- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 18, 2004

PRESIDENT BUSH

In Crawford, Texas.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases figures of the unemployment insurance claims for the week. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-5902.

2 p.m. — Energy Information Administration releases the natural gas weekly update. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

1 p.m. — International Trade Administration holds a meeting by teleconference of the president’s Export Council to discuss a report to the president on the council’s recent fact-finding trip to China. Contact: 202/482-1124.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Judiciary Committee holds a hearing, “The 9-11 Commission and Recommendations for the Future of Federal Law Enforcement and Border Security.” Lee H. Hamilton, vice chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States; Slade Gorton, member of the commission; Asa Hutchinson, homeland security undersecretary; Maureen Baginski, executive director for intelligence, FBI, testify. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — International Relations Committee holds a hearing, “Diplomacy in the Age of Terrorism: What is the State Department’s Strategy?” Christopher Kojm, deputy executive director at the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States; Susan Ginsburg, the commission’s team leader for border security and foreign visitors, testify. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Atmospheric sciences — all day National Academies’ Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate holds a meeting, “Strategic Guidance for NSF’s Support of Research in the Atmospheric Sciences.” Events begin at 8:30 a.m. Location: National Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth St. NW. Contact: 202/334-3724.

Nuclear attack — 8:30 a.m. The Center for Nonproliferation Studies holds a discussion “Protecting Against a Nuclear Terrorist Attack.” Edward McGaffigan, Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Charles Ferguson and Leonard Spector, Center for Nonproliferation Studies, participate. Location: Center for Nonproliferation Studies, 11 Dupont Circle NW. ninth floor. Contact: RSVP to 202/478-3446.

New citizens — 8:30 a.m. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services holds swearing-in ceremonies for more than 500 new American citizens. Ceremonies are scheduled for 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Location: George Mason University, Arlington Campus, Professional Center, 3401 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington. Contact: 202/272-1219 or 202/436-2236.

Army homeland security — 9 a.m. National Academies’ National Research Council releases a report, “Science and Technology for Army Homeland Security — Report 2,” which describes how the Defense Department and Homeland Security Department could collaborate to ensure that emergency responders are prepared to react to a major disaster or terrorist attack. Report is embargoed until 4 p.m. Location: National Academies, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/334-2138.

International consensus — 9:30 a.m. The United Nations Foundation holds a press briefing on the significance of the International Consensus on Population and Development and how its implementation can affect women, health and development around the world. Timothy Wirth, United Nations Foundation; Amy Coen, Population Action International; and Jill Sheffield, Family Care International, participate. Location: United Nations Foundation, 1225 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 800/834-1110.

Election polling — 9:30 a.m. The Professional Affairs Committee, the Gallup Organization and the National Constitution Center hold a half-day session. Sessions include a review of basic and advanced-basic poll methodology; a review of key election-polling techniques and trends. Location: National Press Club, First Amendment Lounge. RSVP to 202/662-7501.

Children and alcohol — 10 a.m. The Century Council holds a press conference, “Ask Listen Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix.” Location: National Press Club, Murrow Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/637-0077.

Army structure — 11 a.m. Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “Army Force Structure: Issues and Considerations.” Edward Bruner, Congressional Research Service; Brig. Gen. David Fastabend, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command; Theodore Stroup, Association of the United States Army; and Jack Spencer, HF, participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/608-6052.

Post-election Afghanistan — 11:30 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a press briefing, “Prospects for Post-Election Afghanistan.” Ambassador Said Tayeb Jawad of Afghanistan; Atiq Sarwari, Woodrow Wilson Center; Michael O’Hanlon, the Brookings Institution; and Marvin Weinbaum, Middle East Initiative, participate. Location: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW. fourth-floor conference room. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Antitrust law — noon The District of Columbia Bar Association holds a discussion, “The Reach of U.S. Antitrust Law After Empagran.” Steven Mintz, Justice Department; Peter Orszag, the Brookings Institution; Elaine Metlin, Dickstein, Shapiro, Morin & Oshinsky; and Jonathan Franklin, Hogan & Hartson, participate. Location: Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Johnson, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/737-4700, Ext. 262.

Dafur genocide opposition — noon Sudan Campaign holds a rally in opposition to the genocide in Dafur, Sudan. Rep. Albert R. Wynn, Maryland Democrat, participates. Location: Sudan Embassy, 1620 V St. NW. Contact: 301/920-0670.

“Ask a Lawyer” Web site — 1 p.m. The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations holds a conference-call briefing to showcase a new Web site, “Ask a Lawyer,” to help workers who are concerned that they could lose their overtime protection under the Bush administration’s new regulation. Karen Nussbaum and Baldwin Robertson, Working America, participate. Contact: 202/637-5018.

Genesis space capsule — 2 p.m. NASA holds a press briefing in Pasadena to discuss the upcoming midair capture of the Genesis space capsule. Question-and-answer capability from participating NASA centers. Location: NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW. Contact: 202/358-1547.

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