WASHINGTON, Sep. 20
President Bush meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at 9:30 am ET at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City before returning to the White House at 12:55 pm ET.
And that interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer we mistakenly told you about yesterday, happens today. It airs at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm ET. According to a source familiar with Blitzer's thinking, he plans to ask the President if any of his grandparents are Jewish.
The President's UN hallway buddy, former President Bill Clinton (a/k/a: America's first Jewish president), kicks off the second annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative today with the help of First Lady Laura Bush, who is scheduled to deliver remarks at 10:00 am ET in New York City.
Other headliners at the CGI today include: Thomas Friedman, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Pervez Musharraf, Javier Solana, and Alvaro Uribe Velez. (And that's just one panel!) The opening reception takes place tonight at 7:30 pm ET at the Museum of Modern Art. Get all your schedule info here: LINK
ABC News' Jessica Yellin hears that "when the First Lady speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative today she'll announce a new partnership with the Case Foundation (Steve and Jean Case) to help bring clean water to sub-Saharan African countries. They're investing in a system that uses merry-go-rounds. When kids play on the merry-go-round it powers septic systems to clean the water."
More Yellin: "Also expect the First Lady to highlight the Bush Administration's work on AIDS. Mrs. Bush will also address literacy, poverty, and global health."
The House is in session today with Voter ID legislation on the floor. The Senate is in session today and tackles the border security/fence legislation recently passed by the House.
The House GOP leadership talks national and border security at a 10:00 am ET post-conference meeting stakeout. The House Democratic leadership talks national and economic security at its 10:00 am ET post-caucus meeting stakeout.
The Senate Democratic leadership holds a 10:45 am ET press conference announcing plans to embark upon (partisan) oversight of the Iraq war.
According to excerpts "obtained" by ABC News, Sen. Reid plans to say: "Since the Republicans who run the Senate won't fulfill their constitutional duty. Democrats will take it upon ourselves. We will hold a series of oversight hearings into the war in Iraq. We will bring real witnesses. We will ask tough questions. And we will get the truth."
Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) was scheduled to deliver an 8:30 am ET speech on his plan for the way forward in Iraq at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was scheduled to discuss technology-related issues at 7:45 am ET as part of the Northern Virginia Technology Council's Titans Breakfast at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC.
Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) delivers a speech on energy independence at 12:30 pm ET as part of MoveOn.Org's "Progressive Vision" speech series at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Later today, Sen. Obama campaigns with Jim Webb (D-VA) in Alexandria, VA.
Gov. George Pataki (R-NY), a potential 2008 opponent of George Allen's for the nomination, makes remarks at an Israel solidarity rally at 1:00 pm ET in New York City.