By Gautham Nagesh - 08/28/10 01:25 PM EDT
Signs the economic recovery is softening continued to emerge this week, including a dismal report on the housing market, but the weekend's focus will turn to events commemorating two very distinct anniversaries.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Fox News host Glenn Beck will headline a Tea Party rally Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial, 47 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech there, while President Obama will be in New Orleans on Sunday to mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
"Meet the Press" will tackle Katrina head-on with a lineup featuring Sen.
Mary Landrieu (D-La.), New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and actors
Brad Pitt and Wendell Pierce of HBO's "Treme." Also appearing will be
Professor Douglas Brinkley of Rice University, author of "The Great Deluge:
Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast." The
panel will discuss not only the aftermath of Katrina but also how the
Gulf Coast has been impacted by the recent BP oil spill.
"This Week" will focus on schools after the Department of Education
announced the winners of the second phase of the "Race to the Top"
grant program. Each of the 10 winning states (including the District
of Columbia) will receive a portion of more than $3.4 billion set aside
for grants to encourage states that have shown creativity and
innovation while improving their school systems. Guests include
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, American Federation of Teachers
president Randi Weingarten, D.C. public schools chancellor Michelle
Rhee and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.
Senate candidates Kendrick Meek and Charlie Crist will appear on CNN's
"State of the Union" without their Republican counterpart Marco Rubio,
who delivered this week's GOP address. The three are locked in a tight
race for Florida's vacant Senate seat; Crist dropped out of the
Republican primary earlier this year once Rubio established himself as
the clear favorite. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan will also be
Meek will be pulling double duty by appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation" with Alaska Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller, who this week appeared to have narrowly edged incumbent Lisa Murkowski in the GOP primary. The results remain in doubt as electoral officials tally the remaining votes. Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, chairman of the Republican Governors Association and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will also appear.