- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 19, 2008

PRESIDENT BUSH

10 a.m. — Delivers remarks on the global war on terror at the Pentagon. Meets with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in the Oval Office of the White House.

VICE PRESIDENT

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

ECONOMIC REPORTS

9 a.m. Economic Research Servicereleases the livestock, dairy and poultry outlook report. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/694-5050.

10 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the Metropolitan area employment and unemployment for January 2008. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation holds a meeting of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion with a focus on asset building. Location: FDIC Building, 550 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/898-7043.

9 a.m. — United States Fish and Wildlife Service holds a meeting of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Advisory Group to discuss the NMBCA grants program. Location: Regency Chesapeake Bay, 100 Heron Boulevard at Route 50, Cambridge, Md. Contact: 703/358-1784.

2 p.m. Federal Communications Commissionholds an open meeting to consider wireline competition, wireless telecommunications, and media issues. Location: FCC, 445 12th St. SW, Room TW-C305. Contact: 202/418-0530.

SUPREME COURT

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

Docket number 06-1717 Richlin Security Service v. Chertoff

Docket number 06-939 Chamber of Commerce v. Brown

Contact: 202/479-321.

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a field hearing on “Climate Change Impacts and Responses in Island Communities.” Location: Hawaii State Capitol, 415 S. Beretania St., Room 325 (third floor), Honolulu, Hawaii. Contact: 202/224-0411.

HOUSE

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

GENERAL AGENDA

Food safety 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 sessions on “Food Allergen Monitoring & Risk Control”; “Employee Training for Restaurants: 25 Years of Mistakes”; and “Perishable Food Handling and Merchandising”

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW. Contact: 978/475-4441 [Note: Register online at www.foodsafetysummit.com]

Chronic care summit — all day The Partnership for Quality Care holds a summit on “Confronting the Chronic Care Challenge.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Dennis Rivera, chairman of Service Employees International Union Healthcare; and Kenneth Raske, president of the Greater NY Hospital Association, deliver opening remarks

3 p.m. — Andrew Stern, president of SEIU; and George Halvorson, president and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, deliver closing remarks

Location: Union Station, 40 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Columbus Club. Contact: 202/271-0982 [Note: RSVP to Justin Barasky at [email protected]]

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 a.m. — Estate Tax Lobby Day on Capitol Hill

8:30 a.m. — Jared Bernstein, of the Economic Policy Institute; Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post; participate in a panel discussion on “The Bush Legacy and the Specter of a Third Bush Term”

9:45 a.m. — Television producer Norman Lear delivers remarks

1:45 p.m. — Former House Majority Whip David Bonior, Michigan Democrat; Deepak Bhargava, director of public policy at the Center for Community Change, participate in a panel discussion on “Taking Back America: Progressive Strategies in a New Era”

Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Washington, D.C. or as noted. Contact: 202/955-5665 [Note: Register online: www.ourfuture.org/take-back-america-2008]

Anti-war rally — 8 a.m. The War Resisters League and CODEPINK hold rallies on the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq.

Schedule — 8 a.m. — Rally to “help expose the real cost of war by shutting down the Internal Revenue Service and making a clear statement to stop funding war.” Location: Outside the IRS, 12th and Constitution Avenue

10 a.m. — Veterans for Peace gather and proceed to the American Indian Museum, several sites on Capitol Hill, the National Archives, Justice Department, White House and Veterans Administration

Location: As noted. Contact: 202/422-8624 or 415/558-5700.

Bush address — 10 a.m. President Bush delivers remarks on “The Global War on Terror.” Location: The Pentagon, Auditorium. Contact: 202/494-2816 (White House press lead); 678/643-6368 (White House press/site); or 703/697-5131 (Pentagon).

Israel discussion — noon The Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion on “Israel at 60 Challenges on the Road to Tranquility,” with Raphael Cohen-Almagor, chairman and professor of politics at the University of Hull in the United Kingdom. Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000 [Note: RSVP to mep[AT]wilsoncenter.org with your name, title, affiliation, and e-mail address.]

Book forum — noon The Cato Institute holds a book forum on “Why the Supreme Court Matters in a Presidential Election.” Author Patrick Garry of the University of South Dakota Law School; Roger Pilon of the Cato Institute; Abe Krash of Georgetown University Law Center, participate. Location: Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. F.A. Hayek Auditorium. Contact: 202/789-5200 [Note: Register online: www.cato.org]

Book discussion — noon The Conservative Women’s Network holds a book discussion on “Holding Her Head High” with author and actress Janine Turner. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 703/318-0730, [Note: RSVP to Camille Hart at, 703/318-0730 or [email protected] by March 17.]

Book discussion — noon The Center for American Progress holds a book discussion on “Party Crashing: How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence,” which explores the cultural and political divide between black Americans of the civil rights generation and their children and grandchildren, known collectively as the hip-hop generation. Keli Goff, author of “Party Crashing: How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence”; and Melody Barnes, executive vice president for policy at CAP, participate. Location: CAP, 1333 H St. NW. 10th floor. Contact: 202/741-6246 [Note: RSVP required.]

Housing crisis briefing — 12:30 p.m. House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat; Leadership Conference on Civil Rights President Wade Henderson; NAACP Washington Director Hillary Shelton; and Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Senior Research Associate Wilhelmina Leigh hold a conference call briefing, beginning at 12:30 p.m., to discuss the impact of the housing crisis on blacks and what can be done to help black families stay in their homes. Contact: 202/261-2388 [Note: Call-in, 800/895-0198; password, “Mortgage.”]

“Anti-Semitism and the War on Terror” — 2 p.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion on “Anti-Semitism and the War on Terror.” Matthias Kuntzel of the Vidal Sassoon International Centre for the Study of Antisemitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and Michael Novak and Michael Ledeen of AEI, participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW. Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871 [Note: Register online: www.aei.org/event1685]

Online investing and poverty — 4 p.m. The New America Foundation holds a discussion on “Can Online Investing End Poverty: MicroPlace’s Innovative Microfinance Strategy.” Susan Sylvester, director of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center; Jamie Zimmerman, deputy director of the Global Assets Project of the Asset Building Program of NAF, participate. Location: Ronald Reagan Building Rotunda, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/986-2760, ext. 315 [Note: RSVP to communications[AT]newamerica.net with your name, affiliation and email.]

International law lecture — 4 p.m. The Georgetown University Law Center holds its 28th Annual Philip A. Hart Memorial Lecture on “The Future of International Criminal Justice,” with Richard Goldstone, former justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Location: Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW, Hart Auditorium, McDonough Hall. Contact: 202/662-9519 [Note: Media should RSVP to [email protected]]

Save Darfur call — 10 p.m. The Save Darfur Coalition and Dream for Darfur hold a conference call, beginning at 10 p.m., to discuss a report, “Less than Meets the Eye: Beijing’s Recent Statements and Actions on Darfur,” which examines China’s recent sophisticated public relations campaign to rehabilitate its image on Darfur. Jerry Fowler, president of the Save Darfur Coalition; Jill Savitt, director of Dream for Darfur; and Eric Reeves, noted Darfur expert and activist, participate. Contact: 202/478-6174; or 212/751-3326 [Note: Call in: 800/365-0168; Conference ID: 39842094.]

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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