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Monday Mar 02

The Path Ahead for US Internet Policy: A Conversation with Representative Greg Walden

Location: AEI
Date: Monday, March 2, 2015
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 3:00 PM

Host: AEI

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is moving to reclassifywired and wireless Internet services as a public utility under Title IIof the Communications Act. The vote, expected to occur on February 26,is among the most controversial issues ever to come before thecommission, and many experts have questioned the wisdom of the decisionand whether the new rules will withstand legal scrutiny. Members ofCongress have indicated that they intend to introduce legislation thatwould prevent FCC overreach while giving the commission clear legalauthority to protect consumers from harmful conduct by Internet serviceproviders.

Please join us at AEI as Representative Greg Walden(R-OR), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Communications andTechnology, discusses the implications of the FCC's net neutrality vote.

Tuesday Mar 03

Representative John Delaney's American Infrastructure Fund Proposal: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

Location: AEI
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Start Time: 9:30 AM
End Time: 11:30 AM

Host: AEI

In January, Representative John Delaney (D-MD) introduced a bipartisan bill to create a leveraged American Infrastructure Fund, a wholly owned government corporation capitalized by taxes on repatriation of foreign profits at a favorable rate. He has since expanded the proposal to make the tax on foreign profits mandatory and to use the revenue for the financially challenged Highway Trust Fund and for the Infrastructure Fund. According to the bill, the Infrastructure Fund could issue debt with up to a 15:1 leverage ratio and extend credit up to $750 billion "with no profit motive," but credit would "not be backed by the credit of the United States."

During this AEI event, Rep. Delaney will present and discuss his proposal, which he has described as "a natural deal." A panel of experts will then examine the issues involved in combining foreign profits and infrastructure finance in this fashion and whether the proposal indeed represents an idea whose time has come.

Tuesday Mar 03

Welfare Reform and Lessons From the United Kingdom: A Conversation with UK Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith

Location: AEI
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Time: 2:00 PM

Host: AEI

The United Kingdom is currently undertaking the most ambitious overhaul of its welfare system in 60 years — most significantly, the development and rollout of Universal Credit, a new benefit system designed for the 21st century.

We welcome you to join us at AEI as UK Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith, Representative Todd Young (R-IN), and a panel of experts discuss the rationale and impetus for these reforms; the cultural changes — with respect to social return on public investment and reductions independency — that have been achieved; the challenges that the reforms face; and the program's lessons for improving welfare policy in the United States.

Wednesday Mar 04

2015 Wake-Up Forum - Spokane

Location: Valley Hospital Education Center, Spokane Valley, WA
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 AM
End Time: 8:00 AM

Host: Washington Policy Center

Wake up Wednesday mornings with WPC, business leaders, and legislators from across the state, taking your questions and comments on one of the most important legislative sessions in our state's history.

Wednesday Mar 04

The Future of NATO and the Transatlantic Security Framework

Location: Cato Institute
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: Cato Institute

Recent Russian aggression in Ukraine has raised the profile of NATO, giving the organization a sense of purpose not seen since the end of the Cold War. Yet NATO has changed substantially since 1991, growing to include member states in Eastern Europe. NATO's mission has also evolved, from collective defense to broader military cooperation, and from European security to a more global approach, including recent involvement in Afghanistan and the Libyan civil war. NATO itself has become a political entity, with NATO enlargement an ongoing point of contention between Russia and the West.

Is NATO best positioned to address transatlantic security concerns? Should the organization be reformed? Or is it time to create a new framework for European security concerns? What should be the U.S. role in this process? Join our panel for an open discussion of these and other questions, as they debate the future of the transatlantic security framework from various points of view.

Wednesday Mar 04

Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast

Location: Leadership Institute
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Start Time: 7:30 AM
End Time: 9:00 AM

Host: Leadership Institute

Held the first Wednesday of each month, these breakfast meetings are anexcellent opportunity for friends of the Institute to meet leadingconservative speakers and hear their thoughts on current affairs.


Held in the F.M. Kirby National Training Center of The LeadershipInstitute's Steven P.J.Wood Building, these meetings begin at 7:30 a.m.with a gourmet buffet breakfast.

These breakfast meetings offer a great chance to share food andfellowship with conservative friends. Past breakfasts have beenattended by members of Congress, public policy experts, and columnists.

Thursday Mar 05

I Do... I Don't: The Future of Marriage

Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM

Host: Independent Women's Forum

The Independent Women's Forum hosts a panel on the future of marriage and the ramifications if it disappears.

Thursday Mar 05

King v. Burwell: Obamacare at the Supreme Court Again

Location: CATO Institute
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: CATO

King v. Burwell questions how the president has enforced the law. King has focused on the subsidies that allow people to pay only a portion of their premiums, one of the key ACA pillars. But Congress only authorized subsidies for people who buy insurance through an Exchange established by the State- not in the 37 states where the federal government established exchanges because states refused to do so. The government claims that the phrase "through an Exchange established by the State" includes federally established exchanges and, alternatively, that the statute is vague enough to allow the executive branch decide whether or not to offer subsidies in federal exchanges.

Please join us for a discussion of this important case- and what a ruling either way will mean to patients and health care policy.

Thursday Mar 05

Nick Dranias & Peter Ferrara: The Compact for a Balanced Budget

Location: The Heartland Institute, Chicago, IL
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Start Time: 11:30 AM
End Time: 1:00 PM

Host: The Heartland Institute

As the federal debt approaches $18 trillion, a balanced budgetamendment has emerged as one of the few viable options to curbgovernment spending. The Article V process for amending the U.S.Constitution, however, is long and tedious.

Join us for a discussion with Nick Dranians and Peter Ferrara on the topic of a Balanced Budget Amendment.

Thursday Mar 05

Single-Parent Families: Revisiting the Moynihan Report 50 Years Later

Location: Hoover Institution
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Start Time: 11:30 AM
End Time: 4:30 PM

Host: Education Next, Hoover Institution, Harvard Program on Education Policy and Governance, and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute

The Spring 2015 issue of Education Next is dedicated to revisiting on its 50th anniversary Moynihan's 1956 report "The Negro Family: The Case for National Action."

At this event, Senator Lamar Alexander, chair of the committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, will make a keynote address. The address will be followed by panel discussions on the causes and consequences of single-parent families and strategies to strengthen families and improve educational outcomes.

Friday Mar 06

Economics of Disasters Teacher Workshop

Location: Cortyard Marriott, Toronto, ON
Date: Friday, March 6, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM

Host: The Fraser Institute

This stimulating workshop will look at a variety of natural disasters though the lens of economic analysis. By using the economic way of thinking to sift through the chaos of natural disasters, teachers can form a template for analyzing "the next one" and can quickly incorporate today's unexpected news into their planned curriculum.

Sunday Mar 08

Join Us in Palatine, IL for a Movie Screening of Building the Machine: A Movie About Common Core

Location: Palatine Public Library, IL
Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015
Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Time: 5:00 PM

Host: The Heartland Institute

Building the Machine introducesthe public to the Common Core State Standards Initiative andits effects on our children's education. The original documentary is nowpart of an extended three-DVD set that includes parent interviews andsix supplementary episodes. Together, these segments expose Common Coreusing the words of leading educational experts, including members of theCommon Core Validation Committee, along with parents, teachers, and asocial worker. Everyone—parents, elected officials, and the Americanpublic—should be involved in this national decision regardless of theirpolitical persuasion.

Tuesday Mar 10

2015 National Forum on K-12 Philanthropy

Location: The Ritz Carlton, New Orleans
Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Host: Philanthropy Roundtable

Join us in New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 10-11 as we bring top donors and leading K-12 experts from around the nation together for two days of thought-provoking conversation. This conference, held 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, will focus on the greatest opportunities for philanthropists to achieve breakthroughs over the next 10 years. We'll visit schools that are disrupting the status quo in K-12 education and meeting with education entrepreneurs who are bringing breakthrough innovation and progress to the field. We'll also delve into the most promising developments in K-12 education, the practical and political barriers to progress that philanthropy can address, and how donor-led efforts can increase excellence in schools.

Wednesday Mar 11

2015 Wake-Up Forum - Tri-Cities

Location: Tri-Cities Business & Visitor Center Kennewick, WA
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 AM
End Time: 8:00 AM

Host: Washington Policy Center

Wake up Wednesday mornings with WPC, business leaders, and legislators from across the state, taking your questions and comments on one of the most important legislative sessions in our state's history.

Wednesday Mar 11

So You Want to Be A Social Media Director

Location: Americans for Tax Reform
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: America's Future Foundation

Are you a new media enthusiast who wants to pursue a social media or digital role in the liberty movement? Join America's Future Foundation on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 for the second luncheon event in AFF's new career development series featuring Rebecca Heisler of Targeted Victory and Patrick Ruffini of Echelon Insights! Ali-Jae Asselstine, Account Executive, Elections and Issues Advocacy at Google, will moderate. Panelists will bring unique perspectives to a discussion about careers at the intersection of new media and communications.

Learn how to leverage social media for effective communications, create and maintain and effective online presence, and distinguish between careers in social, digital, and communications.

Expert advice and lunch will be provided.

Wednesday Mar 11

The $1 Trillion Question: What's Next for Canada-US Trade?

Location: Webinar
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Time: 2:00 PM

Host: Hudson Institute

The US and Canada are each others' largest trading partner, with close to $1 trillion worth of goods, services and direct investment crossing the world's longest international border. While tariffs and regulations were radically reduced as a result of the 1994 launch of the North American Free Trade Agreement (and the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement seven years earlier), it's still not always clear to smaller and mid-sized US and Canadian companies just how to develop business and consumer markets on the other side of the border.

However, both countries are working to further grow mutual trade by advancing intellectual property standards and modernising regulatory and labeling rules. And with the proportion of online purchasing in Canada beginning to reach US levels, sales and the shipping of products between the two countries is up sharply.

Thursday Mar 12

The Federal Statistical System in a Big Data World

Location: AEI
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: AEI

The production of social and economic statistics is among the most important and useful functions of government. Because the production of official statistics has long been considered a public good, it has been inconceivable that any organization other than government could produce the reliable and accurate information necessary for business decisions and public policy design — until now.

Big Data is one of the most discussed innovations of the 21st century, but can it replace the federal statistical system? If not, can official statistics and Big Data complement each other? A panel of leading experts will discuss these questions and more.

Lunch will be served.

Thursday Mar 12

Reason Weekend 2015

Location: Biltmore Four Seasons Four Seasons Resort, Santa Barbara
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015

Host: Reason Foundation

Reason Weekend 2015 will be held March 12 – 15, 2015 at the The Biltmore Four Seasons Resort in Santa Barbara, California, and you will want to be there!

At Reason Weekend, you'll get the inside scoop on the future of liberty from Reason's nationally-recognized policy analysts and award-winning journalists. You'll also hear from some of the libertarian movement's most exciting guest speakers.

Reason Weekend is an annual event open to members of Reason's exclusive Torchbearer Society. To find out how your support of free minds and free markets can qualify you for membership, please visit www.reason.org/donate.

More information will be available in Fall 2014. Please direct questions to Jennifer Kambara at jennifer.kambara@reason.org or (310) 740-8576.

Saturday Mar 14

The South Carolina National Security Action Summit- 2015

Location: West Columbia, South Carolina
Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 5:00 PM

Host: Breitbart News, The Center for Security Policy, and High Frontier

Join policy makers, legislators, law enforcement leaders, and concerned citizen activists for a day of penetrating analysis of national security matters that will help shape the future of SC and our nation as a whole.

Featured speakers include Dr. George H. Baker, Ambassador John R. Bolton, LTG (Ret). William G. Boyking, David Bores, Ambassador Henry F. Cooper, Senator Ted Cruz, Frank Gaffney, John Guandolo, Rosemary Jenks, Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, Senator Rick Santorum, and Phyllis Schlafly.

Monday Mar 16

The Pentagon Budget: Prospects for Reform

Location: Cato Institute
Date: Monday, March 16, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: Cato Institute

During the Cold War, annual Pentagon spending averaged about $458 billion in today's prices; over the next decade, its projected budget will average over half a trillion dollars per year. Yet, while our spending is consistent with Cold War levels, that money pays for fewer troops; supports less base capacity; and buys fewer ships, aircraft, and tanks. In short, we are getting less bang for our buck. And the situation is only getting worse as personnel costs continue to demand an ever-increasing share of the Pentagon's budget.

There is broad agreement that reforms are needed. But what reforms? And are they possible? Our panel of experts will seek to answer these questions, highlighting the changes they believe are necessary to cure the Pentagon's spending ills, and debating whether such reforms are politically viable. Please join us for this important discussion.

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