- The Washington Times - Friday, February 1, 2008


Visits Kansas City, Mo., to sign the Presidential Proclamation in honor of American Heart Month, participate in a breakfast with business leaders, tour Hallmark Cards Inc., and deliver remarks on the economy; attends a campaign event for Rep. Sam Graves, Missouri Republican.


8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a report on the employment situation for January. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

10 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases a report on construction put in place for December. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.


11 a.m. State Department holds a meeting by teleconference of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO to consider the recommendations of the Commission’s National Committee for the International Hydrological Program on the establishment of a U.S. water-related UNESCO Category II Center. Contact: 202/663-0026.


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


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


9:30 a.m. Joint Economic Committee holds a hearing on The Employment Situation in January 2008, focusing on the new jobs report and previously weak jobs reports in light of a potential recession. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics’ January employment figures are scheduled to be released the day of the hearing. Bureau of Labor and Statistics Commissioner Keith Hall testifies. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5171.


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


Iran on the Horizon — all day The Middle East Institute holds a conference on Iran on the Horizon. Events begin at 8:55 a.m.

Highlights — 8:55 a.m. — Wendy Chamberlin, president of MEI, delivers welcoming remarks.

9 a.m. — Gary Sick, senior research scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs’ Middle East Institute at Columbia University, and Hooshang Amirahmadi, founder and president of the American Iranian Council, participates on a discussion on Assessing Iran’s Intentions and Internal Power Centers.

12:15 p.m. — Pierre Vimont, ambassador of France to the U.S., delivers luncheon keynote address.

4 p.m. — Patrick Clawson of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and Hillary Mann Leverett, former National Security Council director for Iran and Persian Gulf affairs, participates in a panel discussion on Iran: What Does the U.S. Do Now?

Location: Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 2200 M St. NW. Ballroom. Contact: 202/785-1141.

Character-Based leadership — all day Georgetown University and the Center for the Study of the Presidency’s National Consortium for Character-Based Leadership holds a conference on convening teachers, administrators, academics and professional leaders for two days of discussions on the nature of and best methods for teaching and character-based leadership. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — David Abshire, president of the Center for the Study of the Presidency, delivers opening remarks.

9:15 a.m. Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican, and David Abshrie, president of the Center for the Study of the Presidency, deliver remarks on Moral Decision- Making in Government.

11:50 a.m. — John DeGiola, president of Georgetown University, delivers remarks.

Location: Marriott Conference Center, 3800 Reservoir Road NW. Contact: 202/687-4328 or 202/687-4328.

Discussion — 8:30 a.m. The Hudson Institute’s Center for Eurasian Policy and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland hold a discussion on Allies and Energy: Poland, the United States, and Transatlantic Cooperation.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Kenneth Weinstein, chief executive officer of the Hudson Institute, and Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, deliver opening keynote address

9:30 a.m. — John O’Sullivan, director of the Center for European Studies at the Hudson Institute, and Robert Kupiecki, director of the Department of Security Policy at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, participate in a panel discussion on Transatlantic Cooperation.

11 a.m. — Zeyno Baran, director of the Center for Eurasian Policy at the Hudson Institute, and Przemyslaw Wipler, director of the Department of Diversification of Oil and Gas Supply in the Polish Ministry of Economy, participate in a panel discussion on Energy Security: Poland and the Baltic Sea Region.

Location: Hudson Institute, 1015 15th St. NW. 6th Floor. Contact: 202/223-7770.

Universal health insurance — 9 a.m. The National Academy of Social Insurance holds a conference on Getting to Universal Health Insurance Coverage.

Highlights — 12:15 p.m. — John Iglehart, founding editor of Health Affairs, James Morone, professor of political science at Brown University, and Len Nichols, director of the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation, participate in a panel discussion on Is Medicare-For-All the Best Option?

2 p.m. — David Colby, vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Christine Cassel, president and chief executive officer of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and Cybele Bjorklund, staff director of the House Ways and Means Committee Health Subcommittee, participate in a panel discussion on How Can we Overcome the Barriers to Change?

Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/452-8097.

University endowments — 9:30 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion on University Endowments: Their Role in Higher Education and Possibilities for Reform. Donald Frey of Wake Forest University and Charles Miller of the Spellings Commission participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW. Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Housing strategies — 10:30 a.m. The National Housing Conference and the Center for Housing Policy holds a discussion on Developing Comprehensive and Effective State and Local Housing Strategies: Lessons from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Elizabeth Davison, former director of the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs, and Rick Nelson, director of the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs and senior fellow at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, participate. Location: National Housing Conference and the Center for Housing Policy, 1801 K St. NW, Suite M-100. Contact: 202/466-2121, Ext. 237.

Press conference — 11 a.m. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator David Paulison hold a press conference on 2008 homeland security grant guidance. Location: Transportation Security Administration Headquarters, 601 S. 12th St. Arlington. Contact: 202/282-8010.

Meeting — noon U.S. Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab meets with Australian Trade Minister Simon Crean. Location: USTR Annex, 1724 F St. NW. Contact: 202/395-3230.

Nepal — noon The National Endowment for Democracy holds a discussion on Political Resistance to Economic Reform in Nepal: Conflict and Consequences for Democracy. Prem Khanal, democracy fellow, and Brian Joseph of NED, participate. Location: National Endowment for Democracy, 1025 F St. NW, Suite 800. Contact: 202/378-9675.

Event — noon The National Press Club Noon Newsmaker Program hosts an address by European Union Commissioner for the Internal Market and Services Charlie McCreevy. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Zenger Room. Contact: 301/530-1210, 202/862-9530 or 202/662-7593.

Pakistan discussion — 12:30 p.m. Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a discussion on The Passage of a Promise: Muslim Perfectionism and Sectarianism in Pakistan, with Naveeda Khan, Johns Hopkins University assistant professor of anthropology. Location: SAIS, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Room 806. Contact: 202/663-5626.

Discussion — 12:30 p.m. The New America Foundation holds a discussion on Why the World Isn’t Flat: The Truth About Globalization and the Secret History of Capitalism. Ha-Joon Chang, faculty of economics at the University of Cambridge and author of Bad Samaritans’, and Michael Lind, Whitehead senior fellow at NAF, participate. Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW, seventh floor. Contact: 202/986-2760, Ext. 315.

Power of the youth vote — 1 p.m. The Roosevelt Institution holds a discussion on the power of the youth vote in 2008 and the barriers to voting that continue to plague young people and other historically disenfranchised communities. Hilary O. Shelton, director and chief lobbyist at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and Caroline Frederickson, legislative director and chief lobbyist of the American Civil Liberties Union, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 443/690-6189.

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