National Christmas Tree ceremony 10 a.m. The National Park Service holds a ceremony to top the National Christmas Tree. Lynne V. Cheney, wife of Vice President Richard B. Cheney, participates. Location: The Ellipse, south of the White House. Contact: 202/619-7400.
Human cloning news conference 1 p.m. Rep. Dave Weldon, Florida Republican, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers participate in a news conference about opposition to human cloning. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-3671.
Meets with House and Senate leaders, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
8:30 a.m. Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of the EPA Science Advisory Board Executive Committee. EPA Administrator Christie Whitman participates. Location: Conference Room 6013, Ariel Rios Building North, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/564-4533.
Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m.:
Docket Number 00-1293: Ashcroft v. ACLU; and Docket Number 00-1187: McKune v. Lile. Contact: 202/479-3211.
Not immediately available. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.
9 a.m. Judiciary Committee holds an oversight hearing on the Justice Department, focusing on preserving our freedoms while defending against terrorism. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.
3 p.m. Appropriations, VA, HUD and independent agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on anthrax decontamination. Christie Whitman, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, testifies. Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.
Meets at 10 a.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.
10 a.m. Joint Economic Committee holds a hearing on the economic outlook. Glenn Hubbard, Council of Economic Advisers chairman, testifies. Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5171.
2 p.m. Rules Committee meets on the Terrorism Risk Protection Act. Location: Capitol, Room H-313. Contact: 202/225-9191.
Aznar visit all day The Embassy of Spain hosts an official Washington, D.C., visit by Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar.
Highlights 1 1:15 a.m. Meets with President Bush, White House.
11:45 a.m. Holds a joint news conference with Mr. Bush.
Noon Attends luncheon hosted by Mr. Bush.
1:30 p.m. Holds a news conference, Spanish Embassy, 2375 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
2:40 p.m. Meets with Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge, Blair House, 1651-53 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
4 p.m. Meets with Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve Board chairman, Blair House.
8 p.m. Hosts dinner for top executive, legislative, academic and media officials, ambassador’s residence, 2801 16th St. NW. Contact: 202/728-2332.
Energy use conference all day The Energy Department holds a conference to explore and examine opportunities for renewable energy use on public lands. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton participates. Location: Interior Department, South Building, 19th and Virginia Avenue entrance, 1951 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/585-4940 or 202/208-7461.
Community development conference 8 a.m. The National Neighborhood Coalition presents a conference, “Smart Growth and Community Development: Working Together Smartly.” The luncheon keynote speaker is Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening. Location: Capital Hilton Hotel, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/408-8553.
Farm Journal conference 8 a.m. Farm Journal holds the Farm Journal Forum 2001, “Stand Up America: Secure the Heartland.” The luncheon speaker is Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman. Location: JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 703/683-6334.
Town hall meeting 8:30 a.m. The National Commission Against Drunk Driving marks the Presidential Commission on Drunk Driving 20th anniversary with a national town hall meeting, “Pride of the Past, Focused on the Future.”
Highlights noon Annual Awards Luncheon.
Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/452-6004.
Terrorism briefing 9 a.m. The Harvard University Kennedy School of Government’s Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy presents a media briefing on terrorism, national security and the military campaign in Afghanistan. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 617/495-8209.
War on terrorism press coverage forum 9:30 a.m. The Brookings Institution hosts a Brookings/Harvard forum on “Press Coverage and the War on Terrorism: What the Public Thinks of News Coverage Since September 11.” Location: 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.
Medicare Physician Payment Fairness Act news conference 10 a.m. Members of Congress hold a news conference to introduce legislation, the Medicare Physician Payment Fairness Act of 2001. Location: 2218 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5735.
Report release 10 a.m. The Institute for Energy and Environmental Research holds a news conference to release a report on “Securing the Energy Future of the United States: Oil, Nuclear and Electricity Vulnerabilities and a post-September 11 Roadmap for Action.” Location: Zenger Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 301/270-5500.
Homeland security news conference 10:30 a.m. Members of Congress, including Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri Democrat, hold a news conference on homeland security and keeping the commitment to New York City. Location: Capitol, Room HC-9. Contact: 202/225-0100.
Homeland defense block grants news conference 11 a.m. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, holds a news conference on homeland defense block grants. Location: Capitol, Senate Swamp. Contact: 202/224-4451.
Lockerbie discussion 11:30 a.m. The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs sponsors an event titled, “The Price of Terror: Lessons from Lockerbie for a World on the Brink.” Location: Marvin Center, 800 21st. St. NW. Contact: 202/994-1667.
E-government discussion noon The Council for Excellence in Government holds a discussion on “E-Government’s Evolving Role in National Security, Diplomacy, Transportation and Public Health. Location: Ballroom, Willard Intercontinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/530-3265.
Daniels speech 12:30 p.m. Mitchell Daniels Jr., White House Office of Management and Budget director, addresses a National Press Club Newsmaker luncheon. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.
American Anthropology Association meeting 12:30 p.m. The American Anthropology Association (AAA) holds its 100th annual meeting, “100 Years of Anthropology: The Transformation of a Discipline.”
Highlights 12:30 p.m. News conference to announce AAA’s race initiative, “What Race Is and What Race Isn’t.”
Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 703/528-1902, Ext. 3039.
Film discussion 2 p.m. The National Press Club hosts an Afternoon Newsmaker news conference featuring a discussion on “Hell in the Pacific,” a documentary film to be aired Dec. 7 on The Learning Channel, and parallels between Pearl Harbor’s aftermath and post-September 11 America. The speaker is Jonathan Lewis, producer. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.
School vouchers discussion 3:30 p.m. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, along with the Georgetown Law Center chapters of the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society, presents a discussion on the constitutionality of the Cleveland school voucher plan. Location: Room 203, Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202-955-5078.
Awards dinner 6:30 p.m. The National Democratic Institute holds its 14th annual awards dinner. The participants include: Kofi Annan, U.N. secretary-general, and Peter and Linda Biehl, Amy Biehl Foundation, honorees. Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 202/728-5527.
Humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan forum 7 p.m. Catholic University of America hosts a forum on “The Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan: Challenges and Options for the International Community.” Location: Life Cycle Institute Auditorium, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Contact: 202/319-5600.
Book discussion 7 p.m. American University hosts retired Gen. Claudia Kennedy, discussing her book “A Conversation About Military Women Generally Speaking: A Memoir.” Location: American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/885-5950.
Afghanistan lecture 7:30 p.m. The Georgetown University Lecture Fund sponsors a lecture on current issues regarding Afghanistan. The speaker is Andrew Natsios, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Location: ICC Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/687-4328.