- The Washington Times - Friday, February 10, 2006

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Committee hearing — 9:30 a.m. — The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing, “Hurricane Katrina: The Roles of [the Department of Homeland Security] and [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] Leadership.” Witnesses include former FEMA Director Michael D. Brown and Patrick Rhode, former acting deputy director of FEMA. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

Exhibit — 10 a.m. — The National Geographic Society holds an exhibit, “Mongolia: Traditions Reborn,” Location: The National Geographic Museum, 17th and M streets Northwest. Contact: 202/857-7588.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Addresses the House Republican Conference retreat in Cambridge, Md.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

3 p.m. — Foreign Agricultural Service releases the cotton, grains and oil seeds world markets and trade reports. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/720-0888.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. — Veterans Affairs Department holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans, to review the 2005 annual report responses and prepare to develop its 2006 annual report. Location: Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1001 14th St. NW. Contact: 202/273-5764.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

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

GENERAL AGENDA

Conservative political action conference — all day — The American Conservative Union holds its annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — Gov. Rick Perry, Texas Republican, delivers remarks.

10 a.m. — John Fund of the Wall Street Journal and Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media, “Do Reporters Deserve to Go to Jail? A Mini Debate on Media Shield Laws”

2:30 p.m. — Calvina Fay of the Drug Free America Foundation; Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance; Rob Kampia of the Marijuana Policy Project, “A Conservative Drug Policy? A Mini Debate on the War on Drugs”

4:30 p.m. — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican, delivers remarks.

5 p.m. — Ken Mehlman, chairman of the Republican National Committee, delivers remarks.

7:30 p.m. — John R. Bolton, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, delivers remarks at the Ronald Reagan Banquet.

Location: Omni Shoreham, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 703/836-8602.

Conferencewide retreat — all day — The House Republican Conference holds a conferencewide retreat. Participants include President Bush; House Speaker Dennis J. Hastert, Illinois; Majority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio; and Majority Whip Roy Blunt, Missouri. Location: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, Cambridge, Md. Contact: 202/226-9000.

Iraq discussion — 8:30 a.m. — The Council on Foreign Relations holds a discussion with Gen. Wesley Clark, former NATO supreme allied commander, on “Iraq: The Way Forward.” Participants include Peter Ackerman, member of the Board of Directors at the Council of Foreign Relations. Location: CFR, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/518-3428.

Strategic thinking in East Asia — 8:30 a.m. — The Asia Society holds a discussion on “Strategic Thinking in East Asia: Overview of 2005.” Participants include Tom Christensen and Gilbert Rozman of Princeton University; and Kazuhiko Togo, former ambassador of Japan to the Netherlands. Location: The Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K St. NW. B-1 Conference Level. Contact: 202/833-2742.

Hong Kong talks — 9 a.m. — The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development holds a discussion on “The OECD Assessment of the Hong Kong Talks.” Participants include Jean-Marie Metzger, director of the OECD Trade Directorate; and Jeffrey J. Schott, senior fellow at the International Institute for Economics. Location: The Capitol Hill Club, 300 First St. SE. Contact: 202/822-3869.

Security and civil liberties — 11 a.m. — The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion on “Security and Civil Liberties,” as part of its National Security Report Card Series. Participants include Tim Edgar of the American Civil Liberties Union; Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute; and Todd Gaziano and Alane Kochems of the Heritage Foundation. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Security press conference — noon — Homeland Security Undersecretary for Preparedness George Foresman and Acting Director of the National Cyber Security Division Andy Purdy hold a press conference to discuss the completion of Cyber Storm, the largest federal government sponsored full-scale cybersecurity exercise. Location: Nebraska Avenue Complex, Building 21, 3801 Nebraska Ave. NW. Contact: 202/282-8010.

Hamas discussion — 12:15 p.m. — The Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service Center for Contemporary Arab Studies holds a discussion on “Hamas, the Palestinian Elections and Future Implications.” Participants include Clayton Swisher of the Middle East Institute and author of “The Truth About Camp David”; and Amaney Jamal of Princeton University. Location: Georgetown University, 37th and O Streets Northwest. Intercultural Conference Center. Contact: 202/687-6215.

Travel expo — 12:30 p.m. — Unicomm LLC sponsors the Adventures in Travel Expo 2006.

Highlights — Travel Professionals Day

12:30 p.m. — “What’s Hot in Adventure Travel?” Bhutan: Marilyn Downing of Asia Transpacific Journeys; Iceland: Jona Wheeler of Icelandair; Jordan: Malia Asfour of the Jordan Tourism Board

3:45 p.m. — Roger Dow, CEO and president, Travel Industry Association of America, delivers keynote address.

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Contact: 203/878-2577. [email protected]; www.adventureexpo.com

Women’s forum — 4 p.m. — Women’s Forum Against Fundamentalism in Iran holds a press conference on “Women and U.S. Policy in the Middle East.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Murrow Room. Contact: 617/590-1665.

Islam and the Black American — 7:30 p.m. — The Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service Center for Contemporary Arab Studies holds a discussion with Sherman Jackson of the University of Michigan on “Islam and the Black American: The Third Resurrection.” Location: Georgetown University, 37th and O streets Northwest. Intercultural Conference Center. Contact: 202/687-6215.

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