) joins Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) for a 1:45 pm ET press conference in the Senate Radio and Television Gallery to discuss a new report which shows that CEO, congressional, and presidential pay have increased while minimum wage workers have been left behind under the Bush economy.
According to Sen. Kennedy's office, since the last time the minimum wage was increased (1997), CEO's have seen a 73% increase in pay while the pay of members of Congress is up 24% and the President's salary has increased 100%.
Earlier in the day, Sen. Clinton joins Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) and others at a 10:00 am ET press conference to "demonstrate the need to provide federal funds for states and localities to implement the E9-1-1 service."
Bush Cabinet members gathered with members of Congress -- including Sen. Clinton, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK), and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) -- to promote the release of "WOW! Facts 2006," a compendium of demographic data on women and minorities, at 9:00 am ET this morning.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), and Sen. Kennedy join religious leaders and others for an interfaith conference addressing the intersection of immigration reform and moral principles at 11:30 am ET.
Day two of Gov. Mark Warner's (D-VA) Iowa feet-wetting expedition is as busy as the first: at 10:00 am ET, Warner roundtables with teachers in Davenport; he attends a luncheon on behalf of State Senator Rogert Stewart at 12:15 pm ET; he accompanies the Democratic congressional candidate for Iowa's first district, Bruce Braley, to a 4:15 pm ET tour of a small business, Van G. Miller and Associates; and he joins Braley for he 6:00 pm ET opening of the latter's new Waterloo office.
Speaking of potential presidential hopefuls, Wednesday marks the middle of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's (R-NY) manic week of stumping for 2006 candidates before heading off to Bermuda with the wife. Today he sticks to the mid-Atlantic with an appearance on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Lynn Swann (R-PA) in King of Prussia, PA as well as for Gov. Robert Erlich (R-MD) in Baltimore, MD.
Not to be left out, Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) stays active, attending the second day of the National Forum on Education Policy in Minneapolis, MN.
Former House Speakers Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and Tom Foley (D-WA) appeared at the American Enterprise Institute earlier today to discuss Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein's new book, "The Broken Branch: A Look at the Contemporary Congress." LINK