- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 14, 2003

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

North Korean nuclear concerns 9:30 a.m. Brookings Institution holds a briefing, "Challenge for the Bush Administration: Dealing With a Nuclear North Korea." Participants include Richard Bush and Jae Ho Chung, fellows at Brookings' Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies. Location: Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Tort reform 10 a.m. American Tort Reform holds a news conference on the "Future of Civil Justice Reform." Lawyer Frederick Baron and reform advocate Victor Schwartz participate. Location: National Press Club, East Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/682-1163, Ext. 15.


PRESIDENT BUSH

To be announced.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases advance monthly sales figures for retail and food services for December 2002. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

10 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases U.S. Import and Export price indexes for December 2002. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.


FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. The Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council's Small Systems Affordability Working Group to discuss implementing the Safe Drinking Water Act. Location: Resolve Inc., 1255 23rd St. NW, Suite 275. Contact: 703/285-1093.

9:30 a.m. The International Trade Commission holds a public hearing on the effect of free-trade agreements on the U.S. economy. Location: International Trade Commission, 500 E St. SW. Contact: 202/205-3229.

9:30 a.m. State Department holds a meeting of the Shipping Coordinating Committee. Topics include the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic. Location: U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 Second St. SW, Room 1303. Contact: 202/267-0971.


SUPREME COURT

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case

Docket Number 01-1572, Cook County v. Chandler

Docket Number 00-1471, Kentucky Assn. of Health Plans v. Miller

Contact: 202/479-3211.


SENATE

Schedule to be announced. Contact: Republican cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. The Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the state of competition in the telecommunications industry. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.

3 p.m. The Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education holds a hearing on the effect of the US Airways bankruptcy on employee pension plans. Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.


HOUSE

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


GENERAL AGENDA

"What is the Real State of the Union?" The New America Foundation (NAF) holds a media briefing and policy forum.

Highlights 9:15 a.m. James Fallows, Atlantic magazine and former Gov. Howard Dean, Vermont Democrat, on "America's Public Policy Challenges and the President's State of the Union Address"

noon. Sen. John B. Breaux, Louisiana Democrat, and Karen Kornbluth, the NAF, on "The Family-Work Conundrum" and overworked Americans

4 p.m. Sen. John Edwards, North Carolina Democrat; Ted Halstead, the NAF; and author Francis Fukuyama, on "One Moment Each Year for the Nation to be Serious about the State of America." Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Transportation research all day The National Academies holds the Transportation Research Board's 82nd annual meeting. Locations: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW; Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW; and Hilton Washington Hotel and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/334-3252 or 202/334-3708; advance registration is required.

AIDS and fertility all day The National Institutes of Health holds a conference on "Fertility Regulation and Systemic Hormones in HIV-Infected and At-Risk Women." Location: Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner Hotel, 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean. Contact: 301/577-0244 ext. 22.

Food regulations all day Food and Drug Law Institute holds its Food Week. Highlights include the workshop on food law and regulation. Location: Westin Grand Hotel, 2350 M St. NW. Contact: 202/371-1420 or 800/956-6293.

Politics in 2003 8:30 a.m. The Hawthorn Group holds a news conference on "Politics, Policy and Power: A Glimpse of the 2003 Landscape." Delegate Thomas M. Davis III, Virginia Republican and Government Reform Committee chairman; Rep. Christopher Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat; Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform; and Larry Sabato, the University of Virginia participate. Location: National Press Club conference rooms, 14th and F Streets NW. Contact: 703/299-8240.

Global trade 9 a.m. The Washington International Trade Association and Global Business Dialogue hold a discussion with Sergio Marchi of Canada, chairman of the World Trade Organization's General Council. Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Rotunda Ballroom, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/312-1600 or 202/463-5074.

EPA ombudsman 9 a.m. The Government Accountability Project holds a news conference to call for an independent ombudsman at the EPA. Participants include Sen. Michael D. Crapo, Idaho Republican; Rep. Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat; and Robert Martin, former EPA ombudsman and Superfund site community members. Location: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/347-1122.

Alternative medicine 11:30 a.m. The Library of Congress' Science, Technology and Business Division speaks on complementary and alternative medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Location: Library of Congress, James Madison Building west dining room, 101 Independence Ave. NW. Contact: 202/707-1940.

U.S.-European ties noon The Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion on "The Future of the Transatlantic Relationship." Participants include Puri Purini of Italy, former permanent representative to the Council of Europe. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4140.

Greece as EU leader 2 p.m. The National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon Program holds a luncheon program on "The Greek Presidency of the European Union: Priorities and Goals." Participants include George Savvaides, Greek ambassador to the United States. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F Streets NW, First Amendment Room. Contact: 202/332-2727 or 202/662-7540.

The restructured IRS 2 p.m. Tax Talk Today and the Internal Revenue Service sponsor a webcast briefing on "The Restructured IRS: How's It Going." Location: None. Contact: 202/367-1626; www.taxtalktoday.tv

Trade remedies abroad 5:30 p.m. The American Bar Association's Section of International Law and Practice International Trade Committee holds a discussion on "Ten Things You Don't Know About Trade Remedy Administration in Foreign Capitals." Location: ABA, 9th floor conference room, 740 15th St. NW. Contact: 202/662-1727.

Homeland security 7 p.m. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Club holds its 21st annual seminar series on "Homeland Security: The Role of Science and Technology." Location: University Club, Mary Gradon Center, American University, 4800 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 301/469-9240.


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