- The Washington Times - Friday, December 15, 2000

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Presidential-transition briefing 11 a.m. The Brookings Institution holds a conference-call briefing on the presidential transition process. Paul Light, director of Brookings Institution's Government Studies Program, participates. To access the call, dial 800/553-5260 and ask for "the Paul Light Transition" call. Contact: 202/797-6310.

NOW protest noon The National Organization for Women holds a protest to demand "Women-Friendly Post Offices" and call on the postmaster general to stamp out harassment and discrimination against female postal workers. Location: National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/628-8669, ext. 116.

PRESIDENT CLINTON

To be announced.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the Consumer Price Index for November. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

9:15 a.m. Federal Reserve Board releases a report on industrial production and capacity utilization for November. Location: Constitution Avenue between 20th and 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics holds a meeting of the federal economic statistics advisory committee. Location: Meeting rooms 1 and 2, Postal Square Building, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/691-5600.

9 a.m. Medicare Payment Advisory Commission holds a meeting. Location: Ronald Reagan Buildings, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/653-7220.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Meets at noon. No committee meetings are scheduled. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. No committee meetings are scheduled. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Deposing witnesses seminar 8 a.m. The American Law Institute/American Bar Association Professional Skills Program sponsors a seminar on "Deposing Witnesses for Trial." Morning sessions concentrate on techniques of taking depositions, with afternoon sessions on using depositions at trial, defending the deposition, preparing witnesses, and ethical and professionalism issues in deposing witnesses for trial. Location: Madison Hotel, 15th and M streets NW. Contact: 800/253-6397.

Scientific conference 8 a.m. The National Institutes of Health hosts a scientific conference on "Health Disparities in Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases." The opening speakers include: Dr. David Satcher, surgeon general; Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, principal deputy director of the National Institutes of Health; and Dr. Stephen Katz, director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Location: Natcher Conference Center, Building 45, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda. Contact: 301/496-1767.

Schools conference 8:30 a.m. The Education Department holds its Seventh Annual Regional Conference, "Improving America's Schools." Education Secretary Richard W. Riley speaks at 12:30 p.m. Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 800/203-5494.

Social Security reform seminar 9 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a seminar on "Social Security Reform: Challenges for the Next Administration." The participants include: John Shoven, Stanford University; Fred Goldberg, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and Eugene Steuerle, Urban Institute. Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-5800.

Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission meeting 9 a.m. The Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission holds a special session to consider and adopt 1999-2000 national and hemispheric reports on anti-drug effort progress throughout the Americas.

Highlights 2 p.m. News conference.

Location: Organization of American States, Hall of the Americas, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/458-6841.

D.C. Bar program 10 a.m. The D.C. Bar Association presents a special program on "U.S. Compliance with International Human Rights Treaty Obligations." Location: Arnold and Porter, 555 12th St. NW. Contact: 202/626-3463.

Center for Strategic and International Studies news conference 10:30 a.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a news conference to address defending the U.S. homeland. Sen. Pat Roberts, Kansas Republican; Rep. Curt Weldon, Pennsylvania Republican; and Joseph Collins, Dan Goure, and Frank Cilluffo, Center for Strategic and International Studies, participate. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/775-3186.

Electoral College briefing 11 a.m. The Washington Foreign Press Center holds a briefing on "An Inside Look at the Electoral College." The speakers are Vincent Callahan, Virginia Republican elector, and Barbara Lett-Simmons, District of Columbia Democratic elector. Location: Room 898, National Press Building, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/661-8946. Note: Foreign media only please.

Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce luncheon 11:30 a.m. The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce holds its FAME Speaker Series Luncheon. The speaker is Alfred Berkeley, the vice chairman of the Nasdaq stock market. Location: McLean Hilton at Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. Contact: 703/749-0400.

PBS episode presentation noon The National Archives presents "Picture Power (1998)," an episode from the PBS series, "People's Century," regarding how television enabled the world to share major events. Location: Theater, National Archives, Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW. Contact: 202/501-5000.

Talk show hosts forum noon The Heritage Foundation and Talkers magazine feature radio talk-show hosts from both sides of the political spectrum speaking on "Setting the Agenda for the New Administration." Location: Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/608-6143.

Real estate briefing noon The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors holds a 2000 Year End Real Estate news briefing. Location: Holeman Lounge, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/207-3226.

American Bioethics Advisory Commission briefing noon The American Bioethics Advisory Commission, a division of the American Life League, holds a media luncheon briefing on "Is There Life Beyond the Elections? Human Embryology: A Practical Protocol for the Next Administration." The speaker is the Rev. Joseph Howard, executive director of the American Bioethics Advisory Commission. Location: First Amendment Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 540/659-4171.

Crime discussion 12:30 p.m. Susan Herman, executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, addresses a National Press Club Newsmaker luncheon program on a number of initiatives aimed at helping victims of crime. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.

Media availability 3 p.m. Lynne Church, Electric Power Supply Association president, gives a national perspective to the current California power supply crisis and actions taken by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Location: 1401 H St. NW. Contact: 202/789-7200.

Santa visit 3 p.m. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater hosts an inspection and certification of Santa's sleigh as fit to engage in the air transport of merchandise, in conjunction with a visit by Santa Claus with children at the Federal Aviation Administration. Location: 800 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/355-5571.

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