- The Washington Times - Friday, May 9, 2003

TODAY’S HEADLINERSJudicial nominations noon The Christian Coalition of America holds a rally to protest the Senate Democratic filibuster of the judicial nominations of Miguel Estrada and Priscilla Owen. Location: Upper Senate Park, Delaware and Constitution avenues NW. Contact: 202/479-6900. Wartime secrecy 3 p.m. The Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion, “Congress, Intelligence and Secrecy During War.” Participants include Rep. Porter Goss, Florida Republican and Select Committee on Intelligence chairman; Rep. Jane Harman, California Democrat; Loch Johnson, University of Georgia professor of public and international affairs; and Dana Priest, The Washington Post. Location: WWC, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4128.PRESIDENT BUSHDelivers a commencement address at the University of South Carolina. Travels to Santa Fe, N.M., for Mother’s Day weekend.FEDERAL AGENCIES8:30 a.m. National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the National Advisory Mental Health Council for discussion of mental-health programs and policy issues. Location: National Institutes of Health, Building 31C, 31 Center Drive, conference room 10, Bethesda. Contact: 301/443-5047.9 a.m. U.S. Commission on Civil Rights holds a public meeting. Topics include the staff director’s report; the 2004 report on the funding of federal civil-rights enforcement; and the state advisory panel report on Arab and Muslim civil-rights issues in Chicago since September 11. Location: Commission on Civil Rights, 624 Ninth St. NW, room 540. Contact: 202/376-7700.SUPREME COURTNo oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.SENATEIn session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.HOUSE Meets at 9 a.m. to consider the Jobs and Growth Tax Act of 2003. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.HOUSE COMMITTEES11 a.m. Government Reform Committee holds a hearing, “In Search of Educational Excellence in the Nation’s Capital: A Review of Academic Options for Students and Parents in the District of Columbia.” Witnesses include Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, Maryland Democrat, and Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican; Eugene Hickok, Education Department undersecretary; D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams; Linda W. Cropp, D.C. council chairman; and Kevin P. Chavous, chairman of the D.C. Council’s committee on education. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.GENERAL AGENDAAthena Foundation — all day Athena Foundation holds its 10th anniversary conference, “Paths of Leadership.”Highlights — 9 a.m. Angeles Arrien, anthropologist and educator, general sessionLocation: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 800/548-8247.Humanist conference — all day American Humanist Association holds its 62nd annual conference, “Making Humanism Count: Unity in Action.”Highlights — 4 p.m. Annual membership meeting6:30 p.m. Helen Thomas, White House correspondent, Humanist of the Year BanquetLocation: Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 800/837-3792.Homeland security — all day National Academies meet to review Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts on water-system security research.Highlights — 11:30 a.m. Open session: Follow-up questions and discussion with EPA sponsorsLocation: National Academies, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/334-3856.Food policy — all day Consumer Federation of America holds its 26th annual “National Food Policy Conference.”Highlights — 9 a.m. Rep. Sherrod Brown, Ohio Democrat10 a.m. Eric Bost, Agriculture Department undersecretary11 a.m. — “Does Choice Belong in School Lunchrooms?”2:15 a.m. “Food, Health Claims and the First Amendment: How far can the government go in restricting food advertising and claims?”Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/387-6121 or 202/737-0766.Federal spending — 9:30 a.m. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a panel discussion, “Time Bombs in the Federal Budget.”Highlights — 9:30 a.m. — “Panel I: Fiscal and Generational Imbalances: New Budget Measures for New Budget Priorities”10:20 a.m. John Sabelhaus, Congressional Budget Office, “Panel II: For Whom the Bill Tolls: Distributing Costs of Maintaining Social Security Solvency”11:10 a.m. Michael O’Grady, Joint Economic Committee, “Panel III: Adding Fuel to the Fiscal Fire?”Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-5876, 202/862-4871.Asian arts and crafts — 10 a.m. Smithsonian Institution celebrates the 17th annual Asian Pacific Arts and Crafts Festival. Location: National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/357-2700.Denmark ties — 10 a.m. — Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion, “The Kingdom of Denmark: Transatlantic Relations, Iraq and the Middle East.” Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen participates. Location: WWC, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4140.Renewable energy — 10:30 a.m. Environmental and Energy Study Institute holds a briefing with senior congressional staffers, “Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: A Legislative Update.” Participants include Deborah Estes, Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee; Mary Katherine Ishee, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee; and Sean Cunningham, House Energy and Commerce Committee. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/662-1886.Pollutants forum — noon Progressive Policy Institute holds a forum, “Emissions Capping: Three Pollutants or Four?” Topics include multiple pollutants from electricity generators, carbon dioxide as the fourth pollutant and its implication in global warming. Participants include Jeffrey Holmstead, EPA Office of Air and Radiation; and Christopher Miller, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Location: PPI, Suite 400, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Contact: 202/547-0001.Central America trade — 3 p.m. National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon Program holds a news conference to discuss “Central America on the Road to a Free Trade Agreement.” El Salvador Vice President Carlos Quintanilla Schmidt participates. Location: National Press Club, Zenger Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 301/530-1210 or 202/662-7540; 202/265-9671, Ext. 236.

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