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“All those who wore sheets a long time ago have now lifted them off and started wearing clothing with a name, saying, ‘I am part of the tea party,’ ” she said.

“All those who wore sheets a long time ago lifted them off to wear tea party clothing,” she said.

DIPLOMATIC TRAFFIC

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Wednesday

- Igor Kalyapin, chairman of Russia’s Committee Against Torture; Elena Milashina, an investigative reporter for the Novaya Gazeta; and Raisa Turlueva, whose son was abducted in Chechnya by security services. They testify before the congressional Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe at 10 a.m. in Room 340 of the Cannon House Office Building.

Thursday

- Francisco Monaldi, director of the Center on Energy and the Environment at Venezuela’s Institute of Advanced Management Studies. He discusses the outlook for Venezuela’s energy sector in a panel discussion at the Center for Strategic & International Studies.

Friday

- Jurgen Creutzmann, a member of the European Parliament from the German Free Democratic Party. He discusses financial reform in Europe at a luncheon meeting of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

- Attila Marjan, a Hungarian economist and specialist on international relations, who discusses his book “Europe’s Destiny: The Old Lady and the Bull” in a briefing at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

- Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297 or e-mail jmorrison@washingtontimes.com.