- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 17, 2005

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Border security — 10 a.m. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a discussion with Robert C. Bonner, commissioner of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection in the Department of Homeland Security, on the evolving challenges concerning border protection, cargo and customs issues. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Avian influenza — 2 p.m. — Georgetown University holds a discussion, “H5N1 Avian Influenza and Strategies to Prevent a Human Pandemic,” in which specialists will discuss Thailand’s experience fighting the H5N1 strain of avian flu. Location: Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW, Bunn Intercultural Center Auditorium. Contact: 202/687-4328.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Participates in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit leaders retreat in Busan, South Korea. Attends a gala dinner and cultural performance.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. — Autism discussion The National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. Location: NIH, 31 Center Drive, Building 31, Conference Room 10, Bethesda. Contact: 301/443-5944.

3 p.m. — Disabilities meeting The National Council on Disability holds a meeting of the Youth Advisory Committee to provide input into NCD activities consistent with the values and goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Location: NCD, 1331 F St. NW, Suite 850. Contact: 202/272-2004.

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.

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the future of science, focusing on the changes that the American scientific research community has experienced and the concerns that the U.S. is slipping in research, technology innovation and education. Witnesses include Peter Agre, vice chancellor for science and technology, professor of cell biology and professor of medicine at Duke University, and Eric Cornell, senior scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology at the University of Colorado. Location: 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Ways and Means Committee holds a markup of the United States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

GENERAL AGENDA

Habitat on the Mall — 7 a.m. — Habitat for Humanity and Freddie Mac sponsor “America Builds on the National Mall,” part of a nationwide effort by Habitat that engages partners and communities to frame interior and exterior walls that will be shipped to the Gulf Coast for permanent housing.

11:15 a.m. — Concluding ceremony

Participants include Jonathan Reckford, chief executive of Habitat for Humanity International; Eugene M. McQuade, president of Freddie Mac; and Jack Kemp, Habitat board member and former Housing and Urban Development secretary. Location: The Mall, site adjoining Constitution Avenue between 14th and 15th streets Northwest. Contact: 229/924-5323, 229/938-1917, 703/903-4384.

Focus on incumbency — 9 a.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Why Do Incumbent Senators Win?” Participants include Gautam Gowrisankaran of Washington University in St. Louis; Jason Furman of New York University; and Steven Hayward and Kevin Hassett, both with AEI. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Press freedoms — 9 a.m. — Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a discussion with Galima Bukharbayeva, former Uzbekistan correspondent with the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, “The Challenge of Reporting the News in Uzbekistan.” Location: RFE/RL, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth-floor conference room. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Civil-rights briefing — 9:30 a.m. — The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights holds a meeting to receive a briefing on campus anti-Semitism and to consider management and operations topics, including Election Assistance Commission appointments. Location: CCR, 624 Ninth St. NW, Room 540. Contact: 202/376-8582.

Katrina response — 11 a.m. — The Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response holds a press briefing on a report, “The Katrina Effect on American Preparedness,” with report author Paul Light and Rep. Thomas M. Davis lll, Virginia Republican and chairman of the Government Reform Committee. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 212/998-2208; 202/225-5074.

Egypt elections — noon — The National Endowment for Democracy holds a discussion, “Egypt’s 2005 Elections.” Participants include Maye Kassem of the American University in Cairo and Carl Gershman of NED. Location: NED, 1101 15th St. NW. Contact: 202/293-0300, Ext. 665.

Islam and liberty— noon — The Hudson Institute holds a discussion with Mohamed Charfi, former Tunisian minister of education, “Islam and Liberty: The Historical Misunderstanding.” Location: HI, 1015 15th St. NW, sixth floor. Contact: 202/223-7770.

State of Rwanda — 1:30 p.m. — The U.S. Institute of Peace holds a discussion, “Taking Stock of Change in Post-Genocide Rwanda.” Participants include Scott Straus of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Timothy Longman of Vassar College. Location: 1200 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/429-3832

Health Savings Accounts — 2 p.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Health Savings Accounts and Tax Subsidies: How Effective Can They Be?” Participants include Par Atwal of Health Affairs; Stephen Parente and Roger Feldman of the University of Minnesota; and Melinda Beeuwkes Buntin of the Rand Corp. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Disaster politics — 5:30 p.m. — The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a discussion with author Ahmed Rashid, “The Political Consequences of Natural Disaster: South Asia After the Earthquake.” Location: SAIS, Bernstein-Offit Building, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.

Cajun concert — 6:30 p.m. — The National Geographic Society holds a concert by the Savoy Family Band. Location: National Geographic Society, 1600 M St. NW, Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium. Contact: 202/862-5286.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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