- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 31, 2005

ODAY’S HEADLINERS

Religious freedom — noon — Woodrow Wilson Center holds a press briefing on the findings of a policy conducted by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Commission Chairman Preeta Bansal and Vice Chairman Felice Gaer participate. Location: WWC, 1 Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Immigration discussion — noon — Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “On Becoming American: Reasserting Citizenship in the Immigration Debate.” Bill Simon of William E. Simon and Sons and Heritage Foundation President Edwin Feulner participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with South African President Thabo Mbeki, the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. — Bureau of the Census releases the construction put in place for April 2005. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

3 p.m. — National Agricultural Statistical Service releases its weekly broiler hatchery report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 800/727-9540.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — Office of the Secretary of Defense holds a meeting to hear testimony from current and former senior Defense Department officials concerning the relationships between the legal elements of their respective military departments. Location: Hilton Crystal City, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 703/697-9343.

1 p.m. — Health Resources and Services Administration holds a meeting of the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines. Topics include a report from the ACCV Workgroup meeting; presentation and a discussion on draft vaccine-information statements. Location: Parklawn Building, Conference Rooms G & H, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville. Contact: 301/443-2124.

SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments 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 district work period. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

“The New Neuromorality” — all day — American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a W.H. Brady Program in Culture and Freedom Conference, “The New Neuromorality,” to discuss advances in neuroscience being used by advocates to guide public policy on a broad range of moral and ethical issues. Events begin at 10:15 a.m.

Highlight — noon — Steven Pinker, professor in the department of psychology, Harvard University, “The Concept of Responsibility in the Age of Cognitive Neuroscience.”

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

Environmental conference — all day — National Institutes of Environmental Health Science holds a conference, “Environmental Solutions to Obesity in America’s Youth,” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlight — 9 a.m. — HHS Secretary Michael O. Leavitt; Surgeon General Richard Carmona; David Schwartz, director, NIEHS; and Lynn Swann, chairman, President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, deliver remarks

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW. Contact: RSVP to 919/949-2308 or 202/842-3600 ext. 229.

Homeless veterans — all day — National Coalition for Homeless Veterans holds a conference, “Shaping America’s Agenda for Homeless Veterans.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlight — 9 a.m. — Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson, keynote address

Location: Capitol Hilton Hotel, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/546-1969.

— all day — The Federal Asian Pacific American Council holds its FAPAC 20th annual Congressional Seminar National Leadership Training Conference, “Bridging the Gap Between Our Differences/Promoting Diversity.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta

11:45 a.m. — Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao

Location: Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/366-1642 or 703/607-7634.

Education reform — 10 a.m. — Brookings Institution holds a discussion, “Bloomberg’s Education Reforms in New York City: An Assessment.” Diane Ravitch, research professor of education, New York University; Tom Loveless, director, Brown Center on Education Policy, participate. Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Pedestrian safety — 11 a.m. — Street Smart holds a press conference and live crosswalk enforcement demonstration to combat the spike in pedestrian deaths in the capital region. Arthur Holmes, director, Montgomery County Department of Public Works and Transportation, and Tom Hicks, director, Office of Traffic and Safety, Maryland State Highway Administration, participate. Location: Discovery Building Plaza, One Discovery Place, Silver Spring. Contact: 202/289-2001.

Middle East discussion — noon — Middle East Institute holds a discussion with Helena Cobban, journalist, on “Hezbollah as an Actor in the Lebanese Elections.” Location: MEI, Boardman Room, 1761 N St. NW. Contact: 202/785-1141.

Book discussion — noon — National Archives holds a book discussion with Andrew Jampoler, author of “Sailors In the Holy Land: 1848 American Expedition to the Dead Sea.” Location: National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/501-5526 or 301/837-1700.

Take Back America — 12:30 p.m. — Campaign for America’s Future holds its annual Take Back America conference. Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/955-5665.

Environmental problems — 12:45 p.m. — Resources for the Future holds a discussion on the challenges facing regulatory policy in addressing long-lived environmental problems. Richard Meserve, president, Carnegie Institution, and Kate Probst, senior fellow, RFF, participate. Location: RFF, 1616 P St. NW. Contact: 202/328-5000.

Budget conference — 1:30 p.m. — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities holds a conference-call briefing beginning at 1:30 p.m. on structural deficits threatening New Mexico’s fiscal stability. Elizabeth McNichol, senior fellow, CBPP; Robert Zahradnik, senior policy analyst, CBPP; and Gerry Bradley, research director, New Mexico Voices for Children, participate. Location: N/A. Contact: 202/408-1080.

Book discussion — 2:30 p.m. — The U.S. Institute of Peace holds a book discussion, “The Quest for Viable Peace: International Intervention and Strategies for Conflict Transformation.” Jock Covey, U.N. Mission in Kosovo; Michael Dziedzic, Institute of Peace; and Len Hawley, former State Department, participate. Location: USIP, 1200 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/457-1700.

Debt cancellation — 2:30 p.m. — Members of Congress hold a press briefing exploring why debt cancellation is important to reducing poverty in impoverished countries. Debayani Kar, communications and advocacy coordinator, Jubilee USA; and Salih Booker, executive director, Africa Action, participate. Location: 2220 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2201.

Partnership in the Pacific — 3 p.m. — Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion, “Partnership in the Pacific: U.S.-Australia Cooperation and Asia.” Zachary Abuza, U.S. Institute of Peace; Michael Evans, Royal Military College of Australia; and Thomas-Durell Young, Center for Civil-Military Relations, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif., participate. Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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