- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 22, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

1:05 p.m. — Participates in the pardoning of the national Thanksgiving turkey, Rose Garden, the White House. Departs for Crawford, Texas.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

4 p.m. National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Special Emphasis Panel, “Review of an Unsolicited (R24) Application,” to review and evaluate grant applications. Location: National Institutes of Health, 6700B Rockledge Drive, Bethesda. Contact: 301/496-2550.



SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Not in session. Thanksgiving recess. The Senate will next meet on Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Not in session. The House will next meet on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Political reform — 8:30 a.m. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace holds a discussion, “Temperature-Taking on Political Reform in Saudi Arabia: Is It Getting Hot?” Participants include Amr Hamzawy of the Democracy and Rule of Law Project at CEIP and Saleh Al-Mani of King Saud University. Location: CEIP, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/483-7600.

U.N. Reform — 9 a.m. The U.S. Institute of Peace holds a discussion, “The Imperative for Action: An Update of the Report of the Task Force on American Interests and U.N. Reform.” Participants include former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Georgia Republican, and former Sen. George J. Mitchell, Maine Democrat. Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/429-3832.

Toy safety — 9:30 a.m. U.S. Public Interest Research Group holds a press conference to release its 20th annual “Trouble in Toyland” survey of toys. Participants include Alison Cassady, U.S. PIRG research director and report author, and Anna Aurilio, U.S. PIRG legislative director. Location: Washington Seminar Center, Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, Fourth and Independence Avenue Southeast. Contact: 202/546-9707.

Work force report — 10 a.m. The National Association of Manufacturers releases its “2005 Skills Gap Report,” the first comprehensive look at the U.S. manufacturing work force in four years. Participants include John Engler, president of NAM; Richard Kleinert of Deloitte Consulting LLP; and Jerry Jasinowski, president of the Manufacturing Institute. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Murrow Room. Contact: 202/637-3096.

Banking report — 10 a.m. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. holds a press conference to release third-quarter 2005 earnings for the banking and thrift industries. Location: FDIC, 550 17th St. NW, Risk Analysis Center. Contact: 202/898-6992.

Tree topping — 10 a.m. The National Park Service holds the national Christmas tree topping ceremony. Participants include Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney; Fran Mainella, director of the National Park Service; and Peter Nostrand, president of Christmas Pageant of Peace Inc. Location: Northeast quadrant of the Ellipse, south of the White House. Contact: 202/619-7400.

Inflation situation — 10 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Inflation Targeting at Bernanke’s Fed?” Participants include Andrew Crockett of JPMorgan Chase; Bennett McCallum of the Carnegie-Mellon University; Edwin Truman of the Institute for International Economics; and John Makin and Desmond Lachman of AEI. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Medicare briefing — 10 a.m. The National Council on the Aging and the Access to Benefits Coalition hold a press briefing on a community-based education program to help beneficiaries and their families understand the new Medicare prescription-drug coverage. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/479-6687.

Natural-gas prices — 10 a.m. The National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a discussion with Joseph Kelliher, new chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, on natural-gas prices and the effects of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma on those prices. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Food drive — 10:30 a.m. FedEx and FedEx Field hold a food drive as part of Operation Special Delivery, a nationwide program designed to help local charities collect and distribute food and goods during the holiday season.

Highlights — 10:30 a.m. — Volunteers prepare food at FedEx Field.

1 p.m. — Food distribution to families and meet-and-greet with Washington Redskins players.

Location: FedEx Field, 1600 FedEx Way, Landover. Contact: 202/835-8868.

Energy security — 10:30 a.m. The Business Roundtable holds a discussion with Bill Ford, chairman and chief executive officer of Ford Motor Company, “Driving American Innovation: Developing a Road Map Toward Energy Security.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/496-3288.

Dayton Accords anniversary — 11:30 a.m. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hosts ceremonies to commemorate the 10th anniversary of agreement on the Dayton Accords, which ended the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

12:15 p.m. — Miss Rice participates in a signing ceremony with Bosnian Foreign Minister Mladen Ivanic, at which they will sign a Status of Forces Agreement and an Open Skies Agreement.

12:30 p.m. — Miss Rice hosts a lunch in honor of the Dayton Accord anniversary in the Ben Franklin Room, and offers brief remarks.

Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/647-2492 or 202/504-6300.

Kazakhstan — noon In the National Interest magazine holds a discussion on Kazakhstan and the question of democracy promotion versus strategic interests in U.S. policy. Location: Center for American Politics and Public Policy, 1650 L St. NW, Suite 1250. Contact: 202/775-0200.

Asian democracies — noon National Endowment for Democracy holds a discussion, “Political Parties in Asian Democracies: The Weakest Link?” Participants include Roland Rich, NED Reagan-Fascell Democracy fellow, and Larry Diamond of the International Forum for Democratic Studies. Location: National Endowment for Democracy, 1101 15th St. NW, Suite 700. Contact: 202/293-0300, Ext. 665.

EU relations — 6 p.m. The Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service Center for Contemporary Arab Studies holds a discussion with Spanish Ambassador Carlos Westendorp, “Spain and U.S.-EU Relations.” Location: Georgetown University, 37th and O streets Northwest, Intercultural Conference Center. Contact: 202/687-6215.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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