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Tracking the Hill's briefings, luncheons, receptions, and more.
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Mar
21
5:30 PM17:30

CSO & ASBPA Coastal Celebration Reception

This widely attended event is an opportunity to bring together leaders working at all levels in coastal communities, including businesses and industry, conservation groups and environmental non-profits, state coastal managers, coastal scientists and engineers, and others to discuss important coastal issues. This reception style event will also
include brief introductory remarks from leadership of CSO and ASBPA, as well as congressional coastal champions. This event provides an opportunity for attendees to informally discuss coastal policy issues and share stories and lessons learned about coastal restoration and management.

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Feb
15
5:00 PM17:00

15th Annual 9-1-1 Honor Awards Reception

  • Rayburn House Office Building Foyer (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On February 14, 2018, the NG9-1-1 Institute is hosting the 15th Annual 911 Honor Awards Reception and 50th Anniversary of 911 Celebration to honor heroes and leaders in the 911 field. The NG911 Honor Awards Reception is a widely attended public event - Members of the Congressional NG911 Caucus and other Members of Congress and their staff, federal agency staff, members of the public safety community, public safety vendors, and members of the general public are invited to attend.

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Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

Free Trade and American Prosperity

  • Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Free trade has become one of this decade’s defining political issues. But can it still work? That’s why Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy has decided to hold its 2018 policy conference on exactly that big question: What role does free trade play in securing prosperity for America, and its trading partners?

Come see a variety of speakers, from both industry and political backgrounds share their thoughts on this pressing subject.

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Navigating the Halls of Congress: Climbing the Hill
Feb
7
2:00 PM14:00

Navigating the Halls of Congress: Climbing the Hill

The process of landing a job on the Hill is simple, but not always easy. Time On The Hill has helped successful staffers all over the city. They understand the early financial struggle coming right out of college. Time On The Hill has created a fully digital blueprint, college directory, senior staff email directory, veterans network and so much more at a level anyone can afford. If you are ready to get to work, today is the day. Time On The Hill is the exclusive Hill Placement Service of GAIN and a proud sponsor.

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Jan
24
10:00 AM10:00

Orientation to Legal Research and the Use of Law Library Collections

  • LM-201 James Madison Memorial Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Orientation to Legal Research and the Use of Law Library Collections is designed to give a basic introduction to legal sources and research techniques. This class provides an overview of statutes, regulations, and court cases and the relationships among them. The Law Library's resources for locating these items in print and online formats are presented. These orientations, taught by reference librarians, are taught twice a month. For additional questions, please call (202) 707-3812.

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Jan
23
9:00 AM09:00

Trump Antitrust Policy after One Year

The Trump Administration has brought leadership changes at the two federal antitrust agencies, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission. How have these changes affected the antitrust review of mergers and business conduct, the treatment of regulations and intellectual property, and international cooperation? Our panels of top antitrust officials from the current and former Administrations will address these topics, which will have major implications for businesses and the economy, here and abroad.

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January Third Thursday Welcome Back Congress
Jan
18
5:30 PM17:30

January Third Thursday Welcome Back Congress

GAIN is excited to announce our Q1 Third Thursday Networking Reception: Welcome Back Congress!

This event is a fantastic opportunity to network with government affairs professionals in all sectors of the industry, at all stages of their careers! Join us in the beautiful space at Tadich Grill in Penn Quarter at 5:30pm on January 18 to Inclusively Connect DC.

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Jan
18
5:00 PM17:00

The Importance of the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent

For many decades U.S. nuclear forces have aided in global nonproliferation and provided a deterrent against large-scale conventional and nuclear attacks that threaten the American homeland, forward-deployed troops, and allies. However, the value of U.S. nuclear forces depends upon the credibility of the U.S. nuclear deterrent – credibility that is threatened by neglect of U.S. nuclear infrastructure and capabilities. The nuclear threat environment is dynamic and proliferating, with old and new actors developing advanced capabilities while the U.S. enterprise is relatively static, potentially leaving the United States at a technological disadvantage. Please join us as General Kevin Chilton discusses the importance of maintaining the U.S. nuclear deterrent and the challenges facing our nuclear enterprise into the future.

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Jan
18
11:00 AM11:00

Crashback: The Power Clash Between the U.S. and China in the Pacific

Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Michael Fabey has had unprecedented access to the Navy’s most exotic aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, aircraft, and submarines, as well as those who command them. He was among the only journalists allowed to board a Chinese war vessel and observe its operations. In Crashback, Fabey describes how every year the U.S. is “losing sea.” He predicts the next great struggle between military superpowers will play out in the Pacific, and his book is a preview of how that conflict might unfold.

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Jan
17
3:00 PM15:00

Bipartisan Discussion On Sexual Harassment In Congress with Congresswoman Comstock and Congresswoman Speier

  • 2103 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join us for a bipartisan discussion on sexual harassment in Congress. Guest speakers, Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), will talk about the current policies and potential changes being considered in the House. This event is open to WCSA Members Only and will be closed to press. 

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Jan
17
12:00 PM12:00

Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream Is the New Threat to World Order

In a world bristling with dangers, China poses a special challenge. In Bully of Asia, Steven Mosher examines the aspirations of the would-be hegemon and its five-thousand-year history of conquest and assimilation of other nations, repression of its own people, and confrontations with other civilizations.

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Jan
17
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch and Learn: When Disaster Strikes: Critical Role of 9-1-1 During Major...

  • 2044-45 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

9-1-1 leaders from Houston, Miami and the U.S. Virgin Islands will share their first-hand experiences in preparing for and responding to the recent hurricanes that hit Florida, Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Panelists will shed light on how the 9-1-1 system performed, the challenges they faced, lessons learned, and explore the benefits of a modern IP-based Next Generation 9-1-1 system during these types of emergencies. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will kick off the panel by recounting his own experiences visiting the affected areas. Please join the NG911 Institute to hear their stories and show your support for their life-saving efforts.

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Jan
12
12:00 PM12:00

Assessing the Trump Administration’s National Security Strategy

Join us for a panel and an ensuing discussion on the principles of the NSS, how it compares with those of other recent administrations, what it tells us about the direction of the Trump Presidency and the conservative movement, the policies that the Administration should follow to make its principles a reality, and whether the NSS offers the guidance the United States needs to tackle our most vital national security threats while putting America first.

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Jan
11
12:00 PM12:00

President Trump’s “Ultimate Deal”: Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Possible?

The Trump Administration is developing an “outside-in” strategy, enlisting Arab governments to take positive steps toward Israel. Will this do the trick and break decades of Palestinian-Israeli impasse? Or are there alternate approaches with a better chance to end the conflict?

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Jan
10
10:00 AM10:00

Orientation to Legal Research and the Use of Law Library Collections

  • LM-201 James Madison Memorial Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Orientation to Legal Research and the Use of Law Library Collections is designed to give a basic introduction to legal sources and research techniques. This class provides an overview of statutes, regulations, and court cases and the relationships among them. The Law Library's resources for locating these items in print and online formats are presented. These orientations, taught by reference librarians, are taught twice a month. For additional questions, please call (202) 707-3812.

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Dec
14
12:00 PM12:00

[BRIEFING] Why Claims of Unconscious Racism Fall Flat Debunking the Implicit Association Test

Psychologists developed a test that purports to uncover unconscious racism. Supposedly tapping into the subconscious, the Implicit Association Test (IAT) measures disparities in millisecond response times on a computer. While it has been hailed as “proof” of deeply seeded racism in American society, policymakers should consider the growing body of research suggesting the test cannot predict real-world behavior before enacting policies to counterbalance so-called unconscious bias. Academia, police departments, and corporate America are seeking to root out unconscious racism, and the IAT has started popping up in employment discrimination lawsuits. Join us for a discussion with three distinguished scholars looking at problems with the IAT and why policymakers and employers should think twice before embracing these dubious claims of racism.

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Dec
14
12:00 PM12:00

[BRIEFING] Why Claims of Unconscious Racism Fall Flat Debunking the Implicit Association Test

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Psychologists developed a test that purports to uncover unconscious racism. Supposedly tapping into the subconscious, the Implicit Association Test (IAT) measures disparities in millisecond response times on a computer. While it has been hailed as “proof” of deeply seeded racism in American society, policymakers should consider the growing body of research suggesting the test cannot predict real-world behavior before enacting policies to counterbalance so-called unconscious bias. Academia, police departments, and corporate America are seeking to root out unconscious racism, and the IAT has started popping up in employment discrimination lawsuits. Join us for a discussion with three distinguished scholars looking at problems with the IAT and why policymakers and employers should think twice before embracing these dubious claims of racism.

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Dec
14
9:30 AM09:30

[BRIEFING] The Magnitsky Act at Five: Assessing Accomplishments and Challengest

  • 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In 2009, Russian tax lawyer Sergei Magnitsky was brutally murdered in prison after uncovering the theft of $230 million by corrupt Russian officials. On December 14, 2012, the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act was signed into law in the United States, establishing punitive sanctions – including financial freezes and visa restrictions – for those complicit in Magnitsky’s murder and other human rights abuses in the Russian Federation.  For the past five years, the Magnitsky Act has served as a basis for fighting corruption in Russia and the Putin regime’s systematic violations of the human rights of Russian citizens.

On the fifth anniversary of the Magnitsky Act, the Helsinki Commission will examine the implementation of the legislation, the resistance of the Russian government to it, and the impact of sanctions on senior members of Putin’s inner circle.

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Dec
14
8:30 AM08:30

[BRIEFING] Federal Maritime Transportation Priorities of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers

The Northeast-Midwest Institute and the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers will host a Congressional briefing highlighting the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Maritime Day on December 14th. Speakers will focus on critical maritime issues impacting the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region that include the Soo Locks, autonomous vessels, and cruising/customs issues.

Please email events@nemw.org to RSVP

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Dec
13
3:00 PM15:00

[BRIEFING] Combating Kleptocracy with the Global Magnitsky Act

  • 385 Russell Senate Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This briefing seeks to provide an overview of the scourge of corruption in the OSCE region and how the Global Magnitsky Act can be employed to combat it. It will include a discussion of the types of individuals and groups that should come under consideration for placement on the sanctions list and the ramifications of any such placement.

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Dec
13
10:00 AM10:00

[WORKSHOP] Orientation to Legal Research and the Use of Law Library Collections

  • LM-201 James Madison Memorial Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Orientation to Legal Research and the Use of Law Library Collections is designed to give a basic introduction to legal sources and research techniques. This class provides an overview of statutes, regulations, and court cases and the relationships among them.

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Dec
12
2:30 PM14:30

[BRIEFING] Sea Rescues: Saving Refugees and Migrants on the Mediterranean

  • 188 Russell Senate Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This briefing will examine how rescue operations work; what ships are obligated to do when they become aware of a vessel in distress; issues of human trafficking and smuggling; how well governments, shipping companies, and international organizations coordinate and collaborate with each other on sea rescues; major challenges that currently exist for navies, coast guards, and merchant ships involved in rescue operations; and recommendations to address these challenges.

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Dec
12
12:00 PM12:00

[BRIEFING] NAFTA Renegotiations: What’s at Stake for Agriculture?

The NAFTA renegotiations are well under way, with Canada, Mexico, and the United States having recently finished the fifth round of talks. These renegotiations are particularly important for farmers and ranchers: Canada and Mexico are the largest and third largest agricultural export markets for the U.S, respectively. For families, trade with Canada and Mexico means much better access to affordable agricultural products, particularly fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, U.S. trade negotiators have made proposals that would be harmful to agricultural producers and to consumers. For example, one proposal referred to as the “seasonal” provision would allow a subset of the produce industry to bring trade challenges even at the expense of the produce industry as a whole. This panel and discussion will explore the importance of agricultural trade with Canada and Mexico and address some of the agriculture-related concerns connected to the NAFTA renegotiations.

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Dec
12
10:00 AM10:00

[BRIEFING] The International Tribunal and Beyond: Pursuing Justice for Atrocities in the Western Balkans

  • 2255 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Between 1991 and 2001 the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, made up of six republics, was broken apart by a series of brutal armed conflicts. The conflicts were characterized by widespread and flagrant violations of international humanitarian law, among them mass killings of civilians, the massive, organized and systematic detention and rape of women, torture, and practices of ethnic cleansing, including forced displacement.

Panelists will discuss these questions and suggest ways that the United States, Europe, and the international community as a whole can encourage the further pursuit of justice in the Western Balkans. 

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Dec
8
12:00 PM12:00

[BRIEFING] The Terrorist Argument: Modern Advocacy and Propaganda

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Terrorism is not only political violence, but also a twisted form of public communication. It is propaganda and advocacy in bloody forms. Armed groups and terrorists have honed their messages for maximum impact on multiple audiences: their followers, those they hope to recruit or persuade, and those they seek to terrorize. Sometimes their messages and communication techniques are crude. Others are highly refined, carefully crafted appeals to intellect or emotion, embracing the most sophisticated forms of communications technology. All are intended to use the power of ideas, along with violence, to project an image and to communicate – not merely intimidate.

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