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Today In Washington

Highlights of today's events in Washington:

President Bush meets with his Cabinet (White House, 10:20 a.m.) and makes remarks on the transition. (White House, 11:10 a.m.)

• The Senate meets at 11 a.m. in a pro forma session.

 

• The House is not in session.

• Labor Secretary Elaine Chao delivers remarks at the Labor Department's annual "Salute to Veterans" ceremony. (Labor Department, 11:30 a.m.)

• Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez delivers remarks at the Woodrow Wilson Center's director's forum on "Building Freedom and Democracy Through Commerce." (WWC, 4 p.m.)

 

• Undersecretary of State for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs Reuben Jeffrey participates in an event to celebrate the 2008 Secretary of State's Awards for Corporate Excellence. (State Department, 9 a.m.)

• Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., discusses his priorities for the next Congress. (Senate Radio/TV Gallery, 2 p.m.)

• Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., Freedman Consulting LLC Democratic Consultant Tom Freedman, and Jim McLaughlin, partner at the McLaughlin and Associates and Republican pollster, speak at a news conference to release an Election Day exit poll. (345 Cannon, 9 a.m.)

• Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., hosts a media briefing on healthcare reform and the 111th Congress.

 

Andy Kessler, founder and former president of Velocity Capital Management, and Marc Sumerlin, managing director and co-founder of the Lindsey Group and former deputy assistant to the president for economic policy and deputy director of the National Economic Council for Bush, discuss what's in store for Wall Street post-election. (National Press Club, noon)

• The U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue and USCC Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten host a post-election briefing to discuss opportunities to work with the new Congress and president. (USCC, 10:30 a.m.)

Stan Collender of Qorvis Communications discusses the budget, post-election. (Chinatown Garden Restaurant, noon)

Kat Barr, political outreach director of Rock the Vote, discusses how young people may be "political game-changers." (Center For American Progress, noon)

Ali Jalali, former interior minister of Afghanistan, Maj. Gen. Peter Gilchrist, defense attache and head of the British Defense staff and former deputy commander of the Combined Forced Command Afghanistan, and Ahmad Fahim-Hakim, deputy chairman of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, discuss the challenges the next administration will face in Afghanistan. (United States Institute of Peace, 1 p.m.)

• Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., delivers a keynote address at the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Law and National Security 18th Annual Review of the National Security Law. (Renaissance Hotel, 7:30 a.m.)

Claudio Loser and Dan Erikson of Inter-American Dialogue discuss what the results of the election mean for U.S. policy towards Latin America and the Caribbean. (IAD, 8:30 a.m.)

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

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