Weekend preview: Obama to address the Democrats while Palin rallies the right

The heavy snowstorm threatening to wallop Washington won't put a damper on politics this weekend.

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidVoters need to feel the benefit, not just hear the message Schumer-McConnell dial down the debt ceiling drama Mellman: Are independents really so independent? MORE (D-Nev.) got out of town instead of addressing the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting as scheduled on Friday. But President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaStephen Sondheim, legendary Broadway songwriter, dies at 91 With extreme gerrymanders locking in, Biden needs to make democracy preservation job one Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE, as well as Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDemocrats plow ahead as Manchin yo-yos Senate advances defense bill after delay Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Senators to take up defense bill Wednesday MORE and D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), will be addressing the Democrats on Saturday. The president's address will come on the heels of Sen. Scott Brown's (R-Mass.) swearing-in on Thursday, which eliminated the Democrats' supermajority and raised serious questions about how the party will fare in midterm elections.


On the right, the Tea Party Nation convention is congregating in Nashville and will hear from former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday evening. Palin will also appear on "Fox News Sunday."

Also this weekend on TheHill.com:
  • The Census Bureau is going to be making a $2.5 million pitch during the Super Bowl, and not all lawmakers are happy with the expenditure. Just how much is the Census spending to advertise the 2010 effort, and what are lawmakers saying about the campaign?
  • House Democrats say leadership has their work cut out in convincing the public to support a tax increase on those making more than $250,000. What will it take to push the measure?

Read these stories and much more — plus continuous news updates in the Blog Briefing Room, Twitter Room, Hillicon Valley and E2-Wire — over the next few days at TheHill.com.