- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 20, 2006

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Boys Nation — all day — The American Legion Boys Nation program hosts the 2006 American Legion Boys Nation in Washington. The program provides a week of government training in the nation’s capital, composed of lectures and forums as well as visits to federal agencies, institutions, memorials and historical sites. Events begin at 10 a.m., when delegates begin to arrive at Marymount University. A political party reception is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Location: Marymount University, 2807 North Glebe Road, Arlington. Contact: 317/630-1256 or 317/372-3883.

Lebanon rally — 4 p.m. — The Lebanese American Council for Democracy holds a rally in support of Lebanese Red Cross President Sami Dahdah’s call to respect the Geneva Conventions and allow the entry of humanitarian relief efforts into Lebanon. Location: Outside the American Red Cross National Headquarters, 430 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/220-3039.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Delivers remarks at a reception for congressional candidate Rick O’Donnell in Englewood, Colo. Overnights at the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas.

VICE PRESIDENT

Delivers remarks at a luncheon for congressional candidate Gus Bilirakis at Wyndham Westshore Hotel, 4860 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, Fla. Delivers remarks at a rally for troops in Cottrell Field, Fort Stewart, Ga.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the regional and state employment and unemployment figures for June. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. — Federal Communications Commission holds a meeting to discuss a revised recommendation from its Media Ownership Working Group regarding ownership rules and a report of activities by its Rural and Underserved Populations Working Group. Location: FCC, 445 12th St. SW. Contact: 202/418-2809.

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.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9 a.m. — Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee holds a hearing on the farm bill. Carl T. Shaffer of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Richard Wilkins of the Mid-Atlantic Soybean Association testify. Location: Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Contact: 202/224-2035.

10 a.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the “Extradition Treaty Between the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.” Under the treaty, the parties agree to extradite to each other, pursuant to the provisions of the treaty, persons sought by the authorities in the requesting state for trial or punishment for extraditable offenses. Jack Meehan, president of Ancient Order of Hibernians, and Robert Linnon, president of the Irish American Unity Conference, testify. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

HOUSE

Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Government Reform Committee holds a hearing,”Policing Capital Sites: Improving Coordination, Training and Equipment.” Rear Adm. Terence McKnight, commandant of Naval District Washington, and Army Maj. Gen. Guy C. Swan III, commander of the Military District of Washington, testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

2 p.m. — International Relations Middle East and Central Asia subcommittee holds a hearing, “Review of U.S. Assistance Programs to Egypt, Part II.” Jon B. Alterman, director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Michele Dunne, editor of the Arab Reform Bulletin published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, testify. Location: 2200 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

“Mars Day” celebration — all day — The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum holds its annual “Mars Day” celebration, marking the 30th anniversary of the landing of Viking 1, with film screenings, curator talks, a children’s art workshop and more. Events begin at 9 a.m. Location: National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue Southwest. Contact: 202/633-2374.

Address — 8:30 a.m. — The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds an address by Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera. Location: CSIS, B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Peace conference — 8:45 a.m. — The George Washington University School of Business holds its “Peace Through Commerce Conference.”

Highlight — Noon — Nancy Smith-Nissley, senior adviser for business outreach in the Office of Commercial and Business Affairs at the State Department, delivers remarks. Location: GW, 2201 G St. NW, Duques Hall, Room 651. Contact: 202/994-1243.

Coast Guard briefing — 10 a.m. — Defense Daily holds a briefing with U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad W. Allen, “Beyond the [Maritime Transportation Security Act]: Creating a Viable Maritime Security Regime for a Coastal Nation State.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Zenger Room. Contact: 301/354-1598 or 202/267- 1587.

Energy discussion — 11 a.m. — The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “Technology and Combating the Impending Energy Crisis.” Terry Pudas, acting director of the Office of Force Transformation in the Defense Department, and Craig Hansen of BWX Technologies Inc. participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Death penalty — noon — The Pew Forum holds a press conference, “The Future of the Death Penalty.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/419-4560.

Peace presentation — 12:30 p.m. — The United States Institute of Peace holds a presentation by senior fellow Avi Sagi-Schwartz, “Children of Chronic War: Vulnerability, Resilience and Prospects for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Location: USIP, 1200 17th St. NW, second floor conference room. Contact: 202/429-3828.

Concert — 5 p.m. — The National Gallery of Art hosts a concert with the Brian Settles Quartet as part of the 2006 Jazz in the Garden Series. Location: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Madison Drive Northwest. Contact: Media inquiries only, 202/842-6359.

Prayer vs. crime — 7:30 p.m. — The Christian Defense Coalition holds a press conference to discuss plans for a week of prayer and fasting after a “crime emergency” was declared in Washington. Supporters will be taking the “extraordinary step of praying and believing that God will reduce crime in the nation’s capital” over the next six months. The prayer vigil begins after the press conference. Location: the Mall, just west of Third Street Northwest. Contact: 202/547-1735 or 540/538-4741.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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