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This Week in Washington…

Posted on June 27, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

TOP 5 STORIES THIS WEEK


WHITE HOUSE

 

 

CONGRESS

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POLITICS


BUDGET & ECONOMY

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

 

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

 

HEALTH CARE

 

TECHNOLOGY

  •      The Supreme Court ruled that police cannot search the contents of someone’s cell phone without a warrant, a major victory for privacy advocates.
  •      The Supreme Court also ruled that the current business model of digital streaming TV service Aereo is illegal because it needs permission to air its content, and Aereo currently does not pay TV stations for their shows.
  •      Transparency advocates are suing the CIA for not complying with a Freedom of Information Act request regarding the agency’s alleged hacking of Senate computers.
  •      Lawmakers worry AT&T’s proposed purchase of DirecTV will limit consumer choiceand will “have the potential to raise prices,” despite AT&T’s claims that the move would create “downward pressure” on prices.
  •      The Senate Judiciary Committee is taking up legislation to legalize cell-phone unlocking, which would allow customers to switch cell phone service providers without buying a new phone.

 

OTHER NEWS

 

QUOTES

  •      “We’re not done fighting. We have to be absolutely certain that the Republican primary was won by Republican voters.” — Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel, refusing to concede to Sen. Thad Cochran in their primary runoff election (Hattiesburg American)
  •      “He was so great on immigration, President George W. Bush. He cautioned in this debate to be respectful of the people that we’re talking about. That’s really not what’s happening right now.” — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, criticizing Republicans for their lawsuit against President Obama over his use of executive orders (The Hill)
  •      “I will spill my blood to save the unborn.” — Iowa state Sen. Brad Zaun, during the Republican nominating convention for Rep. Tom Latham’s House seat, which Zaun lost (The Daily Beast)
  •      “Mr. Amash, you were called al-Qaida’s best friend in Congress, and for good reason.” — Former Marine Ben Thomas, in a campaign ad for Rep. Justin Amash’s primary challenger, investment executive Brian Ellis (The Hill)
  •      “The way we are being portrayed is like we’re domestic terrorists with baby’s veins and guts hanging out of our teeth. They say we are fringe—do I look fringe to you?” — Mississippi resident Robert Edward Kenney, on how the tea party is portrayed nationally (The Washington Post)

 

CHARTS AND GRAPHICS

  •      NPR graphs the relative price of a home in U.S. cities.
  •      National Journal maps which cities are gaining or losing the most jobs.
  •      Euromonitor links different countries’ exports and imports.
  •      Historian Claudio Saunt maps the transfer of land from Native Americans to the United States from 1776 to 1887.
  •      The New York Times charts the distribution of World Cup players among elite club teams.

 

Future events

  •      Thursday, June 26 – President Obama will take part in a town-hall meeting at Minnehaha Park and attend a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event in Minneapolis.
  •      Friday, June 27 – The president and first lady will attend the Marine Barracks Evening Parade in Washington.
  •      Friday, June 27 – Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich. will deliver a National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon farewell address, “When Congress Worked,” at 12:30 p.m. at 529 14th St. NW.
  •      Friday, June 27 – The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy will hold its annual review of the current Supreme Court term at 9 a.m. at 529 14th St. NW.
  •      Thursday, June 26 – Bloomberg Government will hold a webinar, beginning at 3 p.m., on “Where Do Financial Institutions Go From Here?”
  •      Thursday, June 26 – Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will deliver closing remarks at the Making Home Affordable Fifth Anniversary Summit, at 4:45 p.m. at 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  •      Monday, June 30 – The Center for Strategic and International Studies will hold adiscussion, “The U.S. Role in Global Infrastructure Development,” at 1:30 p.m. at 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW.
  •      Friday, June 27 – The American Association for the Advancement of Science will hold the 2014 D.C. Energy and Data Summit, focusing on the use of government open data for energy solutions, at 8:30 a.m. at 1200 New York Ave NW.
  •      Thursday, June 26 – NDN will hold a webinar, beginning at 3 p.m., on immigration, U.S.-Mexico border enforcement and the recent surge in unaccompanied minors.
  •      Friday, June 27 – The Atlantic Council will hold a discussion, “Afghanistan: Economic Transition and Transformation,” at 12:30 p.m. at 1030 15th St. NW.
  •      Monday, June 30 – The Heritage Foundation will hold a discussion, “Lessons on How the U.S. Can Reform the U.N.,” at 11 a.m. at 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE.
  •      Friday, June 27 – The Alliance for Health Reform will hold a briefing, “Rates of Change: Putting 2015 Insurance Premiums Into Context,” at noon in G-50 Dirksen.
  •      Tuesday, July 1 – The Brookings Institution will hold a discussion, “Exploring the Promise of Patient Medication Information,” at 9 a.m. at 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  •      Tuesday, July 1 – The Center for Strategic and International Studies will hold adiscussion, “The Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstration: Promise for the Future?” at 8:30 a.m. at 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW.
  •      Tuesday, July 1 – The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a field hearing, “Preserving an Open Internet: Rules to Promote Competition and Protect Main Street Consumers,” at 10 a.m. at 590 Main St. in Burlington, Vt.
  •      Tuesday, July 1 – The American Enterprise Institute’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy will hold a discussion, “Copyrights and Innovation: Understanding the Debate,” at noon at 1150 17th St. NW.
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This Week in Washington…

Posted on June 19, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

TOP 5 STORIES THIS WEEK

WHITE HOUSE

CONGRESS

POLITICS

BUDGET & ECONOMY

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

HEALTH CARE

TECHNOLOGY

OTHER NEWS

QUOTES

  • “When Americans are attacked, no matter how long it takes, we will find those responsible, and we will bring them to justice. And that’s a message I sent the day after it happened, and regardless of how long it takes: We will find you.” — President Obama, after the U.S. captured the alleged mastermind of the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi (The Hill)
  • “I decided to change my name because I like sports, people. And I like Julia Cesar Chavez, I like Eric Cesar Chavez, the baseball player here on the Arizona Diamondbacks. … I also took into consideration my dog’s favorite dog food, which is Cesar brand dog food, people.” — Cesar Chavez, formerly Scott Fistler, who was kicked off the ballot for retiring Rep. Ed Pastor’s seat in Arizona, on why he changed his name (Arizona Republic)
  • “I do think I made it more difficult for the FTC. In an attempt to engage viewers, I used flowery language. I used language that was very passionate, but it ended up not being helpful but incendiary. And it provided fodder for unscrupulous advertisers… We have specifically restricted our use of words…” — Dr. Mehmet Oz, testifying to the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, on the health products he recommends on TV (National Journal)
  • “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.” — Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney, in an op-ed on President Obama’s decisions in Iraq (Wall Street Journal)
  • “I’m more Jewish than you think I am. I read the part of the Bible that said the Jews are God’s chosen people.” — Texas Gov. Rick Perry (New York Times Magazine)

CHARTS AND GRAPHICS

  • The New York Times charts the progression of World Cup soccer balls from 1930 to the present.
  • The Washington Post charts the beverages underage Americans consume when binge drinking.
  • The New York Times graphs the Federal Reserve Board’s consistently inaccurate GDP growth predictions for 2011.
  • The Washington Post graphs the divergence of American consumption of butter and margarine.
  • The Martin Prosperity Institute charts domestic migration patterns by education level.
  • The Washington Post maps locations where gun stores outnumber museums and libraries.

 

Future events

  • Thursday, June 19 – President Obama will present the Medal of Honor to retired Marine Corps Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter for conspicuous gallantry during combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
  • Monday, June 23 – The White House Council on Women and Girls, the Labor Department, and the Center for American Progress will hold a Summit on Working Families at 2500 Calvert St. NW.
  • Friday, June 20 – The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing, “Review of Awarding Bonuses to Senior Executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs,” at 9 a.m. in 334 Cannon.
  • Tuesday, June 24 – Congress will hold a ceremony in the Rotunda to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A Congressional Gold Medal will be presented in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.
  • Tuesday, June 24 – The House Judiciary Committee’s Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law Subcommittee will hold a hearing, “The Proposed Merger of AT&T and DirecTV,” at 10:30 a.m. in 2141 Rayburn.
  • Tuesday, June 24 – The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights Subcommittee will hold a hearing, “The AT&T/DIRECTV Merger: The Impact on Competition and Consumers in the Video Market and Beyond,” at 2:30 p.m. in 226 Dirksen.
  • Wednesday, June 25 – The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing, “The Voting Rights Amendment Act, S.1945: Updating the Voting Rights Act in Response to Shelby County v. Holder,” at 10 a.m. in 226 Dirksen.
  • Thursday, June 19 to Saturday, June 21 – The American Constitution Society will hold its 2014 National Convention at 1001 16th St. NW.
  • Thursday, June 19 to Saturday, June 21 – The Faith and Freedom Coalition will hold its “Road to Majority” policy conference at 2500 Calvert St. NW.
  • Tuesday, June 24 – The Bipartisan Policy Center will hold a discussion, “Governing in a Polarized America: A Bipartisan Blueprint to Strengthen Our Democracy,” at 10 a.m. at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Wednesday, June 25 – The Senate Rules and Administration Committee will hold a hearing, “Election Administration: Examining How Early and Absentee Voting Can Benefit Citizens and Administrators,” at 2 p.m. in 301 Russell.
  • Monday, June 23 – The Peterson Institute for International Economics will hold a discussion, “Financing Development and the Role of Infrastructure,” at 12:15 p.m. at 1750 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Tuesday, June 24 – National Journal will hold a discussion, “Making America Work,” as part of the “Next America” series, focusing on minority financial empowerment and workforce development, at 8:30 a.m. at 1000 H St. NW.
  • Thursday, June 19 – The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold ahearing, “How to harness a game-changing resource for export, domestic consumption, and transportation fuel,” at 2:30 p.m. in 366 Dirksen.
  • Tuesday, June 24 – The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies will hold a discussion, “Energy Insecurity and the Luxury of Sovereignty Along Russia’s Pipelines,” at 10 a.m. at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Friday, June 20 – The New America Foundation will hold a discussion, “Crisis in Iraq: What Role Should the U.S. Play?” at 12:15 p.m. at 1899 L St. NW.
  • Monday, June 23 – The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Middle East Program will hold adiscussion, “The Iranian Nuclear Deal and the Impact on its Neighbors,” at 9:30 a.m. at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Tuesday, June 24 to Wednesday, June 25 – The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement will hold the 2014 Mission Command Summit at 300 Army Navy Drive in Arlington, Va.
  • Tuesday, June 24 – The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation will hold adiscussion, “Investment and Innovation in Pediatric AIDS Treatment,” at 9 a.m. at 901 E St. NW.
  • Tuesday, June 24 – The Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies will hold a roundtable discussion, “What are the Bounds of the FCC’s Authority over Broadband Service Providers?” at 7 p.m. at 1135 16th St. NW.

 

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This Week in Washington…

Posted on June 13, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

TOP 5 STORIES THIS WEEK

 

WHITE HOUSE

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CONGRESS

POLITICS

BUDGET & ECONOMY

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

  • Shallow-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has experienced a revival in recent years.
  • Oil and gas giants such as Exxon, BP, and Shell are pushing ahead with projects in Russia despite continuing diplomatic tensions between the Kremlin and the U.S.
  • Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer has assembled an all-star team of top Democratic operatives in his bid to put climate change front and center in American politics.
  • West Virginia Democrat Nick Rahall introduced legislation to block the White House climate rule to limit carbon emissions from the nation’s fleet of existing power plants.
  • Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is taking in more money from the oil and gas industry than her Republican challenger, Rep. Bill Cassidy.
  • Hillary Clinton did not mention the Keystone XL pipeline in her book Hard Choices.
  • The West Virginia state attorney general sent a letter to the EPA asking the agency to void the proposed power-plant regulation due to legal objections.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

HEALTH CARE

TECHNOLOGY

OTHER NEWS

QUOTES

  • “I may have had a—suffered a personal setback last night.” – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., after losing his primary (National Journal)
  • “It was basically a miracle, you know, from God straight through the people who worked so hard for me.” – Economics professor Dave Brat, who beat Cantor (CNBC)
  • “I am the lone wolf of deadly nothingness.” – Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, in a journal, before joining the Army (Washington Post)
  • “We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt. We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy.” – Hillary Clinton, on making millions of dollars on speaking engagements (ABC News)
  • “The bear is loose.” – President Obama, on two separate occasions, when leaving the White House without a motorcade (Politico)
  • “We grew increasingly concerned that any delay, or any leaks, could derail the deal and further endanger Sergeant Bergdahl. We were told by Qataris that a leak would end the negotiations for Bergdahl’s release.” – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, on why Congress was not notified of the prisoner exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (Reuters)

CHARTS AND GRAPHICS

  • The New York Times maps the flow of combat gear to U.S. police departments.
  • Vox maps the history of American agricultural production and consumption.
  • The New York Times charts the economic changes wrought by the recession.
  • ESPN charts facts and figures on the World Cup contenders.
  • FiveThirtyEight charts the decline in per-student funding, adjusted for inflation, in the last half-decade.
  • Gallup charts Hillary Clinton’s rising and falling favorability rating, now down to 54 percent.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek charts the geographic origins of Silicon Valley employees.

 

 

Future events

  • Thursday, June 12 – First lady Michelle Obama will host an event to harvest the summer crop from the White House kitchen’s garden at 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 13 – President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will visit the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Nation in Cannon Ball, N.D.
  • Tuesday, June 17 – The Congressional Robotics Caucus Advisory Committee will hold abriefing and exhibition, “Robots for Good: The Humanitarian, Environmental, Educational, Medical, and Search and Rescue Uses of Robotics Technology,” at 1 p.m. in 345 Cannon.
  • Tuesday, June 17 — The America’s Future Foundation will hold a debate, “Do Right-to-Work Policies Help or Hurt Workers?” at 6 p.m. at 1615 Rhode Island Ave. NW.
  • Wednesday, June 11 to Friday, June 13 – InterAction holds its 2014 Forum on innovations to end poverty and move toward a more “sustainable and equitable future” at 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW.
  • Wednesday, June 11 to Friday, June 13 – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds its 10th annual America’s Small-Business Summit at 2500 Calvert St. NW.
  • Friday, June 13 – The Peterson Institute for International Economics will hold a discussion, “Developments in E.U.-U.S. Financial Services,” at 8:30 a.m. at 1750 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Friday, June 13 – The Law & Economics Center at George Mason University School of Law will host a briefing on Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund and its implications for future securities-fraud class-action litigation at noon in 2237 Rayburn.
  • Monday, June 16 to Tuesday, June 17 – The State Department will hold the “Our Ocean” Conference, focusing on sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and ocean acidification, at 2201 C St. NW.
  • Tuesday, June 17 to Wednesday, June 18 – The American Geophysical Union will hold its 2014 Science Policy Conference at 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW.
  • Thursday, June 12 – The Center for Strategic and International Studies will hold a Statesmen’s Forum, “Moving From Inequality to Inclusion,” at 3 p.m. at 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW.
  • Monday, June 16 – The Heritage Foundation will hold a discussion, “Transparency, Oversight, and Accountability in the U.N. System: Problems and How to Fix Them,” at noon at 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE.
  • Monday, June 16 to Tuesday, June 17 – Russia House will hold its 34th annual U.S.-Russia Forum at several locations.
  • Friday, June 13 – The American Association for the Advancement of Science will hold a conference, “Evidence for New Medical Products: Implications for Patients and Health Policy,” at 8:30 a.m. at 1200 New York Ave. NW.
  • Monday, June 16 – The American University Washington College of Law will hold a discussion, “Hobby Lobby And Halbig: The Next Generation Of ACA Legal Challenges,” at noon at 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Thursday, June 12 – The New America Foundation will hold a discussion, “Do Robots Dream of FIFA?” focusing on the future of robots and sports, including demonstrations of robots playing soccer, at 2:30 p.m. at 1899 L St. NW.
  • Thursday, June 12 – The National Democratic Institute will hold a discussion on a new report, “Citizen Participation and Technology,” at 4 p.m. at 455 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Friday, June 13 – The Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus will hold a briefing, “Can You Sell Your Digital Music/Movie/eBook Collections? Congress Reviews Digital Copyright,” at noon in 2226 Rayburn.

 

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