- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 28, 2008

NATIONAL

Monday, Sept. 29: President Bush presents National Medals of Science

President Bush presents the 2007 National Medals of Science at the White House. The laureates are Robert Lefkowitz (Duke University), Bert O’Malley (Baylor College of Medicine), Mostafa El-Sayed (Georgia Institute of Technology), Leonard Kleinrock (University of California, Los Angeles), Andrew Viterbi (University of Southern California), Fay Ajzenberg-Selove (University of Pennsylvania), Charles Slichter (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) and David Wineland (National Institute of Standards and Technology).

Monday, Sept. 29: Bill Clinton hits campaign trail for Obama

Former President Bill Clinton stumps in Florida on behalf of Sen. Barack Obama, the first time he has hit the campaign trail for the Democratic presidential nominee. Mr. Clinton predicted that Mr. Obama would win the election “pretty handily” during a meeting on Sept. 11, their first extended meeting since the primary election season during which Mr. Obama narrowly defeated Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Monday, Sept. 29: Sarah Palin CBS interview to air

Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin’s interview with CBS anchor Katie Couric will be aired on “CBS Evening News” and “The Early Show.” Mrs. Palin, the governor of Alaska, who is due to debate Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Oct. 2, has previously given interviews to ABC’s Charles Gibson and Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity.

Wednesday, Oct. 1: Opening date on Tina Turner tour

Tina Turner opens her North American tour, the singer’s first tour in eight years, starting in Kansas City, Mo.

Wednesday, Oct. 1: New mortgage refinancing program goes into effect

The Federal Housing Administration’s “Hope for Homeowners” refinancing program begins, continuing FHA’s existing efforts to provide aid to struggling families trapped in mortgages they cannot afford. Under the program, certain borrowers are eligible to refinance into FHA-insured mortgages they can afford. A number of eligibility criteria exist, with FHA offering up to $300 billion total in 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with a maximum value of $550,440.

Thursday, Oct. 2: SEC’s short-selling ban expected to expire

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s temporary emergency order prohibiting short selling in financial companies, and preventing traders from profiting from falling share prices, is scheduled to expire, although it may be extended if it is deemed necessary. The order was announced on Sept. 19 in the wake of a week of financial turmoil after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the sale of Merrill Lynch, and the problems of AIG. The SEC hopes it will help restore investor confidence and the integrity of the securities market.

INTERNATIONAL

Monday, Sept. 29: Bush meets Lithuanian president

President Bush meets with Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus at the White House, for bilateral discussion on issues including Afghanistan, Iraq and energy security.

Wednesday, Oct. 1: Command reaches full operational ability

AfriCom reaches full operational command, operating out of headquarters in Germany. Approved in December 2006, the U.S. Africa Command will enable the Department of Defense and other U.S. government areas to promote security and government stability in Africa.

Wednesday, Oct. 1: Military transfers control of citizen patrols to Iraqi government

The U.S. military transfers responsibility for paying and directing the Sunni-dominated “citizen patrols” to the Shi’ite-dominated government in Iraq. Iraqi officials have voiced concerns about continuing payments to the 54,000 armed militias of the patrols that were enlisted by the Pentagon to guard neighborhoods in the capital, or according to some reports, simply to refrain from attacking American and Iraqi forces.

SPORTS

Friday, Oct. 3: MLB playoffs begin

The first round of the Major League Baseball playoffs begin.

Thursday, Oct. 2: Vice-presidential nominees debate

The vice-presidential debate takes place just ahead of the Nov. 4 presidential election. The Republican and Democratic vice-presidential nominees, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., go head to head, with candidates allowed to question each other through the 90-minute debate. Debate topics span domestic and foreign policy issues and will be moderated by PBS’ “The NewsHour” senior correspondent Gwen Ifill.

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