- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 18, 2008

PRESIDENT BUSH

Attends a Republican National Committee luncheon at a private residence in Jacksonville, Fla. Delivers remarks on trade policy at the Jacksonville Port Authority, Blount Island Marine Terminal. Attends a RNC reception at a private residence in Palm Beach, Fla.

VICE PRESIDENT

On foreign travel to Oman, Saudi Arabia, Israel, the West Bank and Turkey.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Census Bureaureleases the new residential construction for February. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9:30 a.m. — Nuclear Regulatory Commissionholds a meeting to receive a briefing by independent external panel to identify vulnerabilities in the U.S. NRC’s Materials Licensing Program. Location: NRC, 11555 Rockville Pike, Commissioners’ Conference Room, Rockville. Contact: 301/415-1277.

1 p.m. — Small Business Administration holds a meeting by teleconference of the National Small Business Development Center Advisory Board to discuss the follow-up issues from a March 4 board meeting and an ASBDC Spring Conference in Washington. Contact: Alanna Falcone, e-mail [email protected]

SUPREME COURT

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case

Docket number 07-290 District of Columbia v. Heller

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

Meets at noon in a pro forma session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

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

GENERAL AGENDA

Food Safety & Security Summit — all day BNP Media presents the 10th annual “Food Safety & Security Summit,” focusing on new strategies, resources and techniques for improving the quality, safety and security of the global food chain and safeguarding businesses. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Concurrent seminars on “Processing and Packaging Strategies for Optimal Food Quality and Safety” and “Fresh Produce for Foodservice and Retail”

3:30 p.m. — Tom McGinn, director of veterinary and agricultural security at the Homeland Security Department, participates in a seminar on “Protecting Our Food Supply Chain in an Age of Terrorism.”

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW. Contact: 978/475-4441.

Take Back America Conference — all day The Campaign for America’s Future holds its Take Back America Conference 2008. Events begin at 7:30 a.m.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Pulitzer Prize winning author Roger Wilkins and author Taylor Branch deliver remarks on “Progressive Movement in a Democratic Era: The Lessons of King and the Civil Rights Movement.”

10:30 a.m. — House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat, and former attorney Christy Hardin Smith participate in a panel discussion on “The Republic Against the Rogue Presidency.”

1:45 p.m. — Sen. Jim Webb, Virginia Democrat, and Chuck Collins, director of the Business for Shared Prosperity Network, participate in a panel discussion on “Challenging the Second Gilded Age.”

7 p.m. — Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Illinois Democrat; Majora Carter, founder and executive director of Sustainable South Bronx; and Norman Lear, founder of People for the American Way, participate in the Gala Awards dinner.

Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 202/955-5665.

Hearing — all day The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission holds a public hearing on “China’s Expanding Global Influence: Foreign Policy Goals, Practices and Tools.” Events begin at 8:45 a.m.

Highlights — 9:30 a.m. — Thomas Christensen, deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and David Sedney, deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia, participate in a panel discussion on “Administration Perspective.”

1 p.m. — Lawrence Grinter, professor of Asian studies at Air War College, and Mauro De Lorenzo, resident fellow of the American Enterprise Institute, participate in a panel discussion on “Tools of China’s Statecraft: Economics and Trade.”

Location: 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/624-1409 or 202/624-1484.

Press conference — 10 a.m. The National Press Club Morning Newsmaker Program holds a press conference on “Violence and Discrimination Against LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) People Worldwide.” Michael Guest of LGBT Foreign Policy Project and Scott Long of Human Rights Watch participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/624-1859 or 202/887-0500, Ext. 16.

Event — 10 a.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds an address by Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt on his recent trip to India. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Event — 10:15 a.m. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings; Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican; and Minnesota Commissioner of Education Alice Seagren hold an event to make a national education policy announcement, followed by a media availability. Location: Minnesota Department of Revenue, 600 North Robert St., St. Paul, Minn. Contact: 202/401-1576.

Presentation — noon The Library of Congress holds a presentation of “How to Look at Ad Reinhardt’s World War II Cartoons in America,” with Swann Foundation Fellow Prudence Peiffer. Location: LOC, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE, Dining Room A, sixth floor. Contact: 202/707-9115.

Discussion — 12:15 p.m. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace holds a discussion on the recently signed economic partnership agreements between the European Union and Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries at the Carnegie Endowment. Peter Thompson, director of trade and development of the European Commission, and Eduardo Zepeda, senior associate in the Trade, Equity and Development Program of the Carnegie Endowment, participate. Location: CEIP, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/483-7600.

Iran’s textbooks — 12:30 p.m. Freedom House holds a discussion on “Discrimination and Intolerance in Iran’s Textbooks.” Saeed Paivandi, principal report author and professor of sociology at the University of Paris, and Hormoz Hekmat, advisory board member and managing editor of Iran Nameh of the Foundation for Iranian Studies, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, First Amendment Lounge. Contact: 202/747-7035.

“Lincoln and Douglas” — 1 p.m. The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion on the “Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates that Defined America.” Allen Guelzo, author and associate director of the Civil War Institute of Gettysburg College, and James Swanson, senior legal scholar at the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation, participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Press conference — 3 p.m. — Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland Democrat, holds a press conference to discuss the impact of funding cuts to the National Institutes of Health. Edmond F. Notebaert, president and chief executive officer of the University of Maryland Medical System, and William Weiner, chief of neurology and director of the University of Maryland Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, participate. Location: University of Maryland Medical Center, 22 South Greene St., Baltimore. Contact: 202/224-4654.

Discussion — 3 p.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion on the U.S. elections effect on Japan policy. Michael Green, CSIS senior adviser and Japan chairman, and Kurt Campbell, chief executive officer and co-founder of the Center for a New American Security, participate. Location: CSIS, 1800 K St. NW, B-1 Conference Level. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Event — 4:30 p.m. The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation holds a Presidential Volunteer Service Award Reception and tour of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center to visit with troops and staff. Janine Turner, actress and President’s Council member, and Diane Bodman, wife of Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman, participate. Location: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Ave. NW, Joel Auditorium. Contact: 540/987-3324.

Event — 6 p.m. The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy holds a discussion titled, “District of Columbia v. Heller: The Advocates Speak.” District of Columbia v. Heller concerns the constitutionality of the Districts’s ban on the private possession of handguns. Walter Dellinger, partner at O’Melveny and Myers LLP, arguing on behalf of the District. Thomas Goldstein, partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP, and Victor Bolden, general counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, participate. Location: O’Melveny and Myers LLP, 1625 I St. NW. Contact: 202/393-6181.

Discussion — 6:30 p.m. The National Building Museum holds a discussion on “Whose Carbon is it Anyway?” as a part of the For the Greener Good series. Scott Barrett, director of the International Policy Program and professor of environmental economics and international political economy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, participates. Location: NBM, 401 F St. NW. Contact: 202/272-2448, Ext. 3201 or 202/272-2448.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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