- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 5, 2004

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Rural economy report — 9:30 a.m. — The Progressive Policy Institute holds a discussion to release the report, “Reversing Rural America’s Economic Decline: The Case for a National Balanced Growth Strategy.” Robert Atkinson, PPI, and Dee Davis, Center for Rural Strategies, participate. Location: PPI, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Suite 400. Contact: 202/547-0001.

Immigration discussion — 10:30 a.m. — Center for Immigration Studies hosts a book discussion on “Unguarded Gates: A History of America’s Immigration Crisis.” Otis Graham Jr. author, participates. Location: CIS, Suite 820, 1522 K St. NW. Contact: 202/466-8185.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Visits the National Targeting Center in Herndon.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

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

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the National Advisory Mental Health Council to present the director’s report and discuss program and policy issues. Location: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, C Wing, Conference Room 10, Bethesda. Contact: 301/443-5047.

1 p.m. — Homeland Security Department holds a meeting of the Commercial Operations of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection Departmental Advisory Committee to discuss Homeland Security Department reorganization, customs and border patrol officers, the Food and Drug Administration Bio-terrorism Act and advance cargo manifest information. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/282-8468.

1 p.m. — National Aeronautics and Space Administration holds a meeting of the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission to hold a round-table discussion of the past year’s events and to receive updates from Carter Ryley Thomas, North Carolina, the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Wright Experience. Location: NASA, 300 E St. SW, Room 9H40 (PRC). Contact: 202/358-1903.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Meets at noon in pro forma session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Global finance# — all day — The Bankers’ Association for Finance and Trade holds its 21st annual conference on global finance, “Midwinter Strategic Issues”

Highlights — 9:15 a.m. — Myron Brilliant of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Josette Shiner of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Jeffrey Bader of Stonebridge International LLC, and P.D. Yip of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp. Ltd., “China and the WTO — What are the Ramifications for the Global Economy?

Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5466.

Technology conference — all day — DC Tech Council holds its Annual Early Stage Capital Forum to showcase capital availability for the region’s promising technology companies. Open to technology companies, venture capitalists and private investors. Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/637-9333.

Rally — 6:30 a.m. — Honestchief.com holds a rally to support U.S. Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers. Location: Outside of the Interior Department, 1849 C St. NW. Contact: e-mail, [email protected]; www.honestchief.com.

Border protection meeting — 9 a.m. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection holds a meeting of its Commercial Operations Advisory Committee. Homeland Security Department Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson and Assistant Secretary Stewart Verdery participate. Location: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Ronald Reagan Building, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/297-8727.

U.S.-Chinese relations hearing — 9 a.m. — U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission holds a hearing, “Cross-Strait Military and Political Relations.” Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/624-1452.

Identity theft discussion — 9 a.m. — The State Public Interest Research Groups hold a discussion on identity theft. Steve Blackledge of the California PIRG, Maureen Kirk of the Oregon PIRG, Rex Wilmouth of the Colorado PIRG and Beth McConnell of the Pennsylvania PIRG participate. Location: Old Ebbitt Grill, Cabinet Room, 675 15th St. NW. Contact: 206/357-1788.

Financial market stability — 9 a.m. — American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Government Policy and Financial Market Stability.”

Highlights# — 9:15 a.m. — Eugene Ludwig of the Promontory Financial Group, Robert Shapiro of the Brookings Institution, and Peter Wallison and Randall Kroszner of the AEI, “Systemic Risk and Regulation.”

Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

International development symposium — 10 a.m. — Population Reference Bureau and the U.S. Agency for International Development hold a symposium on “Female Genital Cutting: A Report from the Field”

Highlights — 12:30 p.m. — News briefing, Murrow Room

Fatoumata Diakite, Malian representative of the InterAfrica Committee, Nawal Nour of Brigham Hospital in Boston, Nahid Toubia of the Research, Action and Information Network for the Bodily Integrity of Women (RAINBOW), and Molly Melching of the Tostan Program in Senegal participate. Location: National Press Club, ballroom, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/939-5427.

Hiring news conference — 11:30 a.m. — Home Depot and AARP hold a news conference to start a national hiring partnership to fill positions with qualified mature Americans. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao participates. Location: AARP National Headquarters, 601 E St. NW. Contact: 202/434-2277.

Blackouts discussion — noon — IEEE Power Engineering Society and IEEE-USA hold a discussion on “Blackouts 101.” John McDonald of KEMA Inc., Don Russell of Texas A&M; University, Pete Sauer of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Bruce Wollenberg of the University of Minnesota participate. Location: B-340 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/785-0017, Ext. 8356.

Africa colloquium# — 1:30 p.m. — Library of Congress hosts “Contemporary Lusophone African Literatures and Culture: A Colloquium on Cape Verde and Mozambique.” Location: LOC, Thomas Jefferson Building, Room LJ119, 10 First St. SE. Contact: 202/707-2003.

Unions discussion — 2 p.m. — The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations holds a book discussion on the relationship between the search for women’s rights and the growth of unions. Dorothy Sue Cobble and Kate Bronfenbrenner, authors, participate. Location: AFL-CIO Headquarters, 815 16th St. NW. Contact: 202/637-5308.• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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