- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 18, 2007

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Islamic world and the West — 3 p.m. — American University holds an address, “The Islamic World and the West: Steps to Achieve a Lasting Peaceful Dialogue,” with Saudi Ambassador Turki al-Faisal. Location: AU, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/885-5950.

Egyptian fine arts — 6:30 p.m. — The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) holds a discussion, “The Egyptian Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston: A Review of Its Conservation History.” Susanne Gansicke, associate conservator of objects at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, participates. Location: SAIS, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW, auditorium. Contact: 202/663-5626.

PRESIDENT BUSH

No public events are scheduled.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

3 p.m. — National Agricultural Statistics Service releases the peanut prices report. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 800/727-9540.

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

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9:30 a.m. — Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park holds a meeting of its Advisory Commission for an update on park operations. Location: Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Headquarters, 1850 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, Md. Contact: 301/714-2201.

10:30 a.m. — Legal Services Corp. holds a meeting of its board of directors.

Highlights — 10:30 a.m. — Annual Performance Reviews Committee holds a closed meeting.

1 p.m. — Provision for the Delivery of Legal Services Committee holds an open meeting.

Operations & Regulations Committee holds an open meeting.

Location: Legal Services Corp., 3333 K St. NW, third-floor conference center. Contact: 202/295-1500.

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. — Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and Appropriations subcommittee on labor, health and human services, education and related agencies hold a joint hearing, “Can Congress Help Fulfill the Promise of Stem Cell Research?” Witnesses include Story Landis, director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and George Daley, associate professor of pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Boston. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 192. Contact: 202/224-7363 or 202/224-5375.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider legislation to deny congressional pensions to members convicted of felonies, and legislation to overhaul the Congressional Page Board. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Appropriations defense subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2008 appropriations relating to military medical readiness. Witnesses include William Winkenwerder Jr., assistant secretary for health affairs at the Defense Department, and Army Surgeon General Kevin Kiley. Location: U.S. Capitol, Room H-140. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. — Foreign Affairs Committee holds a hearing on Iraq, focusing on the recommendations of the Iraq study group. Witnesses include former Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, Indiana Democrat and co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group, and former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2172. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Homeland security — all day — The American Bar Association holds its second annual Homeland Security Institute meeting. Events begin at 8:45 a.m.

Highlight — 8:45 a.m. — Robert Stephan, Homeland Security assistant secretary for infrastructure protection, delivers remarks.

Location: L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L’Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 800/285-2221.

RNC and reform — all day — The Republican National Committee holds its winter meeting, “Recommitting to Reform,” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 10:15 a.m. — RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman delivers remarks.

12:30 p.m. — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, delivers remarks.

Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/863-8614.

Reproductive rights — 9 a.m. — NARAL Pro-Choice America holds a press conference to release the 16th edition of “Who Decides? The State of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States,” focusing on electoral gains and shifts in the political landscape as America marks the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Participants include Nancy Keenan, president, and Cathleen Mahoney, legal director. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Edward R. Murrow Room. Contact: 202/973-3032.

Middle East discussion — 9:30 a.m. — The Middle East Policy Council holds a discussion, “Iraq, Iran, Israel and the Eclipse of U.S. Influence: What Role for America Now?” Participants include Anatol Lieven of the New America Foundation and Wayne White, former deputy director of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the State Department. Location: New America Foundation, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/296-6767.

Contemporary Jordan — 10 a.m. — The Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service Center for Contemporary Arab Studies holds a discussion, “Education for What? Women, Education and Development in Contemporary Jordan,” with Fida Adely of Columbia University. Location: Georgetown University, 37th and O streets Northwest, Intercultural Conference Center. Contact: 202/687-6215.

Iraq petroleum — 10 a.m. — The United States Institute of Peace holds a discussion, “Iraq Petroleum Draft: Between Fiction and Reality.” Participants include Tariq Shafiq, managing director of Petrolog and Associates, and Jonathan Morrow, legal adviser to the Kurdistan Regional Government. Location: USIP, 1200 17th St. NW, second-floor conference room. Contact: 202/429-3828.

State of the Union — 10:30 a.m. — The National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a press conference, “The State of the Union 2007.” Participants include Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democra. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Book discussion — noon — The Heritage Foundation holds a book discussion with Thomas Evans, author of “The Education of Ronald Reagan: The General Electric Years and the Untold Story of His Conversion to Conservatism.” John Edward Hilboldt, director of lectures and seminars at the Heritage Foundation, participates. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Medicare drug benefit — 2 p.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Can Government Price Negotiation Work for the Medicare Drug Benefit?” Participants include Michael Valentino of the Veterans Affairs Department, Gerard Anderson of Johns Hopkins University, and Mark McClellan, former administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

‘The Manchurian Candidate’ — 7 p.m. — The International Spy Museum holds a film screening of “The Manchurian Candidate.” Kathryn Weathersby of the Woodrow Wilson Center participates. Location: National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/654-2843.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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