- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 5, 2006

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Iraq briefing — 9 a.m. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Stephen Johnson, commanding general of the Multinational Force-West and II Marine Expeditionary Force, briefs the press about ongoing operations in western Iraq. Location: Pentagon, Briefing Studio 2E579. Contact: 703/697-5131.

Botanic Garden tour — noon The U.S. Botanic Garden holds a “Medicinal Plants” tour with Nathan Bartholomew, gardener for the exhibit. Location: U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Contact: 202/226-4082.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Tours the Chicago Board of Trade and delivers remarks on the economy in Chicago.

VICE PRESIDENT

Tours a Harley-Davidson factory in Kansas City, Mo., and delivers remarks on the economy; attends a rally for troops at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases employment figures for December. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

5 p.m. —Energy Information Administration releases its weekly coal production report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. Agricultural Research Service holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture to complete work on a paper examining the effects of agricultural biotechnology in the next decade. Location: USDA Jamie L. Whitten Building, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive Southwest, Room 107A. Contact: 202/720-3817.

9 a.m. —Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability to discuss infectious diseases, review the H5NI avian flu virus and consider preparations in the event of a flu pandemic. Location: Marriott Crystal Gateway, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 240/453-8809.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Not in session. The Senate will reconvene at 10 a.m. Jan. 18. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

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

GENERAL AGENDA

University presidents summit — all day The State Department and the Education Department host the U.S. University Presidents Summit on International Education. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Education Secretary Margaret Spellings delivers plenary session remarks.

1:30 p.m. — First lady Laura Bush delivers remarks and introduces Karen Hughes, undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs.

Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/203-7613, 202/203-7026 or 202/401-1576.

Primary care — 8:30 a.m. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality holds a discussion, “Health Information Technology and the Future of Primary Care.” Participants include Dr. Bruce Bagley of the American Academy of Family Physicians; Dr. Bill Tierney of the Indiana University School of Medicine; and Dr. Scott Young of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Location: National Guard Association Building, 1 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 301/427-1569.

Alito support — 10 a.m. Eugene Delgaudio, president of Public Advocate of the United States, holds a press conference in support of the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Murrow Room. Contact: 703/582-7924 or 703/832-8455.

Military discussion — 10:30 a.m. The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “History of Hollow Force,” about an army with a large number of troops but an inadequate budget. Participants include David Abshire of the Center for the Study of the Presidency; Edward Meyer, former Army chief of Staff; Lewis Sorley, military historian; and James Jay Carafano of the Heritage Foundation. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Justice briefing — 11 a.m. Americans United for Separation of Church and State holds a conference call to discuss the “extremist message of Justice Sunday III,” and to oppose the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court. Participants include the Rev. Barry Lynn, director of Americans United, and Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center. Contact: 202/822-5200.

Rice trip — 11 a.m. Christopher Hill,assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific affairs, holds a press briefing on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s trip to Australia and Indonesia. Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW, Press Briefing Room 2209. Contact: 202/647-2492.

Alito briefing — 11:30 a.m. Senate Judiciary Committee Democratic counsels hold a background briefing on the upcoming Supreme Court nomination hearing for Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 116. Contact: 202/224-2154 or 202/224-3693.

Environmental partnership — 2 p.m. Paula J. Dobriansky,undersecretary of state for democracy and global affairs; James L. Connaughton, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality; and David Conover, director of the Energy Department’s Climate Change Technology Program, hold a press briefing on U.S. participation in the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate. Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW, Press Briefing Room 2209. Contact: 202/647-2492.

Parma symposium — 4 p.m. The International Trademark Association holds its Second Learned Professors symposium, “Should ‘Parma’ Be a Trademark?” Participants include Roger Schechter of the George Washington University Law School; Lionel Bently of the University of Cambridge; and Min-Chiuan Wang of the Institute of Technology Law at National Chiao-Tung University in Taiwan. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 650/833-2170.

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