This Week in Washington…

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

TOP 5 STORIES THIS WEEK

WHITE HOUSE

CONGRESS

POLITICS

BUDGET & ECONOMY

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

  • 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.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

HEALTH CARE

TECHNOLOGY

OTHER NEWS

QUOTES

  • “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)

CHARTS AND GRAPHICS

  • 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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