The new maestro. When the New York Times asked Sen. George Allen what he thought about Ben Bernanke's nomination, the Virginia Republican replied, "For what?" Bernanke, who just replaced Alan Greenspan as Fed chairman, gets a chance to improve his visibility on Wednesday and Thursday when he appears before Congress to deliver the Federal Reserve system's semiannual economic report. Also due out: the annual Economic Report of the President, from the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
Bush Cabinet members, hats in hand, continue their march through the congressional committee rooms, mostly to testify about budget matters. Secretary of State Condi Rice and Treasury Secretary John Snow will climb the Hill Tuesday, and Rice will return Thursday. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao makes the trip Thursday, as does Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman.
This place must be wired. The Bush administration's national security apparatus continues to expose itself to prying eyes at the National Press Club. On Friday, Joint Chiefs Chairman Peter Pace gives a luncheon talk at the club on 14th Street—the same venue where Gen. Michael Hayden, deputy national intelligence director, spoke about the NSA eavesdropping program last month.
All Week Long
Nine-hundred ninety-five days until Election Day 2008. Monday, Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., is scheduled to be wrapping up a trip to Iowa. Sen.Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., talks to the AARP in Washington Tuesday, the same day Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., is scheduled to talk to the Heritage Foundation about Iran. On Friday, Republican Gov. George Pataki of New York goes to New Hampshire, and Republican Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts goes to South Carolina.