The Note: Tight Under the Collar


After his welcome meeting and press conference at the White House yesterday, Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Maliki addresses a joint session of Congress this morning at 11:00 am ET in what has proven to be a controversial invitation, as Democrats have fought to persuade House Speaker Rep. Dennis Haster (R-IL) to cancel the speech. After Maliki came nowhere near the apology Democrats were hoping for during the press conference yesterday, some Democrats remain miffed while some GOPers say they detect a transparent effort to court Jewish voters in the United States. LINK

Following his address to Congress, the Prime Minister is scheduled to attend a luncheon along with President Bush and military personnel and their families in Fort Belvoir, VA at 1:05 pm ET. The President then attends a campaign reception for Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) in Charleston, WV at 5:35 pm ET.

Up until now, Rep. Capito's race has not been considered truly competitive. But according to a recent expenditure, national Republicans have polled in her district, leading the DCCC to think/hope that the NRCC is privately concerned about Rep. Bob Ney's (R-OH) former chief of staff testifying that the Abramoff team received assistance on the GSA properties from several GOP members of Congress or their aides, including a former top aide to Rep. Capito. Asked about the findings of the poll conducted in Rep. Capito's Charleston-based district, NRCC spokesguy Carl Forti tells ABC News: "We don't discuss independent expenditure polling." As for alleged ties to Abramoff, Forti says: "She's already addressed this." Link to the expenditure on the FEC's Web site: LINK

This MIGHT be the most important story in the papers today relating to the midterms: House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) "said yesterday that Republican leaders would soon hold the first House vote in a decade on increasing the minimum wage, and predicted that the bill will pass on the eve of crucial midterm elections," reports the Boston Globe's Rick Klein. LINK

"'We're at the point where that vote is coming,' Blunt said. 'I'm not sure that it's a "must-pass," but it will probably be a "will-pass."'"

Vice President Dick Cheney is scheduled to attend the swearing-in ceremony for Steve Preston as administrator of the Small Business Association at an open press event at 4:45 pm ET. Last week's edition of Business Week highlighted Preston's credentials and his "tough road ahead" as head of a struggling organization. LINK

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice continues her travels abroad and arrives in Italy this morning to attend an international conference on Lebanon. Her morning press event got roadblocked cable coverage.

The House Republican Conference and the House Democratic Caucus held closed-door meetings at 9:00 am ET. At approximately 10:00 am ET, Majority Whip Roy Blunt (MO), Conference Chairman Deborah Pryce (OH), Chief Deputy Majority Whip Eric Cantor (VA), Policy Committee Chairman Adam Putnam (FL), and others discuss the GOP's legislative record outside of the Capitol Hill Club.

DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) will address the entire Democratic Caucus (if Speaker Pelosi's orders are followed by her foot soldiers) at its weekly meeting today. Rep. Emanuel is expected to update House Democrats on new polls since his last briefing to the group six weeks ago. LINK

The House Education and Workforce Committee continues its immigration hearings with the Education Reform Subcommittee's hearing on "Examining Views on English as the Official Language" at 12:30 pm ET. The hearing is followed by a news conference hosted by Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX) on making English the official language of the U.S. at 2:30 pm ET.

The Senate reconvened at 9:00 am ET and begun consideration of the motion to proceed to a contentious offshore drilling measure (S 3711) that would hasten oil and gas exploration in a section of the eastern Gulf of Mexico known as "Lease Area 181."

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Dick Lugar (R-IN) co-sponsor a briefing on the Pediatric AIDS Pandemic at 3:30 pm ET.

Former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) addresses the Democratic Leadership of the 21st Century Young Democrats in New York City before attending the Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century and Air America Radio program's "Eye on 2008" series at 6:30 pm ET.

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman attends a 6:00 pm ET (closed press) fundraising reception and a 8:00 pm ET (closed press) fundraising dinner for Sen. George Allen's reelection campaign in McLean, VA.

DNC Chairman Howard Dean campaigns with Florida State Attorney General candidate Walter "Skip" Campbell at noon ET in West Palm Beach, FL.

See below for more schedule items.

Maliki politics: In an interview with CNN's Soledad O'Brien this morning, Dr./Leader/Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN) discussed today's address to Congress by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Rising above his disagreement with Maliki's comments about Israel, Frist declared that he would be "very disappointed if Democrats walk away and do not show respect" after Maliki's address. When asked about the increasing violence in Iraq, Frist said: "You cannot say things are not improving if in 15 minutes I will be welcoming the elected leader of a sovereign country. Yes, violence has increased there on the ground against the Iraqis, but at the same time Iraqi security forces are being increased by the hundreds."

On CBS's Early Show this morning, Dr./Leader/Sen. Frist said that the United States is "going to have to have direct talks" with Lebanon and Syria if a "lasting" ceasefire will be forged in the region. Frist also criticized Democrats for running from Maliki, saying, "Democrat colleagues not showing up to me is just wrong."

In a phone interview with Don Imus this morning, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) lambasted United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan for his accusation that Israel intentionally killed four U.N. observers during an air strike in Lebanon: "Kofi Annan knows better than to say or believe than to say that Israel would intentionally strike U.N. observers...It reveals some sort of a bias." Sen. McCain refused to condemn President Bush for his recently overheard comments and reaffirmed his support for the Iraq war: "I still believe that if Saddam was in power, the arms sanctions would have evaporated…he would have tried to obtain weapons of mass destruction. Having said that, I have lamented on this program for several years the fact that we've made several mistakes and that we're paying the price for it."

In one of the day's most powerful ledes, Roll Call's John Stanton and Steven Kornacki write: "As part of their effort to link the outburst of violence in Lebanon and Iraq to President Bush and Congressional Republicans, House and Senate Democrats denounced the decision by GOP Congressional leaders to allow Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to address a joint session of Congress today…"

The Hill's Josephine Hearn reports on the Democratic boycott, which has grown to over 50 members of Congress. LINK

The Washington Times' Christina has Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) saying that Maliki has not clarified "which side is he on when it comes to the war on terror." LINK

"Even as the fighting continues and the civilian casualties mount in Lebanon, sentiment in Congress is overwhelmingly on Israel's side," reports the Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman, quoting several Lebanese-American MOCs, including an emotional-sounding Ray LaHood. LINK

Bush to add troops in Baghdad: President Bush announced on Tuesday that he will send more U.S. troops and equipment to Baghdad from other parts of Iraq in an effort to quell rising sectarian violence.

ABC News' Jake Tapper takes a look at yesterday's press conference featuring President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the issues between them that will determine the fate of the situation as well as President Bush's legacy. LINK

The New York Times' Rutenberg on the "starkly different" mood surrounding this Bush/Maliki meeting than the one they had in Baghdad during the President's surprise trip last month. LINK

The Washington Post's Peter Baker and Josh White report that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld refused to discuss the number of troops moving into Baghdad, although the SecDef put a floor under the number. LINK

Per Bloomberg's McLean and Keil, President Bush announced alongside Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that while he will relocate more troops to Baghdad, he offered no indication when he'd start to withdraw US personnel from the country. LINK

Keil also Notes that "U.S. efforts to broker an enduring halt to hostilities in Lebanon are complicated because its main adversaires in the region -- Iran and Syria -- are convinced that America is pinned down by troop deployments in Iraq and have taken advantage of Bush's previous reluctance to engage in Arab-Israeli peacemaking." LINK

More on the Bush-Maliki meeting from the Chicago Tribune: LINK

Bush Administration agenda: The New York Times exclusively details an Administration draft proposal laying out the structure of how to deal with enemy combatants in a post-Hamdan world, but it may not track closely enough with military court-martials to win over the likes of Sens. Graham and McCain. LINK

The President Bush-championed line-item veto bill "may" reach the Senate floor in Septemeber, but The Hill's Jonathan Allen reports that the journey will be difficult. LINK

After bashing Bush, Steele backs down a bit: When questioned by ABC News yesterday whether he supports Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-NY) proposal to tie congressional pay to minimum wage adjustments, Republican Maryland Senate hopeful Michael Steele declined, saying, "Trust me, whether or not a congressman gets a pay raise has nothing to do with the brother who's living on the street corner." Just one day after he anonymously criticized President Bush's handling of Iraq during a Monday luncheon with reporters, Steele changed course, saying: "The president is trusting the intelligence that he's getting from the generals on the ground." ABC News' Teddy Davis and Daniel Wenger report: LINK

On the front of the newspaper's Metro section, the Washington Post's John Wagner and Robert Barnes report that Steele spokesman Doug Heye did not dispute the accuracy of the Steele quotes in Dana Milbank's Washington Sketch column "but said Steele spent little time at the luncheon talking about the subject and said the article did not include some comments Steele made praising Bush." LINK

The AP's Liz Sidoti writes: "In a state that favors Democrats, Steele could benefit by distancing himself from the president and his policies but also could upset Republican voters with his criticism of Bush and the GOP." LINK

The Washington Post's Milbank discussed Steele on MSNBC Tuesday evening. When asked to explain Steele's characterization of his Republican affiliation as a "scarlet letter" in the State of Maryland, Milbank said: "That kind of shame will come when the President is at 32 percent."

Abortion politics: The Senate voted Tuesday to make it a crime -- punishable by up to a year in prison -- to take a pregnant minor across state lines to obtain an abortion without her parents' knowledge.

The Chicago Tribune's Marni Goldberg has Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), who introduced the bill, saying that the measure, which passed the Senate on a 65-34 vote, would prevent older males who impregnate teenage girls from taking them across state lines for abortions as a way of avoiding a statutory rape charge. LINK

"The measure. . . provided Republicans another opportunity to reassure their social conservative base that its concerns were being addressed in an election year. And it gave them a chance to force Democrats to take a position on an issue some would prefer to avoid out of concern over alienating abortion-rights advocates on one hand or Democratic centrists on the other," writes Carl Hulse of the New York Times. LINK

The Washington Post's Charles Babington reports that Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), an antiabortion Democrat who voted for Ensign's bill, "will spend part of the summer stressing the need to prevent unwanted pregnancies." LINK

The Associated Press: LINK

The Washington Times: LINK

Big Casino budget politics: "The federal government will need to either cut spending or raise taxes down the road to pay for extending President Bush's recent tax cuts, the Treasury Department said in a report released yesterday, dismissing the idea popular with many Republicans that such sacrifices can be avoided," reports the Washington Post's Neil Henderson in the newspaper's Business section. LINK

2008: National Review's Jonah Goldberg discusses the slew of candidates lining up for 2008 and emphasizes the need for competence in candidates now more than ever, describing the ideal candidate as a "problem-solver on a white horse." LINK

2008: Republicans: Some Floridians are "obsessed" with the post-2006 career plans of their popular governor, Jeb Bush (R-FL). While some have speculated he will head FEMA or become NFL commissioner, most Notable are the rumors swirling that he may join Sen. McCain's presidential ticket, a theory given fresh fuel by a joint appearance by the two politicians where Gov. Bush ambiguously said, ""I like Senator McCain; I think he's a good guy. There's all sorts of time to worry about the 2008 election." The Tampa Tribune's Jerome R. Stockfish has the story: LINK

The New York Post's Dicker and Lovett again take a look at union contributions to Gov. Pataki's PAC and legislation in which that union has a stake that is awaiting the governor's signature. LINK

Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) is set to hit the road again as the Big Dig remains shut down, hosting a GOP lunch in Iowa on Saturday and attending a snazzy dinner with high-profile Republican donors and county party leaders later that evening. Unless, of course, Romney cancels, which his staff suggests implicitly he just might. Clearly, the Globe is pro-cancellation. LINK

In a swipe to New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg (and his presidential ambitions??), Newsday's Maloney and Lowe Note that New Yorkers - namely the ones still without power - look to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani with fondness, with some saying his leadership overshadows Bloomberg's in crisis. LINK

2008: Democrats: Geoff Earle of the New York Post apparently thought it was appropriate to ask Sen. Clinton if she would return Peter Cook's (husband to Christie Brinkley) donations in light of recent accusations that he sexually harassed a 19-year old woman and the New York Post apparently thought it was appropriate to put that story on its front page. LINK

The New York Post's Cindy Adams provides a heads-up to two upcoming profiles of Sen. Clinton. Be on the lookout for Gail Sheehy's piece in the October "Vanity Fair" and an Atlantic Monthly piece is reportedly on the way too. LINK Guess which one the Senator gave an interview for? Sen. Clinton expresses her support for Sen Lieberman to the New York Daily News in a hallway interview and appears unfazed by the opposition she encounters among anti-war liberal Democrats. LINK

The Boston Globe's Joan Vennochi uses her column to tell the Clintons to stop "triangulating," accusing the Senator and her husband of driving mixed messages on Iraq in order to straddle a politically convenient line.

Writes Vennochi, "In the past, Clinton 'triangulation' meant positioning oneself between the Democrats and Republicans in Congress. Now, triangulation means positioning between the two wings of the Democratic Party -- the antiwar left and the centrists . . . Triangulation for Hillary Clinton now means: hug the center. Then, if the center gets bumpy, speed-dial husband Bill to smooth things over." LINK

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) was the only Senate Democrat considering a presidential bid in 2008 to vote on Tuesday for a bill that would criminalize taking a girl across state lines for an abortion without informing her parents, reports the Indianapolis Star. LINK

Lloyd Grove's New York Daily News gossip column includes a must-read item about John Edwards allegedly attending his first yoga class with yoga-veteran Russell Simmons. LINK

Two key things to Note: the Senator himself did not comment and the picture is foxy.

Sen. Lieberman's primary politics: Grass-roots activists furious with Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) for refusing to champion gay marriage and failing to derail the confirmation of Justice Samuel Alito by invoking a filibuster attended a fundraiser yesterday in support of the Senator's opponent in the Democratic primary, Ned Lamont. Though Lieberman earned the endorsement of Planned Parenthood and the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group, liberals demand more: "The bar is higher here" in Connecticut, said former Democratic state chair George Jepsen. The Hartford Courant's Mark Pazniokas reports: LINK

Although nearly every pundit (minus bloggers) viewed the pair's first debate as a Lieberman win, Roll Call's Nicole Duran reports that Sen. Lieberman, "like a prize fighter wary of putting his championship belt on the line," has shied away from numerous requests by media outlets for a repeat of the highly-rated first debate.

Oklahoma results: Rep. Istook (R-OK) will face Gov. Brad Henry (D-OK) in November's gubernatorial contest in Oklahoma. LINK

"Lt. Gov. Mary Fallin and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett were the top Republican vote getters Tuesday in the 5th District congressional primary, and they will settle the GOP nomination in an Aug. 22 runoff," reports the Oklahoman. LINK

2006: landscape: In a shift from the normal "get status quo Republicans out of here!" rhetoric, Roll Call's Lou Jacobson writes from Idaho that state Republicans are breeding fear into the hearts and minds of their base by campaigning on an anti-Reid/Pelosi campaign.

"One reason why it's so easy for us in Idaho to reunite for the general election is that all you need to do is say, 'Speaker Pelosi,'" said Blake Hall, a Republican member of the Idaho Board of Education.

2006: House: NRCC Chairman Tom Reynolds (R-NY) is up on television in western New York!

The Hill's Patrick O'Connor reports that Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) is mainly scheduling legislation in the upcoming weeks from House Republicans who face difficult reelection bids in Novemeber. First up: legislation from Reps. Geoff Davis (R-KY), Bob Ney (R-OH) and Deborah Pryce (R-OH). LINK

Coleen Rowley -- 2002's Time Person of the Year and former FBI agenter-turned-whisteblower -- has lost both her campaign manager and the confidence of Minnesota Democrats, reports Roll Call's Dan Rasmussen. In her run to unseat Rep. John Kline (R-MN) of the state's 2nd district, Rowley has faltered and received damning news when the inspector general released a report criticizing Rowley's work during her time at the FBI.

2006: Senate: Republicans dissatisfied with Rep. Katherine Harris' (R-FL) scandal-ridden, gaffe-fraught Senate campaign are hoping that she will withdraw if she wins the Republican primary on September 5, as she is favored to do, a scenario in which the party "would give the nod to whomever finishes second in the Republican gubernatorial primary" in the hopes of finding a viable candidate to take on Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL). The Pensacola News Journal's Larry Wheeler reports: LINK

A new Mason-Dixon Polling & Research poll shows Nelson's lead over Harris has widened dramatically to 57 to 29 percent with 14 percent undecided. LINK

"We're taking steps to ensure that the people on the front lines have the resources they need to win these races," Phil Singer, spokesman for the DSCC, told Roll Call's Lauren Whittington of the committee's recent (and large) gifts to crucial state Democratic parties, including Nebraska, Montana, Missouri, and New Jersey. "With the Democratic National Committee financially hamstrung," writes Whittington, the DSCC felt that it had no other choice.

Sen. Clinton's Democratic primary opponent, anti-war activist Jonathan Tasini, made some critical comments about Israel in a blog interview, reports the New York Times' Hernandez. LINK Note in this story and the (shorter) New York Post version that Clinton spokesguy Howard Wolfson is unrelenting in his criticism of Tasini. (Note also the New York Democratic Party's press release yesterday going after K.T. McFarland for her breaking her repeated pledge to stay away from negative rhetoric.)

2006: Governor: USA Today's Susan Page takes a close look at the female governors up for re-election this November and Notes two interesting trends: "Among governors whose terms are up this year, women are twice as likely as men to be favored to win re-election" and "among all 50 governors, women are three times as likely as men to be running states dominated by the other party." Page concludes that woman governors perform "better than their male counterparts at drawing crossover voters, dealing with the opposition party and winning re-election." LINK

RNC chairman Ken Mehlman "can't think of a governor in America of either party that is more vulnerable than Gov. Granholm," reports USA Today's Susan Page. Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI) is now "running no better than even against Republican Dick DeVos" and is "scrambling to channel voter angst over the state's economic travails toward President Bush, GOP policies, free trade and globalization -- and away from her." LINK

As Florida's gubernatorial candidates prepare for the last six weeks of their primary campaigns, a new Quinnipiac poll shows that the Democratic and Republican candidates may effectively have been chosen already: Attorney General Charlie Crist (R-FL) leads the Republican contest by 23 points while Rep. Jim Davis (D-FL) has a healthy 28-point margin over his closest opponent. Nonetheless, Quinnipiacer Peter Brown asserts that "The candidates are still such blank slates to so many voters that anything could happen." The AP's Brent Kallestad reports: LINK

Pat Healy of the New York Times Notes Eliot Spitzer's pronouncement that he does not want to be president in response to a question in last night's combative Democratic primary debate. LINK

"Suozzi fails to land KO," reads the New York Daily News headline. LINK

The New York Post: LINK

2008: Senate: Always looking forward, Roll Call's Erin Billings reports that Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) is already maneuvering for the 2008 Senate elections. Billings writes that Reid's push for off-shore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico -- to the disappointment of many eco-Democrats -- is in deference to Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and her reelection in 2008.

The Schwarzenegger Era: The San Francisco Chronicle's Carla Marinucci reports that the Governator's lead over state treasurer Phil Angelides has widened to eight points, according to a recent poll. Marinucci Notes that the widening margin stems from Angelides' lack of support among Democrats and Schwarzenegger's strengthened approval ratings, showing more voters approve than disapprove of his job performance for the first time since February 2005. LINK

Gov. Schwarzenegger experienced -- in reportedly unscripted fashion -- the raw emotions that can sometimes be on display in the debate over immigration. It appears that Schwarzenegger may still have some work to do with the conservative Republican base before November. The Los Angeles Times has the story. LINK

Ohio: After his appearance at a Republican Party fundraiser in Columbus, OH last night, Karl Rove expressed his confidence in GOP candidates that seem to be trailing their respective Democratic opponents in the Ohio gubernatorial and Senate races. Rove praised both J. Kenneth Blackwell and Sen. Mike DeWine for their strong campaign messages and resources and encouraged them to repeat the Republican victory in 2004 while slamming Democrats for the two issues he views as most important: national security and the economy. LINK

The AP Notes Karl Rove isn't showing any signs of duress in Ohio's tight races for governor and Senate, telling the crowd of 350 at a fundraiser last night that "I feel very good" about Blackwell's and DeWine's prospects. Said Rove, "They've got good campaigns, strong messages, and the resources to get it done." LINK

New Hampshire: The Concord Monitor corrects the record. It was apparently a different William Gardner who hung up on the New York Times this past weekend, not the long-time Secretary of State. LINK

Stem cell politics: As states react to last week's presidential veto to a bill calling for increased funding for stem-cell research, Pennsylvania's "pro-life Democrats" in the state House hope to hinder any efforts in the state to self-fund embryonic stem-cell research. Amy Worden of the Philadelphia Inquirer has more. LINK

Politics of immigration: The Los Angeles Times' Gaouette writes up the Pence-Hutchison attempt to bridge the House-Senate divide over immigration and Majority Leader Boehner calling it "a step in the right direction." LINK

During a time "when an anti-Hispanic fever is sweeping the country," according to Democracia U.S.A. director Jorge Mursuli, Hispanic groups such as his hope to broaden their influence in numerous states before November. The 72,000-member nonpartisan organization initiated electoral drives in Pennsylvania yesterday, a state with a fast-growing Hispanic population, and are targeting New Jersey shortly after. The Philadelphia Inquirer has the story. LINK

Democratic leadership: Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), who did not campaign for any candidates during the 2004 cycle, will hit the campaign trial for 41 Democrats in the upcoming weeks, reports The Hill's Alexander Bolton. LINK

And though Murtha's numbers seem large, Minority Whip Hoyer has a substantial lead in outreach. Bolton writes, "Hoyer is likely to tout his record of helping Democratic candidates. He has raised or contributed to 89 House Democratic lawmakers and an additional 44 Democratic candidates in the past year and a half, according to his staff."

Politics: The Los Angeles Times got a hold of City Hall instructions for "Staffing the Mayor" and places Mayor Villaraigosa's preferences (such as Listerine breath strips) on the front page. LINK

We'd love to know who brought this correction to the attention of the Los Angeles Times: LINK

Additional schedule items: The Partnership for Public Service hosts the town hall meeting themed "Making a Difference through Public Service" for approximately 2000 Washington, DC summer interns at the Warner Theater. The event will feature moderating by NBC's Tim Russert and remarks by Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) from 12:30-1:30 pm ET. The event will be followed by a Federal Career Fair from 1:30-3:30 pm ET.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) hosts a slew of events in California today, beginning with a town hall meeting at the Tri-City Park in Placentia, CA at 1:45 pm ET. He then plans to attend a performance at the Lula Washington Dance Center at 4:00 pm ET followed by a 5:45 pm ET visit with Californians on Olvera Street in Los Angeles, and ends the evening with a visit with diners at a local bakery in Glendale, CA at 7:15 pm ET.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browning participate in a Center for American Progress forum themed "Energy Security in the 21st Century: A New National Strategy."

Minuteman Project Founder Jim Gilchrist and Dr. Jerome Corsi, authors of "Minutemen: The Battle to Secure America's Borders," gather at Ground Zero in New York City to demand secure borders.

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy hosts a discussion themed "Hamdan v. Rumsfeld: What's Next?" at the American Constitution Society from 6:00-7:30 pm ET.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors holds a media forum to discuss the state of disaster preparedness in U.S. cities, led by Conference President Michael Guido at the National Press Club at 10:00 am ET.

The National Urban League kicks off its 96th annual four-day conference in Atlanta, GA at 6:00 pm ET. And back in Washington, DC, the American Legion Boys Nation launches the delegation portion of its annual week-long summer training program with an Inauguration ceremony at 8:00 am ET.

The Federal Reserve Board is scheduled to release the Beige Book, a document containing economic information for each of the twelve districts released only eight times per year, at 2:00 pm ET.