Washington Daybook: The View

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President Barack Obama appears on the television show "The View" at ABC Studios in New York City in this file pohto.

Though he didn’t find the time to meet face to face with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Iran, President Barack Obama has found time for Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters and the rest of the cast on ABC’s “The View,” with a little more than six weeks to go before election day.

The president and First Lady Michele Obama will tape their first joint appearance on the show today, before attending a welcoming reception for heads of state at the start of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.

Speaking of the Big Apple, Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard speaks at Economic Club of New York today, where she may have to defend her defense of comments made last week by Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan, who said that “cranks and crazies” in U.S. Republican Party are threatening the global economy.

Back in Washington, the House and Senate have begun their pre-election recess, with crucial votes on the farm bill, sequestration and other legislation put off until a lame-duck session following the Nov. 6 election.

The National Association for Business Economics sponsors holds a debate at the National Press Club on economic policy with Kevin Hassett of the American Enterprise Institute for the Romney campaign and Jeffrey Liebman of Harvard University for Obama. Also at the NPC today, Harold Varmus, director of National Cancer Institute, Nobel laureate and co-chair of President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, speaks on impediments to cancer research.

The Freedom House releases a report rating internet access, censorship and user rights in 47 countries at Google’s Washington office, while FCC Commissioner Julius Genachowski discusses the potential of mobile health technology for patient care at an Information Technology and Innovation Foundation event, then attends a Comcast forum on broadband adoption.

Also today, Mexico President Felipe Calderon speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations on relations with the U.S. and recent developments in Mexico. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the Clinton Global Initiative on “Designing Diplomacy for the 21st Century” in New York and the State Department honors surviving passengers of the MS St. Louis, a German steamer carrying 937 German Jewish refugees that were denied entry into the U.S. in 1939.

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