- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 17, 2004


Immigration discussion — 9 a.m. — Center for Immigration Studies holds a discussion on “Should Sponsors Pay?” Topics include billing sponsors of immigrants for health care costs and the case of Yaser Esam Hamdi, an enemy combatant captured in Afghanistan who is claiming U.S. citizenship. Craig Nelsen, Friends of Immigration Law Enforcement, participates. Location: CIS, 1522 K St. NW. Suite 820. Contact: 202/466-8185.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial — 8 p.m. — Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund holds a press briefing to reveal the new lighting system for the east wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Location: Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Mall. Contact: 202/393-0090, Ext. 19.


Participates in a Bush-Cheney ‘04 campaign bus tour with stops at Kell Container in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Lakefront Park in Hudson, Wis., and Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.


10:30 a.m. — Energy Information Administration releases its weekly petroleum status report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

5 p.m. — American Petroleum Institute releases the brief summary of its weekly report on petroleum inventories. Location: 1220 L St. NW. Contact: 202/682-8114.


9 a.m. — Health and Human Services Department holds a meeting of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, subcommittee on standards and security, to present its findings from the July 28-30 hearings for reaction and then draft a preliminary recommendation letter for presentation to the full committee in September. Location: Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Ave. SW, Room 705A. Contact: 301/458-4245.

9 a.m. — State Department holds a meeting of the International Communications and Information Policy Advisory Committee to discuss a forthcoming ambassadorial visit to China, the October meeting of the World Telecommunications Standards Assembly, reports from the subcommittees, and international actions concerning spam. Location: State Department, Room 1406, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/647-5233.

1 p.m. — Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting by teleconference of the Science Advisory Board to discuss a draft report on the environment. See contact for dial-in information. Location: None given. Contact: 202/343-9982.


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


Not in session, August recess. The Senate will reconvene Sept. 7. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


2:30 p.m. — Select Intelligence Committee holds a hearing on intelligence reform. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1700.


Not in session, August recess. The House will reconvene Sept. 7. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


Climate variability and predictability — all day — National Academies’ Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate holds a meeting to review the U.S. Climate Variability and Predictability Project Office. Events begin at 9:15 a.m. Location: National Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth St. NW. Contact: 202/334-3512.

“American Idol” auditions — all day — FremantleMedia North America and 19 TV Ltd. hold auditions for the Fox television show “American Idol.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Auditions begin

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Contact: www.idolonfox.com/home.htm; www.fremantlemedia.com.

Training conference — all day — Blacks in Government holds its 26th annual national training conference. Events begin at 8 a.m. Location: Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 202/332-7404.

Occupational health — all day — The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health holds a meeting on occupational health. Events begin at 8:30 a.m. Location: Labor Department, Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Room N3437 (A-C). Contact: 202/693-1999.

Space science — 8:30 a.m. — National Academies’ Panel on Astronomy and Astrophysics holds a meeting, “Priorities in Space Science Enabled by Nuclear Power and Propulsion.”

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — George Schmidt, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, “Status of Radioisotope Power Systems Development”

Location: National Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth St. NW. Contact: 202/334-3477.

Expansion through international trade — 8:30 a.m. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a discussion, “Expansion Through International Trade.” Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Accident analysis report — 9 a.m. — National Academies’ National Academy of Engineering releases a report, “Accident Precursor Analysis and Management: Reducing Technological Risk Through Diligence,” which explores how organizations that run facilities such as hospitals, factories and power plants can encourage employees to recognize and report warning signs that could help avert disasters. The report is embargoed until 4 p.m. Location: National Academies, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/334-2138.

Fuel cell meeting — 9 a.m. — National Academies’ Board on Energy and Environmental Systems holds a meeting, “Benefits of Fuel Cell R&D.;” Location: National Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth St. NW. Contact: 202/334-3302.

Tax policy discussion — noon — The Mercatus Center at George Mason University holds a discussion, “Understanding Tax Policy: The Economics of Taxation: A Tax Primer, Economics, Politics and Reform.” Maurice McTigue, former New Zealand Cabinet minister, participates. Location: B-339 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 703/993-4912.

Veterans discussion — noon — The U.S. Capitol Historical Society holds a discussion on wartime service and the role of veterans in Congress. Former Sen. John Melcher, Montana Democrat, participates. Location: Ketchum Hall, 200 Maryland Ave. NW. Contact: 202/543-8919.

Anniversary of women’s right to vote — noon — Women Impacting Public Policy holds a luncheon, “We Decide,” celebrating the 84th anniversary of women’s right to vote. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 888/488-9477.

Sudan forum — 12:30 p.m. — Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a forum, “The Continuing Humanitarian and Displacement Crisis in Darfur, Sudan.” Participants include Francis Deng of SAIS; John Prendergast, a special adviser to the International Crisis Group; and Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli of the Brookings Institution. Location: SAIS, Bernstein-Offit Building, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5870.

PPS news conference — 2 p.m. — Partnership for Public Service holds a news conference on a survey of voter attitudes about government and government workers. Participants include Ted Sorenson, speechwriter for President Kennedy; Bill Knapp, Democratic consultant; Jim McLaughlin, pollster for the National Republican Congressional Committee; Tom Freedman, former senior adviser to President Clinton; and Max Stier of PPS. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/775-9111.

Film screening — 7 p.m. — The TransAfrica Forum holds a film screening of “Keepers of Memory” on the men and women who monitored the sites of the 1994 massacres in Rwanda. Participants include writer Will Ferroggiaro, and Louise Mushikiwabo of Remembering Rwanda. Location: Visions Cinema, 1927 Florida Ave. NW. Contact: 202/223-1960, Ext. 132.

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