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Today In Washington

Highlights of today's events in Washington:

President Bush presents, with Laura Bush, the 2008 National Medals of Arts and National Humanities Medals (East Room) and participates in a photo opportunity with the 2008 United States Ryder Cup Team. (Oval Office, 2:30 p.m.)

• Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Jr. delivers remarks on the economy and financial markets at a meeting of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council. (Four Seasons Hotel, 6:30 p.m.)


• Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff holds a news conference with Irish Transport Minister Noel Dempsey after signing an agreement on aircraft pre-clearance operations (Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 11 a.m.) and discusses strengthening aviation security. (Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1 p.m.)

• The Senate meets at noon for morning business.

• The House is not in session.


• Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sens.-elect Mark Udall, D-Colo., Tom Udall, D-N.M., Mark Warner, D-Va., Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., participate in a photo opportunity following a meeting. (Ohio Clock Corridor, 1:10 p.m.)

• Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sens.-elect Jim Risch, R-Idaho, and Mike Johanns, R-Neb., participate in a photo opportunity. (S-230, 1:30 p.m.)

• The House Administration Committee hosts an orientation program for the 111th Congress. (345 Cannon, 9:45 a.m.)

• Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., and U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue discuss an energy transition plan. (USCC, 1:30 p.m.)


• Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., delivers an address on energy and the next Congress. (Center for Strategic and International Studies, 9:30 a.m.)

• Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif., discusses the future of America's nuclear weapons policy. (Center for American Progress, 10 a.m.)

• New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten deliver remarks about education and the economy. (National Press Club, 9:30 a.m.)

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

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