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As part of a series of planned national protests -- and as part of the environment for Sen. Clinton's first trip, a coalition of antiwar groups under the umbrella of assemble on the National Mall at 11:00 am ET on Saturday. The Rev. Jessie Jackson, Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-PH), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Danny Glover are among the expected to speakers. On Monday, the groups turn to lobbying in DC and targeted states. The Los Angeles Times has the preview. LINK

Be sure to tune into "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" on Sunday. ABC News' George Stephanopoulos goes "on the trail" with Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) to talk about his just-announced presidential campaign. Back in studio, Sens. Joe Biden (D-DE) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) talk about the war in Iraq.

Before heading to Iowa today, Sen. Clinton will be one of five Democratic '08ers to take questions at a closed press event from the board members of the Service Employees International Union (See below for a preview.). Three more hopefuls speak tomorrow.

President Bush makes remarks to the House Republican Conference at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay at 12:10 pm ET in Cambridge, Md.

Gov. George Pataki (R-NY) plans to fall in the Brownback/Hagel anti-surge camp as opposed to the McCain/Giuliani/Romney pro-surge camp when he delivers a major speech on the Iraq war at Georgetown University at 11:00 am ET. The Associated Press has the story. LINK

More from the AP: "While Pataki's comments appeared as a sharp departure from his past support of Bush on the Iraq war, the former governor began expressing reservations about the U.S.-Iraq policy after a November trip to the war zone."

The AP Notes that Pataki's eldest son is a Marine facing possible deployment to Iraq.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) delivers a "major address" on Iraq at 10:00 am ET at the Falk Auditorium in Washington, DC

As part of his continuing push to get America "Back On Track," Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) was scheduled to speak at the Families USA Health Action Conference at 9:00 am ET.

Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA), along with his son Tagg Romney, attend a luncheon with Iowa GOP Activists at Beck's Pub and Grill today at 12:30 pm ET in Waterloo, IA. At 3:00 pm ET, Romney tours Hawkeye Renewable, a renewable energy company in Fairbanks, IA. At 7:00 pm ET, the former governor moves on to the Best Western Midway Hotel in Dubuque, IA to meet with local voters.

The National Review Institute's conservative summit entitled "Claiming the Future" begins today at the JW Marriot Hotel in Washington, DC. The event, which will feature conservative thinkers, authors, and policymakers, kicks off with a cocktail reception honoring UN Ambassador John Bolton at 6:00 pm ET.

On Saturday, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's (R-GA) speaks at 8:00 am ET, former Gov. Jeb Bush's (R-FL) delivers remarks at 12:00 pm ET and Romney delivers the dinner address at 7:00 pm ET.

After appearing on "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AK) speaks at 10:00 am ET to the National Review conference. White House press secretary Tony Snow also plans to speak Sunday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading a congressional delegation on a fact-finding mission to Iraq. The trip comes as the Senate prepares to confirm the Army general President Bush has chosen to lead a new effort to secure Baghdad.

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