What's really happening in Washington this week.

A political calendar.
April 24 2006 6:28 AM

For One Night, D.C. Is Hollywood

What's really happening in Washington this week.

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Wednesday

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."

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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.

Thursday

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.

Saturday

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.

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