The Note: What Doesn't Kill You Only Makes You Stronger

At 4:00 pm ET, President Bush delivers remarks at Georgetown University's "Let Freedom Ring" celebration at the Kennedy Center in honor of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Kennedy Center. He issued a proclamation honoring Dr King, calling him a "visionary American" who "believed deeply in liberty and dignity for every person."

On Tuesday at 8:00 am ET, The National Journal holds a forum at the National Press Club on what a second term means in the modern presidency and what to expect of the Bush administration in the next four years.

Dan Bartlett, counselor to President Bush and former White House communications director; Leon Panetta, White House chief of staff during the Clinton Administration; Ed Rollins, White House political director during the Reagan Administration; Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform; Celinda Lake, pollster and Democratic political strategist; Gene Sperling, national economic adviser during the Clinton administration; and Jody Powell White House press secretary during the Carter Administration, participate.

At 8:30 am ET, John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; and Miami Mayor Manuel Diaz deliver remarks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter meeting. At 9:30 am ET, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley speak at the opening plenary session.

At 2:30 pm ET, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, Sugarland, TX Mayor David Wallace, Laredo, TX Mayor Elizabeth Flores, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and David Hagy of the Department of Homeland Security discuss homeland security and cities.

At 6:00 pm ET, the National Conference of Democratic Mayors holds puts the candidates for DNC chair through their paces. Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, former Reps. Martin Frost and Tim Roemer, former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, Democratic strategist Donnie Fowler, former Ohio state chair David Leland, and Simon Rosenberg, head of the New Democratic Network, have been invited.

On Wednesday at 7:30 am ET, Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, speaks at the Mayors' Conference breakfast.

At the 9:30 am ET plenary session, outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), Henry Heimlich, president of the Heimlich Institute; Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH); Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Alphonso Jackson speak. At noon ET, Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta deliver remarks at a closing luncheon.

On Wednesday at 8:30 am ET, the Labor Department issues the Consumer Price Index, weekly jobless claims numbers, and the Real Earnings for December.

At 9:00 am ET Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee begins its hearing to confirm Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State.

At 9:00 am ET, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee opens day two of Rice's confirmation hearings.

At 2:00 pm ET, the Senate Finance Committee holds its hearing on the nomination of Michael Leavitt to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.

At 2:30 pm ET, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds its hearing on the nomination of Samuel Bodman to be Energy Secretary.

On Thursday, the Senate meets to attend the Inauguration, and then goes into session at 3:00 pm ET to consider morning business, including presidential nominations. Roll call votes are expected.

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