It's Friday the 13th, so, while everyone else is avoiding black cats, ladders, and the swine flu...
President Obama, fresh off his long flight to Tokyo, will meet with Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama today. The two will then hold a press conference and attend a closed dinner...here's to hoping there's no George H.W. Bush type incident.
Tim Pawlenty will be in the marginally less exotic location of Naples, Florida today to deliver a speech to The Forum Club of Southwest Florida. He just may pick up some cash for his PAC while he's there.
Neither house of Congress will be in session today, but that won't stop members from rolling up their sleeves: the Senate Budget Commitee will hold a field hearing in Cooperstown, North Dakota on job creation in Griggs County, while the House Education and Labor Committee will hold one in San Rafael, California on The Shriver Report on women in the workforce. Non-economic-related committees are excused from working today.
It seems every important administration figure is in Asia today. With Obama in Japan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will be in Singapore for meetings of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders, and Energy Secretary Steven Chu is on a trip to India and China.
Fittingly, the Homeland Security secretary, Janet Napolitano, will remain in the homeland. She'll deliver a speech on immigration policy today at the American Bar Association's conference on national security law in Washington, DC.