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Google CEO joins speakers at Dem retreat

Google CEO Eric Schmidt will join President Obama and former President Bill Clinton as speakers at this week's House Democratic Caucus retreat.

Schmidt will speak Wednesday night at the Library of Congress, while Obama addresses lawmakers Thursday and Clinton will talk about health care Friday.

In addition to health legislation, the issues conference will also focus on jobs and national security as well as the political landscape heading into the fall elections. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen of Maryland kicks off the conference Wednesday afternoon with a closed-door political briefing at DCCC headquarters.

Thursday's events, including Obama's remarks, are being billed as a jobs summit, although members will receive a classified national security briefing. According to the agenda, lawmakers will hear from unnamed "prominent speakers" who will focus on "job creation and innovation."

Clinton made a similar appearance at a Senate Democratic luncheon in November, urging them to resolve their differences and pass a healthcare overhaul bill. "The worst thing to do is nothing," Clinton warned at the time.

He is likely to deliver a similar message Friday, as the House and Senate push to come up with an agreement on a final bill, said Brendan Daly, a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Obama will also address the House Republican retreat in Baltimore at the end of the month, a White House spokesman said Tuesday.

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