In light of the London attacks refocusing everyone's attention on terror, we are likely to see some changes to transportation and border security provisions this week in the Senate.
Foreign operations appropriations will also be on the Senate's agenda this week. One Senate insider Notes that the schedule may be truncated again to allow for members attending the funeral of former Sen. Gaylord Nelson.
On the House side, possible action on highway bill conference report and energy conferees will be named by the House so they can begin to meet. Legislative bills this week are OSHA and WRDA reauthorization. There will be rhetoric on transit security, voting rights act, and Social Security.
Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Ted Kennedy (D-MA) join Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL) at 9:30 am ET on Tuesday for a full committee hearing on border security and North American cooperation.
On Wednesday, the Center for American Progress begins its first annual "Campus Progress National Student Conference" at 8:30 am ET. Don't miss the keynote address delivered by former U.S. President Bill Clinton at 12: 15 pm ET.
President Bush travels on Thursday to the Hoosier State to deliver remarks at an 11:45 am ET Indiana Black Expo Corporate Luncheon.
On Friday, governors across the nation gather in Des Moines for the 97th National Governors Association Meeting. The four-day bipartisan conference, hosted by Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, will focus on the results of the group's recent initiative, "Redesigning the American High School."
Also on Friday, the President is expected to travel to North Carolina, but details for that trip are still TBA.
On Saturday, July 16, the DNC holds its nomination calendar meeting in Washington.
Make sure to check out the rest of today's schedule items below.
SCOTUS: the preps:
The Washington Post's Mike Allen has Republican officials telling him that the President is not expected to name a nominee until the end of July. LINK
Sen. Specter's Sunday morning comments about President Bush possibly nominating the just retired Sandra Day O'Connor to Chief Justice (should a vacancy there occur) caught the attention of the New York Times' David Kirkpatrick who, in turn, writes this key graph: LINK
"Although Mr. Specter's seeming endorsement of the idea was highly speculative - Justice O'Connor, 75, has announced her retirement, while Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, 80, has not stepped down - it was the clearest of his several recent signals that he plans to steer his own course as he oversees hearings on a replacement for Justice O'Connor, independent of the president and of his party's conservative base."
Mike Allen and Chuck Babington had the best preview of the SCOTUS confirmation hearings we've seen, including Specter's 1600 defiance, Durbin and Schumer media-savvy "glib"ness, the schedule (four days -- how could anyone know???!!!) and much more. LINK
Roll Call's Paul Kane details the voice-mail trading by President Bush and members of the Gang of 14.
The Washington Post's Edsall and Fletcher on Neas, Aron, and Henderson. LINK
The New York Times' Kirkpatrick takes a very interesting look (in the MSM's ongoing obsession with the cultural conservative vs. fiscal/business conservative factions on the right side of the ideological spectrum) at how Christian conservative groups are mobilizing their troops around opposition to the eminent domain decision recently handed down by the Supreme Court. LINK