Thursday, February 21, 2008


Concludes foreign travel to Benin, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana and Liberia. Returns to White House.


8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the unemployment-insurance claims for the week. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-5902.

1 p.m. Energy Information Administration releases the natural-gas weekly update. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.


9 a.m. State Department holds a meeting of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy to discuss public diplomacy issues, including the application of political communication theory and associated disciplines, in U.S. government public diplomacy efforts. Location: Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. Contact: 202/203-7883.

10 a.m. Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States holds a meeting for the issuance of amended proposed decisions and amended final decisions in claims against Albania. Location: Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, 600 E St. NW. Contact: 202/616-6988.

11 a.m. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration holds a meeting by teleconference of the Unified Carrier Registration Plan Board of Directors to continue its work in developing and implementing the Unified Carrier Registration Plan and Agreement. Contact: 505/827-4565.


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


Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


10 a.m. Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of Catherina Haynes to be U.S. Circuit Court judge for the Fifth Circuit, John Mendez to be U.S. district court judge for the Eastern District of California, and Stanley Thomas Anderson to be U.S. district court judge for the Western District of Tennessee. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.


Meets at noon in a pro forma session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom.


Agricultural outlook — all day The Agriculture Department holds an Agriculture Outlook Forum 2008, “Energizing Rural America in the Marketplace.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Deputy Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner delivers welcoming remarks.

8:55 a.m. — Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer delivers the keynote address.

9:20 a.m. — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson delivers remarks, “Agriculture Producing Environmental Solutions.”

Location: Crystal City Marriott Hotel, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/720-5447.

Building better cities — 9 a.m. The World Bank holds a discussion, “Building Better Cities: New York’s Experience in Urban Transformation,” with New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, an independent. Location: World Bank, 1818 H St. NW, Preston Auditorium. Contact: 202/473-1000.

Middle East deadlock — 9 a.m. The Middle East Institute (MEI) holds a discussion ” “Can Israel and Syria Break the Middle East Deadlock?” ” with Alon Liel, chairman of the Israel-Syria Peace Society and former director general of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Location: MEI, Boardman Room, 1761 N St. NW. Contact: 202/785-1141.

Conference-call briefing — 9:45 a.m. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, Missouri Education Commissioner Kent King and Missouri State Board of Education President Russell Thompson hold a conference-call briefing, beginning at 9:45 a.m., following Mrs. Spellings’ remarks to the Missouri State Board of Education on the No Child Left Behind law. Contact: 202/401-1576.

Iraq discussion — 10 a.m. The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) holds a discussion, “Iraq: Are Politics Beginning to Move?” Daniel Serwer, vice president at the Center for Post-Conflict Peace and Stability Operations and the Centers of Innovation at USIP; Rend al-Rahim, senior fellow at USIP; and Jason Gluck, rule of law adviser at USIP, participate. Location: USIP, 1200 17th St. NW, second-floor conference room. Contact: 202/429-3822.

Religious freedom — 10 a.m. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom holds a hearing, “Advancing Religious Freedom and Related Human Rights in Iran: Strategies for an Effective U.S. Policy.” Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman and Barbara Slavin, senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and senior diplomatic reporter at USA Today, participate. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/523-3240, Ext. 127.

Subprime mortgage crisis — noon The Banking and Commerce Working Group holds a discussion on the subprime mortgage crisis. David Gibbons, staff member of the House Appropriations Transportation, HUD and related agencies subcommittee, and Faith Schwartz of HOPE NOW participate. Location: Tortilla Coast Restaurant, 400 First St. SE. Contact: 202/276-2070.

“Comrade J” discussion — noon The International Spy Museum holds a book discussion on “Comrade J,” which discusses an agent working in the U.S. as a Russian spy from 1997 to 2000, with author Pete Earley. Location: International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. Contact: 202-654-2843.

Organ-sales discussion — noon The Cato Institute holds a policy forum on legalizing the sale of human kidneys, “Human Organs for Sale?” Dr. Arthur Matas, professor of surgery and director of the Kidney Transplant Program at the University of Minnesota and immediate past president of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, participates. Location: Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW, F.A. Hayek Auditorium. Contact: 202/789-5200.

Engineer Week event — 1 p.m. The National Society of Professional Engineers holds its 29th annual Federal Engineer of the Year Awards ceremony to celebrate achievements, reinforce efforts and promote the engineering profession as a part of National Engineer Week. Navy Vice Adm. Michael Loose, deputy chief of naval operations for fleet readiness, and Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp, chief of engineers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, ballroom. Contact: 703/684-2815.

International trade seminar — 4:30 p.m. The Washington International Trade Association (WITA) holds a seminar on policy monitoring and enforcement abroad as a part of the Professional Development series. Dan Brinza, assistant U.S. trade representative for monitoring and enforcement, and Stephen Jacobs, deputy assistant secretary for trade agreements and compliance at the Commerce Department, participate. Location: WITA, Meridian Suites, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/312-1600.

India book discussion — 5:30 p.m. Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies’ International Economics Program, South Asia Studies Program, and Applied Economics Program, hold a book discussion with Arvind Panagariya, author of “India: The Emerging Giant.” Anne Krueger, professor of international economics at SAIS, participates. Location: SAIS, Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.

Making poor nations rich — 6 p.m. The Independent Institute holds a discussion on a report, “The Secret to Making Poor Nations Rich.” Benjamin Powell, research fellow at the Independent Institute and editor of the report, and Alvaro Vargas Llosa, director of the Center on Global Prosperity at the Independent Institute and contributor to the report participate. Location: Independent Institute, 1319 Eighteenth St. NW. Contact: 800/927-8733.

Panama Canal — 6:30 p.m. The National Building Museum holds a discussion, “The Past, Present and Future of the Panama Canal,” with Michael Broadhead, historian at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a part of the engineering series. Location: NBM, 401 F St. NW. Contact: 202/272-2448.

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