The Note: As Annoying As the Kennedy Center Honors

On Wednesday, the Iraq Study Group releases their report. Mark Halperin speaks at the Politics and Eggs: 2006 Issues Forum in Bedford, NH and, later in the day, at the Dole Institute in Lawrence, KS LINK

. The Democratic Governor's Association holds its annual holiday reception at the Capital Hilton at 5:45 pm ET. Former President Bill Clinton attends an afternoon Clinic Tour of National Pediatric Hospital and a CHAI/UNITAID Memorandum of Understanding Signing in Hanoi, Vietnam.

On Thursday, President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush attend the lighting of the National Christmas Tree and the Opening Ceremony of the Christmas Pageant of Peace at 5:00 pm ET at the Ellipse, south of the White House. The National Park Service holds a wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the attack on Perl Harbor at the Navy Memorial at 1:00 pm ET. Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC) participates in a news conference on "Politics and Investing in Russia's Regions: Opportunities Beyond Moscow." At 1:00 pm ET at the National Press Club. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) speaks on "The Role of the Senate in U.S. Foreign Policy" at 5:00 pm ET. White House Press Secretary Tony Snow speaks at the Greater Washington Board of Trade's annual meeting at 12:00 pm ET.

On Friday, President Bush meets with President Thabo Mbeki of the Republic of South Africa, Washington, DC. Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) is scheduled to give the noon ET keynote address for the Center for American Progress's "Economic and Policy Implications of the Housing Bubble," Washington, DC. Real estate mogul R.C. Tolbert hosts an inaugural gala honoring Senator-elect Jim Webb (D-VA), Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and others.

On Saturday, Louisiana's 2nd district holds its runoff election between Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) and state Rep. Karen Carter (D-LA).

On Sunday, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) makes his first trip to New Hampshire for a New Hampshire Democratic Party event.

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