This Week in Washington…

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












  • “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)


  • 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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