- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 25, 2008

PRESIDENT BUSH

10:10 a.m. - Speaks at Fort Campbell, Ky.

GENERAL AGENDA

9:30 a.m. - Unions - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will release a new report, “Rhetoric: The Reality of the American Workplace,” which it says exposes the false claims by union bosses in recent years to advance an agenda that is inconsistent with economic growth. Sponsors say the report will highlight inaccurate arguments used by labor leaders to support an agenda that would demonize employers, upset the delicate balance in labor laws, and hinder the recovery of our economy. Featured speaker: Randel Johnson, vice president of labor, immigration & employee benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

10 a.m. - Public diplomacy - The Brookings Institution holds a discussion on a new report on the effectiveness of public diplomacy that includes specific recommendations for the Obama administration, with author Kristin Lord and Brookings President Strobe Talbott. Location: Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-4396.

10 a.m. - Thrift industry - Sheila C. Bair, chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., will hold a press briefing to announce the bank and thrift industry earnings for the third quarter of 2008. Mrs. Bair will open the briefing with a discussion of industry earnings and current policy issues facing the industry, followed by a brief Q&A.; FDIC Chief Economist Richard Brown, Associate Director for Financial Risk Management Diane Ellis, Senior Banking Analyst Ross Waldrop and Associate Director for Large Bank Supervision John Corston then will provide a more in-depth briefing on the details of the report. Background: The Quarterly Banking Profile provides comprehensive data on bank and thrift earnings, balance sheet results and performance ratios. This data has been released quarterly by the FDIC since 1986. Location: FDIC, 550 17th St. NW, boardroom. Contact: 202/898-7192.

10 a.m. - Toy safety - U.S. PIRG holds a news conference to release its 23rd annual toy safety report. Location: U.S. Capitol, Room HC-6. Contact: 202/546-9707.

10 a.m. - Transportation safety - The National Transportation Safety Board holds a news conference to update the status of its Most Wanted List of Safety Improvements directed at state governments. Location: NTSB, 429 L’Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 202/314-6100.

10:30 a.m. - Computer donation - IBM, the National Head Start Association and the Edward Mazique Parent Child Center will make a formal announcement of the donation and conduct a tour of the Mazique Parent Child Center. More than 600 IBM “Young Explorer” computers are being donated across the nation to Head Start and other federally funded parent centers for classrooms for children with special needs, reaching 20,000 children this year. Reporters will have the opportunity to see teachers and children interact with the computers. Participants include Albert Morales, IBM senior location executive; Almeta Keys, executive director, Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center; and Michael McGrady, interim executive director, National Head Start Association. Location: Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center, 1719 13th St. NW. Contact: 914/499-6609.

11 a.m. - Uninsured children - Ron Pollack, the executive director of Families USA, will hold a teleconference on Families USA report on uninsured children in every state. Contact: 202/628-3030. Source: Associated Press

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