This Week in Washington…

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
















  •      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.





  •      “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)



  •      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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