- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 17, 2008

PRESIDENT BUSH

3 p.m. - Speaks in honor of Black Music Month in the East Room of the White House.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. - National Science Foundation - The Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering holds a meeting. Location: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Contact: Margaret Tolber, 703/292-8040.

8 a.m. - Department of Housing and Urban Development - The Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee holds a meeting. Location: Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston, 4610 North Fairfax Drive. Contact: William Matchneer III, 202/708-6409.



8:15 a.m. - Defense Department - The Defense Health Board holds a meeting. Location: Hilton, 8727 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Contact: Col. Roger Gibson, 703/681-1712.

8:45 a.m. - Agency for International Development - The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development holds its 154th meeting. Location: National Press Club, First Amendment Room. Contact: Ronald Senykoff, 202/712-0218.

10 a.m. - Millennium Challenge Corp. - Board of directors holds a meeting. Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: Suzi Morris, 202/521-3600.

1:30 p.m. - Department of the Interior - The Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sporting Conservation Council holds a meeting. Location: Department of Interior, 1849 C St. NW, Main Interior Building, Room 5160. Contact: Phyllis Seitts, 602/906-5603.

2 p.m. - State Department - The Advisory Committee, International Postal and Delivery Services, holds a meeting. Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW, Room 1107. Contact: Christopher Wood, 202/647-1044.

SUPREME COURT

Not hearing cases. Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

9:30 a.m. - Armed Services Committee hearing on aggressive interrogation techniques. Richard L. Shiffrin, former deputy general counsel for intelligence, Defense Department; retired Lt. Col. Daniel J. Baumgartner Jr., former chief of staff, Joint Personnel Recovery Agency; Jerald F. Ogrisseg, former chief, psychology services, 336th Training Group, Air Force Survival School; Alberto J. Mora, former general counsel, Navy; retired Rear Adm. Jane G. Dalton, former legal adviser to the chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; retired Lt. Col. Diane E. Beaver, former staff judge advocate, Joint Task Force 170/JTF Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and William J. Haynes II, former general counsel, Defense Department, testify. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106.

10 a.m. - Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on developing transmission methods for renewable electricity resources. Kevin Kolevar, assistant secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Energy Department; T. Boone Pickens, principal, BP Capital, Dallas; Rich Halvey, energy program director, Western Governors Association, Denver; Bryce Freeman, board member, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Stephen Wright, administrator, Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, Ore.; Don Furman, senior vice president for development, transmission and policy, Iberdrola Renewables, Washington, D.C. (representing the American Wind Energy Association); Gary Hanson, chairman, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, Pierre, S.D.; and Will Kaul, vice president, Great River Energy, Maple Grove, Minn., testify. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 366.

10 a.m. - Finance Committee hearing on the future of the economy. Congressional Budget Office Director Peter Orszag and acting Comptroller General Gene Dodaro testify. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 215.

10 a.m. - Judiciary Committee hearing on protection of intellectual property. Loren Yager, Government Accountability Office; Brian Monks, Underwriters Labs; Mike Rose, Johnson & Johnson; and Jeffrey Thurnau, Gates Corp., testify. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226.

10:30 a.m. - Appropriations and Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry financial services and general government subcommittee joint hearing on the role, needs and resources of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Acting Chairman Walter Lukken; Mark Cooper, Consumer Federation of America; Terrence Duffy, executive chairman, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group; James May, CEO, Air Transport Association; James Newsome, CEO, New York Mercantile Exchange; and Charles Vice, president, Intercontinental Exchange, testify. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 192.

2:15 p.m. - Foreign Relations international development and foreign assistance, economic affairs and international environmental protection subcommittee hearing on policy options for international disaster assistance. James B. Warlick, principal deputy assistant secretary of state; James Kunder, acting deputy administrator, USAID; Edward Luck, special adviser to the U.N. secretary-general; Mark L. Schneider, International Crisis Group; and Stewart Patrick, Council on Foreign Relations, testify. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419.

2:30 p.m. - Energy and Natural Resources national parks subcommittee hearing on pending parks bills. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 366.

2:30 p.m. - Judiciary Committee hearing on the Federal Judgeship Act of 2008. George Singal, Judicial Conference of the U.S.; and William Jenkins Jr., Government Accountability Office, testify. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226.

HOUSE

9:30 a.m. - Select Energy Independence and Global Warming Committee hearing on the energy and national security impact of the U.S.-Saudi nuclear deal. Location: Longworth House Office Building, Room 1310.

2 p.m. - Judiciary Committee hearing on legal remedies for Americans who are victims of state-sponsored terrorism. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2141.

4 p.m. - Appropriations financial services and general government subcommittee markup of pending appropriations. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2358A.

5 p.m. - Rules Committee meeting to set rules for floor debate. Location: U.S. Capitol, Room H-313.

5:30 p.m. - Appropriations energy and water development subcommittee markup of fiscal 2009 appropriations. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2362B.

GENERAL AGENDA

8 a.m. - Mapping public media - American University’s Center for Social Media sponsors a Beyond Broadcast event exploring the evolution of participatory digital public media. This year’s theme is “Mapping Public Media.” Participants include Lee Banville, editor-in-chief, “Online NewsHour with Jim Lehrer”; Jessica Clark, director, Center for Social Media’s Future of Public Media Project; and Sharon Combs, vice president, Nonprofit Finance Fund’s National Alliances. Location: American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Ward Circle Building, Room 1. Contact: 202/885-3778.

8 a.m. - Preterm birth - The Surgeon General’s Office, in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health, hosts a conference, “Surgeon General’s Conference on the Prevention of Preterm Birth.” Location: Marriott Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, Rockville. Contacts: Michele Kiely, 301/443-0448.

8 a.m. - Islamic Academy - The Traditional Values Coalition holds a demonstration near an Islamic school which a federal report says uses textbooks which advocate violence against non-Muslims. Location: Islamic Saudi Academy, 8333 Richmond Highway, Alexandria. Contacts: James Lafferty, 703/931-2324.

8:30 a.m. - Science and technology - The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosts a discussion, “Science and Technology in the White House: New Report on Best Practices for the Next Generation.” Participants include Lee H. Hamilton, president and director, Wilson Center; David Abshire, president, Lounsbery Foundation, and president, Center for the Study of the Presidency; Deborah Wince-Smith, president, Council on Competitiveness; and David Rejeski, director, Foresight and Governance Project, Wilson Center. Location: Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, sixth floor, Moynihan Board Room. Contact: Sharon McCarter, 202/691-4016.

8:45 a.m. - Foreign assets - Office of Foreign Assets Control Director Adam Szubin gives the keynote address to the National Forum on OFAC Enforcement and Compliance. Location: Madison Hotel, 1177 15th St. NW. Contact: 202/622-2920.

9 a.m. - Poverty and empowerment - The World Resources Institute and the Commission for the Legal Empowerment of the Poor hold a discussion on a new global survey of challenges faced by poor people. Speakers include former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright. Location: World Resources Institute, 10 G. St. NE, Suite 800. Contact: Jonathan Talbot, 202/729-7828.

9 a.m. - Climate change and trade - The Washington International Trade Association co-sponsors a breakfast panel on “Climate Change and Trade.” Participants include Tim Keeler, chief of staff, U.S. Trade Representative; Warren Payne, House Ways and Means Committee; Andy Shoyer, Sidley Austin LLP; and Christopher Wenk, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite Hemisphere A, Concourse Level. Contacts: 202/312-1600.

10 a.m. - Bank economists’ predictions - Chief economists from the nation’s largest banks will give their monetary policy predictions. Location: American Bankers Association, 1120 Connecticut Ave. NW, Alexander Boardroom, seventh floor. Contact: Christen Grant, 202/663-5315.

10 a.m. - Environmental monitoring - The Heinz Center holds a news conference to release a report on the condition and use of the nation’s natural resources. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2325. Contacts: Anne Hummer, 202/737-6307.

10 a.m. - Book forum - The Human Rights Campaign hosts a Seventh Day Adventist Forum and book forum. Background: The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) civil rights organization, says that the forum on the book, “Christianity and Homosexuality: Some Seventh-Day Adventists Perspectives,” will examine the changing perspectives on equality for GLBT people in the Seventh Day Adventist Church and within the larger evangelical community. Location: Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Contacts: Brad Luna, 202/216-1514.

10 a.m. - Nuclear jobs - CASEnergy Co-Chairman Christine Todd Whitman and other government and industry leaders host the launch of “Job Creation in the Nuclear Renaissance,” a new initiative of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition. Background: The CASEnergy white paper provides a close examination of the economic opportunities provided by the nuclear energy industry. Highly skilled jobs are needed to keep todays plants in operation, and needed in the decades ahead to build and operate new reactors. Location: National Press Club, Holeman Lounge. Contacts: 202/338-2273.

10 a.m. - World Bank and broadcasting - The World Bank Public Information Center/InfoShop and the World Bank Institute Global Programs host a book launch for “Broadcasting, Voice, and Accountability A Public Interest Approach to Policy, Law and Regulation.” This book is the World Bank’s first publication presenting good practices from around the world in media and broadcasting policy and regulation and complements existing work in governance, public sector reform and access to information. Location: World Bank Main Complex, 1818 H St. NW, MC4-800.

10:30 a.m. - Bulgaria waiver - Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev participate in an interim declaration signing ceremony for the Visa Waiver Program. Location: Customs and Border Protection briefing room, Reagan Trade Center. Contact: 202/282-8010.

10:30 a.m. - Trade indicators - The World Bank holds a news briefing on its World Trade Indicators database and interactive ranking tool. Location: World Bank, 701 18th St. NW, auditorium, J1-050. Contacts: 202/473-7660.

11 a.m. - Aggressive driving - The Smooth Operator campaign holds a news conference to kick off the 2008 anti-aggressive driving campaign, with Washington area and Mid-Atlantic police officials, federal officials. Location: Parking lot in front of Sports Authority, northeast corner, Springfield Mall. Contacts: Justin Celko, 202/289-2001.

11:30 a.m. - SAT report - The College Board holds a telephone news conference to release results from its 2008 national validity studies of the SAT, which analyze how well the test predicts students’ first year college grade point average.

11:30 p.m. - Mothers and fair pay - MomsRising.org organization holds a demonstration to deliver women’s resumes to Sen. John McCain’s office concerning his comments on the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Location: Outside Russell building, Delaware and Constitution avenues. Contact: Gretchen Wright, 202/371-1999.

12 p.m. - Turkey - The Jamestown Foundation holds a lecture with Andrew McGregor of Aberfoyle International Security on “Arming for Asymmetric Warfare: Turkey’s Arms Industry in the 21st Century.” Location: 1111 16th St. NW.

12:30 p.m. - Press club luncheon - Duncan L. Niederauer, CEO, NYSE Euronext, addresses a National Press Club luncheon. Location: National Press Club. Contact: Melinda Cooke, 202/662-7516.

1:30 p.m. - Foreclosures - The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) hosts a discussion, “Has the Effect of Foreclosures on Housing Prices Been Overstated?” Participants include Peter J. Wallison, AEI; Charles W. Calomiris, AEI and Columbia Business School; Jay Brinkmann, Mortgage Bankers Association; Mark Zandi, Moody’s Economy.com; and Peter J. Wallison, AEI. Location: AEI, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW, 12th floor. Contact: Veronique Rodman, 202/862-4870.

2 p.m. - Millennium Challenge - The Millennium Challenge Corp. holds an outreach meeting to discuss results of its June 17 board meeting, with Director Bill Frist and CEO John Danilovich. Location: 875 15th St. NW, second-floor conference room. Contact: Amanda Burke, 202/521-3901.

2 p.m. - Russert wake - Wake for Tim Russert, the late moderator of “Meet the Press.” Location: St. Albans School, Cafritz Refectory, Massachusetts and Wisconsin Aves. NW. Contact: Jeanne Hamrick, 202/537-5523.

4 p.m. - Detainees and courts - The American Bar Association sponsors a discussion on the implications of the June 12 Supreme Court decision on Guantanamo detainees. Participants include Robert Chesney of Wake Forest Law School, lawyer Susan Baker Manning, Kate Martin of the Center for National Security Studies, Gene Fidell of the National institute of Military Justice and Harvey Rishikof of the National War College. Location: Reserve Officers Association, 1 Constitution Ave. NE, fifth floor. Contact: Jane Singleton, 202/662-1093.

4 p.m. - Taiwan’s economic future - The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) hosts a discussion, “Taiwan’s Economic Future.” Panelists include Claude Barfield, AEI; Rupert J. Hammond-Chambers, U.S.-Taiwan Business Council; Rob Rogowsky, U.S. International Trade Commission; and Chaw-hsia Tu, Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research. Moderator: Dan Blumenthal, AEI. Location: AEI, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW, 12th floor. Contact: Veronique Rodman, 202/862-4870.

6:30 p.m. - Obesity awareness - The Obesity Action Coalition and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Foundation hold a “Walk on the Capitol” to draw attention to the need for more efforts in both prevention and treatment of obesity. Participants include actress Caitlin Van Zandt. Location: National Mall. Contact: Paul Rabin, 212/229-8420.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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