- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 26, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS
Health care policy conference all day The American Association of Health Plans presents its 2002 national policy conference. Vermont Gov. Howard Dean and Thomas Leary, Federal Trade Commission member, participate. Location: Capital Hilton Hotel, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/778-8493.
Balkans lecture 4 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) presents a lecture, "Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia: Reflections on a Decade of Challenges Securing Peace in the Balkans." The speaker is Richard C. Holbrooke, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Location: Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, SAIS, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.

PRESIDENT BUSH
Meets with President Jose Eduardo dos Santos of Angola, President Festus Mogae of Botswana, and President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique.

SUPREME COURT
Meets at 10 a.m. to hand down decisions and hear oral arguments:
Docket number 01-344: Thompson vs. Western States Medical Center; Docket number 00-1737: Watchtower Bible, Etc. vs. Village of Stratton. Contact: 202/479-3211.

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

SENATE COMMITTEES
9 a.m. Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Raymond Orbach to be director of the Office of Science for the Energy Department. Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4103.
9:30 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the Enron collapse. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.
10 a.m. Appropriations, commerce, justice, state and the judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Justice Department. Attorney General John Ashcroft testifies. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.
10 a.m. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing on human cloning. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.
10 a.m. Indian Affairs Committee holds an oversight hearing on the management of Indian trust funds. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2251.
10 a.m. Judiciary Committee holds hearing on judicial nominations. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.
3 p.m. Judiciary, technology, terrorism and government information subcommittee holds a hearing to examine the security of our ports against terror; focus will be on technology, resources and homeland defense. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.

HOUSE
Meets at 12:30 p.m. for morning hour and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES
2 p.m. Appropriations, Labor, HHS, and Education subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Social Security Administration. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
2 p.m. Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing on retirement security and defined contribution plans. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.
2:30 p.m. Government Reform, criminal justice, drug policy and human resources subcommittee holds hearing on "National Drug Control Strategy for 2002." John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, testifies. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

GENERAL AGENDA
Indians conference all day The National Congress of American Indians holds its Executive Council Winter Session meeting. The speakers include Associate Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer and Sen. Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat. Location: Wyndham Washington Hotel, 1400 M St. NW. Contact: 202/466-7767.
Legislative conference all day The Veterans of Foreign Wars holds its national legislative conference. Veterans' Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi and Gen. Richard Myers, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, participate. Location: Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/543-2239.
National Governors' Association meeting all day The National Governors' Association holds its 2002 winter meeting.
Highlights 2 p.m. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and members of Congress, "Welfare Reform Roundtable on Capitol Hill," Capitol, Room HC-5.
Location: JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/624-5334.
Bank credit rationing discussion 10 a.m. The National Association of Manufacturers holds a roundtable discussion on bank credit rationing. Location: Industry Room, Suite 600, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/637-3090.

Report release 10 a.m. The Civil War Preservation Trust holds a news conference to release a report, "America's Most Endangered Battlefields," which identifies the most threatened Civil War sites. Location: Holeman Lounge, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/367-1861, Ext. 205.

Republican Pro-Choice Coalition conference 11 a.m. The Republican Pro-Choice Coalition holds its second annual national conference and lobby day, "A Salute to Leadership and Freedom." The participants include: Gloria Feldt, Planned Parenthood Federation of America president; Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority Foundation president; Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift; Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, reception speaker; Rep. James C. Greenwood, Pennsylvania Republican, honoree; and Charlie Cook, Cook Political Report, speaker, dinner salute. Location: Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 267/255-1640.

Woman's National Democratic Club luncheon 12:30 p.m. The Woman's National Democratic Club holds a luncheon meeting, featuring a discussion on "NATO and Counterterrorist Strategy." The speaker is Alan Lee Williams, North Atlantic Treaty Association president, and director of the Atlantic Council of the United Kingdom. Location: 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Contact: 202/232-7363.
Inter-American Development Bank news conference 12:30 p.m. The Inter-American Development Bank hosts a news conference to present the bank's "Annual Report 2001." Location: 1300 New York Ave. NW. Contact: 202/623-2407.

Demonstration 1 p.m. The House Science Committee hosts a "Technology and Terrorism Demonstration." Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2472.
Clean Air Act forum 1 p.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce presents a Clean Air Act science and policy forum, regarding the scientific basis of the act and legislative and regulatory proposals. Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Albright speech 5:30 p.m. Georgetown University presents an inaugural speech by the first Michael and Virginia Mortara Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state. She discusses "Tools of Diplomacy." Location: Gaston Hall, Healy Building, Third Floor, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/687-4328.


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