- The Washington Times - Monday, April 17, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora at the White House. Visits Parkland Magnet Middle School for Aerospace Technology in Rockville, where he will discuss the American Competitiveness Initiative.

VICE PRESIDENT

Delivers remarks at a rally for the troops of the 24th Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kan.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Censusreleases the residential construction figures for March. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9:30 a.m. International Trade Commissionholds a meeting to determine whether an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened by less-than-fair-value imports from Japan. Location: ITC, 500 E St. SW. Contact: 202/205-1888.

SENATE

Not in session because of Easter recess. The Senate reconvenes 2 p.m. Monday Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Not in session because of Easter recess. The House reconvenes 2 p.m. next Tuesday. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

SUPREME COURT

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

Docket number 05-352 United States v. Gonzalez-Lopez

Docket number 05-5992 Zedner v. United States

Contact: 202/479-3211.

GENERAL AGENDA

Smart card — all day The Smart Card Alliance holds its fifth annual Smart Cards in Government Conference. The conference is an interactive, instructive forum on the business and technical requirements of government smart cards. Events begin 9 a.m.

Highlight — 2 p.m. — Jim Williams, director of the United States-Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program at the Homeland Security Department, “Traveler Identity and Border Security”

Location: Sheraton National Hotel, 900 S. Orme St., Arlington. Contact: 609/587-4208.

Mine safety — all day The Mine Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health hold a workshop on mine escape planning. Events begin 8 a.m. Location: National Academies, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/693-4676.

Summit — all day U.S. News & World Report holds the “Health Summit: Emergency Preparedness.” Events begin 8:45 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt delivers remarks.

1 p.m. — Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff delivers remarks.

Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 212/577-2584.

Korea forum — 8 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and the Korea Economic Institute hold a forum, “Strategic Implications of Economic Engagement with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: The Kaesong Industrial Project and Beyond.” Location: The Westin Embassy Row, 2100 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Eurasian energy — 9 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a discussion, “The Geopolitics of Eurasian Energy Security.” Energy consultant Edward Chow, security analyst Richard Giragosian and Daniel Kimmage, Central Asia analyst for RFE/RL, participate. Location: RFE/RL, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth floor conference room. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Tea offering — 9 a.m. The Washington National Cathedral holds a ritual tea offering by Japan’s former grand master of the Urasenke Tradition of Tea to promote world peace and cultural exchange between Japan and the United States. Location: Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues Northwest. Contact: 202/537-2198.

Childhood hunger — 11 a.m. Share Our Strength, D.C. Hunger Solutions and the Food Research and Action Center hold a press conference to announce a plan to end childhood hunger in the District. Mayor Anthony A. Williams; Kimberly Perry, director of D.C. Hunger Solutions; James Weill, president of FRAC; and Bill Shore, executive director of Share Our Strength, participate. Location: Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 Seventh St. NW. Contact: 202/478-6526.

Taylor’s trial — 2 p.m. Amnesty International holds a Web chat with Kimberly Lanegran, specialist on Sierra Leone, on what the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor means to the efforts to fight impunity and protect human rights in West Africa. Contact: 212/807-8400.

China trade relations — 2 p.m. The Washington Foreign Press Center holds a press briefing for foreign media, “U.S.-China Trade Relations and Chinese President Hu Jintao’s Visit,” with Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez. Location: WFPC, National Press Building, 14th and F streets Northwest, Suite 800. Contact: 202/504-6353.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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