- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 20, 2000

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Freedom House briefing 9:30 a.m. Freedom House holds a media briefing to release its annual survey results on political and civil freedoms worldwide. Location: Holeman Lounge, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 212/514-8040, Ext. 308.

National Council of Resistance of Iran news conference 10:30 a.m. The National Council of Resistance of Iran holds a news conference to release a list of the names, particulars, and atrocities it says were committed by a number of the current Iranian regime's top leaders, and to demand that they be tried in an international tribunal for crimes against humanity. Location: Lisagor Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/783-5200.

PRESIDENT CLINTON

10:40 a.m. Honors recipients of the 2000 National Medals of Arts and National Humanities Medals, DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW.

7:30 p.m. Hosts dinner for Arts and Humanities medal winners, White House.

PRESIDENT-ELECT GEORGE W. BUSH

In Austin, Texas, where he will meet religious leaders to discuss how religious groups can help the government solve social issues, and make announcements about filling jobs in his administration, including the nomination of Donald L. Evans as commerce secretary.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases a report on housing starts and building permits for November 2000. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

2 p.m. Treasury Department issues the Treasury statement (the "Monthly Budget") for November 2000. Location: 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. Federal Housing Finance Board holds a meeting. Location: Board room, second floor, 1777 F St. NW. Contact: 202/408-2837.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Adjourned sine die. The 107th Congress convenes Jan. 3, 2001. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Adjourned sine die. The 107th Congress convenes Jan. 3, 2001. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Web-site introduction ceremony 9:30 a.m. The Health and Human Services Department's Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion holds a ceremony to introduce its new www.healthfinder

.gov children's Web site, which provides tips on safety, nutrition, oral health and exercise, featuring interactive games. Surgeon General David Satcher participates. Location: Robert Brent Museum Magnet Elementary School, 330 D St. SE. Contact: 202/205-1842.

Governmental-achievements forum 9:30 a.m. The Brookings Institution presents a forum, "Government's Greatest Achievements of the Past Half Century." The participants include: Paul Light, Brookings; Daniel Schorr, National Public Radio; and E.J. Dionne Jr., The Washington Post. Location: Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Economic-policy forum 10 a.m. The National Urban League sponsors "An Economists' Round Table on the Effects of an Economic Slowdown on Welfare Reform, and Policy Solutions to Boost the Economy." The participants include Thomas Palley, AFL-CIO's chief economist; Seth Carpenter, Federal Reserve Board of Governors economist; and Jared Bernstein, Economic Policy Institute. Location: 2168 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/333-6181.

District of Columbia Housing Authority news conference 10 a.m. The District of Columbia Housing Authority holds a news conference to announce a $33 million loan from the Bank of America and Fannie Mae to renovate and repair more than 3,500 D.C. public housing units. Location: Crawford Hall, Edgewood Terrace Apartments, 635 Edgewood St. NE. Contact: 202/624-5647 or 202/752-3592.

Council for Responsible Nutrition briefing 10 a.m. The Council for Responsible Nutrition holds a briefing on a Cantox Health Sciences International report on the safe use of Ephedra dietary supplements. Location: Murrow Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/789-2424 or 202/263-1002.

Census figures news conference 10 a.m. The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights holds a news conference to urge the new Bush administration to support scientifically adjusted census figures to preclude a possible undercount of minorities. Location: Haskins Room, 1200 New York Ave. NW. Contact: 202/326-8700.

White House e-mail case hearing 10:30 a.m. U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth conducts an evidentiary hearing in the White House e-mail case brought by Judicial Watch, including testimony from former U.S. Attorney Earl Silbert. Location: Courtroom 21, U.S. District Courthouse, Third Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/646-5172. Note: A news conference will be held on the courthouse steps following the hearing.

Consumer Federation of America news conference 11 a.m. The Consumer Federation of America holds a news conference to release new data on the consequences of rising natural-gas and heating-oil prices on low- and moderate-income families. Location: Capital Hilton Hotel, 16th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/737-0766.

United Airlines-U.S. Airways merger news conference 11 a.m. Reps. James L. Oberstar, Minnesota Democrat, and Louise M. Slaughter, New York Democrat, host a news conference to release a General Accounting Office study on the proposed United Airlines-U.S. Airways merger's effect on the airline industry. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6260 or 202/225-8415.

Agriculture Department rule briefing 11 a.m. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman holds a briefing to introduce the final Agriculture Department rule for national organic standards. Location: Fresh Fields, 1440 P St. NW. Contact: 202/720-4623.

Economists' luncheon noon The National Economists Club and the Society of Government Economists hold a joint luncheon meeting, featuring a discussion, "Fiscal Policy at the End of the Clinton Administration." The speaker is David Wilcox, assistant Treasury secretary for economic policy. Location: China Garden, 618 H St. NW. Contact: 703/739-9404.

Clinton visit 12:30 p.m. The Children's National Medical Center hosts an annual holiday visit by first lady and Sen.-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat. Location: Main atrium, Children's National Medical Center, 111 Michigan Ave. NW. Contact: 202/456-2960.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving ceremony 2 p.m. The White House hosts a Mothers Against Drunk Driving "Tie One on for Safety" ceremony, featuring the tying of a red ribbon on a local family's car to symbolize the fight against drunken driving during the holiday season. First lady and Sen.-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, participates. Location: South Lawn of the White House. Contact: 202/456-2960.

Winter social 6 p.m. The Washington International Trade Association and the Korea Economic Institute hold their winter social. Location: The Front Page, 1333 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Contact: 202/312-1600.

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