Could have some big news today, could just be procedural. At this point, we don't know... it hasn't happened yet:
· The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany are meeting in London today to talk about Iran in a closed session.
· Pope Benedict flies to Poland today, homeland of his predecessor. He'll be there through Sunday when he'll visit Auschwitz. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli is there.
· Saddam trial: Tariq Aziz, Iraq's former foreign minister, speaks in Saddam's defense today in Baghdad.
· Immigration: Cloture vote in the Senate today; final vote expected tomorrow. In related news, Mexican President Vicente Fox kicks off a four-day visit to U.S. in Utah. He says that fences along the border are not a solution to the immigration issue.
· Judicial lobbying: For years, federal judges have been wined and dined at various resorts under the pretext of "educational" sessions by upright and independent think tanks. Surprise! Corporations with issues that come before the federal bench underwrite think tanks. Phillip Morris and Exxon are two companies involved… just came out in court papers.
· Prime Minister Olmert of Israel addresses a joint session of Congress today.
· David Paulison, the nominee to head FEMA, has confirmation hearings today. Could be interesting.
· Bird flu: New outbreak in Indonesia. Transmission vector unclear.
· Underwater volcano: Chris Joyce has a tape of scientists watching an underwater volcano erupt for the first time. Not sure exactly what they say, but I'm hoping for "Dude... that's awesome!"
· Day to Day has a package on foreign bureaus. AP is opening one in Pyongyang for the first time, and Voice of America's Baghdad bureau has been vacant for six months.