- The Washington Times - Friday, May 3, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

West Bank conditions briefing noon The American Committee on Jerusalem and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee hold a briefing on conditions in the West Bank and Gaza. The speaker is Dr. Eyad Sarraj, director general of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program, and secretary-general of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizen Rights. Location: 2261 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/237-0215.

Miss America speech 12:30 p.m. Katie Harman, Miss America 2002, addresses a National Press Club Newsmaker luncheon. She discusses "Scholarships: Lighting the Future." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.


PRESIDENT BUSH

2:25 p.m. Hosts a Cinco de Mayo celebration for the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, East Room of the White House.

6 p.m. Hosts a dinner in honor of Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, also current president of the European Union, Camp David.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a report on the employment situation for April 2002. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.


FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the national medical rehabilitation research advisory board. Location: Holiday Inn-Silver Spring, 8777 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Contact: 301/402-4206.

9 a.m. Social Security Administration holds a meeting of the ticket to work and work incentives advisory panel. Location: Embassy Suites Hotel at the Chevy Chase Pavilion, 4300 Military Road NW. Contact: 202/358-6423.


SUPREME COURT

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


SENATE

Not immediately available. No committee meetings are scheduled. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. in pro forma session. No committee meetings are scheduled. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


GENERAL AGENDA

NAFTA conference all day The U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce holds its North American Free Trade Agreement conference.

Highlights 2 p.m. Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the White House.

7 p.m. Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve chairman; Victor Menezes, Citibank chairman and chief executive; Manuel Angel Nunez Soto, Hidalgo state governor; and Guillermo Ortiz Martinez, Banco de Mexico governor; gala dinner to present "Good Neighbor Awards."

Location: Organization of American States Building, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 703/435-0101.

Subprime lending conference all day The Mortgage Bankers Association of America hold its subprime lending conference, "Capturing New Opportunities."

Highlights 9 a.m. "Predatory Lending: Federal, State and Local Developments," panel discussion.

Location: Marriott Hotel Metro Center, 775 12th St. NW. Contact: 202/557-2865.

Venezuela discussion 8:30 a.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies sponsors a discussion featuring Roger Noriega, U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), on "Venezuela: Next Steps." Topics include the fallout from the coup attempt against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the ratification of the OAS Democratic Charter and the future of OAS-Venezuelan relations. Location: B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Employment situation briefing 9:30 a.m. The Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics holds a briefing to announce the employment situation in April. Lois Orr, acting commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, participates. Location: Conference Rooms 1 and 2, Postal Square Building, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/691-5902.

Educational access news conference 10 a.m. The Citizens' Scholarship Foundation of America holds a news conference on increasing educational access for low-end, moderate-income students. Location: Holeman Lounge, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 952/830-7308.

Freedom Forum ceremony 10 a.m. The Freedom Forum holds a ceremony to add the names of the 51 journalists who died covering the news in 2001 to the Freedom Forum Journalists Memorial on World Press Freedom Day. Paul Steiger, managing editor and vice president of the Wall Street Journal, participates. Location: Freedom Park, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Contact: 703/284-2895.

Russian-American relations discussion 10 a.m. The National Press Club hosts a Morning Newsmaker news conference featuring a discussion on "Russian-American Relations and the Current Political Situation in Russia." The speaker is Gennady Seleznev, chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. Location: Zenger Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Ashcroft-Williams meeting 11:30 a.m. Attorney General John Ashcroft holds a meeting with Australia's attorney general, Daryl Williams. The topics include the ongoing international campaign against terrorism and security issues after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Location: Justice Department, 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-3165 or 202/361-7166.

Book discussion noon The New America Foundation holds a book discussion on "Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth" by David Bollier. Location: 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/986-4901.


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