AP National News Calendar

By By The Associated Press

Eds: Major scheduled events for December. Note that many events, especially court appearances, are subject to change at the last minute.

SATURDAY, DEC. 1:

No events of note.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 2:

Washington — Kennedy Center Honors for career achievements in arts, for actor Dustin Hoffman, comedian David Letterman, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy, rock band Led Zeppelin and ballerina Natalia Makarova.

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MONDAY, DEC. 3:

Washington — President Obama meets Bulgarian Prime Minister Borissov at the White House.

Washington — Supreme Court hears arguments and issues orders.

Washington — Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for November, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for October, 10 a.m.

Secretary of State Clinton visits Czech Republic.

Detroit — Automakers release vehicle sales for November.

Brussels — Finance ministers from the 17 euro countries meet to discuss the financial crisis.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 4:

Washington — Supreme Court hears arguments.

Washington — House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on Superstorm Sandy.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Belgium for NATO meetings.

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5:

Washington — President Barack Obama hosts a meeting with leaders of American Indian tribes.

Washington — Supreme Court hears arguments.

Washington — Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee hearing on Mali.

Washington — Labor Department releases third-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for November, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases factory orders for October, 10 a.m.

Nashville, Tenn. — GRAMMY Awards nominations.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 6:

Washington — Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee hearing on Superstorm Sandy's impact on transportation systems.

Washington — Joint Economic Committee hearing on the "fiscal cliff."

Washington — Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on oversight of the Federal Housing Administration.

Washington — House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing on NASA and the American space program.

Washington — National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.

Washington — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Joint Economic Committee hearing on the "fiscal cliff."

H&R Block Inc. reports quarterly financial results.

Frankfurt, Germany — European Central Bank's governing council meets to set interest rates for the eurozone.

Berlin — Germany releases industrial orders figures for October.

Dublin, Ireland — OSCE Ministerial Council meets.

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FRIDAY, DEC. 7:

Washington — Labor Department releases employment data for November, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases consumer credit data for October, 3 p.m.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Berlin — Germany releases industrial production figures for October.

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SATURDAY, DEC. 8:

No events of note.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 9:

No events of note.

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MONDAY, DEC. 10:

Washington — Supreme Court issues orders.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 11:

Washington — Supreme Court on break until Jan. 7.

Washington — Federal Open Market Committee meeting.

Washington — Commerce Department releases international trade data for October, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases wholesale trade inventories for October, 10 a.m.; Labor Department releases job openings and labor turnover survey for October, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve policymakers begin a two-day meeting to set interest rates.

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12:

Washington — Treasury releases federal budget for November, 2 p.m.; Federal Reserve policymakers meet to set interest rates.

Tunis, Tunisia — Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative annual Forum for the Future.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 13:

Washington — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases retail sales data for November, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for November, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases business inventories for October, 10 a.m.

Brussels — European Union leaders meet for a two-day EU summit.

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FRIDAY, DEC. 14:

Washington — House of Representatives adjourns for Christmas.

Washington — Labor Department releases Consumer Price Index for November, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases industrial production for November, 9:15 a.m.

Brussels — European Union leaders meet for a EU summit.

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SATURDAY, DEC. 15:

No events of note.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 16:

No events of note.

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MONDAY, DEC. 17:

No events of note.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 18:

Washington — Commerce Department releases current account trade deficit for the third quarter, 8:30 a.m.; National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for December, 10 a.m.

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19:

Washington — Commerce Department releases housing starts for November, 8:30 a.m.

Frankfur, Germany — Germany's Ifo institute releases its monthly survey of business optimism

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THURSDAY, DEC. 20:

Washington — Commerce Department releases third-quarter gross domestic product, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; National Association of Realtors releases existing home sales for November, 10 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Conference Board releases leading indicators for November, 10 a.m.

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FRIDAY, DEC. 21:

Washington — Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for November, 8:30 a.m.

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SATURDAY, DEC. 22:

No events of note.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 23:

No events of note.

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MONDAY, DEC. 24:

Washington — Commerce Department releases durable goods for November, 8:30 a.m.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 25:

Washington — Stock and bond markets are closed for Christmas Day.

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 26:

Washington — Standard & Poor's releases S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for October, 9 a.m.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 27:

Washington — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases new home sales for November, 10 a.m.; The Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for December, 10 a.m.

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FRIDAY, DEC. 28:

Washington — National Association of Realtors releases pending home sales index for November, 10 a.m.

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SATURDAY, DEC. 29:

No events of note.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 30:

No events of note.

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MONDAY, DEC. 31:

No events of note.

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