- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 27, 2006

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Constitutional roles — 9:30 a.m. — The Center for American Progress holds a presentation, “Mending the Broken Branch: Strategies for Restoring the Constitutional Role of the U.S. Congress.” Rep. David R. Obey, Wisconsin Democrat; Rep. Ray LaHood, Illinois Republican; Norman J. Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research; and Thomas E. Mann of the Brookings Institution participate. Location: CAP, 1333 H St. NW, 10th floor, Contact: 202/741-6388.

Congo elections — 10:30 a.m. — The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWC) holds a discussion, “The Democratic Republic of Congo on the Eve of Elections.” Howard Wolpe, director of the Africa Program at the WWC; and Chris Hennemeyer, director of the Africa and Middle East programs at the International Foundation for Election Systems, participate. Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with British Prime Minister Tony Blair in the Oval Office. Holds a press availability with Mr. Blair in the East Room at the White House. Participates in a photo opportunity with finalists from the reality TV show “American Idol” in the Oval Office. Participates in a photo opportunity with the 2006 Boys and Girls Nation delegates in the East Room.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Economic Analysis releases the gross domestic product estimate for the second quarter. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9:30 a.m. — U.S. Commission on Civil Rights holds a meeting to receive briefings on “The Benefits of Diversity in Elementary and Secondary Education”; the “U.S. Naval Academy’s Use of Religious and Racial Preferences in Placement of Cadets with Local Sponsors”; and campus anti-Semitism. Location: CCR, 624 Ninth St. NW, Room 540. Contact: 202/376-7700.

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

8:30 a.m. — Appropriations labor, health and human services, education and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on how to increase cancer research and improve cancer treatment. Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong testifies. Location: University of Iowa, medical education and research facility, Rem Sahai Auditorium, 375 Newton Road, Iowa City, Iowa. Contact: 202/224-7363.

9:30 a.m. — Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs federal financial management, government information and international security subcommittee holds a hearing, “Cyber Security: Recovery and Reconstitution of Critical Networks.” George W. Foresman of the Homeland Security Department and Richard Schaeffer, director of information assurance at the National Security Agency, testify. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Government training — 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, including lectures and forums as well as visits to federal agencies and historical sites. Events begin at 8 a.m. Location: Marymount University, 2807 N. Glebe Road, Arlington. Contact: 317/630-1256 or 317/372-3883.

Energy conference — 9 a.m. — The Jamestown Foundation holds a conference, “Caspian Energy Exports and the Black Sea Corridor.” Location: Willard InterContinental Washington hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/483-8888.

Contract mismanagement — 11 a.m. — The Senate Democratic Policy Committee holds an oversight hearing to examine how “cronyism and mismanagement plagued a $243 million contract to rebuild 150 Iraqi health care facilities and contributed to Iraq’s ongoing health care crisis.” Democratic Sens. Byron L. Dorgan of North Dakota, Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico and Mark Dayton of Minnesota, and Ali Fadhil, an Iraqi doctor, participate. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1191.

Middle East policies — 11 a.m. — The Brookings Institution holds a discussion with Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican, on U.S. policy in the Middle East. Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Energy security — noon — The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (PIPS) holds a seminar, “The Middle East Crisis and Energy Security Perspectives.” Michael S. Swetnam of PIPS and Yonah Alexander of the International Center for Terrorism Studies participate. Location: PIPS, 901 N. Stuart St., Suite 200, Arlington. Contact: 703/562-4522.

Middle East briefing — noon — The Arab American Institute (AAI) holds a briefing on Lebanon, the Palestinian territories and Israel, “Understanding the Conflict and the Role of the U.S.” Joseph Cicippio, former hostage in Lebanon and former chief financial officer of the U.S. Agency for International Development; Paul Salem, director-designate of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut; and James Zogby, president of AAI, participate. Location: S-207, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/429-9210, Ext. 26.

Health information — noon — The National Alliance for Health Information Technology holds a briefing, “Standards and Interoperability in Health Information Technology.” Rod Piechowski, vice president of Technology Leadership, participates. Location: HC-7, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/898-6371.

Book discussion — 1 p.m. — The New America Foundation (NAF) holds a book discussion with Thomas E. Ricks, author of “Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq.” Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW, seventh floor. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Iraq discussion — 2 p.m. — The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) holds a discussion, “When Will Iraq Stand Up?” Lt. Gen. Nasier Abadi, deputy commander of the Iraq Joint Forces, and Paul Hughes of USIP participate. Location: USIP, 1200 17th St. NW, second floor conference room. Contact: 202/429-3828.

Cocktail party — 6:30 p.m. — Women in International Trade holds its 2006 Summer Social Cocktail Party. Armenian Economic Counselor George Kocharian participates. Location: Armenian Embassy, 2225 R St. NW. Contact: 202/293-2948.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times


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