Thursday, October 21, 2004


Presidential election — noon — Heritage Foundation holds a “Talk Radio Heavyweight Battle Royale” to debate the presidential election. Participants include Bill Bennett of Salem Radio Network, Michael Graham of WMAL Washington, Dom Giordano of WPHT Philadelphia, and Alan Colmes of Fox Radio Network. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1761.

Congressional elections — 12:30 p.m. — National Press Club holds a luncheon discussion of the Nov. 2 congressional elections. Participants include Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, New York Republican, and Rep. Robert T. Matsui, California Democrat. Location: National Press Club, ballroom, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.


Participates in a Republican National Committee Victory 2004 rally, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Participates in a Focus on Medical Liability Reform and Health Care event, Canton, Ohio. Attends a private fund-raiser, St. Petersburg, Fla. Overnights in St. Pete Beach, Fla.


Participates in a Republican National Committee Victory 2004 rally, Rosemount Community Center, Rosemount, Minn. Participates in a Bush-Cheney ‘04 Town Hall meeting, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Participates in a RNC Victory 2004 rally, Story County Fairgrounds, Nevada, Iowa.


8 a.m. — National Science Foundation holds a meeting of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Advisory Committee. Topics include report from the assistant director and discussion of education, diversity, work force issues in information technology. Location: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 1235, Arlington. Contact: 703/292-8900.

8 a.m. — Office of Personnel Management holds a meeting of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee. Location: OPM, Room 5A06A, 1900 E St. NW. Contact: 202/606-1500.

9 a.m. — Food Safety and Inspection Service holds a meeting to discuss two draft quantitative risk assessments on Salmonella enteritidis in shell eggs and Salmonella spp. in liquid egg products. Location: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/720-2709.


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


Not in session. The Senate will reconvene Nov. 16 at noon. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541


Not in session. The House will reconvene Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600


AHIP conference — all day — America’s Health Insurance Plans holds a conference to build a better understanding of the operational, regulatory and legislative issues confronting health plans that participate in public programs. Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — Bruce Johnson, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, “Issues and Outcomes in Implementing Actuarial Soundness Requirements”

Location: Capital Hilton Hotel, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/778-8494.

Iraq war lessons — all day — The Cato Institute holds a discussion, “Lessons from the Iraq War: Reconciling Liberty and Security.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 1:15 p.m. — Nick Gillespie, Reason, “Why Libertarians Should Debate the War in Iraq”

Location: Cato Institute, F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5200.

Conference — 8:30 a.m. — The American Bankers Insurance Association holds its annual conference. Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 10:15 a.m. — Robert Gordon, senior counsel, House Financial Services Committee; Florida state Sen. Steven Geller, president of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators; and Alfred Redmer, Maryland insurance Administration, General Session: “The Future of Insurance Regulation”

Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 202/663-5446.

Education savings accounts — 10 a.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “The Incentives of Education Savings Accounts,” to examine recent initiatives to make higher education more affordable by offering tax-advantaged savings accounts and assess their advantages and disadvantages. Susan Dynarski of Harvard University, Frederick Hess of the AEI and Dennis Zimmerman of the Congressional Budget Office participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

“How Would John Kerry Govern?” — 10:15 a.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and the Brookings Institution hold a discussion, “How Would John Kerry Govern?” as part of the “How Would They Govern?” series. Norman Ornstein of the AEI and Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Holy Land Christians — 11 a.m. — Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation holds a press briefing to launch a weekend conference, “Holy Land Christians Rooted in Bonds of Peace,” addressing the progress and challenges facing the Holy Land’s Christian population. H.B. Michel Sabbah, Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, and Bishop Riah Abu El-Assal of the Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East participate. Location: Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Contact: 301/951-9400.

Election countdown — 11 a.m. — The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management holds a panel discussion, “Election Countdown: Race for the White House and Congress,” with top campaign strategists and analysts. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: RSVP to 202/994-6000.

Discussion on the Muslim world — noon — Hudson Institute’s Center on Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World is the host of a luncheon and discussion, “The War of Ideas Within the Muslim World.” Husain Haqqani, visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and co-chairman of Hudson’s Islam and Democracy Project, participates. Location: Hudson Institute 1015 18th St. NW, Suite 300. Contact: RSVP to 202/223-7770.

Computer security — 12:30 p.m. — Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus holds a discussion, “Computer Security: What Your Constituents Need to Know,” to empower consumers to safeguard against increasingly professional, organized cyber attacks as part of Cyber Security Month. Sens. Conrad Burns, Montana Republican, and Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat; Reps. Bob W. Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, and Rick Boucher, Virginia Democrat; and Orson Swindle, head of the Federal Trade Commission, participate. Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: RSVP required; 202/638-4370.

Honduras discussion — 3 p.m. — National Press Club holds a discussion, “Challenges to Honduras in Central American Integration and Relations with the U.S.” President Ricardo Maduro of Honduras participates. Location: National Press Club, First Amendment Lounge, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7540.

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