This Week in Washington…

Posted on August 28, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |







  • The San Francisco Bay Area was hit with a major earthquake on Sunday, prompting California Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for certain affected counties.
  • Scientists have discovered the greenhouse gas methane bubbling up from the seafloor of the Atlantic Ocean near the East Coast of the United States.
  • Environmental billionaire Tom Steyer’s Next Gen Climate Action super PAC has raised just over $18 million in donations this year, far short of Steyer’s stated goal of raising $50 million in a bid to defeat anti-environmental candidates in the midterms.
  • An analysis of Latino voter preference finds that a majority of respondents care a great deal about global warming as well as air and water quality.
  • The State Department said that talk of the president forging an international climate deal that would not need Senate ratification is premature.
  • Global oil markets would be more volatile without the fracking-enabled U.S. production surge in recent years, according to the Energy Department’s statistical arm, the Energy Information Administration.
  • Former Sen. Scott Brown has changed his stance on global warming, saying that man-made climate change has not been scientifically proven when asked about his position on Sunday.






  • “You know what this reminds me of? Reminds me of every time I had a good-looking date, there would be some better-looking guy coming along to dance with…. But I’m the guy that loves you.” — Vice President Joe Biden, on President Obama joining him to visit with a 108-year-old veteran (White House)
  • “The technological change and innovation here is profoundly changing the world. The last page of The Great Gatsby—I forget the line, about looking at the dock and moving toward the future and all that. The Valley is the representation of what Fitzgerald was writing about, that sense of American promise and exceptionalism.” — Congressional candidate Ro Khanna, on Silicon Valley (New Yorker)
  • “And, again, we said, look, I had the chance of running. I didn’t win. Someone else has a better chance than I do. And that’s what we believe, and that’s why I’m not running. And, you know, circumstances can change, but I’m just not going to let my head go there.” — Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (Mediate)
  • “If you want to see a transformational election, let the Democrats put forward a war hawk like Hillary Clinton, and you’ll see a transformation like you’ve never seen.” — Sen. Rand Paul (NBC News)
  • “Anything’s now possible. So if you were to say the Ebola virus has now entered (the country), I don’t think anyone would be surprised.” — Arizona state House Speaker and congressional candidate Andy Tobin, on the immigration crisis (Tucson Weekly)
  • “I’ve been indicted by that same body now for, I think, two counts: One of bribery, which I’m not a lawyer, so I don’t really understand the details here.” — Texas Gov. Rick Perry (CNN)


  • Quartz graphs the declining number of Americans accidentally shot each year since 1999.
  • BuzzFeed charts the evasive rhetoric employed by White House press secretaries since 1993.
  • Bloomberg charts the largest data breaches in the United States.
  • The Washington Post charts the undergraduate majors most and least likely to experience unemployment or underemployment.
  • The New York Times maps levels of upward mobility throughout the country.
  • Jawbone charts the impact of the Napa earthquake using data showing how many wearers of its Up fitness tracker awoke during the event.
  • The Wall Street Journal charts declining student attendance at college football games.

Future events

  • Friday, Aug. 29 – President Obama will participate in a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event in Newport, R.I.
  • Thursday, Sept. 4 – The House Education and the Workforce Committee’s Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee will hold a field hearing, “The Effects of the President’s Health Care Law on Indiana’s Classrooms and Workplaces,” at 11 a.m. in Greenfield, Ind.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 2 – Former President Bill Clinton will headline a gubernatorial campaign rally for Rep. Michael Michaud, D-Maine, at 6:30 p.m. in Portland.
  • Thursday, Aug. 28 – The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs will hold a presentation, “Central Banks and Macroprudential Responsibilities,” at 4 p.m. at 1957 E St. NW.
  • Thursday, Sept. 4 – The Woodrow Wilson Center will host a roundtable, “The National Plan for Civil Earth Observations,” at 1 p.m. at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Friday, Aug. 29 – The Washington Office on Latin America will hold adiscussion, “Violence in Central America and Community-based Responses,” at noon at 1666 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 3 – IDEEA Inc. will hold the 43rdconference on international defense cooperation, “ComDef 2014: Sustaining the Defense Industrial Base,” at 8 a.m. at 529 14th St. NW.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 3 – The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation will hold a briefing, “The Future of Health Care in America: The ACA and Beyond,” at noon in 2168 Rayburn.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 3 to Saturday, Sept. 6 – The National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold its annual convention, “Advocates for Change: From Dialogue to Action,” at 2660 Woodley Rd. NW.
  • Thursday, Sept. 4 – The Center for Strategic and International Studies will hold a discussion, “Electricity in Transition: Technology, Markets and Regulation,” at 10:30 a.m.



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