- The Washington Times - Friday, September 15, 2006

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Leaving Iraq? — 10 a.m. — Government Reform national security, emerging threats and international relations subcommittee holds a hearing on “Part III: What Are the Consequences of Leaving Iraq?” Witnesses include Fouad Ajami, director of Middle East studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and James Fearon, professor of political science at Stanford University. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

College fair — all day — The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and the D.C. State Education Office hold the “Mayor’s College Fair.” Events begin at 10 a.m. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C. Democrat, and D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams participate. Location: UDC, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW, Building 47. Contact: 202/274-6333.

PRESIDENT BUSH

No public events scheduled.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the consumer price index for August. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. — State Department holds a meeting of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy to discuss evaluating public diplomacy programs. Location: DOS, 301 Fourth St. SW, Room 840. Contact: 202/203-7883 or 202/203-7880.

2:30 p.m. — Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance holds a meeting to elect officers. Location: Office of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, Capitol Place, 80 F St. NW, Room 412. Contact: 202/219-2099.

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 11 a.m. in a pro forma session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Energy and Commerce commerce, trade and consumer protection subcommittee holds a hearing, “Contact Lens Sales: Is Market Regulation the Prescription?” Witnesses include Maureen Ohlhausen, director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, and Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

GENERAL AGENDA

Youth permanence — all day — The Annie E. Casey Foundation and Casey Family Services hold the 2006 National Convening on Youth Permanence. Events begin at 7:30 a.m. Highlight — 10:15 a.m. — Judy Woodruff, special correspondent for the “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” “Telling the Story: Working with the Media.” Location: Renaissance Washington Hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 203/530-8402 or 301/257-7348.

Kosovo — 9 a.m. — Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a discussion, “Will a Final Kosovo Settlement be Blocked?” Nicholas Whyte, director of the Europe Program at the International Crisis Group, participates. Location: RFE/RL, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth-floor conference room. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Discussion — 9 a.m. — The George Washington University Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet holds a discussion, “Will MySpace and YouTube Change the Way the Beltway Does Politics?” Jeff Berman of MySpace, John deTar of HotSoup, Chuck Defeo of Townhall and Joe Green of Essembly, participate. Location: GW, 805 21st St. NW, Morton Auditorium. Contact: 202/994-6460.

Religious freedom — 9:45 a.m. — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivers opening remarks on the release of the State Department’s 2006 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom. Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW, Room 2209. Contact: 202/647-2492.

Ceremony — 10 a.m. — Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey holds a ceremony to recognize the U.S. Postal Service as one of the largest employers of Army veterans, reservists, and guardsmen, and to honor Postmaster General John E. Potter with the Freedom Team Salute pin. Location: Pentagon, Hall of Heroes. Contact: 703/602-4234.

College access — 10 a.m. — The College Board holds a briefing, “College Access: Opportunity or Privilege?” William C. Symonds of Business Week and Arlene Ackerman, superintendent emeritus of the San Francisco Unified School District, participate. Location: HC-6, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/667-0901.

America’s security — 10 a.m. — Daniel Sutherland, officer for civil rights and civil liberties at the Homeland Security Department, hosts a discussion, “Enhancing America’s Security: American Arab, Muslim and South Asian Communities and Law Enforcement since 9/11.” Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Wan J. Kim and Brett Hovington, director of community outreach for the FBI, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Broadcast Operations Center, fourth floor. Contact: 202/282-8010; 202/776-0644 or 803/553-6329.

Press conference — 10:30 a.m. — Rep. Mark Foley, Florida Republican, and Rep. James E. Clyburn, South Carolina Democrat, hold a press conference to introduce a resolution honoring the 90th anniversary of the Professional Golfers Association of America. PGA President Roger Warren and PGA Chief Executive Officer Joe Steranka participate. Location: HC-7, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/226-4970.

Pentagon ceremony — 11 a.m. — Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace host the Pentagon ceremony for National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Rep. Rob Simmons, Connecticut Republican, delivers the keynote address. Location: Pentagon, Mall Entrance Parade Field. Contact: 703/697-5131. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be canceled.

Medical record — noon — The National Alliance for Health Information Technology holds a briefing, “A Day in the Life of a Medical Record: Lifting the Veil on the Security of Today’s Paper-based Environment.” Harry Rhodes of the American Health Information Management Association and Ned Wagner of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare participate. Location: 902 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/898-6371. RSVP requested.

Briefing — noon — The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee holds a briefing, “Content Ratings for the Web? Legislating a ‘Sexually Explicit’ Label for Web Sites.” Stephen Balkam of the Internet Content Rating Association, Richard Whidden of the National Law Center for Children and Families and Leslie Harris of the Center for Democracy and Technology participate. Location: HC-5, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/638-4370.

National security — 1 p.m. — American Constitution Society for Law and Policy holds a discussion, “National Security, Civil Liberties and Tribunals for Detainees.” Eugene R. Fidell, senior partner at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP and president of the National Institute of Military Justice, participate. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/393-6181.

Forum — 1 p.m. — The Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project and the New Republic hold a forum, “Economic Security in a Changing World.” Peter R. Orszag of the Hamilton Project, Jeffrey Richard Kling of the Brookings Institution and Howard F. Rosen of the Institute for International Economics participate. Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Global war on terror — 2 p.m. — The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments holds a briefing, “The Global War on Terror: A Five-Year Assessment.” Juan Zarate, deputy assistant to President Bush; Bruce Hoffman of Georgetown University; and Michael Vickers of CSBA participate. Location: HC-5, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/331-7990.

Concert — 5 p.m. — The National Gallery of Art hosts a concert with the Michael Thomas Quintet as part of the 2006 Jazz in the Garden Series. Location: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Madison Drive Northwest.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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