- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 19, 2001

TODAY'S HEADLINERS
Genetic-discrimination hearing 10:30 a.m. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds hearing to examine the limits of existing laws with respect to protecting against genetic discrimination. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.
INS release-policies hearing 2 p.m. Judiciary immigration and claims subcommittee holds an oversight hearing on the release policies of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

PRESIDENT BUSH
9 a.m. Meets with the House Republican Conference in a closed session, Capitol, Room HC-5.

VICE PRESIDENT
Not available.

ECONOMIC REPORTS
8:30 a.m. Commerce Department releases report on U.S. international trade in goods and services for October 2001. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES
9 a.m. State Department holds a meeting of the advisory committee on labor diplomacy. Location: Room 1105, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/647-3664.

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

SENATE
Not immediately available. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE
Meets at 10 a.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES
10 a.m. Energy and Commerce, commerce, trade, and consumer protection subcommittee holds hearing "Electronic Communications Networks in the Wake of September 11th." Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.
10 a.m. Judiciary, commercial and administrative law subcommittee holds oversight hearing on the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin Compact and the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee and Flint River Basin Compact. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

GENERAL AGENDA
Check presentation ceremony 8 a.m. USO and Nissan Mid-Atlantic hold a ceremony to present a check to support a USO concert tour for service men and women overseas. John Tilelli, USO president, Gary Frigo, Nissan Mid-Atlantic vice president, and entertainer Wayne Newton participate. Location: Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, 1250 South Hayes St., Arlington. Contact: 202/610-6458 or 202/326-1712.
Poll release 9:30 a.m. Project MAPS (Muslims in the American Public Square) holds a news conference to release the first-ever systematic poll of American Muslims, including demographics, religious practices, opinion and behavior and views on September 11 and its aftermath. The participants include: Zahid Bukhari, Project MAPS; Sulayman Nyang, Howard University; and John Esposito, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Location: First Amendment Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/687-4327.
Anthrax coverage forum 9:30 a.m. The Brookings Institution hosts a Brookings/Harvard forum on "Press Coverage and the War on Terrorism: The Anthrax Scare and Bioterrorism Is the coverage informative or needlessly frightening?" The participants: Stephen Hess, Brookings Institution; Susan Dentzer, PBS' "Newshour with Jim Lehrer;" Ceci Connolly, The Washington Post; Marvin Kalb, The Shornstein Center at Harvard University; Jonathan Tucker, Monterey Institute of International Studies; and Keven Keane, Health and Human Services Department. Location: Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.
Trade remedies conference 9:45 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and the Korean International Trade Association present a conference, "Trade Remedies: Building in the National Economic Interest." The participants include: Gary Hufbauer, Institute for International Economics; Brice Blonigen, University of Oregon; Brink Lindsey, Cato Institute; and Tom Prusa, Rutgers University. Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-5800.
Economic stimulus news conference 10:15 a.m. Sen. Thomas Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, holds a news conference on the economic stimulus. Location: Capitol, Senate Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/224-5556.
Training partnership announcement 10:30 a.m. The Labor Department and the Laborers International Union hold a news conference to announce a new training partnership to develop an anthrax/biohazard training curriculum. John Henshaw, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, and Terence O'Sullivan, general president of the Laborers International Union, participate. Location: Labor Department, 200 Constitution Ave. NW (Please enter through the Third and C Street entrance for security escort). Contact: 202/693-4650.
House committee accomplishments news conference 11 a.m. The House GOP leadership and committee chairmen hold a news conference on House committee accomplishments. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/226-9000.
Report release 11:30 a.m. The Brady Center to Prevent Handgun Violence holds a news conference to release a report that details how terrorists use weak gun laws to amass firearms in the United States. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/898-0792.
Islamic extremism briefing noon The National Press Club hosts a Noon Newsmaker news conference featuring a briefing on Islamic extremism that has flooded the Middle East and beyond since the 1979 Iranian Revolution. The speaker is Robin Wright, chief diplomatic correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.
Military commissions discussion noon The Federalist Society presents a panel discussion on "The Use of Military Commissions and the War on Terrorism." The panelists include: Rep. Bob Barr, Georgia Republican; Kenneth Starr, Kirkland & Ellis, and former special prosecutor in the Whitewater/Clinton impeachment investigations; David Rivkin, Baker & Hostetler; Robert Levy, Cato Institute; and Edwin Meese III, Heritage Foundation, and former attorney general, moderator. Location: Holeman Lounge, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/822-8138.
National Neighborhood Coalition meeting 12:30 p.m. The National Neighborhood Coalition holds its annual meeting, featuring an address on "Community Works: Is There More Solidarity After September 11?" The speaker is E.J. Dionne, Washington Post columnist, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and political analyst for CNN and National Public Radio. Location: Jesuit Conference, Seventh Floor, 1616 P St. NW. Contact: 202/408-8553.
Institute of Medicine meeting 1 p.m. The Institute of Medicine hosts a meeting on "Implications of Dioxin in the Food Supply." Location: National Academy of Sciences Building, 2100 C St. NW. Contact:202/334-1380.
Prison industries news conference 2 p.m. Members of Congress hold a news conference on "The Federal Prison Industries Competition in Contracting Act of 2001," regarding unfair competition created by Federal Prison Industries. Location: Capitol, Senate Swamp. Contact: 202/225-5901.
Smallpox epidemic seminar 2 p.m. The National Institutes of Health hosts a National Library of Medicine History of Medicine Series, featuring a seminar on "Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82." The speaker is Elizabeth Fenn, history professor at George Washington University. Location: Conference Room B, Building 38, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda. Contact: 301/496-1767.
Islam discussion 5 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) presents a discussion titled "Islam and Anti-Chinese Militancy in Xinjiang." The speakers are Graham Fuller, Rand Corp., and Jonathan Lipman, Mount Holyoke College. Location: Room 806, Rome Building, SAIS, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.
Drugs and terrorism forum 6 p.m. The Lindesmith Center-Drug Policy Foundation presents a forum, "Perspectives on Drugs and Terrorism: American Policy for a New Age." Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Lindesmith Center-Drug Policy Foundation, and Peter Reuter, University of Maryland School of Public Affairs, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/537-5005.
Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine screening 7 p.m. The Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine presents a screening of "The Accused: Ariel Sharon," a 2000 British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) program on Sharon's involvement in 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre, and "Arafat's Authority," a 1996 BBC program on forces trained to protect Palestinian Authority control and human rights prospects in a state under Arafat leadership. Location: 2425-35 Virginia Ave. NW. Contact: 202/338-1290.

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