The Rundown, 10/7

Difficult decision time continues for President Obama on Afghanistan, as the commander in chief will meet with his national security team again today to weigh the possible strategies and Gen. Stanley McChrystal's request for 40,00 more troops.

In less grave matters, it's science day at the White House: Obama will award the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology at 1:30 p.m., and 150 middle schoolers will flood the White House tonight, along with their science teachers, astronomers, astronauts, and NASA staff to discuss/exhibit math and science education. Michelle Obama will host the event along with the president, as he will probably need the help.

As Obama weighs the situation in Afghanistan, so too does the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will hold a hearing on al-Qaeda's threat "in Afghanistan and beyond."

And, a day after the Dalai Lama received a human rights award from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi--and was not met by President Obama--the Congressional-Executive Commission on China will hold a hearing on human rights and the rule of law in China...which was exactly the topic President Obama wanted to avoid. The Dalai Lama, meanwhile, will address an International Campaign for Tibet awards ceremony in Washington, DC at Sidney Harman Hall.

And the U.S. Capitol, which is replete with many, many statues, will get another one today: congressional leaders will gather for a dedication ceremony for a statue of Helen Keller in the Capitol Rotunda.