This Week in Washington…

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









  • 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.






  • “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)


  • 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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