- The Washington Times - Monday, March 31, 2008

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Bilateral trade — 7:30 p.m. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC) holds a dinner to highlight bilateral trade opportunities. Participants include Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd; retired Marine Corps Gen. James Jones, president and chief executive officer of the Institute for 21st Century Energy; and David O’Reilly, president and CEO of Chevron. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

‘Century of Headlines’ — 10 p.m. — The National Press Club holds a film screening of “The National Press Club at 100: A Century of Headlines,” an hourlong documentary that looks at the role of the Press Club in the development of journalism as a profession and shows how changes in society were reflected in this institution. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/662-7534 or 202/662-7516.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Departs on foreign travel to Ukraine, Romania, Croatia and Russia.

VICE PRESIDENT

12:30 p.m. — Delivers remarks at a reception for state Sen. Brett Guthrie at a private residence in Lexington, Ky.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. Census Bureaureleases the quarterly financial report for manufacturing, mining and wholesale trade for the fourth quarter of 2007. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

11 a.m. Bureau of Transportation Statisticsreleases the North American surface-freight data for January. Location: 400 7th St. SW. Contact: 202/366-5580.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. — Veterans Affairs Department holds a meeting of the Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Environmental Hazards to discuss medical and scientific papers concerning the health effects of exposure to ionizing radiation, including a presentation by a representative from the Defense Department’s Nuclear Test Personnel Review Program. Location: 810 Vermont Ave. NW, Room 530. Contact: 202/461-9723.

9 a.m. — Employee Benefits Security Administration holds a hearing on the agency’s proposed regulation under Section 408(b)(2) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the related proposed class exemption. Location: Labor Department, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Room S-4215 A-C. Contact: 202/693-8510.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Meets at 2 p.m. for morning business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Meets at 2 p.m. for morning business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Missile-defense conference — all day The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics holds its sixth annual U.S. Missile Defense Conference and Exhibit. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9:45 a.m. — Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England delivers remarks.

4:30 p.m. — Rep. Trent Franks, Arizona Republican, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, delivers remarks, “A View From the House.”

Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 703/697-8001.

Libya conference — all day The Middle East Institute (MEI) holds a conference, “Libya, Africa and the West.” Events begin at 8:55 a.m.

Highlights — 8:55 a.m. — MEI Chairman Wyche Fowler Jr., former Democratic senator from Georgia, and David Mack, MEI adjunct scholar and former MEI vice president, deliver welcoming remarks.

9 a.m. — Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi delivers keynote address by videoconference.

1 p.m. — Jeffrey Feltman, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, delivers keynote address.

Location: Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd St. NW, ballroom. Contact: 202/785-1141, ext. 202.

American Legion conference — 9:45 a.m. The American Legion holds its 48th annual national Washington conference.

Highlights — 9:45 a.m. — Principal Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Gerald Cross delivers remarks.

10:15 a.m. — Chairman of the VA’s Board of Veterans Appeals James Terry; Bradley Mayes, director of the VA’s Compensation and Pension Services; Arnold Russo, director of the VA’s Appeals Management Center; and Kathy Nylen, department service officer of the American Legion of Washington State, discuss “Claims and Pensions.”

1:45 p.m. — Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Charles Ray delivers remarks.

Location: Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/263-2982.

Treasury remarks — 10 a.m. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. delivers remarks on issues relating to financial institutions and financial markets. Location: Treasury Department, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/622-2960.

Australian prime minister’s address — 10:30 a.m. The Brookings Institution holds an address by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution; and Carlos Pascual, vice president and director of foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, participate. Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Human trafficking — noon The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWC) holds a discussion, “Human Trafficking and Smuggling in Russia, the former Soviet Union and Beyond,” with Louise Shelley, director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center and professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Iranian outlook — noon The Hudson Institute holds a discussion, “Advice from Ahmadinejad: The Iranian Outlook and Lessons for Us.” Ze’ev Maghen, lecturer in Middle Eastern history at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University; and Hillel Fradkin, director of the Hudson Center on Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World, participate. Location: Hudson Institute, 1015 15th St. NW, sixth floor. Contact: 202/223-7770.

Tibet rally — 12:30 p.m. The International Campaign for Tibet holds a rally to protest China’s recent actions against the Tibetan people and to “implore the Bush administration to send a strong message to China by not attending the opening ceremony for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.” Following the rally, participants will march up Connecticut Avenue to the Chinese Embassy. Namkha Tenzin, president of the Capital Area Tibetan Association; John Ackerly, president of the International Campaign for Tibet; and T. Kumar of Amnesty International participate. Location: Lafayette Park, across from the White House. Contact: 202/265-3000.

Airbus contract award — 1 p.m. The Institute for Liberty; the Center for Security Policy; Citizens United; Frontiers of Freedom; Let Freedom Ring; 60 Plus and Free American hold a news conference to express concerns regarding the decision to award the $35 billion aerial tanker contract to French-based EADS/Airbus and its minority American partner Northrop Grumman. Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy, and George Landrith, president of Frontiers of Freedom, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 703/548-1160.

Iraq, Afghanistan future — 1 p.m. The Brookings Institution holds a discussion, “The Future of Iraq and Afghanistan.” Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow of foreign policy at the Brookings Institution; Marine Corps Capt. Ann Gildroy; and Carlos Pascual, vice president and director of foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, participate. Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Foreign policy — 6 p.m. Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy holds its 2008 Edward Weintal Prize for International Reporting ceremony, with a panel discussion, “The Foreign Policy of a Presidential Campaign.” Marvin Kalb, professor of practice emeritus and senior fellow at Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center and Weintal Committee chairman; and Walter Pincus, 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winner with The Washington Post, participate. Location: Georgetown University, 37th and O streets Northwest, Bunn Intercultural Center Auditorium. Contact: 202/687-4328.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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