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12 p.m. CATO - STATE TAX POLICY — Capitol Hill briefing, "What's New in State Tax Policy? Pro-Growth Reforms vs. Special-Interest Breaks." Featuring Chris Edwards, Director of Tax Policy Studies, Cato Institute; David Brunori, Executive Vice President, Tax Analysts; Joseph Henchman, Vice President, Tax Foundation; moderated by Laura Odato, Director of Government Affairs, Cato Institute.

Location: Capitol Visitor Center Room SVC201-00.

Contacts: n/a, 202-842-0200

12 p.m. NATURAL GAS ROUNDTABLE — Luncheon guest speaker: Jeffrey M. Kissel, President and CEO of The Gas Company (Hawaii Gas).

Location: University Club, 1135 16th Street NW.

Contacts: Christina Nyquist (, 202-824-7204

Notes: RSVP Ella Proctor,, (202) 824-7000.

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. CNP - CYBER CRIME — The Center for National Policy holds discussion on Cyber Crime and the Economy: A Threat to National Security.

Location: 1 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 333.

Contacts: (202) 682-1800 (

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. NEC - SOSS — Neil Soss, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Credit Suisse, "How Does the Current Business Cycle Inform the Long-Run Outlook?.

Location: Chinatown Garden 618 H Street NW.

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ROOTSCAMP 2012 — Press luncheon to kick off RootsCamp 2012, in which progressive organizers and activists from across the U.S. will gather for two days to share success stories and lessons learned during the 2012 election cycle.

Location: New Organizing Institute, 1133 19th St. NW, Suite 850.

Contacts: Evan Sutton, 206-851-0178

Notes: RSVP to Evan Sutton,

12 p.m. - 2 p.m. MEDICATION ADHERENCE — The National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC) Forum on Medication Adherence: Better Outcomes, Lower Costs - The Business Case for Strategies That Work; Josh Benner, PharmD, ScD, President and CEO, RxAnte; Sachin Jain, MD, Chief Medical Information and Innovation Officer, Merck and Co.; Troy Trygstad, PharmD, MBA, PhD, Director, Network Pharmacist Program, Community Care of North Carolina; Brian K. Solow, MD, Chief Medical Officer, OptumRx; William Shrank, MD, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Brigham and Womens Hospital, Director, Rapid Cycle Evaluation, CMMI.

Location: ROA Minuteman Memorial Building, One Constitution Avenue, NE.

Contacts: RSVP at:

12 p.m. - 2 p.m. NED - INDONESIA — The International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy hosts "An Inside Job: Indonesia's Path to Constitutional Democracy" with Donald Horowitz, Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow. Moderator: Marc F. Plattner, National Endowment for Democracy.

Location: 1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800.

Contacts: 202-378-9675

1 p.m. BLOOD PRESSURE CAMPAIGN LAUNCH — Featured speaker: Regina M. Benjamin, MD, Surgeon General of the United States. Led by the American Medical Group Association, more than 120 medical groups, health systems and national organizations including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Million Hearts Initiative, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente and Geisinger Health System have joined together to launch the new campaign aimed at improving high blood pressure prevention, detection and control. RSVP to Sheri Singer,, 703-346-7111.

Location: National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 529 14th Street NW.

1:30 p.m. PENTAGON - ISRAEL — Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta hosts an honor cordon to welcome Israel's Minister of Defense Ehud Barak to the Pentagon.

Location: Steps of the Pentagon River Entrance.

Notes: Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the Pentagon River Parking Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call 703-697-5131 for escort to the cordon.


2 p.m. DREAMERS - CAPITOL HILL LETTER DELIVERY — DREAM Action Coalition (DRM), North Texas Dream Team, Arizona Dream Act Coalition will deliver an open letter to Senators Hutchinson (284 russell) and Senator Kyl's offices today (730 Hart).

Contacts: Cesar Vargas (347) 415-0723

On the Net:

2 p.m. NASA - MERCURY — NASA will host a news conference to reveal new observations from the Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging, or MESSENGER spacecraft, the first such spacecraft to orbit the planet Mercury. With Jim Green, director, Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington; Sean Solomon, MESSENGER Principal Investigator, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, N.Y.; David Lawrence, MESSENGER Participating Scientist, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.; Gregory Neumann, Mercury Laser Altimeter Instrument Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.; David Paige, MESSENGER Participating Scientist, University of California, Los Angeles.

Location: NASA headquarters, 300 E Street, SW.

Contacts: Dwayne Brown (, 202-358-1726

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. 'WHAT BUGS US' WEBINAR — Joe Palca, science correspondent for NPR, shares information from his book, "Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us" during an American Chemical Society webinar. "Discover why we hate soup slurpers and loud talkers, and learn about the things that bug us in the most pleasing way possible."

Contacts: Joan Coyle (, 202-872-6229

Notes: Register at

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. NPR - WILSON CENTER — "Talk of the Nation," NPR's live, midday news-talk program, will broadcast from The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In the first hour, host Neal Conan and guests will discuss the President's second term foreign policy. In the second hour, Conan and guests will discuss how lessons from the Cold War can be applied to new challenges presented in a multi-polar world. Also in the second hour, Conan will interview Wilson Center President Jane Harman.

Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Contacts: Drew Sample, 202-691-4379

Notes: Press should rsvp to

2:30 p.m. PENTAGON - ISRAEL - PRESS CONFERENCE — Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Israel's Minister of Defense Ehud Barak conduct a joint press conference.

Location: Press Briefing Room (2E973).

Notes: Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the Pentagon River Parking Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call 703-697-5131 for escort to the cordon.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. SYRIAN AMERICAN COUNCIL - WEB EVENT — Mohammed Ghanem, the government relations director of the Syrian American Council (SAC), recently traveled to Turkey and Syria on a mission to learn first-hand about the realities on the ground, and to meet with the revolutionary leaders at the front lines. Register at:

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. CSIS - GLOBAL STRATEGY - BILDT — Can Europe and the U.S. shape a Credible Global Strategy? Carl Bildt, Foreign Minister of Sweden on "Can Europe and the U.S. shape a Credible Global Strategy?". Introduced and Moderated by Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski.

Location: B1 Basement Conference Room, CSIS 1800 K. St. NW.

3:30 p.m. ASPEN - NATURAL GAS - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN — The U.S.-Lebanon Dialogue Program roundtable discussion on Murky Waters: Natural Gas in the Eastern Mediterranean. Speakers: Simon Henderson, Director, Gulf and Energy Policy Program, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Amos J. Hochstein, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy, Bureau of Energy Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Malek Takieddine, Partner, Al Jad Legal Services, Lebanon; Moderator: Michael Ratner, Specialist in Energy Policy, Congressional Research Service. RSVP to: Sarah Harlan, 202-736-2526.

Location: The Aspen Institute, One Dupont Circle, Suite 700.

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. WILSON CENTER - AMERICAS ATOMIC AGE — Nuclear Statecraft: History and Strategy in Americas Atomic Age

Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, 5th floor, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. WILSON CENTER - NUCLEAR STATECRAFT — Nuclear Statecraft: History and Strategy in Americas Atomic Age.

Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, 5th floor, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. BROOKINGS - MULTI-TIERED EUROPE — The Center on the U.S. and Europe at Brookings (CUSE) and the Heinrich Bvll Foundation host a panel discussion on the possible future configurations of the European Union and their impact on transatlantic relations.

Location: The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

Contacts:, 202-797-6105



5 p.m. - 6 p.m. WILSON CENTER - AFRICA UNION 2012 — "The Africa Union 2012 and Beyond: The Vision of Chair Person Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th floor, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

6 p.m. CATO - WAR GENERATION — Student forum on War Generation: How Will a Culture of Permanent War Impact America's Future?

Location: The Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

On the Net:

6 p.m. US-ASEAN BUSINESS COUNCIL GALA — The US-ASEAN Business Council holds its annual gala dinner celebrating ASEAN's 45th anniversary.

Location: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW.

Contacts: Anthony Nelson (, 202-416-6708

6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. GW - CANADIAN PERSPECTIVES - HEMISPHERIC ISSUES — Canadian Perspectives on Hemispheric Issues: Environment, Energy, and the Arctic with Catherine Godin, Counsellor of Environment and Energy, Canadian Embassy; Sebastian Tirado, Arctic specialist, Canadian Embassy. Third session of four-part speaker series on Canadian Perspectives on Hemispheric Issues. Sponsored by the Latin America and Hemispheric Studies Program and the Embassy of Canada.

Location: Room 505, 1957 E Street, NW.

Contacts: RSVP to

7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. RED, WHITE AND BLUE GALA — Senator-elect Ted Cruz, R-Texas, headlines the American Principles Project's (APP) "Red, White & Blue" gala. Weekly Standard editor William Kristol will serve as master of ceremonies.

Location: Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Contacts: Vanessa Oblinger (Shirley & Banister), 703-739-5920

Notes: Fixing start time.

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