- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 19, 2006

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Reagan program — noon — The Heritage Foundation and the Young America’s Foundation hold a program, “Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of the Inauguration of President Ronald Reagan.” Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Islamic law discussion — 2 p.m. — The United States Institute of Peace holds a discussion, “Islamic Reform in Practice: The Ideas of Mahmoud Taha.” Sudanese scholar Mahmoud Mohamed Taha proposed a revolutionary reform methodology and new theoretical principles of interpretation of law, which he described as “the evolution of Islamic legislation,” reconciling Shariah, constitutionalism, religion in the public sphere and governance. Participants include Steve Howard of Ohio University and Earnest Johnson of Shoreline (Washington) Community College. Location: USIP, 1200 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/429-3832.

PRESIDENT BUSH

No public events are scheduled.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

3 p.m. — National Agricultural Statistics Service releases the catfish processing report and cattle feed report. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 800/727-9540.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

2 p.m. — National Advisory Council on Indian Education holds a meeting to discuss the status of council vacancies, receive an update on the designated federal officer position and receive updates on the fiscal 2006 budget. Location: Education Department, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Room 1W103. Contact: 202/260-1454.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Meets at 10 a.m. in a pro forma session. Senators will be permitted to introduce bills until 2 p.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Not in session. The House reconvenes at noon Jan. 31. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

RNC meeting — all day — The Republican National Committee holds its winter meeting, “You Make the Difference: A Roadmap to Making History.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9:45 a.m. — RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman delivers remarks.

11:30 a.m. — Karl Rove, senior adviser to President Bush, delivers remarks.

Location: Capital Hilton hotel, 16th and K streets Northwest. Contact: 202/863-8614.

Folklore symposium — all day — The Library of Congress holds a symposium, “The Lomax Legacy: Folklore in a Globalizing Century.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Location: Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Contact: 202/707-1940.

Journalism seminar — 9 a.m. — The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars holds a seminar, “Reporting Across the Border: The Challenges of U.S.-Mexico Journalism.” Philip Bennett, managing editor of The Washington Post, participates. Location: WWC, 1 Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Fixing health care — 9 a.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Fixing the Health Care System.” Participants include former Sen. John B. Breaux, Louisiana Democrat; Douglas Holtz-Eakin of the Council on Foreign Relations and former director of the Congressional Budget Office; Glenn Hubbard, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers; and Christopher DeMuth of AEI. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Innovation forum — 9:30 a.m. — The Progressive Policy Institute holds a forum, “Investing for Innovation,” which will explore the appropriate role of government in boosting innovation by considering the example of Britain’s publicly funded National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. Participants include Robert Atkinson of PPI and Jonathan Kestenbaum, chief executive officer of NESTA. Location: PPI, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Contact: 202/547-0001.

Medicare briefing — 10 a.m. — Rep. Henry A. Waxman, California Democrat, holds a press briefing with other House Government Reform Committee Democrats on the Medicare drug benefit. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2154. Contact: 202/225-5051.

Sports law seminar — 11a.m. — The American Society of International Law holds a Web seminar, “International Sports Law and the 2006 Turin Olympics.” ASIL President James Carter participates. Location: None given. Contact: 202/939-6018.

Telecom forum — 11:45 a.m. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a forum, “Revitalizing the Telecommunications Industry: What It Means for America.” Participants include John Rutledge of the Mundell International University School of Business in Beijing, Tim McKone of AT&T; Services Inc., and Tom Sugrue of T-Mobile USA Inc. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2168. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Nuclear games — noon — The George C. Marshall Institute holds a discussion, “Nuclear Games: Examining Stability and Defenses in a Proliferated World.” H. Baker Spring of the Heritage Foundation participates. Location: Army and Navy Club, 901 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/296-9655.

Plants lecture — noon — The U.S. Botanic Gardens holds a lecture, “Lowlife: Communicating an Awareness of Plants Through Science and Art.” Roger Hangarter of Indiana University participates. Location: U.S. Botanic Gardens, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Contact: 202/226-4082.

Coast Guard briefing — noon — The U.S. Coast Guard holds a briefing for congressional staffers on the armed forces branch’s value as a model maritime agency, its international outreach activities and its critical role in advancing national maritime security. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-338. Contact: 202/366-6658.

Trucking discussion — 12:30 p.m. — The Transportation Table holds a discussion, “Trucking, the U.S. Economy and a National Transportation Policy.” Douglas Duncan, president of FedEx Freight, participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/355-1170.

Legal rights forum — 12:30 p.m. — The Initiative for Inclusive Security holds a forum with 25 female lawyers, legislators, judges and civil society activists from Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Rwanda, Colombia, Bosnia, Somalia and Kyrgyzstan to demand legal rights in their countries. Participants include Swanee Hunt, chairman of the Initiative for Inclusive Security, and Jean-Marie Guehenno, U.N. undersecretary-general for peacekeeping operations. Location: J.W. Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 617/995-1925.

NIH lecture — 1:30 p.m. — The National Institutes of Health holds its inaugural Philip S. Chen Jr. lecture, “Innovation and Collaboration: Revolutionizing [Tuberculosis] Therapy.” Maria Freire, president of the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development, participates. Location: NIH, 10 Center Drive, Lipsett Auditorium, Bethesda. Contact: 301/496-4000.

Health care disparity — 5 p.m. — Maryland elected officials and regional black ministers hold a meeting to address the disparities in health care for black Americans. Studies show that “despite the steady improvements in the overall health of the United States, racial and ethnic minorities experience a lower quality of health service and are less likely to receive routine medical procedures.” Participants include Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat, and Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan. Location: Holy Cross Hospital Professional and Community Education Center, 1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring. Contact: 301/754-7123.

Film screening — 5 p.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a film screening of “A Few Simple Shots: A Documentary on Human Rights Violations in Iran.” Participants include filmmaker Joseph Akrami and Michael Ledeen of AEI. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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