- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 15, 1999

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Health care 10 a.m. The American Medical Association holds a news conference to launch a national campaign focusing the presidential candidates’ attention on health care issues the public rates as highest priorities. Location: First Amendment Room, National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Contact: 312/464-4584.

Political fund-raising 1 p.m. House Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on “The Role of John Huang and the Riady Family in Political Fund Raising.” Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

PRESIDENT CLINTON

Hosts Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Syrian Foreign Minister Faruq al-Shara in a morning ceremony at the White House with Israeli-Syrian peace talks resuming at Blair House.

VICE PRESIDENT GORE

Travels to Knoxville, Oak Rridge, Nashville and Carthage, Tenn.:
11:30 a.m. Addresses groundbreaking ceremony for the Oak Ridge Spallation Neutron Source Facility, Energy Department Oak Ridge Reservation National Laboratories.
7 p.m. Attends a Gore 2000 “Evening with the Stars,” with Mrs. Gore, Wildhorse Saloon, 120 Second Ave., North Nashville.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases report on manufacturing and trade: inventories and sales for October 1999. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.
9:15 a.m. Federal Reserve Board releases report on industrial production and capacity utilization for November 1999. Location: Constitution Avenue between 20th and 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. Commission on Civil Rights, D.C. advisory committee meets. Location: Fifth Floor Conference Room, 624 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/483-3262.
9:30 a.m. Federal Communications Commission holds an open meeting. Location: Commission Meeting Room. TW-C305, Portals II, 445 12th St. SW. Contact: 202/418-0190.

SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Olympics Site Selection Process: The Need for Reform.” Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

GENERAL AGENDA

Drugs conference all day The Office of National Drug Control Policy concludes the 1999 High Intensity Drug Traffic Areas (HIDTA) conference.
Highlights 2 p.m. Closing remarks/questions and answers, Barry McCaffrey, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Presidential Room.
2:30 p.m. News conference and release of report on 31 HIDTA threats and strategies, Mr. McCaffrey and representatives from the 31 HIDTAs, Federal Room A.
Location: Capitol Hilton, 1001 16th St. NW. Contact: 202/395-6618.
Medical errors report discussion 8:30 a.m. Dr. Robert Waller, chairman of the Healthcare Leadership Council hosts a media breakfast to discuss the Institute of Medicine’s recent report on medical errors and subsequent actions by the White House and Congress. Location: Suite 600, 900 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/452-8700.
Report release 8:30 a.m. Business, government and policy leaders from the United States and South America release a new policy report, “Thinking Strategically About 2005. The United States and South America,” outlining ways to improve U.S.-South America economic and security relationships, Ambassador David Abshire, Center for Strategic and International Studies co-founder, delivers welcoming remarks. Location: Capitol, Room HC-6. Contact: 202/775-3242.
Persian Gulf war illness workshop 8:30 a.m. The Institute of Medicine concludes its workshop on “Health Effects Associated With Exposures During the Persian Gulf War.” Location: National Academy of Sciences, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/334-2039.
Medicare reports discussion 9 a.m. The National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine host a public meeting to discuss three new reports from the Institute of Medicine evaluating whether to expand Medicare coverage for some preventative health care services. Location: Lecture Room, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/334-2138.
Korea briefing 9 a.m. The Atlantic Council of the United States and the Center for Strategic and International Studies host a news briefing on “Health of the Deterrent on the Korean Peninsula,” and the relationship of readiness and strength of U.S.-South Korea forces to diplomatic and economic initiatives toward North Korea during the past two years. The speaker is Gen. Hwang Jin-ha, defense attache, Korean Embassy. Location: B-1 Conference Room, Center for Strategic and International Studies, 18th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/778-4991.
Foreign policy discussion 9:30 a.m. The Democratic Leadership Council hosts “A Blueprint for American Leadership in the 21st Century,” a panel discussion on the United States’ role in foreign policy for the 21st century. Location: 902 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/546-0007.
Payday loans forum 10 a.m. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat, chairs a forum to discuss the practice of payday loans, short-term, high-interest loans, offered by check-cashing companies. Location: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0394.
Interfaith Alliance news conference 10 a.m. The Interfaith Alliance holds a news conference to announce the names of the presidential contenders who have agreed to adhere to the principles outlined in the alliance’s election-year initiative, “Framework of Civility for Political Candidates,” as they conduct their campaigns. In addition, the Institute for Global Ethics will release a poll underscoring present voter attitudes toward negative campaigns. Location: Zenger Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/639-6370, Ext. 110.
Public Citizen news conference 11 a.m. Public Citizen holds a news conference to release a study showing how frequently radio and television personnel are threatened by individuals with severe mental illnesses. Location: 1600 20th St. NW. Contact: 202/588-7741.
Reno speech 11:15 a.m. Attorney General Janet Reno addresses the Justice Department’s national symposium on women offenders. Location: Main Ballroom, Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/616-2777.
Film screening noon The National Archives presents a screening of the film “George Washington: The Man Who Wouldn’t Be King.” Location: Theater, National Archives, Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW. Contact: 301/713-6000.
Book forum noon The Cato Institute holds a book forum on “What to Do When You Don’t Want to Call the Cops: A Non-Adversarial Approach to Sexual Harassment.” The speakers are the book’s author, Joan Kennedy Taylor, and J.H. Verkerke, University of Virginia School of Law, who will comment. Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine news conference 1:30 p.m. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine holds a news conference to announce the filing of a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the Agriculture Department and the Health and Human Services Department for implementing racially biased U.S. dietary guidelines. Location: Zenger Room, National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Contact: 202/686-2210, Ext. 309.
Hillary Rodham Clinton Tree dedication 2:30 p.m. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman hosts first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton for the dedication of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Tree and the launch of Millennium Green, a national White House Millennium Council initiative to foster establishment and care of trees, gardens and open spaces in the United States. Location: North Lawn, James S. Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/720-4623.
Census teleconference 2:30 p.m. Census 2000 Initiative holds a teleconference on “Census 2000 How It Will Affect State Redistricting.” The participants include Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, New York Democrat, Congressional Census 2000 Caucus; and Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. Location: Call 877/404-1935, confirmation number 2580496, to participate in the teleconference. Contact: 800/834-1110 or 202/466-3311.
Elian Gonzalez news conference 3 p.m. The American Coalition for Fathers and Children holds a news conference on the prospects of reunification of Elian Gonzalez with his father and grandparents in Cuba. Location: National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Contact: 800/978-3237.
Taleban discussion 5:30 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies hosts a discussion, “The Unknown Afghanistan vs. Taleban,” featuring Julie Sirrs, assessments and strategy coordinator, Response International, detailing interviews with Taleban prisoners. Location: Room 806, Rome Building, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.
Rabin speech 5:30 p.m. Yuval Rabin, son of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, addresses American University students, talking about his father in a speech titled “What My Father Means to Me.” Location: Kay Spiritual Life Center Lounge, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/885-5952.
Year-2000 preparedness seminar 5:30 p.m. The Greater Washington Urban League and the Small Business Administration co-sponsor a seminar for small business owners in the District on year-2000 preparedness. Location: First Floor Auditorium, 815 Florida Ave. NW. Contact: 202/265-8200.
German Greens discussion 5:30 p.m. The New Atlantic Initiative holds a panel discussion on “What’s Left? The German Greens and The End of Ideology.” The participants include Rolf Fuchs, chairman of the Green Party Foundation; Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker; and Joshua Muravchik, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-5820.
Golan Heights monograph 3 p.m. Middle East Insight magazine will present and distribute “Line of Battle, Border of Peace?” by Frederic C. Hof, a monograph that explores the 1967 cease-fire line between Israel and Syria and its status in peace talks. Location: John Hay Room, Hay-Adams Hotel, 800 16th St. NW. Contact: 202/466-2146.

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