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Meets at noon for debate and at 2:15 p.m. to consider the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005 and the estate tax bill.

2:30 p.m. -- Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on gasoline prices and factors contributing to high prices. Witnesses include Guy Caruso, administrator of the Energy Information Administration; James Overdahl, chief economist for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; and Johnnie Burton, director of the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service.

Meets at 2 p.m. to consider commemorating the 60th anniversary of V-J Day and the end of World War II in the Pacific, and calling on the president to issue a proclamation recognizing the 30th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act.

11:30 a.m. -- Bureau of Transportation Statistics releases the Transportation Services Index for June.
4:15 p.m. -- Federal Reserve releases its weekly reports on the assets and liabilities of U.S.- and foreign-chartered banks and on foreign exchange rates.

8:30 a.m. -- Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting of the Arthritis Advisory Committee to discuss a biologics license application to treat moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis.

Tuesday September 6, 2005

NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: At 10 a.m., Bush meets with his cabinet. At 11:45 a.m., he meets with representatives from volunteer and charity groups in the Roosevelt Room. At 2:10 p.m., he speaks from the Rose Garden on efforts to help students and school districts displaced by the storm. And at 2:35 p.m., he meets with Congressional leaders from both parties in the Oval Office. [CNN, 9/6/05]

NEW* RICE in Washington, DC - 9:00 AM: Meeting with Jay Lefkowitz, Special Envoy on Human Rights in North Korea.
NEW* RICE in Washington, DC - 11:00 AM: Meeting with Karen Abu Zayd, Commissioner-General, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

NEW* RICE in Washington, DC - 5:15 PM: Farewell call by His Royal Highness Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia.
SANTORUM in Latrobe, PA - 10:30 AM: Senator Rick Santorum will discuss small business and provide a Washington update at St. Vincent College in the Carey Center. [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 8/28/05]

NEW* HAGEL in Washington, DC - 7:15 PM: Senator Chuck Hagel will speak at the New America Foundation national policy forum, held at the Capitol Hilton, to examine the challenge of international terrorism and how best to confront it with a speech titled "America's Purpose and the Global Struggle Against Terrorism." []

Thursday September 8, 2005

DeLAY in Westminster, MD - 6:30 PM: The Carroll County Republican Central Committee will hold an evening with House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas on Sept. 8 at Martin's Westminster. Social time starts at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Times may change to accommodate DeLay's schedule. Tickets are $800 for a table of 10, $85 for a single ticket, and $150 for a photo/dinner ticket for a single or couple. Purchasers of a table will get a photo. [Baltimore Sun, 8/14/05]

HUGHES and RICE: Karen Hughes will unveil her plans for re-crafting America's image in a "town hall" staff meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Karen Hughes sent a cable to all U.S. embassies on August 31, urging them to think of ways to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that will demonstrate that terrorism is a challenge faced not just by the United States. The instructions from the State Department's new undersecretary for public diplomacy are an early sample of Hughes's plans to try to close the chasm between the United States and much of the rest of the world, particularly the bloc of more than 50 Islamic countries. [Washington Post, 9/1/05]

Sunday September 11, 2005

NEW* SANTORUM in Somerset County, PA: Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge will be one of the featured guests next Sunday to mark the fourth anniversary of the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Somerset County. Ridge, along with U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., is scheduled to speak at the anniversary ceremony, which begins at 9:30 a.m. at the temporary memorial site on Skyline Road in Stonycreek Township. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 9/4/05]

Monday September 12, 2005

ROMNEY in New York City: Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will speak at New York City's Harvard Club to members of the elite Manhattan Institute. The think tank is home to many of the city's political movers and shakers and is a close ally of Romney's potential 2008 GOP opponent, former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Founded in the 1970s, the Manhattan Institute is funded through $9 million in annual donations and is widely viewed as New York City's most influential political group. The Institute publishes the City Journal, an urban magazine considered a must-read in the New York political scene. [Boston Herald, 8/29/05]

GIULIANI in New York City: Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks to Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America annual meeting, New York, NY []

Tuesday September 13, 2005

RUMSFELD in New York, NY: Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld will make his first visit to the "Late Show With David Letterman" next week, CBS announced. Rumsfeld, who has been secretary of defense to President Bush since January 2001, will appear Tuesday night. [AP, 8/31/05]

PATAKI in Cedar Rapids, IA: New York Governor George Pataki will deliver the keynote address to the Cedar Rapids area Chamber of Commerce's 87th annual meeting. [AP, 8/17/05]

Wednesday September 14, 2005

BUSH in Washington, D.C.: President Bush will deliver the keynote address and receive the "Celebrate 350 Gold Medal" at The National Dinner hosted by The Commission for Commemorating 350 Years of American Jewish History.

PATAKI in China and Japan: New York Governor George Pataki heads to China and Japan on an eight-day mission to boost trade for New York businesses. [AP, 8/17/05]

Friday September 16, 2005

CHENEY in Houston, TX: Vice President Cheney will appear on congressman Tom DeLay's behalf at a luncheon in Houston, according to a letter DeLay sent supporters announcing the event. Two tickets, a photo with Cheney, nice seats and something called a "VVIP" reception are going for $12,600. "Sponsors" can get in for $8,400, but won't get priority seating. "Friends" can get one seat and entry to a "VIP" reception -- one V only -- for $2,100. [Washington Post, 8/23/05]

Saturday September 17, 2005

ROMNEY in Lake Winnepesaukee, NH: Romney will host a fund-raiser for the NH GOP at his Lake Winnepesaukee home 9/17. [National Journal, 7/28/05]

Monday September 19, 2005
CHENEY in St. Louis, MO: Vice President Dick Cheney will host a major fundraiser for Senator Jim Talent, as the Missouri Republican gears up for a challenge from Democratic State Auditor Claire McCaskill. Talent spokesman Rich Chrismer confirmed Wednesday that Cheney would host the event in St. Louis on Sept. 19, less than three weeks after McCaskill launched her bid to unseat the first term senator. Chrismer declined to state how much the event would raise. Talent already holds a sizable advantage over McCaskill with about $3.4 million in his war chest. That includes more than $1 million from a June event that President Bush attended in St. Louis. [AP, 8/31/05]

Wednesday September 21, 2005

BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush will welcome Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany for a meeting at the White House on October 3, 2005. Hungary is a close NATO ally which has made important contributions to supporting democracy and security in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkans. The President and the Prime Minister will discuss our common commitment to working together to advance freedom in Europe, Eurasia, and the world. [White House, 7/14/05]

DOLE in Greensboro, NC - 6 PM: Former President Bill Clinton and former Sen. Bob Dole will headline a fund-raising gala in Greensboro in September to raise money for Bennett College for Women. A reception for Clinton and Dole will be held at Grandover Resort and Conference Center at 6 p.m. on Sept. 21. At 7 p.m., Bennett contributors can attend the gala celebration with the two former political leaders. [American City Business Journals, 7/1/05]

September 23 - 25, 2005

ROMNEY in Mackinac Island, MI: Governor Mitt Romney scheduled to appear at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, where more than 1,000 elected officials, campaign contributors, conservative advocates, and candidates for a wide range of Michigan political posts will be gathering. [Boston Globe, 8/11/05]

McCAIN in Mackinac Island, MI: Senator John McCain of Arizona is scheduled to appear at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, where more than 1,000 elected officials, campaign contributors, conservative advocates, and candidates for a wide range of Michigan political posts will be gathering. [Boston Globe, 8/11/05]

September 24, 2005

LAURA BUSH in Washington, DC - 10:00 AM: Sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by first lady Laura Bush, the 5th annual National Book Festival will feature more than 80 authors speaking and signing books in several pavilions on the National Mall. It ends at 5:00 PM.

SANTORUM in Sayre, PA: Senator Rick Santorum will attend a benefit for the Sayre Theatre. Several months ago, the Sayre Theatre helped out a local nonprofit foundation with a fundraiser. Now, the foundation will help the theater. The festivities are expected to be daylong, and will include several celebrities from politics, entertainment and sports. Actor James Earl Jones, the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies, is one of the headliners. Gov. Ed Rendell has been invited and Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is scheduled to attend the event. [Towanda Daily Review, 8/18/05]

NEW* PAWLENTY in Shakopee, MN: Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be a guest on the September 24 show, originally produced by the Outdoor Heritage Education Center as the "Touch of the Wild" pilot episode. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is producing a half-hour television series in conjunction with Twin Cities Public Television. "Touch of the Wild" will air at 9 p.m. Saturdays this month. "Public television is a great way to touch on issues directly with people who care about outdoor activities and natural resources in Minnesota," said Mark LaBarbera, executive producer and DNR communications director, who co-hosts the show with former "Almanac" host Jan Smaby. []

September 30, 2005
RICE in Princeton, NJ: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice plans to visit Princeton University to give the keynote speech that will kick off the 75th anniversary year of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The school is planning various lectures, conferences and other events from Sept. 30 through next June to mark its 75th anniversary year. [ 8/24/05]

October 3, 2005

BUSH in Washington, DC: Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany meets with President Bush at the White House, Washington, DC []

Saturday November 5, 2005

GIULIANI in St. Louis, MO: National hero and legendary New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani will headline this year's Founders Day celebration, which will be held on Nov. 5 at America's Center in downtown St. Louis at 8th and Washington Streets. [Release, 8/8/05]



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