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Today In Washington

Highlights of today's events in Washington:

President Bush meets with Grenada Prime Minister Tillman Thomas (Oval Office, 10:50 a.m.) and signs H.R.2081, the "United States-India Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Nonproliferation Enhancement Act." (East Room, 2:25 p.m.)

• Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice leads a discussion at a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Democracy Promotion (State Department, 11 a.m.), attends Bush's signing of H.R. 2081 (East Room, 2:25 p.m.) and holds a a bilateral meeting with Slovak Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Kubis. (State Department, 3 p.m.)

 

• Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steven Preston delivers closing remarks at HUD's national housing summit. (Mandarin Oriental Hotel, noon)

• Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman delivers remarks at the Energy and Commerce Departments' 2008 Nuclear Energy Summit. (Commerce Department, 9 a.m.)

• Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, Pentagon Memorial Fund President James Laychak and and Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic deliver remarks at a wreath-laying ceremony honoring the victims of the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon. (Pentagon Memorial, 11 a.m.)

 

• The Senate and House are not in session.

Bill Isaac, former chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and chairman of the Secura Group; Leon Panetta, former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton, former director of the Office of Management and Budget and co-chairman of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget; and Alice Rivlin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office and the Office of Management and Budget, speak at a forum on the financial bailout hosted by the New America Foundation. (National Press Club, 9 a.m.)

• Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox delivers welcoming remarks at a discussion on ways to "modernize its disclosure system to give investors more useful and timely information for investment decision-making." (SEC, events begin at 9 a.m.)

• Former commander of the Multinational Force in Iraq and incoming commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. David Petraeus speaks on the "U.S. success in Iraq." (Heritage Foundation, 11 a.m.)

 

• The National Transportation Safety Board holds a hearing on the fatal motorcoach accident that occurred near Victoria, Texas, on January 2, 2008, and the loopholes that allow registration of non-compliant foreign vehicles. (NTSB, 9 a.m.)

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