Good needles, bad needles: The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., hosts a lecture by Harvard Medical School's Bruce Rosen "on the neurobiological correlates of acupuncture."
The Supreme Court, meanwhile, hears arguments about lethal injections in a closely watched capital-punishment case. In the Florida case, Hill v. McDonough, the justices will decide if a condemned man can seek a stay of execution to challenge the chemicals that will be used to kill him.
This won't hurt a bit: The House is scheduled on Thursday to rush through its watered-down package of lobbying reforms, the "Lobbying Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006." Democrats are pushing for unlimited debate on more stringent measures, such as broader restrictions on gifts, travel, and lobbying by former members. Don't count on it. In fact, just before the debate on lobbying reform, the House holds "Former Members Day," another chance to celebrate the many lawmakers who have gone on to lucrative new careers lobbying their former colleagues.
Can you get me into the Bloomberg party? Saturday is the biggest social event of the year for political Washington: the Bloomberg after-party. Technically the event, formerly hosted by Vanity Fair, is a mere appendage to the evening's White House Correspondents Association Dinner, an annual black-tie affair attended by President Bush, much of the Cabinet and congressional leadership, and a smattering of Hollywood types. But the real sign of Washington status is whether you can score an invitation to the more exclusive Bloomberg party. The invitation itself—this year's is green ink on thick Lucite—is the Washington equivalent of Willy Wonka's golden ticket. It entitles you to stand in line outside the newly refurbished Macedonian Embassy Saturday night in Kalorama with the rest of the chosen people—and several others hoping to talk their way in.
TODAY IN SLATE
Meet the New Bosses
How the Republicans would run the Senate.
The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Cheez-Its. Ritz. Triscuits.
Why all cracker names sound alike.
Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom
This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059
- Protesters Take to the Streets to Sound Alarm on Climate Change in New York, Across the World
- Knife-Carrying White House Jumper is Vet who Feared “Atmosphere Was Collapsing”
- North Korea: American Sentenced to Hard Labor Wanted to Become “Second Snowden”
- Almost One in Four Americans Support Idea of Splitting From the Union
Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?
A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.