- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 4, 2003

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Digital TV transition — 12:30 p.m. — The New America Foundation holds a discussion, “Is Digital Television Must-Carry a Must-Giveaway?” Adam Thierer of the Cato Institute; Jeff Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy; Steve Efros of CableFAX Daily; and John Lawson and J.H. Snider, both with the NAF, participate. Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/986-4901.

NASA briefing — 3 p.m. —The National Aeronautics and Space Administration holds a news briefing from the Johnson Space Center, Houston, on International Space Station activities, with question-and-answer capability from participating NASA centers. Location: NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. NW. Contact: 202/358-4769.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Attends a Bush-Cheney ‘04 fund-raiser in Baltimore and discusses the economy in Halethorpe, Md.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

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

10 a.m. — Bureau of the Census releases a report on manufacturers’ shipments, inventories and orders for October. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. Medicare Payment Advisory Commission holds an open meeting to discuss quality of care; analyses of payment adequacy for hospitals, physicians, outpatient dialysis, ambulatory surgical centers, home health and skilled nursing facilities; and Medicare+Choice. Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/220-3700.

8:30 a.m. — Agricultural Research Service holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st-Century Agriculture. Topics include the impact of agricultural biotechnology on American agriculture. Location: Wyndham Washington Hotel, 1400 M St. NW, Vista C Room. Contact: 202/720-4074.

8:30 a.m. — Occupational Safety and Health Administration holds a meeting of the Crane and Derrick Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee. Location: Labor Department, 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-2345.

10 a.m. — Federal Communications Commission holds a meeting of the Network Reliability and Interoperability Council to consider and vote on its final recommendations. Location: Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th St. SW, Room TW-C305. Contact: 202/418-1096.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

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

GENERAL AGENDA

Medicine and research — all day — Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research holds its annual Institutional Review Board conference, “Reclaiming the Belmont Principles for Human Research Protections: Looking Back to Move Forward.”

Highlights — 8:25 a.m. — Michael Cowan, surgeon general of the Navy, “The Sea Change of Science.”

Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 617/423-4112.

A piece of the pie — all day — Domino’s Team Washington donates one slice of pizza for every pie purchased through Sunday to the Capital Area Food Bank, a member of America’s Second Harvest Network. The pizza will be distributed to the Kids Cafe program. Location: All Domino’s Team Washington’s stores in the District, Virginia and Maryland (60 stores). Contact: 212/645-6900.

Public pension reform — 8 a.m. — AARP Global Aging Program holds a forum, “Public Pension Reform: Will Reforms Abroad Work in the U.S.?” Dalmer Hoskins of the International Social Security Association and Leon Potgieter of Towers Perrin participate. Location: AARP Headquarters, Brickfield Conference Center, 601 E St. NW. Contact: 202/434-3727.

Religious nationalism in the Balkans — 9 a.m. — Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion, “Overcoming Religious Nationalism in the Balkans.” Location: WWC, 1 Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4140.

War and international politics — 9 a.m. — Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a conference, “Reporting War and International Politics: The Other Atlantic Divide.” Helen Thomas of Hearst Newspapers, Hafez Al Mirazi of Al Jazeera, James Blue of ABC “Nightline,” Nora Boustany of The Washington Post, David Jones of The Washington Times and Martin Walker of United Press International participate. Location: SAIS, Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.

“No Child Left Behind?” — 9:30 a.m. — The Population Resource Center, the California Institute for Federal Policy Research and the Northeast-Midwest Institute hold a breakfast briefing, “No Child Left Behind? Successes and Challenges for All Poor Children in America.” Jane De Lung and Kevin Moriarty of the Population Resource Center, Richard Wertheimer of Child Trends, and Diana Zuckerman of the National Center for Policy Research for Women and Families participate. Location: 121 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/467-5030.

Tax discussion — 9:30 a.m. — American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Replacing the Income Tax With a Progressive Consumption Tax.” Eric Engen and Daniel Shaviro of AEI, Fred Goldberg of Skadden Arps LLP and Diane Lim Rogers of the Joint Economic Committee participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

FCC meeting — 10 a.m. — The Federal Communications Commission holds a meeting of the Network Reliability and Interoperability Council. FCC Chairman Michael Powell, Jeffrey Goldthorp of the FCC and Richard Notebaert of the NRIC participate. Location: FCC, 445 12th St. NW. Contact: 202/418-1096.

Islamic principles discussion — 10 a.m. — U.S. Institute of Peace and the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy hold a discussion, “Ijtihard: Reinterpreting Islamic Principles for the 21st Century.” Radwan Masmoudi of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, David Smock of the U.S. Institute of Peace and Taha Jabir Alalwani of the Fiqh Council of North America participate. Location: U.S. Institute of Peace, 1200 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/429-3832.

“Machiavelli’s Children” — noon — The State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C., hold a book discussion, “Machiavelli’s Children: Leaders and Their Legacies in Italy and Japan.” Richard Samuels, author, and Stefano Stanini of the Italian Embassy participate. Location: Army and Navy Club, second-floor ballroom, 901 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/293-1051.

Palestine and Iraq — noon — Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion, “Palestine and Iraq.” Avi Shlaim of the University of Oxford participates. Location: WWC, 1 Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4140.

Medicare and Prescription Drugs — 12:15 p.m. — Alliance for Health Reform and the Commonwealth Fund hold a news briefing, “Medicare and Prescription Drugs: What Next?” Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/789-2300.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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