Budget battle – President Barack Obama meets Tuesday with congressional leaders to discuss budget negotiations three days before the deadline to avoid a government shutdown. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan also will unveil a 2012 GOP budget proposal with dramatic changes to Medicare, Medicaid and other political lightning rods.
Invitations for the White House meeting went to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada; Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii; and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Kentucky.
Diplomacy – Obama also is set to meet with Israeli President Shimon Peres for a working lunch at the White House. The White House said Obama and Peres will discuss a range of issues, including security cooperation between the two countries and recent turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa.
House hearings on 9/11 trials – A House Judiciary subcommittee will hold a previously scheduled hearing on where and how Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others will be tried for their alleged roles in the September 11, 2001, attacks. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the suspects would be referred to military commissions at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, military base for trial. David Beamer, whose son Todd Beamer died on United Airlines Flight 93 on 9/11, is set to testify at the House hearing.
Wisconsin Supreme Court race – Wisconsin residents will vote Tuesday in a Supreme Court race that has become a sort of referendum on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's collective-bargaining bill. Justice David Prosser, a conservative who is considered a supporter of Walker's agenda, and Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg, described as a liberal, are vying for a 10-year term on the high court.
Hearing in slaying of Jennifer Hudson's relatives – William Balfour will appear in an Illinois court for a deposition hearing on a 77-count indictment in the 2008 shooting deaths of singer Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew.
Mine accident anniversary – Massey Energy will halt production and hold a "safety stand-down" at all its operations at 3:02 p.m. Tuesday in honor of the 29 miners who died a year ago in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch coal mine in Montcoal, West Virginia. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will participate in a memorial service at 6 p.m.
Ivory Coast – Fighters loyal to Alassane Ouattara surrounded the presidential palace of Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday, hoping to capture the embattled leader. Fighting has escalated in recent days as Ouattara's fighters pressed closer to ousting Gbagbo from power. Ouattara has been recognized by the United States and United Nations as the winner of last fall's presidential election, but Gbagbo has refused to give up power. The aid group Oxfam reports tens of thousands of people have fled into neighboring countries to escape violence.
Libya – Rebel envoy Ali Aujali dismissed as "a ridiculous offer" a rumored proposal to have Moammar Gadhafi pass power to his son Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, who then would lead reform efforts in Libya. Aujali said the rebels are willing to offer Moammar Gadhafi and his family safe passage out of Libya in exchange for an end to the fighting – but that's as far as their offer goes. Meanwhile, rebels were calling for more coalition help in Misrata and al-Brega, where loyalist forces were pushing back hard.