1) U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is in the Middle East this week. His message is expected to be a similar one to the one he delivered in China last month: soaring budget deficits will not effect the safety of your investments. When he said to an audience of Chinese university students, "Chinese assets are very safe," the room burst into laughter at him. Will the same message be as big of a joke in the Middle East?
2) Who will throw the first punch during confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor?3) Will Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attend the annual meeting of the Non-Aligned movements in Egypt this week? Or, more importantly, will he be permitted to enter Egypt? The Muslim Brotherhood filed papers at the beginning of the month in an attempt to keep him out.
4) Will Dick Cheney surface? And if he does, what will he say to the charges that the CIA withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years on his direct orders?
The report that Mr. Cheney was behind the decision to conceal the still-unidentified program from Congress deepened the mystery surrounding it, suggesting that the Bush administration had put a high priority on the program and its secrecy.
Mr. Panetta, who ended the program when he first learned of its existence from subordinates on June 23, briefed the two intelligence committees about it in separate closed sessions the next day.
So far, Cheney has been the one to defend the Bush administration's record on torture, Iraq, etc. Will he stay in hiding now or come back out swinging?
5) I'm always curious to see what Sarah Palin will do, but especially now that she's down to the last two weeks in office. Palin seems to think that Alaska is in need of a new ethics policy. Maybe she'll draw it up.