- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 11, 2005

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Korea discussion — noon — The Cato Institute holds a discussion on the book “The Korean Conundrum: America’s Troubled Relations with North and South Korea.” Authors Ted Galen Carpenter and Doug Bandow, Don Oberdorfer, author of “The Two Koreas,” and Selig Harrison of the Center for International Policy participate. Location: Cato Institute, F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5200.

“Four More Years” discussion — 6:30 p.m. — National Press Club Forums Committee and the Newseum hold a discussion, “Four More Years: The Headlines Ahead.” Judith Kipper of the Council on Foreign Relations, John Hulsman of the Heritage Foundation, Carla Robbins of Wall Street Journal and Dan Balz of The Washington Post participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7540.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Discusses high school education initiatives, J.E.B. Stuart High School, Falls Church.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of the Census and Bureau of Economic Analysis release figures on U.S. international trade in goods and services for November. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

10 a.m. — National Association of Realtors releases its housing and economic forecast. Location: 700 11th St. NW. Contact: 202/383-1000.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. — Office of the Secretary of Defense holds a meeting of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee, subcommittee on computational science. Topics include an update on the dissemination of PITAC’s report “Revolutionizing Health Care Through Information Technology” and a presentation and deliberation on PITAC’s draft report on cyber-security. Location: National Science Foundation, Stafford I, Room 1235, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Contact: 703/292-4873.

9 a.m. — Office of the U.S. Trade Representative holds a public hearing sponsored by the Trade Policy Staff Committee concerning the proposed free-trade agreement with the United Arab Emirates. Location: 1724 F St. NW. Contact: 202/395-3475.

9 a.m. — Geological Survey holds a meeting of the Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee to review the overall direction of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Hazards Program in the current and next fiscal years and to discuss the reauthorization of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. Location: U.S. Geological Survey, John Wesley Powell National Center, Room 3B457, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston. Contact: 703/648-6714.

SUPREME COURT

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case.

Docket number 03-932 Dura Pharmaceuticals v. Broudo

Docket number 03-9046 Rhines v. Weber

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

Not in session. January recess. The Senate will reconvene at 3 p.m. Jan. 20. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Not in session. January recess. The House will reconvene at 10 a.m. Jan. 20. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Politics and media — all day — The Washington Center for Internships holds a seminar, “Insider Washington ‘05: Politics and Media.” Events begin at 8:45 a.m.

Highlights — 8:45 a.m. — Brooks Jackson, Factcheck.org

10 a.m. — Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune

11:30 a.m. — Ted Koppel, ABC News

Location: Interior Department, 1849 C St. NW. Contact: 202/336-7588.

Homeland security discussion — 8:15 a.m. — The Center for Strategic and International Studies hosts a discussion on the international dimensions of homeland security. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge participates. Location: CSIS, B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Islam discussion — 9 a.m. — The Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion, “Islam, Gender and Reproductive Health: Part 4 of 6.” Karen Hardee, Futures Group, and Lilia Labidi, University of Tunis, participate. Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4140.

Elderly health discussion — 9 a.m. — The Kaiser Family Foundation holds a discussion on a survey, “E-Health and the Elderly: How Seniors Use the Internet for Health Information.” Carla Wojnaroski, AOL Health; Stephanie Dailey, National Institute on Aging; Grayce Warren-Boulton, AARP; and Tricia Newman, KFF, participate. Location: Barbara Jordan Conference Center, 1330 G St. NW. Contact: 202/347-5270.

Social Security debate — 11 a.m. — The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities holds two conference-call briefings on emerging developments in the Social Security debate, including whether the program is in crisis and the proposal to tie benefits to an increase in consumer prices rather than wage growth. 2 p.m. — Call repeats. Robert Greenstein and Jason Furman participate. Location: None given. Contact: 202/408-1080.

Dietary guidelines — 11 a.m. — The Health and Human Services and the Agriculture departments hold a press conference to announce new dietary guidelines for Americans. 1 p.m. — Technical background briefing via conference call. HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman participate. Location: HHS, Auditorium, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/690-6343 or 202/202-720-4623.

Prescription drugs — noon — Public Citizen holds a press conference to debut a new Web site and book, “Worst Pills, Best Bills,” which provides consumers with comprehensive information about 538 prescription drugs and warns of 181 drugs that it says are unsafe or ineffective. Sidney Wolfe and Peter Laurie, PC Health Research Group, and Larry Sasich, pharmacist, participate. Location: PC, 1600 20th St. NW. Contact: 202/588-7759.

State of the World 2005 — noon — The Worldwatch Institute holds a book debut for “State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security.” Christopher Flavin, Michael Renner and Hilary French, Worldwatch Institute, participate. Location: National Press Club, First Amendment Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/452-1992, Ext. 540.

Medical discussion — 12:15 p.m. — The Alliance for Health Reform holds a discussion, “The Reality and Potential of Evidence-Based Medicine.” Mark McClellan, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; David Brailer, Health and Human Services Department; Gail Shearer, Consumers Union; Carolyn Clancy, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; John Inglehart, Health Affairs, and Ed Howard, Alliance for Health Reform, participate. Location: 902 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202-789-2300.

Israeli-Palestinian program — 3 p.m. — The National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a discussion, “Ending the Israeli-Palestinian Stalemate and U.S. National Security.” Edward Peck, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq; Stephen Van Evers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; William Quandt, University of Virginia; and Michael Desch, Texas A&M; University, participate. Location: National Press Club, Murrow Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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