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Bush sked for today, plus ....get the White House perspective on news to use, from the White House MSM clip file.

Today, President Bush will travel to the Gulf Coast region to participate in National Volunteer Week service projects. As part of National Volunteer Week, the President and members of his Cabinet are participating in service activities across the Nation.

11:55 am:
CDT THE PRESIDENT participates in a National Volunteer Week Service Project
TBA Location | TBA, Louisiana
2:40 pm:
CDT THE PRESIDENT participates in a Visit to National Volunteer Week Service Project
TBA Location | TBA, Mississippi

President Bush Recognizes The National Teacher Of The Year. "President Bush presented Maryland kindergarten teacher Kimberly Oliver with the National Teacher of the Year award today and highlighted the importance of teachers in building the future of the country. 'Kim Oliver understands that the key to helping children succeed is fighting the soft bigotry of low expectations,' the president said, citing one of the key tenets of his own education policy. 'When a teacher believes that a child can learn, it's amazing what happens – a student believes that he or she can learn.'" (Karen Travers, "Bush Names Teacher Of The Year," ABC News, 4/26/06)

President Bush Announces That Tony Snow Will Serve As White House Press Secretary. "President Bush gave his presidency a facelift Wednesday, tapping a smooth-talking, telegenic conservative commentator as the new White House press secretary. ...'Tony already knows most of you, and he's agreed to take the job anyway,' the president said, Snow laughing at his side in the briefing room where he will start holding court in about two weeks. 'He understands like I understand that the press is vital to our democracy.' ... Earlier, to reporters in the briefing room, Snow said: 'Believe it or not, I want to work with you. ... We've got a lot of big issues ahead and we've got a lot of important things that all of us are going to be covering together.'" (Jennifer Loven, "White House Hopes Snow Will Aid Media Ties," The Associated Press, 4/26/06)

Dan Bartlett Discusses Tony Snow As The New White House Press Secretary. "'We want fresh thinking, to charge the batteries, and passionate participation,' said Dan Bartlett, a top Bush adviser. 'There is a lot of value added in Tony coming on board and helping us internally with his own views and ideas. It fits into the mold.' … 'I know there is a perception that we disdain the media as a whole,' Bartlett said. 'I do not believe that. There have been some issues that strained the relationship, particularly when it comes at a time of war.' He said the Snow pick was part of an effort to 'improve our relationship with the press.'" (Jim VandeHei And Michael A. Fletcher, "Snow Pick May Signal Less Insular White House," The Washington Post, 4/27/06)

New Data Reflects The Economy's Strength. "The U.S. economy powered ahead in March as manufacturing orders surged and new home sales rose by the most in more than a decade. Orders for durable goods rose 6.1 percent, the Commerce Department said in Washington today, more than three times the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. Home sales increased 13.8 percent, the most since April 1993, to an annual rate of 1.213 million." (Carlos Torres, "U.S. Economy: Durable Goods Orders, Home Sales Surge," Bloomberg, 4/26/06)

Administration Acts To Ensure Medicare Beneficiaries Continue To Receive Needed Prescriptions. "The Bush administration issued a new policy on Wednesday that protects Medicare beneficiaries against the sudden loss of coverage for drugs they are taking under the prescription drug program. Under the policy, insurers can still change their lists of covered drugs, known as formularies. But if they drop any drugs or impose new restrictions, they must exempt beneficiaries who are now taking those drugs. Dr. Mark B. McClellan, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, summarized the policy this way: 'In general, a plan cannot change your coverage for the drugs you are using during the year. The stability of drug formularies is extremely important for many of our beneficiaries.'" (Robert Pear, "Medicare Rule Guarantees Continuity Of Drugs," The New York Times, 4/27/06)

Secretaries Rice And Rumsfeld Meet With Iraq's New Prime Minister. "Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld paid an unannounced visit to Iraq on Wednesday to press the prime minister-designate to re-establish public confidence in the government and rid the country's security forces of infiltration by sectarian militias. ... 'I don't think there is any doubt in anyone's mind that the 11 million Iraqis who went out and voted were exercising sovereignty and that this prime minister intends to do what he thinks is best for the Iraqi people,' she said, calling his government 'the most democratic process ever in the Middle East.'" (Steven R. Weisman And David S. Cloud, "Rice Visits Iraq With Rumsfeld To Press Leader," The New York Times, 4/27/06)

The Washington Post Says Government In Iraq Could Be "The Turning Point" In Defeating The Terrorists. "The appearance of an al-Qaeda video on the Internet more often than not is a sign of good news in the war on terrorism. Tuesday's posting by Iraqi commander Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is the latest example: The 34-minute show by the newly unhooded extremist is in part a bid for advantage in factional feuding that has curtailed al-Qaeda's visibility and effectiveness. More important, the terrorist acknowledges that the agreement of Iraq's leading Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish parties on the country's first permanent postwar government last week was, as he bluntly put it, 'a dagger in the heart.' The Zarqawi movement has spent the past several years trying to ignite a sectarian war between Iraq's Sunnis and Shiites; the new 'unity' government, if it takes hold, could be the turning point toward defeating that strategy." (Editorial, "A Dagger To Al-Qaeda," The Washington Post, 4/27/06)

President And Mrs. Bush Meet With The 2006 National And State Teachers Of The Year

Fact Sheet: The National Teacher Of The Year: A Commitment To Education Excellence
In Focus: Education
President Announces Tony Snow As Press Secretary

Message To The Congress Of The United States

Executive Order Blocking Property Of Additional Persons In Connection With The National Emergency With Respect To Syria

National Charter Schools Week, 2006

Press Briefing By Scott McClellan

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