- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 15, 2007

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Social Security — 9:30 a.m. — First Star holds a briefing on the “common state practice of taking Social Security benefits from disabled and orphaned foster children.” Participants include Rep. Pete Stark, California Democrat, and Daniel Hatcher and Montella Smith of the University of Baltimore Law School. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-318. Contact: 202/293-3703.

America’s future — 10 a.m. — The National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a press conference, “America’s Future, 2008 and Beyond: Two Visions, Two Books, Two Parties.” Participants include Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat and chairman of Joint Economic Committee, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Georgia Republican. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/662-7593.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Panamanian President Martin Torrijos in the Oval Office. Meets with Navy Adm. William Fallon, the incoming commander of U.S. Central Command in the Oval Office.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statisticsreleases the producer price indexes for January. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. Internal Revenue Serviceholds a meeting to discuss proposed regulations providing guidance on taxation of exchange of property for an annuity contract. Location: IRS, New Carrollton Building, 5000 Ellin Road, auditorium, Lanham. Contact: 202/622-3970 or 202/622-0392.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committeeholds a hearing, “Higher Education, Higher Cost and Higher Debt: Paying for College in the Future.” Suze Orman, host of CNBC’s “The Suze Orman Show,” author Tamara Draut and Jon Oberg, a former researcher at the Education Department, testify. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. to resume consideration of the Iraq war resolution and the Small Business Tax Relief Act. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9 a.m. Appropriationsstate, foreign operations and related programs subcommittee holds a hearing on the wartime supplemental request. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testifies. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. —Appropriationshomeland security subcommittee holds a hearing, “Implementation of the U.S.-VISIT Entry/Exit Program.” Bob Mocny, acting director of the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program, and Randy Hite of the Government Accountability Office testify. Location: 2362-A Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. —Budget Committeeholds a hearing, “IRS and the Tax Gap.” Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Mark Everson, Michael Brostek of the Government Accountability Office, Nina Olson of the IRS and J. Russell George, inspector general for tax administration at the Treasury Department, testify. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7200.

10 a.m. —Natural Resources Committeeholds a hearing, “Reports, Audits and Investigations by the General Accountability Office and the Office of Inspector General Regarding the Department of the Interior.” Earl Devaney, inspector general for the Interior Department, and Robin Nazzaro, director of natural resources and environment at the GAO, testify. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6065.

GENERAL AGENDA

Biotechnology — all day The Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future holds a conference, “The Spotless Mind? Policy, Ethics and the Future of Human Intelligence,” on emerging technologies in the areas of neuroenhancement and artificial intelligence. Events begin at 8 a.m. Rep. Brad Sherman, California Democrat, and Carl Mitcham, professor of liberal arts and international studies at the Colorado School of Mines, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 312/906-5337.

Women’s Heart Day — 8 a.m. Sister to Sister holds its annual Women’s Heart Day Health Fair. Location: Verizon Center, F and Seventh streets Northwest. Contact: 301/718-8033.

Hispanic voters — 9 a.m. The Center for American Progress and the National Council of La Raza hold a discussion, “Latino Voters: Misconceptions and Reality.” Sergio Bendixen, chief executive officer of Bendixen & Associates, and Luis Fraga of Stanford University participate. Location: CAP, 1333 H St. NW, 10th floor. Contact: 202/741-6388.

Film screening — noon The National Archives holds a screening of the 1959 NBC television program “Meet Mr. Lincoln.” Location: National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/357-5300.

Liberian president — noon The National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon Program hosts Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who will discuss “the accomplishments of her first year in office, challenges ahead and making good on her promises to the Liberian people.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, ballroom. Contact: 202/662-7516.

War in Iraq — 1 p.m. Georgetown University holds a conference to analyze the state of the war in Iraq. Nora Bensahel of the Rand Corp. and Georgetown University, and Chaim Kaufmann of Lehigh University participate. Location: Georgetown University, 37th and O streets Northwest. Contact: 202/687-4328.

Enchanting Taiwan — 2 p.m. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States holds a press conference and opening reception for “Enchanting Taiwan,” an exhibition of photos of Taiwan that runs through Feb. 28. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Murrow Room. Contact: 202/895-1852.

El Salvador reconciliation — 3 p.m. The Organization of American States holds a lecture, “Reconciliation Processes in the Americas: The Case of El Salvador.” Location: OAS, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. Contact: 202/458-6824.

“Smart” electric meters — 5 p.m. The Edison Electric Institute holds a briefing on “smart” electric meters, which can control costs, reduce outages and improve power quality. Dennis Wraase, president of Potomac Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc.; Steve Specker, president of the Electric Power Research Institute; and Dan Delurey of the Demand Response and Advanced Metering Coalition participate. Location: Renaissance Washington hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/821-2120.

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