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Happening This Week:

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2

  • Annual Red Mass in Washington, D.C., to “invoke God’s blessing and guidance on justices, judges, diplomats, attorneys and senior government officials” ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court’s October session. SCOTUS justices usually attend, along with congressional leaders and cabinet secretaries, who attend as private individuals rather than government representatives in order to avoid arguments over the separation of church and state. Each year, the John Carroll Society confers its Pro Bono Legal Service Awards to thank lawyers and law firms that have provided outstanding service to the Catholic Charities Legal Network.
  • The Nevada Independent hosts Nevada gubernatorial race town hall as part of their annual IndyFest conference. Participants include Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak and Republican candidate Joe Lombardo, moderated by The Nevada Independent founder and CEO Jon Ralston.
  • Bosnia holds presidential and parliamentary elections. There are three rotating presidents in Bosnia, each representing the Bosniak, Croat and Serb communities.
  • Romania energy price hike protests expected.
  • U.K. Conservative Party Annual Conference held through Oct. 5 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 3

  • U.S. Supreme Court October Term arguments begin.
  • U.S. Congress on recess until Nov. 14.
  • U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security subcommittee field hearing on violent extremism, terrorism and antisemitic threats in Teaneck, New Jersey.
  • Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen hosts Financial Stability Oversight Council meeting.
  • Federal Reserve Board of Governors closed meeting, to review and determine the advance and discount rates to be charged by the Federal Reserve Banks.
  • Kodiak Chamber of Commerce hosts fishery debate for Alaska gubernatorial candidates, between candidates Democrat Les Gara and independent Bill Walker.
  • North Dakota senatorial debate, hosted by BEK TV. Participants include Democratic candidate Katrina Christiansen and independent candidate Rick Becker, moderated by former Bismark, North Dakota, Mayor Steve Bakken and former North Dakota state Sen. Tyler Axness. Republican Sen. John Hoeven, who is running for reelection, declined an invitation to participate.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4

  • U.S. Supreme Court hearings:

    • Merrill v. Mulligan, Merrill v. Caster (consolidated): Whether Alabama’s 2021 congressional redistricting plan violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which bans racial discrimination in voting policies?
    • Arellano v. McDonough: Whether the one-year filing deadline for veterans to submit disability claims after they are discharged can be extended under equitable tolling?
  • Department of the Treasury Freedman Bank Forum, to highlight the department’s “efforts to increase economic opportunity and growth for communities of color and address the persistent drivers of the racial wealth divide.” Vice President Kamala Harris keynotes, while Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen participates in a fireside discussion with White House Council of Economic Advisers Chair Cecilia Rouse. Other speakers include Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge, Small Business Administration Administrator Isabella Guzman, and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo.
  • Idaho PBS hosts senatorial debate between incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, and his two challengers, Democrat David Roth, of Idaho Falls, and independent Scott “Oh” Cleveland, of Eagle.
  • Kodiak Chamber of Commerce hosts fishery debate for Alaska Senate candidates, between candidates Democrat Pat Chesbro, and Republican Lisa Murkowski.
  • UAS Summit & Expo in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Speakers include Republican Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer, North Dakota Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford and University of North Dakota President Andrew Armacost.
  • Court hearing for Stephen Bannon, charged with fraud in “We Build the Wall” scheme.
  • “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America” biography by journalist Maggie Haberman published. Book charts the former president’s “life and its meaning, from his rise in New York City to his tortured post-presidency.”
  • Warsaw Security Forum 2022 hosted by the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5

  • Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs field hearing in Honolulu, Hawaii, on “The State of VA Services in Hawaii,” with testimony from Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough; Hawaii Disability Legal Services’ Diane Haar; veteran Senior Master Sgt. (Ret.) Roxanne Bruhn; State of Hawaii Office of Veterans’ Services Director Col. (Ret.) Ronald Han Jr.; and TriWest Healthcare Alliance President and CEO David McIntyre Jr.
  • Organization of American States General Assembly — annual meeting of the supreme political institution within the OAS, attended by the foreign ministers of the 35 member states of the Americas, with decisions made guiding the activities and priorities of the hemispheric organization for the forthcoming year ahead. This year’s meeting is hosted by Peru and is themed “Together against inequality and discrimination.”
  • Johnson County Bar Association hosts Kansas gubernatorial debate, with candidates Democrat Laura Kelly and Republican Derek Schmidt.
  • U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss gives keynote speech to Conservative Party Annual Conference.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6

  • Election Assistance Commission and National Institute of Standards and Technology host “The Path to End-to-End (E2E) Protocols for Voting Systems” workshop through Oct. 7.
  • U.S. Senate debate, hosted by Iowa PBS, featuring incumbent Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley and Democrat Mike Franken. “Iowa Press” host Kay Henderson moderates.
  • Ampfest22 held at Trump National Doral Miami, Florida, through Oct. 8. Event is hosted by American Priority, an organization “founded in 2018 on three main principles: Liberty, Integrity and Equality” to “encourage and promote these ideals by creating content and events that bring people together in a fun, safe environment” while stiving to “emphasize the importance of the American culture.”
  • Meeting of the European Political Community in Prague, Czech Republic, ahead of the European Council informal meeting of EU heads of state and government tomorrow. 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7

  • U.S. Supreme Court meets in private conference to discuss cases and vote on petitions for review.
  • The Employment Situation: Unemployment Rate, Average Workweek, Average Hourly Earnings, Manufacturing Payrolls, Nonfarm payrolls reports released. Last month’s data showed that total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 315,000 in August, while the unemployment rate was 3.7% in September.
  • Spectrum News 1 hosts North Carolina senatorial debate, between candidates Democrat Cheri Beasley and Republican Ted Budd.
  • Hoover Presidential Foundation Celebration Banquet in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with former President George W. Bush, who receives the Hoover Presidential Foundation Great Humanitarian Award, with former First Lady Laura Bush.
  • European Council informal meeting of EU heads of state and government, with discussions on energy, the economy and the situation in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8

  • Human chain planned to form round the U.K.’s Houses of Parliament to demand freedom for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange who has been imprisoned in London for the last three years as he challenges his extradition to the U.S. The U.S. wants to try Assange on espionage charges after he leaked sensitive documents. Washington says he is a danger to national security.

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