Capitol Hill Bureau Chief
Good morning, Capitolists! The big stories in the country may be hundreds of miles away from Washington in the Gulf of Mexico and New York's Times Square. But you know your fearless leaders will manage to put themselves in the middle of it all nonetheless.
We'll monitor that while you catch up on what's making news in Washington today.
- Intent to Kill
. Attorney General Eric Holder held a rare, middle-of-the-night press conference in Washington early this morning to announce the arrest of the man behind the Times Square terror plot. Holder said, "It is clear that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans." Yikes. The AP has his full statement on the Washington Post's website
- Terror Sell. The New York Post has the inside story
on the 19-year-old girl who sold her Nissan Pathfinder to the accused Times Square terrorist for $1,300 in cash. After finding out that her old SUV was used in the attempted bombing, the Post reports she updated her Facebook page, "OMG! I HAD A CRAZY DAY . . . IT'S OFFICIAL. I HAVE BAD LUCK. SMH I HOPE THEY FIND THAT BASTARD."
- Wall Street Weak
. The Senate will spend the week debating how to pluck Wall Street bankers' feathers without killing the golden goose of New York's economy. Look for amendments from Democrats to toughen up the Wall Street reform bill even further, including a proposal from Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the now famous purveyor of the Goldman Sachs/"Sachs of s**t" hearing last week, who will try to make it illegal for banks to trade for their own profit while they advise clients to do something else.
- Oil Slicks
. Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will meet with officials from BP and Transocean today for an update on how they're trying to stop the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. The execs are also likely to get an earful about the costs they will have to bear to make up for the damage caused to the coast and the economy. We'll be there and report back.
- Jules Makes Good.
Demi Moore, the star of dozens of movies, but none more meaningful to Capitol Hill staffers than her star turn in "St. Elmo's Fire," parks her red jeep in front of the Capitol today, where she has a packed schedule of meetings with some of the country's heaviest hitters to discuss ways to reduce human trafficking. The Hill
has her schedule, which includes House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Reps. Ted Poe (R-Tex.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Chris Smith (R-N.J.), and Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), co-chairwoman of the Human Trafficking Caucus. (Where's Forrester?)
- First Wives' Book Club.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will go to a book party tonight for fellow former first lady Laura Bush, who was often described during her time in the White House as the "anti-Hillary." We suspect both women are more interesting than their public personas, and whoever is at the Kuwait Embassy tonight for the party should shoot us an update to confirm.