- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 8, 2008

NATIONAL

Monday, June 9: Sen. John McCain campaigns in D.C. and Virginia

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain campaigns and raises money in the District and Virginia.

Wednesday, June 11: Congress releases, debates report: “The Decline in America’s Reputation: Why?”

The report was compiled by a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee. Among those to testify will be DePaul University political science professor Scott Hibbard and John Tirman of MIT’s Center for International Studies.

Saturday, June 14: NASA shuttle lands at Kennedy Space Center

Space shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven are scheduled to touch down at the Kennedy Space Center at Merritt Island, Fla., after a mission to the International Space Station to deliver Japanese laboratory equipment.

REGION

Tuesday, June 10: Maryland leaders outline key issues for 2009

Maryland’s top lawmakers go to Annapolis for their annual summer meeting of the Legislative Policy Committee. The committee will outline the major policy debates expected in the 2009 legislative session. Budget concerns are expected to dominate the meeting.

Tuesday, June 10: Northern Virginia to polls

Northern Virginia residents will go to the polls to select party candidates vying for seats in the House. Among the seats up for grabs in November will be Rep. Tom Davis’ in Fairfax County. Four Democrats are fighting for the chance to take on Republican Keith Fimian to replace Mr. Davis. Other races are taking place in Arlington County and Prince William County.

Saturday, June 14: Virginia Democrats hold convention

The state Democratic Party gathers to make final its delegation to the Democratic National Convention. This year’s convention will take place in Hampton. Delegates elected at local caucuses will assemble to elect at-large, pledged and unpledged delegates.

INTERNATIONAL

Monday, June 9: Bush begins European trip

President Bush and first lady Laura Bush take what is scheduled to be their final official European visit. The trip will include visits to Italy, the Vatican and France before ending in England. The visit also commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild much of Europe and repel communism after World War II.

Wednesday, June 11:Deadline for dethroned King Gyanendra of Nepal to quit Kathmandu Palace

The dethroned King Gyanendra must vacate the main palace in Kathmandu after the new Constituent Assembly voted by simple majority to end his reign and 240 years of monarchy and transform the Himalayan country into a republic. King Gyanendra lost popularity after declaring martial law in February 2005.

Wednesday, June 11: Group of Eight summit

Representatives from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and Britain meet in Tokyo to discuss climate change and African policy. The summit comprises the largest group of democratic industrialized nations in the world. The summits often draw protests from radicals opposed to policies of industrialized nations.

SPORTS

Sunday, June 8: Game 2, NBA Finals

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics renewed their storied rivalry last week, pitting Kobe Bryant against Kevin Garnett in the NBA’s championship series. The Lakers have three titles in the past 10 years while the Celtics’ last championship came in 1986.

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