- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 7, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the White House. Holds a joint press availability with Mr. Blair, Eisenhower Old Executive Office Building, Room 450. Participates in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree and the opening ceremony for the 2006 Christmas Pageant of Peace, the Ellipse.

VICE PRESIDENT

2:25 p.m. — Presides over the farewell speech of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican, Senate floor, U.S. Capitol.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statisticsreleases the unemployment-insurance claims for the week. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. Election Assistance Commissionholds a public meeting. Location: Election Assistance Commission, 1225 New York Ave. NW, Suite 150. Contact: 202/566-3100.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

In session. At 2:30 p.m., retiring Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican, delivers his farewell speech on the Senate floor. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Armed Services Committeeholds a hearing on the final report of the Iraq Study Group. Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III and former Rep. Lee Hamilton, Indiana Democrat, group co-chairmen, testify. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

11 a.m. —Judiciary Committee holds a hearing, “Vertically Integrated Sports Programming: Are Cable Companies Excluding Competition?” John Goodman, Coalition for Competitive Access to Content, and David Cohen, Comcast Corp., testify. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Armed Services Committeeholds a hearing on U.S. military transition teams in Iraq and Afghanistan. Army Lt. Gen. James Lovelace Jr. and Marine Corps Maj. Gen. George Flynn testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151, recorded schedule 202/225-2675.

2 p.m. —Veterans Affairseconomic opportunity subcommittee holds a hearing to review the VA’s actions on recommendations of the 1999 Congressional Commission on Servicemembers and Veterans Transition Assistance Report. Former VA Secretary Anthony Principi and Kim Wincup, Congressional Commission on Servicemembers and Veterans Transition Assistance, testify. Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3527.

GENERAL AGENDA

Foreign-policy conference — all day The Stanley Foundation holds a conference, “Leveraging U.S. Strength in an Uncertain World.” Events begin at 7:45 a.m.

Highlights — 9:15 a.m. — Strobe Talbott, Brookings Institution, delivers remarks.

12:30 p.m. — Discussion, “Postelection Temperature Check: New Poll From the Program on International Policy Attitudes”

Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 563/264-1500.

Leadership summit — 9 a.m. American University holds its Congressional Leadership Summit, “Advice for the 110th Congress.”

Highlights — 9:15 a.m. — Former Reps. Tony Coelho, California Democrat; Martin Frost, Texas Democrat; Robert Livingston, Louisiana Republican; and Robert Walker, Pennsylvania Republican; and James Thurber, American University, participate in a discussion, “Advice From Former Members of Congress.”

10:30 a.m. —Thomas Mann, Brookings Institution, author of “The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get it Back on Track,” delivers keynote address.

Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Murrow Room. Contact: 202/885-5950.

Exhibition preview — 9:15 a.m. First lady Laura Bush participates in a preview of an exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s preparatory drawing for the painting “Adoration of the Magi.” Location: Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE, Northwest Pavilion. Contact: 202/456-6313.

Small-business discussion noon The National Economists Club holds a luncheon discussion, “The Small Business Administration’s Annual Report to the President: The Small Business Economy.” Chad Moutray, SBA, participates. Location: Chinatown Garden restaurant, 618 H St. NW. Contact: 703/493-8824.

Conference-call briefing — 12:30 p.m. — Senate Veterans Affairs Chairman Larry E. Craig, Idaho Republican, and Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, hold a conference-call briefing, “Cleanse the Code: The Need for Tax Reform.” John Berthoud, National Taxpayers Union, and Bob McIntyre, Citizens for Tax Justice, participate. Location: None given. Contact: 202/682-1611.

APEC address — 12:30 p.m. The U.S.-APEC Business Coalition hosts an address by Michael Michalak, senior U.S. official for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) at the State Department, who will discuss the Nov. 18-19 APEC summit in Vietnam. Location: Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/833-2742.

Journalists’ sources discussion — 7 p.m. The National Press Club Professional Development Committee holds a discussion, “Should Journalists Be Able to Use Confidential Sources and Seek Secret Information?” Earl Caldwell, Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, and Victoria Toensing, DiGenova and Toensing LLP, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/662-7501.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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