It'll be a day of digestion in the Senate today: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) showed his final health care bill to moderate Democrats yesterday, and, with details out, the whole of Capitol Hill will be ruminating on it.
Senators will also get to gestate the CBO's score of Reid's bill, which--and this is pretty good news for Reid--says his proposal will spend cut the deficit by $127 billion over the next 20 years and spend $849 billion.
America will also finally have its president back. It's been a while since Barack Obama has been on U.S. soil, but he'll return from his Asia swing today, flying from South Korea to Alaska, then back to the Lower 48...and finally back to the White House around 7 p.m....at which point he will probably want to rest.
No one in America seems to be happy with Afghan President Hamid Karzai--or how he got elected--but that won't stop Hillary Clinton from attending his inauguration ceremony in Afghanistan today. Perhaps she'll also pressure him to make some power-sharing accommodations? To clamp down on government corruption? Perhaps a reporter will ask her...
Timothy Geithner will be on the Hill today to testify before a hearing of the Joint Economic Committee on financial regulatory reform, which is making its way through Congress these days.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, meanwhile, will continue its examination of the Ft. Hood shootings.
And hooray for journalists: the Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up the Free Flow of Information Act, aka the media shield bill, which would prevent journalists from being compelled to reveal their sources (in most situations).
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