- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 27, 2005

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Prayer service — 11:15 a.m. — The Christian Defense Coalition, the National Association of Evangelicals and the National Clergy Council hold a service to pray for the protection of Iraqis during the Sunday elections. Location: Outside the Iraqi headquarters, 1801 P St. NW. Contact: 540/373-8099 or 540/538-4741.

Book discussion — 6:30 p.m. — National Press Club’s Eric Friedheim Library hosts a discussion on the book “State of Fear.” Author Michael Crichton participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7129.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Addresses the Republican congressional retreat at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the Employment Cost Index for the fourth quarter of 2004. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:15 a.m. — Natural Resources Conservation Service holds a meeting of the Agricultural Air Quality Task Force. Location: Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: elvis.graves@gnb.usda.gov.

9 a.m. — Small Business Administration holds a meeting of the Audit and Financial Management Advisory Committee. Location: Small Business Administration Headquarters, 409 Third St. SW. Contact: 202/205-6506.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Not 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

Health conference — all day — Families USA holds a conference, “Health Action 2005.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat

8:30 a.m. — Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, Rhode Island Democrat

Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/628-3030.

Battlefield contractors — all day — George Washington University holds a conference, “Contractors on the Battlefield: Learning From the Experience in Iraq.” Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — noon — Diedre Lee of the Defense Department presents the luncheon address at the Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St. NW.

Location: GWU School of Law, 2000 H St. NW, or as noted above. Contact: 202/994-3087.

Community preparedness — 7:30 a.m. — Council for Excellence in Government hosts a discussion on community preparedness and a Public Readiness Index. Participants include Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, Frank Cilluffo of George Washington University, and Alan McCurry of the American Red Cross. Location: Willard Intercontinental Hotel, Crystal Room, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/728-0418.

Medicare modernization — 8 a.m. — National Academy of Social Insurance holds a conference, “Medicare Modernization in a Polarized Environment: Facing the Challenges.”

Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/452-8097.

Tactical-aircraft modernization — 9:30 a.m. — Lexington Institute sponsors a conference, “Fighters and the Future of Joint Warfighting.” Participants include Air Force Gen. John Jumper and Navy Adm. John Nathan. Location: 2168 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 703/522-5828.

Immigration in urban areas — 9:30 a.m. — Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion, “Concepts of Immigration and Integration in Urban Areas.” Participants include David Ley of the University of British Columbia and Richard Wright of Dartmouth College. Location: WWC, 1 Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4140.

Social Security — 10 a.m. — Senate Democratic Policy Committee holds an oversight hearing on Social Security to discuss privatization proposals and testimony from whistleblowers. Participants include Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat; Sen. Byron L. Dorgan, North Dakota Democrat; Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, Maryland Democrat; and Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland Democrat. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 628. Contact: 202/224-1191.

Foreign policy forum — noon — Defense Forum Foundation holds a Congressional Defense and Foreign Policy Forum, “Are Our Old Concepts of Verification Obsolete?” Paula DeSutter, assistant secretary of state for verification and compliance, participates. Location: B-339 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 703/534-4313.

Reproductive Genetic Testing — noon — Genetics and Public Policy Center holds a press briefing, “Reproductive Genetic Testing: Policy Options and Opinions.” Participants include Kathy Hudson and Susannah Barauch of the Genetics and Public Policy Center. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106. Contact: 202/467-2778.

Science policy — 12:15 p.m. — American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Science Policy in the 21st Century.” Author Michael Crichton participates. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4870.

Community Engagement Forum — 2 p.m. — National Neighborhood Coalition holds a Community Engagement Forum Program, “Challenging the Relationship: Creating an Empowering Funding Process.” Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/429-0790.

Tsunami relief efforts — 2 p.m. — International Relief and Development Inc. holds a press conference, “IRD’s Contribution to Tsunami Relief Efforts.” Participants include Arthur Keys of IRD and representatives from Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7540 or 301/530-1210.

Ceremony — 2 p.m. — Commerce Department holds a signing ceremony for a commercial airplane preliminary agreement. Participants include Assistant Commerce Secretary Al Frink, Chinese Ambassador Yang Jiechi, Li Hai of the China Aviation Supply Co., and Alan Mulally of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Location: Commerce Department, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-4883, 703/465-3612 or 206/853- 5824.

American Muslims — 3 p.m. — The U.S. Institute of Peace Muslim World Initiative holds a discussion, “The Role of American Muslims in Bridging the U.S.-Muslim Divide.” Participants include Fawaz Gerges of the institute, Muqtedar Khan of Adrian College, and Duncan MacInnes of the State Department. Location: Beacon Hotel, Cabinet Room, 1615 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Contact: 202/457-1700.

American Comedy — 7:30 p.m. — Washington National Opera hosts the world premiere of “Democracy: An American Comedy.” Location: George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets NW. Contact: 202/295-2400.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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