Washington Daybook: Say Your Prayers

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Police tape is seen in front of the National Cathedral in the Washington on Aug., 23, 2011, after a piece of one of the spires, left spire, at right, fell off after an earthquake hit the Washington area.

President Barack Obama begins his second term by attending the National Prayer Service at the quake-damaged National Cathedral this morning.

Internet policy issues facing Congress this year, from digital music to e-mail privacy to cybersecurity, are on the agenda for the State of the Net conference, taking place today and tomorrow. The agenda features keynote speeches from U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel, a central figure in anti-piracy efforts, and Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

The House today will consider H.R. 307, which would reauthorize national programs to defend against and respond to pandemics and weapons of mass destruction. The Senate may begin debate on legislation passed by the House on Jan. 15 that would provide $60.2 billion in aid to states hit by Hurricane Sandy.

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal. NOW plans a vigil this afternoon to mark the occasion, while members of Congress hold a news conference and
Gallup and Operation Hope release results of a poll on entrepreneurs in the U.S. with Deputy Education Secretary Anthony Wilder Miller.

Purchases of previously owned homes probably increased for a third straight month in December, showing further improvement in housing market, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists ahead of a National Association of Realtors report.

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