This Week in Washington…

Posted on July 31, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |







  • Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., unveiled legislation that would require the fossil-fuel industry to pay for the carbon emissions it produces through a permitting program.
  • Senate Environment and Public Works Committee ranking member David Vitter, R-La., released a report alleging that a group of wealthy donors funnels money to environmental groups through a network of charitable organizations.
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell invited a contestant on America’s Got Talent to accompany him at a press conference slamming the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate rule.
  • President Obama announced that the U.S. is joining the European Union in a round of fresh energy sanctions directed at Russia.
  • The Energy Department rolled out several initiatives aimed at curbing methane leaks from natural-gas transmission and distribution lines and other equipment.
  • Rising coal exports threaten to undermine President Obama’s environmental legacy.
  • Republican lawmaker Mike Kelly likened the effects of the White House climate rule on the coal sector to an act of terrorism while speaking at the conservative Heritage Foundation.






  • “Stop being mad all the time. Stop. Stop just hating all the time. C’mon … I know they’re not happy that I’m president but that’s OK. I got a couple of years left. C’mon … then you can be mad at the next president.” – President Obama, on Republicans (The Hill)
  • “What happens is they’re like an Ebola virus that spreads. And if you can keep it contained with this bunch of people that really hate the government, OK, I respect their position. But when the virus spreads and they then have a bunch of people all nervous that if they vote the way they really think they should vote then bad things are going to happen, that messes up the process.” – Former Rep. Steve LaTourette, on GOP primary challenges (Wall Street Journal)
  • “This is the most cynical – Boehner’s up there with this ridiculous lawsuit, Josh Earnest sitting at the podium trying to tick off names of, ‘Look at Republicans who want impeachment’ — it’s not serious,” Todd said. “The lawsuit’s not serious. The impeachment talk’s not serious. This is playground stuff. This is embarrassing.” – NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd (Politico)
  • “There’s no government that organizes this. That’s what happens when nobody tells you what to do. You just figure it out. So Burning Man is a refutation of the argument that the state has a place in nature.” – Americans For Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, on why he wants to go to Burning Man (National Journal)
  • “One of my friends said, ‘Excuse me sir.’ Before we could ask, still with back turned, he says, ‘Yes, I am Mitt Romney’. We found this comical.” – Hiker Blake M., who ran into Romney in a parking lot in Utah (Washington Post)


  • FiveThirtyEight graphs MSNBC’s and Fox News’s use of the words “impeach” and “impeachment” by month, showing a drastic increase in July.
  • The Wall Street Journal maps the flight path and debris of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
  • The Russell Sage Foundation graphs the change in U.S. household wealth since 1984.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek charts the distribution of breweries across the United States.
  • National Journal charts the voting patterns of married vs. single women, and the obstacles to voting posed by family obligations.
  • ch maps nations’ territorial claims in international waters.
  • The Washington Post documents the early years of Metrorail.
  • The New York Times charts the relationship between government estimates of college costs, listed tuition levels, and the actual tuition paid.

    Future events

  • Friday, Aug. 1 — The White House and the U.S. Agency for International Development will host an event, “Faith Works: Honoring the Contributions of the Faith Community to Peace and Prosperity in Africa,” at 8:30 a.m. at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Monday, Aug. 4 to Wednesday, Aug. 6 — The White House will host the S.-Africa Leaders Summit, “Investing in the Next Generation,” at several locations.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 5 — The Senate Special Committee on Aging will hold a field hearing, “Trust Your Instincts? Tools to Empower Seniors to Identify Scams and Fraud,” at 11:30 a.m. at 1202 East 38th St. in Indianapolis.
  • Wednesday, July 30 to Sunday, Aug. 3 — Young Americans for Liberty holds its 2014 National Convention at 3301 North Fairfax Dr. in Arlington, Va.
  • Friday, Aug. 1 — The American Enterprise Institute will hold a discussion, “Watergate Revisited: The Reforms and the Reality, 40 Years Later,” at 10:30 a.m. at 1150 17th St. NW.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 6 — The Atlantic Council will hold a discussion, “Investment and Ingenuity: Overcoming Obstacles to Doing Business in Sub-Sahara,” at noon at 1030 15th St. NW.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 6 — The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies will hold a discussion, “The Future of the Renminbi as an International Currency and Shanghai as an International Financial Center: Is China Dreaming?” at 12:30 p.m. at 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Thursday, July 31 — The Union of Concerned Scientists will hold a discussion on the report, “Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living,” at 6 p.m. at 1825 K St. NW.
  • Thursday, July 31 — The Center on Global Interests will host a “Ukraine Briefing: The View From Odessa,” featuring a first-person account of the crisis in Ukraine and Q&A with the audience, at 3 p.m. at 1050 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • Thursday, July 31 — The Atlantic Council will hold a discussion, “Gaza: Breaking the Vicious Cycle,” at 3:30 p.m. at 1030 15th St. NW.
  • Friday, Aug. 1 — The Alliance for Health Reform will hold a briefing, “Health Care Behind Bars: A Key to Population Health?” at noon in 325 Russell.
  • Friday, Aug. 1 — Bloomberg Government will hold a webinar, “Can the ACA (Affordable Care Act) Withstand Another Court Challenge?” beginning at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 31 — American University and Explore Mars will hold a panel discussion, “Is It Time to Search for Life on Mars?” at 5 p.m. at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.





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