- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 25, 2004

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with President Omar Bongo of Gabon, the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of the Census releases the April 2004 advance report on durable goods — manufacturers’ shipments and orders. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

10:30 a.m. — Energy Information Administration releases its weekly petroleum status report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. — Federal Energy Regulatory Commission holds a meeting to consider issues related to local energy supply and providers. Location: 888 First St. NE, room 2C. Contact: 202/502-8627.

1:30 p.m. — Defense Department holds a meeting to review actuarial methods and assumptions in the valuation of benefits under Defense Department retiree health care programs for Medicare-eligible beneficiaries. Location: 4040 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 270, Arlington. Contact: 703/696-7404.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Not in session. Memorial Day recess. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Not in session. Memorial Day recess. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Homeland security symposium — all day — National Defense Industry Association holds its 2004 Homeland Security Symposium and Exhibition, “Safeguarding America: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8:15 a.m. — Rep. Christopher Cox, California Republican and chairman of the Select Committee on Homeland Security

Location: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 703/247-9467.

North and Central American trade — all day — The U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce holds a conference, “NAFTA and CAFTA Partnership,” Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 3 p.m. — Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao

6:30 p.m. — Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, Good Neighbor Awards gala

Location: Westin Embassy Row Hotel, 2100 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/312-1526.

Export program — 8 a.m. — American Bar Association holds a breakfast program on exporting. Participants include Peter Lichtenbaum, assistant commerce secretary for export administration. Location: ABA, 740 15th St. NW. Contact: 202/662-1000 or 202/662-1090.

Health care costs# — 9 a.m. — New America Foundation holds a discussion on rising health care costs, “Have We Reached the Tipping Point?” Participants include David Gergen, Harvard University; Kenneth Thorpe, Emory University; Doug Badger, special assistant to President Bush for economic policy; and Sarah Biancho, health adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry. Location: Willard InterContinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Pierce Room. Contact: 202/986-4901.

EEOC forum — 10 a.m. — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission holds a forum on the problems facing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. job market. Participants include Don Nakanishi of UCLA and Mae Cheng of the Asian American Journalists Association. Location: EEOC headquarters, 1801 L St. NW. ninth-floor meeting room. Contact: 202/663-4965 or 202/663-4900 or 202/663-4029.

Human rights — 10 a.m. — Amnesty International USA holds a news conference to release its 2004 report on human rights abuses around the world. Participants include William Schulz of Amnesty Intentional USA and Jessica Stern of Harvard University. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F Streets NW. Contact: 202/544-0200, ext. 302.

Driver safety — 10 a.m. — Drive for Life holds a press conference to release results of a five-year study on driver safety and on the 101 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, during which fatal crashes peak. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 800/875-4301.

Saddam film — 10 a.m. — Heritage Foundation holds a film screening, “Remembering Saddam,” followed by a discussion on human rights and the economy in Iraq under Saddam Hussein. Participants include producer Don North and seven Iraqi men whose right hands were severed by the Saddam regime. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Geography bee — 10 a.m. — National Geographic Society holds the finals of the 2004 National Geographic Bee. 8:10 a.m. — Doors open to press. Participants include Alex Trebek, “Jeopardy” host. Location: National Geographic Society, Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. Contact: 202/775-6190.

Drug report — 10:30 a.m. — AARP holds a news briefing to release the first issue of “Rx Watchdog Report,” which contains a study that shows that drug prices increased at nearly three times the rate of inflation in 2003, and a study on the 200 most commonly prescribed medications. Participants include Bill Novelli, Doug Holbrook and John Rother of AARP. Location: AARP headquarters, 601 F St. NW. Contact: 202/434-2560.

Group of Eight summit — 10:30 a.m. — The Nuclear Threat Initiative holds a discussion, “G-8 Summit Preview: Are G-8 Leaders Doing Enough to Prevent Nuke, Chem and Bio-Terrorism?” Participants include former Sen. Sam Nunn, Georgia Democrat, and Robert J. Einhorn and Michele Flournoy of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Location: Nuclear Threat Initiative, 1747 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242, 202/454-7706.

College costs — 12:15 p.m. — New America Foundation holds a discussion, “Re-Opening the Door to College: Solutions for Restoring Financial Aid to Those Who Need It.” Participants include Thomas Wolanin, the Institute for Higher Education Policy; Richard Kahlenberg, the Century Foundation; and Krista Kafer, the Heritage Foundation. Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Space travel — 5:30 p.m. — Women in Aerospace holds a discussion, “Back to the Moon and Beyond to Mars: What Will We Do There? Why?” Participants include Faith Vilas, NASA Johnson Space Center; Mark Sykes, University of Arizona; and Melissa McGrath, Space Telescope Science Institute. Location: 2325 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 301/347-341.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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