- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 30, 2004

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Tort-reform debate — 10 a.m. — National Press Club “Newsmaker” debate on the need for tort reform in medical malpractice, an issue that continues to be important in the presidential campaign. Richard Anderson, chief executive officer of the Doctors Company, and JoAnne Doroshow, executive director of the Center for Justice and Democracy, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/955-6444.

Ronald Reagan discussion — noon — Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “The Greatest Communicator: What Ronald Reagan Taught Me About Politics, Leadership, and Life.” Dick Wirthlin, author, participates. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752

PRESIDENT BUSH

Participates in a Bush-Cheney ‘04 rally, Lehigh Parkway, Allentown, Pa. Participates in a Bush-Cheney ‘04 rally, McIntyre Ski Area, Manchester, N.H.

VICE PRESIDENT

In Jackson, Wyo., for debate preparation.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. — Bureau of the Census releases figures for the construction put in place in August. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — White House Conference on Aging holds a meeting of its 2005 policy committee to organize efforts toward pursuing its duties and to discuss the agenda for the conference next year. Location: Hall of the States, 444 North Capitol St., Room 333. Contact: 202/357-0150.

9 a.m. — Federal Railroad Administration holds a public hearing on the Union Pacific Railroad Co.’s request to be granted a waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Brake System Safety Standards for Freight and Other Non-Passenger Trains and Equipment. Location: Federal Railroad Administration, 1120 Vermont Ave. NW. Contact: 202/366-4000.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

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

GENERAL AGENDA

Animal rights vigil — all day — Farm Animal Reform Movement and In Defense of Animals hold a series of vigils as part of World Farm Animals Day.

Highlights — 7:30 a.m. — 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW (outside the Agriculture Department)

9:30 a.m. — West Front, U.S. Capitol

Noon — Jefferson Drive and 14th Street SW (outside the Agriculture Department)

4 p.m. — 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW (outside the Agriculture Department)

8 p.m. — FaunaVision van tour of Georgetown

Contact: 301/530-8344.

Health care conference — all day — Diversity Rx presents its fourth national conference, “Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations: Integrating Community Needs into the National Health Agenda.” Events begin at 8:30 a.m. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona and Marguerite Johnson, vice president for programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, participate. Location: Hilton Washington and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 718/270-7727.

IMF/World Bank meetings# — all day — International Monetary Fund and the World Bank hold their meetings. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Program of seminars

9 a.m. — Group of 24 finance ministers

10:30 a.m. — Treasury Secretary John W. Snow, World Bank/IMF Broader Middle East and North Africa finance ministers meeting, World Bank, “J” Building, Room JB1-080, 701 18th St. NW.

11:15 a.m. — Rachel Kyte, International Finance Corp., and David Cowan, communications officer, press briefing, New Policy and Performance Standards

2:30 p.m. — Conrad Enill, finance minister of Trinidad and Tobago and chairman of the Group of 24 ministers, press briefing

Location: IMF Headquarters, 720 19th St. NW or as noted above. Contact: 202/623-7300.

Trade policy — 9 a.m. — Washington International Trade Association holds a discussion, “Trade Markers: Bush and Kerry Trade Priorities,” to compare and contrast the two presidential candidates’ perspectives on trade policy-making. Josette Shiner, deputy U.S. trade representative, and Lael Brainard, Brookings Institution, participate. Location: WITA, Meridian Suites, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/312-1600.

New democracies discussion — 9:30 a.m. — The Woodrow Wilson Center International Center for Scholars holds a discussion, “The Study of New Democracies in Latin America and Elsewhere: Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of the ‘Transitions Project.’” Fernando Cardoso, Guillermo O’Donnell, Philippe Schmitter and Laurence Whitehead, Transitions Project directors; and Abraham Lowenthal, former director of the Latin America program at the center, participate. Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4140.

2004 election# — 10 a.m. — Brookings Institution and Princeton University hold a discussion, “The 2004 Presidential Election: How Much Do Campaigns Matter?” Richard Berke of the New York Times and Anthony Corrado of the institution participate. Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Debt rally — noon — Jubilee USA Network holds a rally outside the Group of Eight finance ministers meeting to call for 100 percent debt cancellation by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank for impoverished countries. Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, and Marie Dennis of the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns participate. Location: Outside the Treasury Department, 15th and New York Avenue NW. Contact: 202/783-0129.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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