This Week in Washington…

Posted on July 24, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |







  • The EPA used a proposed Clean Water Act finding to make it clear it won’t allow a massive gold- and silver-mining project in Alaska’s Bristol Bay.
  • The Interior Department on Friday said it would allow the use of seismic guns and other methods to assess oil and gas resources in Atlantic Coast waters, a potential step toward opening the region to drilling.
  • President Obama nominated Henry Waxman aide Jeffrey Baran and former Nuclear Regulatory Commission general counsel Stephen Burns to fill two looming vacancies on the nuclear-energy panel.
  • The Transportation Department unveiled plans to improve safety of trains carrying crude oil after a number of high-profile accidents.
  • Despite calls for tighter sanctions against Russian businesses, Exxon is pushing forward with a project there with state oil giant Rosneft.
  • Republicans raised questions about a green group’s influence in EPA carbon-pollution rules for existing power plants at a hearing featuring administrator Gina McCarthy.




  • The National Conference of State Legislatures is threatening to sue to protect some states’ ban on city-run Internet networks, saying many of those networks waste money.
  • gov may have broken its own privacy rules by using a new type of online tracking that uses a “fingerprinting” technique that is harder to opt out of than normal cookies.
  • The Federal Communications Commission warned Internet providers about misleading customers about their Internet speeds, saying they could face new penalties under the Open Internet Transparency Rule.
  • Facebook surpassed expectations in its latest quarterly report, increasing its revenue by 61 percent over the same quarter last year and increasing its network to 1.32 billion users.
  • The National Security Agency tracks possible terrorist suspects using standards so broad that it sometimes continues tracking dead people on the chance that their identities might be used by someone else, according to leaked documents.



  • “The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running,” she replied. “They haven’t speculated, for instance, that I’m going to run. What if I decide to run? And there’s a chance I could run.” — Rep. Michele Bachmann, on the possibility of running for president (RealClearPolitics)
  • “I bought 10 of them in case they run out.” — Sen. Chuck Schumer, on his “ancient” LG flip phone (Huffington Post)
  • “But the bottom line is, I think that this is hurting Israel’s moral authority. I think it looks as though they’re overdoing, which is why I think there has to be more emphasis on the fact that they have accepted the cease-fire.” – Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, on Israel’s military operations in Gaza (The Hill)
  • “I’m in D.C., so I’m for it.” — President Obama, on statehood for the District of Columbia (Washington Post)
  • “Rand Paul’s father, Ron, is clearly anti-Semitic.” — Republican donor Richard Roberts, who has worked closely with Sheldon Adelson (National Journal)


  • Quartz graphs which leaders Russian President Vladimir Putin has communicated with the most in the last six months.
  • Slate charts the relationships among friends and enemies in the Middle East.
  • The New York Times graphs whites’ dwindling share of the Georgia registered electorate.
  • Gallup graphs Americans’ beliefs on companies’ right to refuse to hire people based on their weight or whether they smoke.
  • Pew Research charts the growth of unaccompanied minors at the U.S. border.
  • The Washington Post graphs the decline of casinos in Atlantic City.

Future events

  • Monday, July 28 — President Obama will award the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal in a ceremony in the East Room.
  • Friday, July 25 — The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing, “White House Office of Political Affairs: Is Supporting Candidates and Campaign Fundraising an Appropriate Use of a Government Office?” at 9 a.m. in 2154 Rayburn.
  • Wednesday, July 30 — The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing, “VAWA Next Steps: Protecting Women from Gun Violence,” at 10 a.m. in 226 Dirksen.
  • Thursday, July 24 — The Cato Institute will host a debate, “Libertarianism vs. Conservatism,” between student interns at Cato and the Heritage Foundation, at 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Thursday, July 24 — The American Enterprise Institute will hold a discussion, “Is it Time to End the Export-Import Bank?” at 6 p.m. at 1150 17th St. NW.
  • Wednesday, July 30 — The Bipartisan Policy Center will hold a discussion, “Retirement Security: What’s Working and What’s Not?” at 10 a.m. at 1225 I St. NW.
  • Thursday, July 31 — The Cato Institute will hold a discussion, “Federal Budget Outlook: It’s Worse Than You Think,” at noon in 121 Cannon. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is scheduled to participate.
  • Friday, July 25 — The Environmental and Energy Study Institute will hold a briefing, “Evolving Resiliency: Managing Climate Risks in the Northeast,” at 1:30 p.m. in 562 Dirksen.
  • Wednesday, July 30 — The Bipartisan Policy Center will hold a discussion, “Children and the Crisis at the Border,” at 10 a.m. at 529 14th St. NW.
  • Tuesday, July 29 — The Urban Institute will hold a discussion, “Taking Stock of the Affordable Care Act: What Are the Data Telling Us?” at noon at 2100 M St. NW.
  • Monday, July 28 to Tuesday, July 29 — The Minority Media and Telecom Council will hold its Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference, with the theme “Spotlight on Opportunity, Innovation, and Inclusion in the New Digital Ecosystem,” at 900 10th St. NW.






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