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Bill Daley, Sen. Al Franken, Arne Duncan reading to kids today. UPDATE Daley cancels


I’m told by the White House Bill Daley scratched his reading to kids event set for today because of the ongoing debt ceiling stalemate.


WASHINGTON–White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley–taking a break from the ongoing negotiations to raise the debt ceiling–joins Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.)–in reading children’s books to students at Duncan’s headquarters here on Tuesday. They will be joined by Nickelodeon’s “Dora the Explorer,” in a part of the event aimed at physical fitness, an offshoot of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” program.

Target is handing out books and snacks and Nickelodeon is giving the kids cookbooks and pedometers.

Unusual disclaimer: From the Education Department: “The U.S. Department of Education does not endorse any products or services offered by either Target or Nickelodeon, and does not endorse the “Dora the Explorer” program.”