Washington will be whisper quiet this week with Congress gone and President Barack Obama vacationing on Martha's Vineyard. That does not mean important things are not happening behind the scenes and around the country. Indeed, decisions made over the next few weeks will determine just how noisy the nation's capital will be when everyone is back in town in September.
There are two critical open questions: Who will Obama pick for Fed Chair and do Republicans come back from their summer break determined to fight to the death on spending cuts in a way that could risk a government shutdown or debt ceiling debacle.
On the Fed Chair front, people close to the matter suggest Obama may use the quiet time on the Vineyard to make a final call. The leading candidate remains former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers followed by Fed Vice Chair Janet Yellen. Summers' work for Citigroup and other financial firms came under scrutiny in the New York Times on Sunday but nothing in the article is likely to impact Obama's decision.
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