- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 24, 2005


In Crawford, Texas, for Easter weekend.


Discusses Social Security reform at town hall meetings in Pittsburgh and Battle Creek, Mich.


8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases the advance report on durable goods — manufacturers’ shipments and orders — for February. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

10:30 a.m. — Energy Information Administration releases its weekly natural-gas storage report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-880.


9 a.m. National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities holds a meeting of the National Endowment for the Arts, National Council on the Arts. Topics include updates on national leadership initiatives and on congressional/White House activities and a presentation on the NEA Arts Journalism Institutes. Location: Nancy Hanks Center, Room M-09, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/682-5570.

9 a.m. — State Department holds a meeting of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee to prepare positions for the next meeting of the ITU Council Working Group on the International Telecommunication Regulations. Location: Squire Sanders & Dempsey, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/647-2593.


Not in session. The Senate will next meet at 2 p.m. April 4. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


Not in session. The House will next meet at 2 p.m. April 5. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


Rules of war — all day American University holds a press conference, “The Geneva Conventions and the Rules of War in the Post 9/11 and Iraq World.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlight — noon Will Taft, former legal counsel to then-Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, delivers the keynote address.

Location: AU, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/274-4279.

Immunization conference — 9 a.m. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention holds the 39th national immunization conference. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlight — 9 a.m. “Using Communication and Education to Change Provider Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors”

Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 404/639-3286.

Estate taxes — 9:30 a.m. Brookings Institution holds a discussion, “Death By A Thousand Cuts: An Analysis of the Estate Tax’s Demise.” Michael Graetz and Ian Shapiro, both of Yale, participate. Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Future of telecommunications deregulation — 10 a.m. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a press conference, “The Future of Telecom Deregulation: Two Alternative Visions.” Robert Hahn, American Enterprise Institute, and Jonathan Nuechterlein of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th Street NW. Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Book discussion — noon Cato Institute holds a book discussion, “Liberty for Latin America: How to Undo 500 Years of State Oppression.” Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author; Michael Shifter, Inter-American Dialogue; and Ian Vasquez, Cato Institute, participate. Location: Cato Institute, F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5200.

PETA rally — noon People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals holds a rally to protest the arrival of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Location: Lafayette Park, across from the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 757/622-7382, ext. 8330; 757/943-7464; or 757/622-7382, ext. 8702.

Health care decisions — noon Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association holds a briefing, “Helping Consumers Make Knowledgeable Health Care Decisions.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F Streets NW. Contact: 202/626-8644.

First-responder needs — 1:30 p.m. First Response Coalition holds a conference call briefing on its report, which provides an updated estimate of post-9/11 funding for America’s first-responders. Commissioner Bill Fox, Metropolitan Fire Association of New York City; Gene Stilp, Dauphin-Middle Paxton Fire Company No. 1, Dauphin, Pa.; and Todd Main, FRC, participate. Location: None given. Contact: 703/276-3266.

Rice-Molyviatis meeting — 2 p.m. Greek Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis meets with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Location: State Department. Contact: 202/332-2727.

Social Security — 2 p.m. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities holds a conference- call briefing on how people would fare under President Bush’s private-accounts proposal for Social Security. Robert Shiller, Yale University, participates. Location: None given. Contact: 202/408-1080.

U.S.-Libya relations — 4 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a discussion, “A Forum on U.S.-Libya Relations.” Ali Aujali, Libyan Liaison Office, and Steve Butler, State Department, participate. Location: SAIS, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.

Middle East affairs — 6 p.m. George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs holds a lecture, “The Middle East Cauldron.” Edward Gnehm, former U.S. ambassador to Jordan, and Maurice Shapiro, visiting professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, participate. Location: GWU Elliott School, 1957 E Street NW. Contact: 202/994-6240.

Climate-change discussion — 6 p.m. — National Capital Region World Future Society holds a discussion, “Climate Change: An Intergenerational Hot Potato — What is the Long Term Future of Climate Change?” Peter Schultz, Koshland Science Museum, participates. Location: Mariam Koshland Science Museum, National Academy Building, Sixth and E Streets NW. Contact: 30/-657-3731.

Iraq discussion — 7 p.m. Institute for Policy Studies holds a discussion, “National Teach-In On Iraq: How Can We End this War?” Naomi Klein, journalist and author of “No Logo”; Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies; and Damu Smith, Black Voices for Peace, participate. Location: George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building, 805 21st Street. NW. Contact: 202/234-9382, ext. 238.

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