- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 30, 2006

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Political map — 1 p.m. — The Woodrow Wilson Center and Cornell in Washington hold a symposium on “Red and Blue America: The Political Map of the New Century.” Rep. Mark Steven Kirk, Illinois Republican; Rep. Bob Filner, California Democrat; Kathleen Frankovic of CBS News; Carl Leubsdorf of the Dallas Morning News, participate. Location: One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

War debate — 8 p.m. — The Al-Hewar Center holds a discussion with J. Forrest Sharpe, editor and managing director of Light in the Darkness Publications, on “Re-casting the Debate on the War in Iraq: Right vs. Wrong Rather Than Right vs. Left.” Location: Al-Hewar Center, 124 Park St. SE. Vienna, Va. Contact: 703/281-6277.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Cancun, Mexico. Returns from Cancun to the Bush Ranch, Crawford, Texas. Stays overnight at the Bush Ranch.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Economic Analysis releases the personal income and outlays for February 2006. 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

9 a.m. — Veterans Affairs Department holds a meeting of the Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation. Agenda includes updates on the Spinal Cord Injury Vocational Support Program. Location: Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 18th St. NW., Room 201. Contact: 202/273-6952.

10 a.m. — National Marine Fisheries Service holds a meeting of the International Whaling Commission. Location: NOAA Science Center, 1301 East-West Highway, Silver Spring. Contact: 301/713-9090, Ext. 183.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on “An Examination of the Call to Censure the President.” Robert Turner, Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia; John Dean, former White House counsel to President Nixon and author of “Worse Than Watergate”, testify. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

10 a.m. — Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of Uttam Dhillon to be director of the Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement, Homeland Security Department, and Mark Acton to be commissioner of the Postal Rate Commission. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Silicosis Story: Mass Tort Screening and the Public Health.” Silicosis is a lung disease that results from long-term exposure to silica dust. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

GENERAL AGENDA

Conference — all day — The American Society of International Law holds its annual meeting. Events begin at 7:45 a.m.

Highlight — 12:30 p.m. — Judge Theodor Meron of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, delivers remarks.

Location: The Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M St. NW. Contact: 202/939-6018.

AEI forum — all day — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a forum on “Empowering Democrats,” as part of its series titled, “Dissent and Reform in the Arab World.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9:15 a.m. — Panel I discussion on “Challenges to Reform in Syria and Lebanon”

10:30 a.m. — Panel II discussion on “Challenges to Reform in Iraq and Jordan”

12:15 p.m. — Panel III discussion on “Challenges to Reform in Palestine”

Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW. Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Mexcio’s election — all day — The Woodrow Wilson Center holds a forum on “Institutions and Political Actors in Mexico’s 2006 Elections.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9:30 a.m. — Discussion on the “Political Party System in Transition”

11:30 a.m. — Discussion on the “Change and Continuity in Institutions of Governance”

2 p.m. — Discussion on “Citizens and Social Actors”

Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Energy discussion — 10 a.m. — The Heritage Foundation hosts a panel discussion on “Energy: Under Threat in the Western Hemisphere?” U.S. energy policy, real versus imagined threats in South America, and what the U.S. should do about them, will be discussed. Assistant Energy Secretary for Policy and International Affairs Karen Harbert; Gustavo Coronel, former board member, Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Israel discussion — noon — The Israel Project holds a discussion with Yossi Olmert, brother of acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, on “Israeli Elections 2006: What Does the New Government Mean for Israel and for Peace?” Location: The Israel Project, 2020 K St. NW. Suite 7600. Contact: 202/857-6644.

North Korea tunnels — noon — The Defense Forum Foundation holds a briefing on “New Evidence Exposing North Korea’s Tunnels Into South Korea.” Location: 2168 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 703/534-4313.

China’s transition — noon — The National Economists Club holds a luncheon discussion with Gail Fosler, executive vice president and chief economist of The Conference Board, on “China’s Transition: How Fast, How Far?” Location: The Chinatown Garden Restaurant, 618 H St. NW. Contact: 703/493-8824.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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