- The Washington Times - Friday, September 29, 2006

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Garden opening — 11 a.m. — First lady Laura Bush participates in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the National Garden at the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory. Location: USBG Conservatory, First Ladies’ Water Garden, Third Street and Maryland Avenue Southwest. Contact: 202/380-5250.

Japanese Cabinet — 11:30 a.m. — The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion, “Dialogue on the New Japanese Cabinet.” Michael Green, Japan chairman at CSIS, and Gerald Curtis of Columbia University participate. Location: CSIS, 1800 K St. NW, B-1 conference level. Contact: 202/775-3242.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Delivers remarks on the global war on terror; meets with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev; attends the 2006 National Book Festival Gala Performance and Dinner; spends the night at Camp David in Maryland.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

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

11:30 a.m. — Bureau of Transportation Statistics releases the North American surface freight data for July. Location: 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/366-5580.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. — Internal Revenue Service holds a public hearing on proposed amendments to fee regulations for the agent enrollment examination. Location: 1901 S. Bell St., Crystal City. Contact: 202/622-7180.

1 p.m. — Department of the Navy holds a meeting of the Marine Corps University’s Board of Visitors Executive Committee to receive a report on professional military education. Location: Marine Corps University, 2076 South St. Hooper Room, Quantico, Va. Contact: 703/784-4037.

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.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Judiciary Committee holds a markup of the Free Flow of Information Act of 2006, the Gang Prevention and Effective Deterrence Act of 2005 and the Circuit Court of Appeals Restructuring and Modernization Act of 2005. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226. Contact: 202/224-5225.

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. to consider the Private Property Rights Implementation Act of 2006. 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 pretexting and Internet data brokers. Witnesses include Doug Atkin, owner of Anglo-American Investigations Inc., and Christopher Byron, a journalist for the New York Post. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2123. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10:30 a.m. — International Relations oversight and investigations subcommittee holds a hearing, “Falun Gong: Organ Harvesting and China’s Ongoing War on Human Rights.” Witnesses include David Kilgour, former member of the Canadian House of Commons, and David Matas, senior legal counsel of B’nai Brith Canada. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2172. Contact: 202/225-5021.

10 a.m. — Science Committee holds a hearing on the Government Accountability Office’s report on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather satellite program. Witnesses include David Powner, director of information technology management issues at the GAO, and NOAA Administrator Conrad Lautenbacher. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2318. Contact: 202/225-6371.

GENERAL AGENDA

Africa conference — all day — The Corporate Council on Africa holds a “U.S.-Africa Infrastructure Conference.” Events begin at 7 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — “Financing Your Projects”

1 p.m. — “The Way Forward for U.S. Infrastructure Development in Africa”

Location: Bethesda Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda. Contact: 202/835-1115.

High-end computing — all day — The National Academies holds a discussion, “Estimating the Scientific Demand for High-End Computing for Four Fields.” Events begin at 9:30 a.m.

Highlights — 9:30 a.m. — Jack Marburger, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

4 p.m. — Arden Bement, National Science Foundation director

Location: National Academies, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/334-1519.

Economic growth — 9 a.m. — The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development holds a discussion, “Promoting Pro-Poor Growth.” Participants include Richard Manning, chairman of the OECD Development Assistance Committee, and James Smith, senior deputy assistant administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Location: Capitol Hill Club, 300 First St. SE. Contact: 202/785-6323.

Piracy summit — 9 a.m. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Chamber Foundation holds its third annual anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy summit, “Threatening Health, Safety and Jobs: The True Cost of Counterfeiting and Piracy.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlight — 9:45 a.m. — Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales delivers remarks.

Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Fair and independent courts — 9 a.m. — The Georgetown University Law Center holds a conference, “Fair and Independent Courts: A Conference on the State of the Judiciary.”

Highlight — Noon — Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor deliver remarks.

Location: Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/662-9519.

Book discussion — 10 a.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a book discussion with Walter Berns, author of “Democracy and the Constitution.” Participants include Judge Robert Bork of the Hudson Institute, George Will, ABC News analyst and syndicated columnist, and Lynne V. Cheney of AEI. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Long-term worries — 11 a.m. — New York University’s John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress holds a press conference to release the results of a study that shows Americans are worried about long-term issues such as global warming, terrorism and Social Security. Participants include Lee H. Hamilton, president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center, and Paul Light of NYU. Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, 1 Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Children’s well-being— noon — The New America Foundation holds a discussion, “Promoting Children’s Well-Being: The Role of Workplace Flexibility.” Barbara Schneider of Michigan State University and Shelley MacDermid of Perdue University participate. Location: Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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