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Today In Washington

Highlights of today's events in Washington:

President Bush delivers remarks on the 10th anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act. (Rose Garden, 11:40 a.m.)

• First lady Laura Bush addresses a ceremony for the 2008 National Design Awards. (East Lawn, 10:30 a.m.)


• United States Trade Representative Susan Schwab speaks to the 2008 Africa Growth and Opportunity Act Civil Society Forum. (State Department, 9:30 a.m.)

• The Senate convenes at 2 p.m. for morning business and begins consideration of S.2731, the Global AIDS legislation.

• The House meets at 12:30 p.m. for morning hour debate and at 2 p.m. for legislative business.


• Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Arlen Specter, R-Pa., Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, John Warner, R-Va., Wayne Allard, R-Colo., and Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., take part in a forum on judicial nominations. (385 Russell, 2 p.m.)

• U.K. Army Maj. Gen. Barney White-Spunner hosts a briefing live from Iraq to provide an update on operations in Iraq. (Pentagon, 9 a.m.)

• House Energy and Commerce Chairman John Dingell, D-Mich., discusses how history could influence health reform in the next administration. (Center for American Progress, noon)

• Assistant Commerce Secretary Woody Sutton takes part in a news conference to release mid-year export data for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. (National Association of Manufacturers, 1 p.m.)


• The United States Institute of Peace hosts a discussion, "Israel's Airstrike on Syria's Nuclear Reactor: Preventive War and the Nonproliferation Regime." (USIP, 10 a.m.)

• Details on these and other events are available in today's Daybook.

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