- The Washington Times - Monday, January 7, 2008

PRESIDENT BUSH

Visits Horace Greeley Elementary School in Chicago before delivering remarks there on No Child Left Behind. Delivers remarks on the economy at the Union League Club of Chicago.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

4:30 p.m. — Energy Information Administration releases weekly U.S. retail-gasoline prices report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board holds a meeting of the telecommunications and electronic and information technology advisory committee. Location: 4121 Wilson Blvd., Stafford Place II, Room 555, Arlington. Contact: 202/272-0016.

9 a.m. — Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries holds a meeting of the advisory committee on actuarial examinations, to discuss topics and questions that may be recommended for inclusion on future Joint Board examinations in actuarial mathematics and methodology. Location: 1111 Constitution Ave. NW, Room 6505. Contact: 202/622-8225.

1 p.m. — Veterans Affairs Department holds a meeting of the genomic medicine program advisory committee. Location: VA Central Office, 1722 I St. NW, Room 900. Contact: sumitra.muralidhar@va.gov.

SUPREME COURT

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case.

Docket No. 07-5439 Baze v. Rees; docket No. 06-1181 Dada v. Mukasey. Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

Meets at 9 a.m. in a pro—forma 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.

GENERAL AGENDA

Health spending briefing — 9:30 a.m. — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ National Health Statistics Group holds a briefing on articles analyzing U.S. health spending in 2006 to be published in the January/February 2008 Health Affairs. Aaron Catlin, Cathy Cowan, Stephen Heffler and Micah Hartman of the National Health Statistics Group participate. Location: Kaiser Family Foundation Building, 1330 G St. NW, Barbara Jordan Conference Center. Contact: 301/347-3944 or 202/347-5270.

Vioxx settlement — noon — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) Center for the Public Interest and the Federalist Society hold a discussion on “The Vioxx Settlement,” focusing on why Merck, the maker of the pain reliever Vioxx, settled, and why the settlement was for so much more less than originally anticipated. Participants include: Andy Birchfield of Beasley Allen; George Cohen of the University of Virginia School of Law; Ted Frank and John Calfee of AEI; Mark Herrmann of Jones Day; and Richard Nagareda of the Vanderbilt University Law School. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Luncheon program — 1 p.m. — The National Press Club holds an luncheon address with Nancy Nord, acting chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, ballroom. Contact: 202/662-7516.

Pakistan discussion — 2 p.m. — The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) holds a discussion on “Public Opinion on Pakistan.” Steve Kull and Clay Ramsay of WorldPublicOpinion.org; and Christine Fair of the Rand Corp. participate. Location: USIP, 1200 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/429-3822 or 202/232-7500, Ext. 113.

Mideast discussion — 2:30 p.m. — The Brookings Institution holds a discussion on “From Oil Boom to Youth Boom: Tapping the Middle East Demographic Gift.” Participants include Navtej Dhillon, fellow and Middle East Youth Initiatives project director at the Brookings Institution; Tarik Yousef, dean of the Dubai School of Government; Ragui Assaad, regional director of the West Asia and North Africa at the Population Council; Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, professor of economics at Virginia Tech; Nader Kabbani, director of research at the Syria Trust; Hilary Silver, associate professor of sociology at Brown University; and Diane Singerman, associate professor of the Department of Government at American University. Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Conference call — 3:30 p.m. — The Consumer Electronics Association holds a press conference call to discuss international trade policy. U.S. Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab and Gary Shapiro, chief executive officer of the Consumer Federation Electronics Association, participate. Contact: 202/679-2394 or 202/395-3230.

Book forum — 5:30 p.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) holds a book forum on “Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again.” The participates include David Frum, the book’s author; political analyst Michael Barone; and Karlyn Bowman of AEI. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Book discussion — 7 p.m. — The Politics and Prose Bookstore holds a book discussion on “The Seventh Decade: The Shape of Nuclear Danger,” with author Jonathan Schell. Location: Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/364-1919.

Compiled by FIND, AFP and The Washington Times

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