The Rundown, 9/18

It's showtime for Republican 2012 White House hopefuls: the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit will kick off here in Washington, DC at the Omni Shoreham hotel (it runs through Sunday), and if there ever was a time to impress socially conservative voters, it's now. The GOP-star-studded lineup of speakers today will include Mike Huckabee, Eric Cantor, Mike Pence, Tim Pawlenty, Bill O'Reilly, Michelle Bachmann, Mitch McConnell, and, not to be left out, Stephen Baldwin. Over the next two days, Mitt Romney Rick Perry, Roy Blunt, and John Boehner will speak...oh, and so will Carrie Prejean.

But the most significant part will be the first straw poll for GOP 2012 hopefuls, which will tell us the early favorite of social conservatives (click here to see whose names made it onto the ballot).

Hillary Clinton (though pure rumor has it she might want to run for governor) will deliver a speech at the Brookings Institution on the U.S. agenda for the UN General Assembly.

And a member of the South Korean National Assembly will be at the National Press Club, talking about his aggressive neighbor to the north, the six-party talks, and how to have peace on the peninsula.