- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 27, 2006

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Arbor Day — 10:30 a.m. — The U.S. Botanic Garden holds an event to celebrate the 134th anniversary of Arbor Day, including the opening of an exhibit, “Trees are Terrific … In all Shapes and Sizes.” Location: U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Contact: 202/225-8333.

Press conference — 11 a.m. — NASA holds a press conference to give an update on the next space shuttle mission. Location: NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW, James Webb Auditorium. Contact: 202/358-3749.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan at the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Economic Analysis releases an estimate of the gross domestic product for the first quarter. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the employment cost index for the first quarter. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of the Census holds a joint meeting, followed by meetings of the Census Advisory Committees on the African American Population, the American Indian and Alaska Native Populations, the Asian Population, the Hispanic Population and the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Populations. Location: Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 301/763-2070.

10 a.m. — State Department holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on International Law to discuss issues, including human rights and international humanitarian law, immunity for visiting artworks, international tribunals and head-of-state immunity. Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/205-2000.

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.

HOUSE

Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Government Reform Committee holds a hearing, “Making the Grade? Examining District of Columbia Public School Reform Proposals.” Henry Johnson, assistant secretary of education for elementary and secondary education, and Hudson La Force III, senior counselor to the secretary of education, testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

GENERAL AGENDA

Immigration law conference — all day — The Georgetown University Law Center holds its third annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference. Events begin 9 a.m.

Highlight — 9:15 a.m. — Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican, delivers remarks.

Location: Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/662-9519.

Symposium — all day — The Library of Congress holds a symposium on author Carlos Bulosan, “America is in the Heart for the 21st Century.” Events begin 9:15 a.m. Location: LOC, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Contact: 202/707-1639.

Space research — 8 a.m. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a breakfast discussion with NASA Administrator Michael Griffin on the technological advances and economic benefits of space research and exploration. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Law, economics and politics — 9 a.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a conference, “Federal Pre-emption: Law, Economics and Politics.” Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Mexican-Americans — 9 a.m. — The Hudson Institute holds a panel discussion on why Mexican-Americans have lower rates of business ownership. Location: 1015 15th St. NW, sixth floor. Contact: 202/974-2417.

Immigrants — 9:30 a.m. — The Hudson Institute holds a discussion, “The Entrepreneurial Experience of Immigrants.” Chris Woodruff of the University of California at San Diego, Pia Orrenius of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Hudson Institute participate. Location: Hudson Institute, 1015 15th St. NW, sixth floor. Contact: 202/223-7770.

Darfur rally — 9:45 a.m. — The Save Darfur Coalition holds a rally at the Sudanese Embassy to protest the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Democratic Reps. Tom Lantos of California, Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, John W. Olver of Massachusetts, James P. Moran of Virginia and Sheila Jackson-Lee of Texas participate. Location: Sudanese Embassy, 2210 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/478-6189 or 202/329-1167; 347/307-2866.

Forum — 10 a.m. — The Brookings Institution holds a Bernard Schwartz Forum, “U.S. Competitiveness in the 21st Century.” Strobe Talbott and Lael Brainard of the Brookings Institution participate. Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Press briefing — 10 a.m. — The Center for Democracy and Technology holds a press briefing on technology-related legislation for the remainder of the 109th Congress. Jerry Berman, Leslie Harris and Jim Dempsey of the Center for Democracy and Technology participate. Location: CDT Conference Room, 1634 I St. NW, 11th floor. Contact: 202/637-9800, Ext. 106.

Discussion — 11 a.m. — The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “Avoiding the Hollow Force: Modernizing for the Future.” Peter Swartz of the Center for Naval Analyses, Loren B. Thompson of the Lexington Institute, and Baker Spring and James Jay Carafano of the Heritage Foundation participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Nuclear terrorism — noon — The Russian American Nuclear Security Advisory Council sponsors a discussion, “Preventing Nuclear Terrorism and Controlling Nuclear Materials.” Ellen Laipson of the Henry L. Stimson Center, Daniel B. Poneman of the Scowcroft Group and former Rep. Timothy J. Roemer of the Center for National Policy participate. Location: S-207, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/332-1412.

Celebration — 1 p.m. — The Labor Department holds a celebration of the fourth anniversary of GovBenefits.gov, which has provided official government benefit eligibility information to more than 20 million visitors. Deputy Labor Secretary Steven J. Law and Assistant Labor Secretary for Administration and Management Patrick Pizzella participate. Location: Labor Department, Third and C streets Northwest, auditorium. Contact: 202/693-7909.

Iran — 4 p.m. — The White House Project: Advancing Women’s Leadership sponsors a discussion, “Iran: Diplomatic Alternatives,” with Jessica Tuchman Matthews of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Ellen Laipson of the Henry L. Stimson Center. Location: United Nations Foundation, 1225 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth floor. Contact: 212/785-6001.

Press ethics — 7 p.m. — The George Washington University holds a discussion on press ethics. Marvin Kalb, former chief diplomatic correspondent for CBS and NBC News; Jill Abramson of the New York Times; and Carl Stern, George Washington University professor, participate. Location: GW, 805 21st St. NW, Room 309. Contact: 202/994-6460.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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