- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 29, 2006

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Iran discussion — 9:30 a.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Diplomatic Deja vu? Nuclear Deal-Making With Iran.” Participants include Michael Connell of the Center for Naval Analysis; and Nicholas Eberstadt, Danielle Pletka, Michael Rubin and Gary Schmitt of AEI. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Folklife Festival — all day — The Smithsonian Institution holds its annual Folklife Festival. Programs include “Been in the Storm So Long,” a series of evening concerts that celebrate black music from New Orleans. The festival runs today through Tuesday and next Friday to July 11. Events begin at 11 a.m. Location: Mall between Seventh and 14th streets Northwest. Contact: 202/633-5183.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Tours Graceland with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in Memphis, Tenn. Attends a campaign reception for Sen. Mike DeWine in Columbus, Ohio. Stays overnight at Camp David, Md.

VICE PRESIDENT

Attends a luncheon for Rep. Scott Garrett, New Jersey Republican, at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Economic Analysis releases a report on the personal income and outlays for May. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.

5 p.m. — Energy Information Administration releases its weekly coal production report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of the Human Studies Review Board to advise the agency on scientific and ethical reviews of human subjects’ research. Location: One Potomac Yard, 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington. Contact: 202/564-8381.

3 p.m. — Small Business Administration holds a teleconference of the National Advisory Council to discuss updates on the delivery of the administration’s programs and services. Contact: 202/205-6914.

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

Meets at 9 a.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — International Relations Africa, global human rights and international operations subcommittee holds a hearing, “The Plight of Religious Minorities: Can Religious Pluralism Survive?” Witnesses include Rep. Henry J. Hyde, Illinois Republican and committee chairman; John Hanford III, ambassador at large for international religious freedom; and Nina Shea, vice chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Mental health — all day — The National Alliance on Mental Illness holds its 2006 convention, “Changing Minds. Changing Lives. Keeping the Promise.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlight — 9 a.m. — the Rev. Susan Gregg of the Mental Health Ministries of San Diego, “Mental Illness as a Spiritual Journey.”

Location: Hilton Washington, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 703/516-7963 or 202/797-4512.

Event — all day — The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution holds its 115th Continental Congress. Events begin at 9 a.m. Location: DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. Contact: 202/572-0563.

Event — 9 a.m. — Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff delivers remarks at a Conference on Emergency Management and the Disability and Aging Populations. Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 202/282-8010.

Briefing — 10 a.m. — NASA announces shuttle-launch briefings and events for the Saturday launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-121.

Highlights — 10 a.m. — Countdown status briefing: Jeff Spaulding, NASA test director; Debbie Hahn, STS-121 payload manager; and Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer.

2 p.m. — Exploration update: Scott Horowitz, associate administrator of Exploration Systems; Jeff Hanley, Constellation Program manager; and Steve Cook, manager of the Exploration Launch Office.

3 p.m. — Agency overview briefing: Michael Griffin, NASA administrator.

Location: Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Fla. Contact: 202/358-3749.

Press conference — 10 a.m. — The National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a press conference on the future of the Freedom of Information Act. Participants include Lucy Dalglish of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and Meredith Fuchs of the National Security Archive. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Press conference — 10:30 a.m. — The Abolitionist Action Committee and the United Methodist Church hold a press conference to highlight the failures of the death penalty on the 30th anniversary of the Gregg v. Georgia ruling, in which the Supreme Court upheld laws written to reinstate the death penalty. Location: Outside the U.S. Supreme Court, One First St. NE. Contact: 561/371-5204.

Rally — noon — The AFL-CIO holds a rally with drivers from Washington who will bang on empty gas cans to call for President Bush to “do something about soaring gas prices.” Location: Lafayette Park. Contact: 202/637-5018.

Immigration — 12:45 p.m. — The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies hosts remarks on immigration and the economy by Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez. Location: Tony Cheng’s Seafood Restaurant, 619 H St. NW. Contact: 202/822-8138.

Baseball classic — 5 p.m. — The Library of Congress holds a discussion with Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria, Sterling professor of comparative literature at Yale University, on the first World Baseball Classic, which took place in March. Location: LOC, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Contact: 202/707-1639.

Event — 6:30 p.m. — The Jerusalem Fund hosts an exhibit, “Souvenirs: Memories of Tunis,” featuring photographs of Tunis, Tunisia, by former Jerusalem Fund Gallery curator Dagmar Painter. Location: Jerusalem Fund Gallery, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. Contact: 202/338-1290.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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