- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 9, 2004

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Holiday exhibit — 10 a.m. — U.S. Botanic Garden hosts the opening of “Home for the Holidays: A Sentimental Journey,” which pays tribute to America’s “greatest generation” and salutes this year’s opening of the National World War II Memorial. Location: U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Contact: 202/226-7674.

— Global Rights holds its annual commemoration of International Human Rights Day. Participants include Ray Suarez of Public Broadcasting Service’s “NewsHour,” and Zain Verjee of CNN International. Location: Capital Hilton, 1001 16th St. NW. Contact: 202/822-4600, Ext. 56.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Visits Fort Belvoir and inspects a United Service Organizations care-package facility.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

5 p.m. — World Agricultural Outlook Board releases estimates for world agricultural supply and demand. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/720-0888.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — Office of the Secretary of Defense holds a meeting of the Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services to discuss its 2004 report. At 2 p.m., the committee will presents its findings and recommendations to the undersecretary for personnel and readiness and the principal deputy for personnel and readiness. Location: Embassy Suites Hotel, Crystal City-National Airport, 1300 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 703/697-2122.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

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

HOUSE

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

GENERAL AGENDA

Ukraine’s choice# — all day — American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and New Atlantic Initiative hold a conference, “Ukraine’s Choice: Europe or Russia?” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Radek Sikorski of the New Atlantic Initiative, Paula Dobriansky of the State Department, and Oleh Shamshur, Ukrainian deputy minister of foreign affairs

12:45 p.m. — Rep. Sander M. Levin, Michigan Democrat, Congressional Ukrainian Caucus

Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW. Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Housing conference — all day — Housing Assistance Council holds its National Rural Housing Conference, “Building Homes, Celebrating Leadership.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — noon — “RHS and HUD: The Nuts and Bolts.” Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/842-8600, Ext. 108.

Holiday SoberRide program — 9 a.m. — Washington Regional Alcohol Program holds a press conference on its Holiday SoberRide program.

Highlights — 9:30 a.m. — 2004 Law Enforcement Awards. Location: Maggiano’s Little Italy, 2001 International Drive, McLean. Contact: 703/893-0461.

Congressional oversight — 9:30 a.m. — Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Business Executives for National Security Task Force hold a discussion, “Congressional Oversight of the Department of Homeland Security.” Participants include Rep. Christopher Cox, California Republican; Rep. Bennie Thompson, Mississippi Democrat; former Rep. Tom Foley, Washington Democrat; former Sen. Warren Rudman, New Hampshire Republican; John Hamre of CSIS; and Charles Boyd of the business executives organization. Location: CSIS, B-1, conference level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/457-8764, 202/775-3242.

International Community and Darfur — 10 a.m. — Amnesty International USA holds a press conference, “100 Days of Failure: The International Community and Darfur.” Participants include Salih Booker of Africa Action and John Prendergast of the International Crisis Group. Location: National Press Club, Murrow Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/544-0200, Ext. 234.

Mining in China — 10 a.m. — Congressional Executive Commission on China holds a discussion, “Coal Mine Safety in China: Can the Accident Rate be Reduced?” Participants include Industrial relations consultant Dave Feickert, coal mine safety consultant Peter McNestry, and Leo Carey of the National Safety Council. Location: 2255 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-3766.

The future of Democrats — 10 a.m. — National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a discussion, “The Democrats: Where From Here?” Participants include Al From of the Democratic Leadership Council, Bob Borosage of the Campaign for America’s Future, and Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

China’s economy — noon — Library of Congress hosts a lecture, “China’s Market Economy: Status and Future Economic Development.” Participants include Siwei Cheng of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China. Location: Library of Congress, Pickford Theater, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Contact: 202/707-0022.

Book discussion — noon — Cato Institute holds a book discussion of “The World’s Banker: A Story of Failed States, Financial Crises and the Wealth and Poverty of Nations.” Participants include author Sebastian Malleby of The Washington Post, Kenneth Rogoff of Harvard University, and Brink Lindsey of Cato. Location: Cato Institute, F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5200.

Health care debate — 12:15 p.m. — Alliance for Health Care Reform and the Kaiser Family Foundation hold a press briefing, “Health Care in the New Congress: Insiders Look Ahead.” Participants include Dean Rosen, an aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist; Alice Weiss, a staff member of the Senate Finance Committee; and Charles Clapton of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Location: G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/789-2300 or 202/347-5270.

Border security — 12:30 p.m. — Council on Foreign Relations holds a discussion on threats to border security, September 11 commission recommendations and efforts to encourage travel and trade while increasing security. Asa Hutchinson of the Department of Homeland Security participates. Location: Council on Foreign Relations 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/518-3428.

Democrats and the war on terrorism# — 12:30 p.m. — Progressive Policy Institute holds a discussion, “Can Democrats Restore the Vital Center on the War on Terror? The Progressive Response to Islamic Totalitarianism.” Participants include Peter Beinart and John Judis of the New Republic magazine, Gayle Smith of the Center for American Progress, and Will Marshall of the Progressive Policy Institute. Location: Progressive Policy Institute, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Contact: 202/547-0001.

Medicare legislation# — 2 p.m. — FDC Reports Inc. holds a conference-call briefing on drug and device reimbursement issues involved with implementation of the Medicare Modernization Act. Mark McClellan of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services participates. Contact: 301/664-7151.

Children of HIV/AIDS — 3 p.m. — The Department of Health and Human Services holds a press briefing to award a $1.8 million grant to help children of HIV/AIDS parents in the District. Participants include Susan Orr of HHS and Tom Wells of the Consortium for Child Welfare. Location: Consortium for Child Welfare, 1438 Rhode Island Ave. NE. Contact: 202/401-9215.

Mental health — 7:30 p.m. — The Icarus Project and Brian MacKenzie Infoshop host a discussion, “Walking the Edge of Insanity: Navigating the World of Mental Health as a Radical in the 21st Century.” Ashley MacNamara of the Icarus Project participates. Location: Infoshop, 1426 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/236-7747.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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