- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 16, 2004

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

U.N. reform — 10:30 a.m. — Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion, “United Nations Reform in 2005.” Participants include U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Louise Frechette, former Sen. Tim Wirth, Colorado Democrat, and John Hamre of CSIS. Location: CSIS, B-1 conference level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Climate talks briefing — 10:30 a.m. — The National Environmental Trust, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund hold a conference-call briefing to discuss the outcome of the climate talks in Buenos Aires. Location: None given. Contact: 202/887-1345.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Signs the intelligence reform bill at the White House.

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.

10 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a report on real earnings for November. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. — Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council’s Water Security Working Group to discuss active and effective security programs for drinking water and wastewater utilities. Location: Radisson Barcelo Hotel Washington, 2121 P St. NW. Contact: 202/564-1597.

8:30 a.m. — National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee to review human gene transfer protocols for development of effective immunotherapy for prostate cancer patients. Location: Bethesda Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda. Contact: 301/496-9838.

8:30 a.m. — Office of Pipeline Safety holds a meeting on pipeline safety issues, including enhancing integrity management of gas distribution pipelines, communicating with the public, the Pipeline Drug and Alcohol Program, and the Pipeline Operator Qualification Program. Location: Marriott Washington, 1221 22nd St. NW. Contact: 202/366-4431 or 202/366-4565.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Adjourned. The Senate will convene the 109th Congress Jan. 4 at noon. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Adjourned. The House will convene the 109th Congress Jan. 4 at noon. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Securing cargo — 8:30 a.m. — Homeland Security Department and the Homeland Security Institute hold a Homeland Security Cargo Summit. Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — noon — James Loy, homeland security deputy secretary, closing remarks

Location: Georgetown University Conference Center, 3800 Reservoir Road NW. Contact: 202/282-8010.

Missile defense conference — 9 a.m. — American Foreign Policy Council holds a conference on missile defense and American security.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Herman Pirchner, AFPC, opening remarks

Location: 2168 Rayburn House Office building. Contact: 202/462-6055 or 571/236-5376.

Russian politics and investing — 9 a.m. — National Press Club Morning Newsmaker Program holds a discussion, “Politics and Investing in Russia’s Regions: Are There Opportunities Beyond Moscow?” Participants include Rep. Curt Weldon, Pennsylvania Republican, and Helen Teplitskaia of the American-Russian Chamber of Commerce. Location: National Press Club, Murrow Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

U.S.-China relations — 9:30 a.m. — U.S. China Policy Foundation holds a discussion, “Prospects for U.S.-China Relations in the Bush Administration.” Location: National Press Club, Murrow Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/547-8615.

“Are Americans Saving Enough?” — 9:30 a.m. — American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Are Americans Saving Enough?” Participants include John Scholz of the University of Wisconsin, Jagadeesh Gokhale of the Cato Institute, Jane Gravelle of the Congressional Research Service, and Eric Engen of AEI. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW. Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

NASA press conference — 10 a.m. — NASA holds a press conference with outgoing NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe. Location: NASA, 300 E St. SW. Contact: 202/358-1898.

“Entre Nous”# — 11 a.m. — European Union Delegation of the European Commission to the United States holds a weekly “Entre Nous” press briefing. Location: EU-Washington, Press Room, 2300 M St. NW. Contact: 202/862-9523 or 202/862-9549.

Book discussion — noon — Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute and the Heritage Foundation Conservative Women’s Network hold a luncheon book discussion, “Inside the Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops and Shenanigans From Around the Nation’s Capital.” Author John McCaslin of The Washington Times participates. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: RSVP to 703/318-0730.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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