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Today In Washington

Highlights of today's events in Washington:

• Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff delivers remarks to the Federalist Society's 2008 National Lawyers Convention. (Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 11:30 a.m.)

• Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., also speaks at the convention. (9 a.m.)


• Attorney General Michael Mukasey delivers remarks at the Lawyer's Convention's annual dinner. (Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 9:15 p.m.)

• Defense Secretary Robert Gates hosts an honor cordon to welcome Belgium's Minister of Defense Pieter de Crem. (Pentagon, 9:30 a.m.)

• The Senate meets at 9:30 a.m. for morning business and 10:30 a.m. to resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.6867, the "Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008."


• The House meets at 10 a.m. and following the Pledge of Allegiance, the House will recess subject to the Call of the Chair awaiting further action from the Senate.

• Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., hosts a news conference to make a "major announcement in response to President-elect Obama's challenge on global warming." (Senate Radio/TV Gallery, 11:30 a.m.)

• House Intelligence Committee ranking Republican Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., hosts a news conference on a "critical intelligence oversight issue." (HC-9, 11 a.m.)

• Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., William Delahunt, D-Mass., Ted Poe, R-Texas, John Culberson, R-Texas, and Ed Royce, R-Calif., participate in a news conference to announce a letter to the U.S. pardon attorney "asking for commutation of sentence for imprisoned Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean." (House Radio/TV Gallery, 11:30 a.m.)


• Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., speaks at a conference about European Union-United States policies after the election. (Park Hyatt Hotel, events begin at 8:45 a.m.)

• Hagel is also delivering remarks during a banquet address of the Middle East Institute's 62nd annual conference on U.S. Mideast policy. (National Press Club, 7 p.m.)

• Reps. Rick Boucher, D-Va., and Jay Inslee, D-Wash., discuss energy and environmental challenges. (Business Roundtable, 8 a.m.)

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

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