- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Saddam's war briefing 8:30 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a briefing on "Saddam's Unfinished War Against America." Laurie Mylroie, Iraq News publisher and adjunct fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, participates. Location: Fourth floor conference room, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/457-6949.
Hearing on insurance and securities industries after attacks 9:30 a.m. Financial Services Committee holds a hearing on operations of the securities and insurance industries in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

To be announced.

Not available.

9 a.m. Energy Information Administration releases the weekly petroleum status report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

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

9 a.m. Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee holds a hearing to examine the new federal farm bill, to be followed by a hearing on the nominations of Elsa Murano, of Texas, to be undersecretary for food safety, and Edward McPherson of Texas, to be chief financial officer, both of the Agriculture Department. Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman and the nominees testify. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2035.
9 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on "National Money Laundering Strategy for 2001" and funding of terrorist activities. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.
10 a.m. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing to examine the mental health effects of terrorist attacks and the appropriate national response. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

10 a.m. Government Reform, government efficiency, financial management and intergovernmental relations subcommittee holds a hearing on "Information Technology: Essential Yet Vulnerable, How Prepared Are We for Attack?" Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.
10 a.m. Select Intelligence, terrorism and homeland security subcommittee holds a hearing on "Defining Terrorism and Responding to the Terrorist Threat." Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore III testifies. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4121.
10 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure, highways and transit transportation subcommittee holds a hearing on "Improving The Delivery Of Transit Services By Easing Regulatory Burdens." Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation conference all day The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation hosts its 2001 annual legislative conference, "30 Years Times Change, The Mission Does Not."
Highlights 11 a.m. News conference.
Noon Exhibition Hall ribbon cutting.
3 p.m. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Texas Democrat, "Urban Campfire Live," and Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, New York Democrat, "Diversity Under the Dome: The Rewards and Challenges for Staffers of Color."
7 p.m. Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Leadership Celebration, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW.
Location: Washington Convention Center, 900 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/675-6731.
National Minority Enterprise Development Week 2001 conference 7:30 a.m. The Small Business Administration and the Commerce Department's Minority Business Development Agency holds a National Minority Enterprise Development Week 2001 conference.
Highlights 7:30 a.m. "Meet Your White House" breakfast.
9 a.m. General Session: "The Trillion Dollar Consumer Market."
2:30 p.m. Closing Session: "New Realities for the American Economy."
Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 877/633-9335.
Smallpox lecture 8:30 a.m. The Monterey Institute's Center for Nonproliferation Studies presents a lecture titled "Smallpox: From Eradicated Disease to Bioterrorist Threat." The speaker is Jonathan Tucker, director of the center's chemical and biological weapons nonproliferation program, and author of "Scourge: The Once and Future Threat of Smallpox." Location: Choate Room, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/939-2211.
Health care costs briefing 9:30 a.m. The Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) presents a media briefing on reports in Health Affairs and HSC Data Bulletin on what's driving up health care costs and insurance premiums. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/484-3475 or 202/264-3484.
Muslim women news conference 9:30 a.m. The Coalition of Muslim American Women Against All Forms of Terrorism holds a news conference. Location: Murrow Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/750-9011.
Brookings Institution briefing 10 a.m. The Brookings Institution holds a news briefing on "After the Terrorist Attacks: Does the Economy Need More Stimulus? What Kind? How Much?" Location: 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.
Microsoft system news conference 10 a.m. The Consumer Federation of America and Consumers Union hold a news conference to discuss Microsoft's new Windows XP operating system. They say the system advances the company's illegal anti-competitive practices and harms the nation's consumers. Location: Consumers Union, Suite 310, 1666 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 301/384-2204 or 202/462-6262.
Arab leaders news conference 10:15 a.m. Members of Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, hold a news conference with Arab leaders. Location: Capitol, Senate swamp. Contact: 202/224-5556.
Book forum noon The Cato Institute presents a book forum on "The Coming Collapse of China." The participants include: Gordon Chang, the book's author; Minxin Pei, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and Liu Junning, Harvard University. Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.
Terrorism news conference noon Leaders of several Pakistani-American organizations hold a news conference with members of Congress to discuss terrorism, profiling and relief efforts. Location: Capitol, Room HC-9. Contact: 703/683-5004.
Infections briefing noon The Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus holds a briefing on "Infections and Inequalities: The Microbial Burden of Poverty." Dr. Paul Farmer, Harvard Medical School, participates. Location: B-369 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 301/347-9300.
Afghanistan forum noon American University holds a forum on "Afghanistan and U.S. Foreign Policy." The participants include: Hassina Sherjan, Afghanistan Information Office; Akbar Ahmed, former Pakistani ambassador to the United Kingdom; Douglas Ghartoff, American University; Duncan Clarke, U.S. Foreign Policy, American University and Louis Goodman, American University School of International Service. Location: School of International Service Lounge, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/885-5935.
Book discussion 3:30 p.m. The Cato Institute presents a discussion on the book, "Putting 'Defense' Back into U.S. Defense Policy Rethinking U.S. Security in the Post-Cold War World." The participants include: Ivan Eland, Cato Institute, author; Steve Clemons, New America Foundation; and Alan Tonelson, U.S. Business and Industry Council Education Foundation. Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.
Hispanic Heritage Month ceremony 4 p.m. The District of Columbia Courts holds a Hispanic Heritage Month ceremony to announce and present 2001 Community Outreach Recognition and Opportunity Awards. Location: Atrium, Moultrie Courthouse, 500 Indiana Ave. NW. Contact: 202/879-1700.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute gala 6:30 p.m. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute holds its 24th annual gala. Henry Cisneros, former housing and urban development secretary who now heads American CityVista, and Emilio and Gloria Estefan, songwriter and singer, honorees, attend. Location: MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. Contact: 202/543-1771.
Jesus lecture 7:30 p.m. The Washington National Cathedral hosts a lecture, "One Way of Wondering: Telling Serious Stories About Jesus." The speaker is Reynolds Price, English professor at Duke University, and award-winning fiction/poetry author. Location: Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Contact: 202/537-6248.

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