The Rundown, 10/23

In an attempt to prove how smart he is, President Obama will go to Cambridge, Massachusetts today to hold an event on the economy at MIT, where there will be more pocket protectors in the audience than at any of his other speeches this year, and he will probably be extra careful not to mix up his stimulus numbers.

Then, continuing the trend he's set this month at fundraisers in San Francisco and New York, it's back into campaign mode: Obama will lend his money-making magic to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) at a fundraiser this afternoon...and then ANOTHER fundraiser tonight for Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), who could use the help.

It's another busy day in Eastern Europe for Vice President Joe Biden, who will meet with the president and prime minister of the Czech Republic, once again seeking to charm a nation disappointed by the administration's missile defense decision. He may throw in a few customary gaffes to lighten the mood.

Remembering what caused our financial meltdown to begin with, we'll get an update on the housing market as the National Association of Realtors releases its figures on existing-home sales in the previous month.

And if you've heard enough about health care reform and how it will affect the deficit--and who among us hasn't--you won't be too disappointed that Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag's speech on the topic at the National Press Club has been canceled.