The Rundown, 8/11

It's August, and the political world has mostly gone silent...but President Obama will rescue us from all that today as his feverish efforts to sell health care resume with a town-hall forum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Don't count on angry, shouting mobs at this one...not because every county in New Hampshire voted for Obama in November, but because imposing Secret Service agents will be on hand to "shout down" any rowdiness.
Biden vacation countdown: 1 day remaining until we get Vice President Joe Biden back from his vacation on Kiawah Island, to make news, say things, and do what he does.

Hillary Clinton is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and will meet with President Joseph Kabila. Let's hope he doesn't ask her what her husband thinks about international finance. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, meanwhile, is in Alaska; he'll hold a forum with the Cook Inlet Tribal Council. No word on whether he's planning to see Sarah Palin, or Russia.
And hide your daughters and silverware, DC: certified public accountants are on the loose in Washington for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' 2009 National Governmental Accounting and Auditing Update Conference at the J.W. Marriott, which promises to be a wild time of carousing and fastidiously prepared balance sheets...think Weekend at Bernie's meets a TI-83 calculator.