Washington Daybook: Watchfulness

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A poster of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, next to a balloon with a nuclear logo during a rally marking the 28th anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Tehran.

It’s a day of watchfulness in Washington. President Barack Obama is promising to keep an eye on Iran and its nuclear program, the Environmental Protection Agency is scrutinizing Chevron Corp.’s environmental practices and former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Harvey Pitt will talk about how best to watch over companies that manage investments.

Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly, where he’ll pledge that the U.S. is committed to keeping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and say that the time for diplomacy “is not unlimited,” according to speech excerpts released by the White House. Later, he’ll follow Mitt Romney to the stage to discuss good governance at the Clinton Global Initiative conference, also in New York. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will appear on a panel at the Clinton event.

The National Federation of Independent Business and the National Association of Manufacturers release a survey on election-year business climate in the U.S. And today is the deadline for Representative Todd Akin to petition  Missouri state courts to remove him from the ballot for the U.S. Senate. Akin has been under pressure from within the Republican party to quit the race against Democratic incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill because of his controversial remarks on abortion last month.

The EPA is investigating Chevron’s Richmond, California refinery after officials determined pollution controls were bypassed, Bloomberg News reported today. The International Monetary Fund releases portions of Global Financial Stability Report. And Harvey Pitt, who served as chairman of the SEC from 2001 to 2003 and is now CEO of Kalorama Partners LLC, speaks on investment regulation at the Cato Institute.

Also today, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former NATO Secretary General Javier Solana discuss the U.S. and EU response to Arab Spring, and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski discusses broadband expansion at a Vox Media event.

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