- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 24, 2006

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Specter speech — 1 p.m. — The National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon Program holds an event featuring Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on legal issues relating to trials for the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; National Security Agency surveillance of U.S. citizens without warrants; and the future of immigration legislation. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F Streets Northwest, ballroom. Contact: 202/662-7516.

Karzai discussion — 2 p.m. — The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWC) holds a discussion, “Afghanistan Five Years After 9/11,” with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Location: WWC, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, sixth-floor auditorium. Contact: 202/691-4016.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Attends a Connecticut Republican Victory reception at a private residence in Riverside, Conn. Attends a Mike DeWine for U.S. Senate and Ohio Victory 2006 reception at a private residence in Cincinnati.

VICE PRESIDENT

Delivers remarks at a luncheon for Wisconsin Victory 2006 at the Pfister Hotel Grand Ballroom, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Delivers remarks at a rally for the Michigan National Guard at the Grand Valley Armory, 1200 44th St. SW, Wyoming, Mich. Delivers remarks at a reception for U.S. Senate candidate Michael Bouchard and Michigan Victory 2006 at a private residence in East Grand Rapids, Mich.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. National Association of Realtorsreleases figures for August 2006 on sales of existing homes. Location: 700 11th St. NW. Contact: 202/383-1000.

4:15 p.m. —Federal Reserve Boardreleases its weekly foreign reports, on the assets and liabilities of U.S.- and foreign-chartered banks and on foreign-exchange rates. Location: 20th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

1 p.m. St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp.holds a meeting of its advisory board. Location: 400 Seventh St. SW, Room 5424. Contact: 202/366-0091.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Meets at 2 p.m. for morning business and to resume consideration of the Secure Fence Act of 2006. At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll-call vote on the nomination of Francisco Augusto Besosa to be a U.S. district judge for the District of Puerto Rico. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

10:30 a.m. Judiciary Committeeholds a hearing on proposals to limit the access by terrorism-suspect detainees at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to habeas corpus review. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

HOUSE

Meets at 12:30 p.m. for morning-hour debate and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

5 p.m. Rules Committeemeets to formulate rules on the Public Expressions of Religion Act of 2006 and the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Location: H-313, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-9191.

5 p.m. —House-Senate conference committeemeets to consider the Homeland Security appropriations bill. Location: H-140, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-2771

GENERAL AGENDA

Air and Space Conference — all day The Air Force Association holds its Air and Space Conference. Events begin at 7:30 a.m.

Highlights — 1 p.m. — Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne speaks.

2 p.m. — Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson discusses “Commitment to Veterans.”

Location: The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 703/247-5850.

College costs — all day The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a forum, “Footing the Tuition Bill: New Developments in the Student-Loan Industry and How They’re Changing the Way We Pay for Higher Education.” Events begin at 9 a.m. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW., Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Supreme Court predictions — 9 a.m. The Georgetown University Law Center’s Supreme Court Institute holds a press conference, “Anticipating the Supreme Court’s October Term 2006.” Participants include Richard Lazarus, co-director of the Supreme Court Institute, and Georgetown University Law Center professors Susan Bloch, Randy Barnett, James Forman and Lisa Heinzerling. Location: Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/662-9519.

Skills standards — 10 a.m. The National Association of Manufacturers holds a press conference to announce a new certification program for skilled production employees. Participants include John Engler, president and CEO of NAM; James McCaslin, president and CEO of Harley-Davidson Motor Co.; and Leo Reddy, CEO of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F Streets Northwest. Contact: 202/637-3090.

Bush initiative — 10:30 a.m. First lady Laura Bush and Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Karen Hughes announce the start of the President’s Global Cultural Initiative. Location: The White House, East Room. Contact: 202/456-6313.

Health insurance — 11:30 a.m. America’s Health Insurance Plans holds a press conference to release the “largest and most comprehensive survey of the small-employer health insurance market.” Participants include Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of AHIP, and Jeff Lemieux, of the AHIP Center for Policy and Research. Location: AHIP, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/778-8494.

U.N. and democracy — 3 p.m. The New America Foundation holds a discussion, “A United Nations Strengthened by and Strengthening Democracy.” Participants include Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs Mark Lagon and Steven Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program at NAF. Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW, seventh floor. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Karzai degree — 5:30 p.m. Georgetown University hosts a ceremony to honor Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, with an honorary doctor of laws degree, after which Mr. Karzai will make remarks. Location: Georgetown University, 37th and O Streets NW, Gaston Hall (third floor, Healy Hall). Contact: 202/687-4328.

Korea and Japan — 6:30 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a discussion, “Korea and Japan: How Do Their Relations Affect U.S. Policy in Northeast Asia?” with Michael Green, Japan chairman and senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Location: SAIS, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.

Guantanamo forum — 7:30 p.m. The Georgetown University Law Center holds a forum, “Guantanamo and the Rule of Law: Military Tribunals and the Geneva Conventions.” Participants include professor Neal Katyal of the Georgetown University Law Center, lead lawyer on the Hamdan v. Rumsfeld case; Philip Zelikow, State Department counselor; and Deborah Pearlstein, director of the U.S. Law and Security Program at Human Rights First. Location: Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/662-9500.

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