- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 29, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Discusses freedom and democracy, Rose Garden, the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

2:30 p.m. Treasury Department releases results of weekly three- and six-month Treasury-bill auctions. Location: 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. Veterans Affairs Departmentholds a meeting of the National Research Advisory Council to receive informational briefings on the status of the VA research program and the research portfolio. Location: Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, 14th and K Streets NW. Contact: 202/254-0200.

9 a.m. —Environmental Protection Agencyholds a meeting by teleconference of the Board of Scientific Counselors mercury subcommittee. See contact for dial-in information. Location: None given. Contact: 202/564-8239.

9:30 a.m. —State Departmentholds a meeting of the Shipping Coordinating Committee. Topics include evaluation of safety and pollution hazards of chemicals and preparation of consequential amendments and requirements for protection of personnel involved in the transport of cargoes containing toxic substances in all types of tankers. Location: U.S. Coast Guard headquarters, Room 6319, 2100 Second St. SW. Contact: 202/267-0086.

SUPREME COURT

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

Docket Number 04-480: MGM Studios v. Grokster

Docket Numbers 04-277: National Cable & Telecommunications Association v. Brand X Internet Services, and 04-281 FCC v. Brand X Internet Services, consolidated for one- hour argument

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

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

HOUSE

Not in session. Spring district work period. The House will next meet at 2 p.m. on April 5. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2220, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Police reform — all day Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a conference, “Police Reform in the Americas: Rising Crime Undermines Democracy, Economic Development, Stability.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlight — noon Adolfo Franco, U.S. Agency for International Development, luncheon keynote address.

Location: CSIS, B-1 conference level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Trade discussion — 8:30 a.m. Washington International Trade Association and Women in International Trade hold a breakfast discussion on the Bush administration’s trade priorities for the next four years with Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez. Location: WITA, Meridian Suites, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/312-1600.

EU lecture — 10 a.m. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosts a lecture, “The EU Future: Global Power or European Governance?” by Achilles Skordas, professor, University of Athens School of Law. Location: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. sixth-floor boardroom. Contact: 202/691-4310.

Town hall meeting — 11 a.m. Office of D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton sponsors a town-hall meeting, “Privatizing Social Security for Young People, Adults and Senior Citizens.” Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C. Democrat; Barbara Kennelly, president and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare; and Maya Rockeymoore, vice president of research and programs, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, participate. Location: Howard University, School of Business auditorium, 2600 Sixth St. NW. Contact: 202/225-8050 or 202/225-8143.

Military discussion — noon Cato Institute holds a discussion, “The United States Does Not Need a Larger Army.” Charles Pena, director, Defense Policy Studies, Cato Institute, and Daniel Goure, vice president, Lexington Institute, participate. Location: Cato Institute, F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5200.

U.N. discussion — 12:30 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a discussion, “United Nations and Conflict Management.” Stephen Stedman, special adviser to the U.N. secretary-general, participates. Location: SAIS, Nitze Building, Room 517, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.

Ad campaign briefing — 1 p.m. The Club for Growth holds a conference-call briefing to discuss a new TV-ad campaign in three states, including one that criticizes a sitting Republican senator for supporting a payroll-tax increase to strengthen Social Security. 800/269-6183; confirmation number: 8524992. Former Rep. Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, and president, Club for Growth, participates. Location: None given. Contact: 703/739-5920.

Europe press conference — 3 p.m. National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a press conference, “The New European Constitution: A United States of Europe.” Mark Hendrick, member of the British Parliament and the European Scrutiny Select Committee, participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F Streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Social Security discussion — 3 p.m. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the New America Foundation and the Urban Institute hold a discussion, “The Forgotten Issues in Social Security Reform.” Former Rep. Tim Penny, Minnesota Democrat, chairman of For Our Grandchildren National Advisory Board, and of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget; Reid Cramer, research director, Asset Building Program, New America Foundation; and Maya Macguineas, director, Fiscal Policy Program, New America Foundation, participate. Location: 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: RSVP to 202/986-6599.

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