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Today In Washington

Highlights of today's events in Washington:

President Bush meets with his working group on the financial markets (White House, 7:30 a.m.), makes a statement on the economy (White House, 8:05 a.m.), signs S.3001, the "Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for FY2009" (Oval Office, 10:35 a.m.), participates in Defense Department briefings (Pentagon, 11:05 a.m.) and takes part in a photo opportunity with the NHL Champions Detroit Red Wings. (White House, 2:45 p.m.)

• Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff delivers remarks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce forum to discuss the "importance of integrating cyber security into businesses' enterprise risk management planning process." (USCC, 3 p.m.)


• Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez speaks at the The U.S.-India Business Council's "Green India Summit." (U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 3 p.m.)

• Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivers remarks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership's Palestinian Business and Investment forum (USCC, 8:45 a.m.), holds a bilateral meeting with the Lebanese Finance Minister Mohammed Chattah (10:30 a.m.) and holds another bilateral meeting with the Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsian. (1:30 p.m.)

• The Senate meets at 12:30 p.m. in a pro forma session.


• The House is not in session.

• The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee hosts a full committee hearing on the financial derivatives economic role in the financial crisis. (106 Dirksen, 9:30 a.m.)

• House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., delivers keynote remarks to the second annual Urban Marketplace. (Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, events begin at 8:15 a.m.)

• Former Sens. John Danforth, R-Mo., and Warren Rudman, R-N.H., co-chairs of the McCain-Palin 2008 Honest and Open Election Committee, host a news briefing on "Accusations of Fraudulent Voter Registration in Presidential Campaign." (National Press Club, 9:30 a.m.)


Peter Brown and Clay Richards, assistant directors of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, host a news conference to discuss the results of a Quinnipiac University/Wall Street Journal/ poll conducted simultaneously in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, asking voter opinions of 2008 presidential candidates. (National Press Club, 10 a.m.)

• Mobile Future Chairman Jonathan Spalter; Mobile Commons CEO Jed Alpert; Michelle Mayorga of Rock the Vote Mobile Programs; Casey O'Shea, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee national field director; and Katie Harbath, former deputy e-campaign director for Giuliani For President, discuss how mobile technologies are influencing the 2008 elections. (National Press Club, noon)

Jeff Weiss, senior director of technical barriers to trade at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, speaks at a seminar on U.S. regulatory agencies and international trade. (Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 4:30 p.m.)

• The World Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency host a seminar on "Dialogues on Development Strategies Towards Better Partnership." (World Bank, 9:30 a.m.)

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

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