- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 20, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Discusses Social Security reform in Tucson, Ariz.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

4 p.m. National Agricultural Statistics Service releases the crop progress report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 800/727-9540.

4:15 p.m. —Federal Reserve Board releases its weekly reports on the assets and liabilities of U.S.- and foreign-chartered banks and on foreign exchange rates. Location: Constitution Avenue between 20th and 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. United States Coast Guard holds a meeting of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee to discuss Task Statement 47, “Recommendations on knowledge and practical qualifications for engineers at the operational and management levels to serve on steam-propelled vessels,” and Task Statement 49, “Recommendations for use of a model sea course project in conjunction with an approved program for officer in charge of an engineering watch coming up through the hawse pipe.” Location: U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Room 1303, 2100 Second St. SW. Contact: 202/267-6890.

SUPREME COURT

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case

Docket Number 04-278 Castle Rock v. Gonzales

Docket Number 03-9877 Cutter v. Wilkinson

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

Meet at 4 p.m. for morning business and to consider legislation regarding the Terry Schiavo right-to-life case. There will be no roll-call votes. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Meets at 2 p.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Seminar — all day TheW.K. Kellogg Foundation holds a seminar, “The State of 21st Century Rural America.” Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlight — 10 a.m. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns

Location: Washington Marriott hotel, West End Ballroom, 1221 22nd St. NW. Contact: 317/816-9760.

Rural health policy — all day TheNational Rural Health Association holds the 16th annual Rural Health Policy Institute, “New Congress, New Regulations, New Opportunities.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. Hilda Heady, president of NRHA, and Alan Morgan, interim executive director of NRHA, “The 2005 Rural Health Agenda”

Noon —Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt, keynote speaker

Location: Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 703/519-7910.

National and international security — all day American University Washington College of Law holds a conference, “Emerging Issues in National and International Security.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlight — 10:45 a.m. CNN congressional correspondentJoe Johns, Bill Gertz of The Washington Times, Jim Risen of the New York Times, Walter Pincus of The Washington Post and Eugene Fidell of Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP, “The Fourth Estate and National Security Policy: Reporters or Watchdogs?”

Location: AU WCL, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/274-4000.

Migration — 9 a.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a discussion, “Working Diasporas: Migration in the Age of Globalization.” Arthur Dewey, assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration, and Hania Zlotnik, director of the Population Division at the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs, participate. Location: SAIS, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: RSVP to 202/663-5941, 202/663-5626.

Ending the death penalty — 9:30 a.m. U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops holds a press briefing, “Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty.” Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, archbishop of Washington; John Zogby, president and chief executive officer of Zogby International; Bud Welch, Catholic layman; and Kirk Bloodsworth, exonerated death row inmate, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/541-5419.

China discussion — 10 a.m. TheCenter for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion, “China’s Anti-Secession Law,” on the implications for cross-Strait relations and U.S. interests in the region. Bonnie Glaser, senior associate in the CSIS International Security Program, and Shyh-Fang Liu, visiting fellow at the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, participate. Location: CSIS, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242, 202/457-8719.

Whistleblowers’ risks — 10 a.m. National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds an event with a panel of whistleblowers to discuss why they risked their livelihoods to step forward and call attention to issues that pressed public safety and integrity. Coleen Rowley, former FBI special agent; Bunnatine Greenhouse, Army contracting director; and David Graham, scientific researcher with the Food and Drug Administration, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Satellite Forum — 10 a.m. TheFederal Communications Commission holds the second annual Satellite Forum focusing on the role satellites play in everyday communications and how the lives of consumers in the United States and around the globe are enhanced by these services.

Highlight — 1:30 p.m. David Hartshorn of Global VSAT Forum, Sheila Donovan of E-Link Americas and Jonathan Metzger of the U.S. Agency for International Development, “Satellite Solutions for the Developing World.”

Location: FCC, Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th St. NW. Contact: 202/418-0762 or 202/418-0436.

Honorary degree — 11 a.m. Georgetown University holds an honorary degree ceremony for King Abdullah II of Jordan. Speech by the king to follow ceremony. Location: GU, Gaston Hall, third floor, Healy Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/687-4328.

University discussion — 12:15 p.m. New America Foundation holds a discussion, “University, Inc.: The Threat to Education, Medical Research and U.S. Innovation.” Marcia Angell of Harvard Medical School, Bhaven Sampat of the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Jennifer Washburn and Shannon Brownlee of NAF participate. Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Election hearing — 3 p.m. TheCommission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission) holds a hearing, “Albania’s 2005 Parliamentary Elections: How Free and Fair Will They Be?” Nikolai Vulchanov of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Dickson Bailey of the International Foundation for Election Systems, Jennifer Butz of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and Nesti Gjeluci of the International Republican Institute participate. Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-1901.

America and the world — 6:30 p.m. The World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C., holds a discussion, “America and the World.” Leonard Downie, executive editor of The Washington Post, participates. Location: The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Atrium Ballroom, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: RSVP to 202/293-1051.

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