Monday status conference: The Pope and the tax man cometh

This week, as countless Americans rush to get their tax returns (or extensions, at least) filed by tomorrow night’s deadline, President George W. Bush is preparing to fete Pope Benedict XVI on his first visit to the U.S. The president will even greet the leader of the Catholic Church at the airport Tuesday – something no other president has ever done.

Oral arguments resume this week at the U.S. Supreme Court. Check this earlier post for summaries of the cases before the justices this week. Also the Court may release some grants of certiorari and other orders today, so stay tuned for any newsworthy developments.

Meanwhile:

It’s hard out here for Alberto: Former Attorney General Gonzales is having a tough time finding a job, sources tell the New York Times. (NYT, via ABA Journal)

Speaking of taxes, if you are dying to know, President Bush and his wife paid $221,635 in federal taxes on an adjusted gross income of $923,807 for the year 2007. (AP).

The White House, Congress and federal agencies have all come up with plans they say will help stem the housing crisis. Now the presidential candidates are weighing in as well. (AP)

Meanwhile, world economic leaders say that the food crises is a far bigger problem than the credit crisis. (NYT)

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