- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 14, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with President Yayi Boni of the Republic of Benin at the White House. Delivers remarks at the White House Summit on Malaria at the National Geographic Society in Washington.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statisticsreleases the U.S. import and export price indexes for November. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. Federal Election Commissionholds a meeting to review the Merit and Service Awards, elect officers, review “Advisory Opinion 2006-33: National Association of Realtors and Realtors Political Action Committee by counsel Jan Witold Baran,” and discuss prototype demonstration for searchable advisory opinions and management and administrative matters. Location: 999 E St. NW. Contact: 202/694-1220.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Stands adjourned. The 110th Congress convenes at noon Jan. 4. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Stands adjourned. The 110th Congress convenes at noon Jan. 4. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Conference — all day U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) holds its Trade Symposium 2006. Events begin at 8:15 a.m.

Highlights — 8:25 a.m. — CBP Deputy Commissioner Deborah Spero delivers remarks.

8:45 a.m. —CBP Commissioner Ralph Basham delivers remarks.

Noon — Office of Management and Budget Director Rob Portman speaks on “Trade, Economy and Budget.”

6 p.m. — Mr. Basham delivers commencement remarks.

Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/344-1780.

Arlington wreath project — 8:30 a.m. The U.S. Army Military District of Washington hosts an event to place 5,000 holiday wreaths on the graves of service members in Arlington National Cemetery. There also will be a wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at noon. Volunteers from various civic organizations including the Maine State Society of Washington, Maine Civil Air Patrol, American Legion Posts and Veterans of Foreign Wars participate. Location: Sections 3 and 11 in Arlington National Cemetery. Contact: 202/685-4990.

Summit — 8:45 a.m. The White House holds its Summit on Malaria, to launch Malaria No More, a network of groups working together to fight malaria, and to announce details on the president’s Malaria Initiative.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — First lady Laura Bush delivers remarks.

11:25 a.m. — Education Secretary Margaret Spellings delivers remarks.

11:40 a.m. — President Bush delivers remarks.

Location: National Geographic Society, 1600 M St. NW, Grosvenor Auditorium. Contact: 202/456-6313.

Iraq discussion — 9 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) holds a discussion on a new report, “Choosing Victory: A Plan for Success in Iraq.” Retired Army Gen. Jack Keane and Frederick Kagan of AEI participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Education — 9 a.m. The New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce holds a press conference to release a report calling for changes in the U.S. education system. Participants include New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and Charles Knapp and Marc Tucker of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce. Location: Grand Hyatt Washington hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/667-0901.

‘Generation next’ — 9 a.m. The Urban Institute holds a discussion, “Generation Next: Active, Angry, Apathetic?” Participants include Christopher Lewis of Generation Engage, Maria de los Angeles Torres of the University of Illinois at Chicago and Judy Woodruff of “NewsHour With Jim Lehrer.” Location: Urban Institute, 2100 M St. NW. Contact: 202/833-7200.

Update from Iraq — 10 a.m. The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) holds a discussion with Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, “An Update From Iraq.” Daniel Serwer of USIP participates. Location: USIP, 1200 17th St. NW, second-floor conference room. Contact: 202/429-3828.

Iran discussion — 10:30 a.m. The Century Foundation holds a conference-call briefing to discuss “Iran and U.S. Policy Options on Nuclear Development.” Flynt Leverett, director of the Geopolitics of Energy Initiative and author of “Dealing with Tehran: Assessing U.S. Diplomatic Options toward Iran,” and Gareth Smyth, Financial Times writer and author of “Fundamentalists, Pragmatists, Mullahs, and Nukes: Iranian Politics and Nuclear Confrontation,” participate. Contact: 212/452-7722.

Event — noon Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hosts a State Department commemoration of International Human Rights Week. Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW, Treaty Room. Contact: 202/647-2492 or 202/647-2013.

Human rights — noon The Middle East Institute (MEI) holds a discussion, “Human Rights, the Land of Israel and Justice: A Religious Perspective.” Rabbi Arik W. Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights participates. Location: MEI, 1761 N St. NW, Boardman Room. Contact: 202/785-1141.

Update on Iraq — noon The National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a press conference with Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Web discussion — 1 p.m. The Small Business Administration holds a Web discussion on year-end tax planning for small-business owners. Thomas P. Ochsenschlager of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants participates. Contact: 202/401-3059.

‘Blood diamonds’ — 5:30 p.m. Africare holds a discussion about Sierra Leone and its “blood diamonds.” Location: 440 R St. NW. Contact: 202/328-5362.

Discussion — 6:30 p.m. The National Building Museum (NBM) holds a discussion, “EccentriCity: Intriguing Characters in Washington’s Architectural History.” NBM curator Martin Moeller participates. Location: NBM, 401 F St. NW. Contact: 202/272-2448.

Lecture — 7:30 p.m. The Jewish Primary Day School and the Rabin family host the second annual Yitzhak Rabin Lecture Series and Forum, “Risky Business: Fighting for Peace, Preparing for War.” Participants include Jeffrey Goldberg, New Yorker writer and author of “Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide,” and Maj. Gen. Dan Harel, Israeli Defense Forces attache in Washington. Location: Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital, 6045 16th St. NW, Gottesman Auditorium. Contact: 202/291-5737.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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