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This Week in Washington…

Posted on September 26, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

TOP 5 STORIES THIS WEEK

WHITE HOUSE

CONGRESS

POLITICS

BUDGET, ECONOMY & FINANCE

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

  • The European Union unveiled new emissions targets at the United Nations Climate Summit on Monday, while the U.S. and China reiterated existing targets and talked up progress toward their goals.
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called climate change an “existential threat” at the Climate Summit and emphasized the necessity for global action on climate change.
  • The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund endorsed Democrat Michelle Nunn in the Georgia Senate race, despite her support for construction of the Keystone XL oil-sands pipeline.
  • As a result of China’s rapid economic expansion, carbon-dioxide levels in the atmosphere will hit a record high in 2014.
  • Roughly 400,000 people marched through New York City on Sunday in support of action to address climate change ahead of the U.N. Climate Summit.
  • Major charitable organizations went public with pledges to dump their shares in petroleum and coal companies on the eve of the summit.
  • Cynthia Quarterman, the administrator for the Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, will step down Oct. 3 from the position she has held since 2009.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS & DEFENSE

HEALTH CARE

  • HHS announced that 7.3 million individuals are enrolled in ACA exchange plans, reflecting the total paid enrollees as of Aug. 15. More than 8 million people had signed up for private plans through the new marketplaces by the close of open enrollment, but some failed to pay their premiums, and others allowed their coverage to lapse.
  • In an increasingly common practice, assistants or other hospital staff may be called in to help with a procedure without good reason, then charge exorbitant fees that patients or their insurers were not expecting.
  • The three-day, country-wide Ebola lockdown in Sierra Leone ended as planned Sunday evening, according to the Health Ministry, which said 75 percent of the targeted 1.5 million households had been contacted by aid workers, who went door-to-door to find hidden Ebola patients, distribute soap, and educate residents about the disease.
  • The Obama administration said about 70 percent of enrollees—first-time applicants with uncomplicated household situations—will be able to use a shorter, more streamlined online application form on gov during the second open-enrollment period.
  • Since the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment began in Oct. 2013, about 8 million additional people have enrolled in Medicaid, according to the latest monthly report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • Individual market premium increases were the norm prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act; the average increase of 8.4 percent expected next year for individuals who renew their popular plans on the exchange is still within historical precedent, and the average increase of 1 percent expected for those who shop around is extremely low.

TECHNOLOGY

  • Comcast mounted a defense of its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, sending hundreds of pages of comments to the FCC that promised better service for consumers and accusing critics of being paranoid or having a stake in scuttling the deal.
  • The FCC is looking for new ways to protect net neutrality, responding to liberals who believe its initial proposal didn’t do enough, but trying to stay on a firm legal footing.
  • Android followed Apple’s lead, saying it would stop giving users’ cell-phone or tablet data to police, because its new security features mean it lacks the ability to access their information.
  • Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus has suffered backlash from some consumers who say its bigger size has caused it to get bent while in their pockets.
  • A Senate committee found Chinese authorities attempted close to 20 cyberattacks in just a year-long period targeted at military defense contractors.
  • NFL executives made a last-ditch effort to save sports blackout rules, meeting with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to push their argument that the rules are needed to preserve the broadcast TV’s ability to show the NFL.

OTHER NEWS

QUOTES

  • “The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force. So the United States of America will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death.” — President Obama, addressing the U.N. Security Council (Washington Post)
  • “He’s regal, almost. And I’m not talking about in the sense of a King Arthur or that type of regal. He’s redneck regal. He really is.” — Political strategist David “Mudcat” Saunders, on former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va. (Daily Caller)
  • “Who do you think President Obama could appoint at this very day, given the boundaries that we have? If I resign any time this year, he could not successfully appoint anyone I would like to see in the Court.” — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Elle)
  • “It’s not entirely run by wackos, but by people who are intimidated by wackos.” — Former Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., on the current state of Congress (Washington Post)
  • “Like every country, we continually wrestle with how to reconcile the vast changes wrought by globalization and greater diversity with the traditions that we hold dear.” — Obama, referencing Ferguson, Mo., during his U.N. address (Politico)
  • “What is unique here is you have an entire state really shifting — people are bidding up prices all over the place. These were quintessential suburbs and cities built for people working as secretaries, but the newest generation is simply not going to be able to stay anymore.” — Zillow economist Stan Humphries, on the rising cost of living in California (New York Times)
  • “Not only are we able to play together, we also don’t litigate against each other.” — Golfer Phil Mickelson, praising the American Ryder Cup squad and alluding to a legal dispute between Irishmen Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell (Bloomberg)

CHARTS AND GRAPHICS

Future events

  • Friday, Sept. 26 – Vice President Biden will host a summit on United Nations peacekeeping at the U.N. in New York.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 30 — First lady Michelle Obama will host a luncheon in honor of the winners of the 2014 National Design Awards, which are organized by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, at 1 p.m. at the White House.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 24 to Saturday, Sept. 27 — The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation holds its 44th annual legislative conference, “It Starts with You,” at 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 30 — The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on the U.S. Secret Service’s security protocols in light of the Sept. 19, 2014, incident in which an armed intruder entered the North Portico of the White House, at 10 a.m. in 2154 Rayburn.
  • Friday, Sept. 26 to Saturday, Sept. 27 — The Family Research Council will hold its 2014 Values Voter Summit at 2500 Calvert St. NW.
  • Friday, Sept. 26 — The Heritage Foundation will hold a book discussion on A Race for the Future: How Conservatives Can Break the Liberal Monopoly on Hispanic Americans at 11 a.m. at 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 30 – The Hudson Institute will hold a discussion, “Creating Clarity for Nonprofits,” at noon at 1015 15th St. NW.
  • Thursday, Sept. 25 — Virginia International University will hold an event, “Forecasting Global Economic Development and Risk: What’s Missing in Our Ability to Measure and Predict Economic Performance?” at 5 p.m. at 11200 Waples Mill Rd. in Fairfax.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 1 — The Information Technology Industry Council will hold its 2014 Cybersecurity Summit, “Risks and Benefits in an Interconnected Economy,” at 2 p.m. at 1700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 30 — The American Security Project will hold a conference, “What’s Next? Fostering the Next Generation of Energy Security,” at 9 a.m. at 1100 New York Ave. NW.
  • Monday, Sept. 29 – The Brookings Institution will hold a discussion, “The Evolving Risks of Fragile States and International Terrorism,” at 2 p.m. at 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Friday, Sept. 26 — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will hold a discussion, “Advancing Solutions in Entitlements: Supporting Greater Value,” focusing on recommendations to stabilize Medicare and Medicaid, at 9:30 a.m. at 1615 H St. NW.
  • Friday, Sept. 26 — The Alliance for Health Reform will hold a briefing, “Network Adequacy: Seeking Balance,” on the regulation of health insurance networks, at noon in G-50 Dirksen.
  • Monday, Sept. 29 — The Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus will hold a briefing, “The Expiration of the Internet Tax Moratorium: What New Internet & Mobile Phone Taxes Will Mean for Constituents & for the Economy,” at noon in 562 Dirksen.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 30 — The FCC will hold an open meeting on ending sports blackout rules at 10:30 a.m. at 445 12th St. SW.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 1 — Washington Post Live will hold a Cybersecurity Summit at 8:30 a.m. at 1150 15th St. NW.

 

 

 

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This Week in Washington…

Posted on September 18, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

TOP 5 STORIES THIS WEEK

WHITE HOUSE

CONGRESS

POLITICS

BUDGET, ECONOMY & FINANCE

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

FOREIGN AFFAIRS & DEFENSE

HEALTH CARE

TECHNOLOGY

  • The Federal Communications Commission received 7 million public comments regarding its net neutrality proposal before the comment period ended this week, a tally that far outpaces the number received following Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction.”
  • The FBI announced its Next Generation Identification system, which uses facial-recognition technology, has achieved “full operational capability.”
  • A declassified investigation by the Senate Armed Services Committee found 20 successful cyberattacks
  • The Senate Commerce Committee passed a mostly clean version of a satellite reauthorization bill, turning away many amendments considered unfriendly to the cable industry and broadcasters.
  • A coalition of anti-surveillance hardliners announced their opposition to the USA Freedom Act, a bill that aims to reform government surveillance, on grounds it falls far short of true reform.
  • Yelp agreed to pay $450,000 to settle federal charges of violating a child-privacy law.
  • Recently unsealed court documents show that federal authorities threatened Yahoo with a $250,000-per-day penalty for noncompliance with an order to provide users’ communications data as part of the National Security Agency’s PRISM program.
  • Apple Inc., which begins selling its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on Friday, has altered its data encryption toprevent all but the device’s owner from accessing sensitive data.

OTHER NEWS

QUOTES

  • “Jeff Sessions is probably held in higher esteem than the Alabama football coach and the Auburn football coach put together.” — Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., on the state’s junior senator, who faced no primary or general election opposition in 2014 (Associated Press)
  • “There’s only a certain amount of days Sean can be in the country for tax reasons, so I know that he intends to use them wisely.” — Neil Connery, explaining why his brother will not appear in Scotland to promote independence (Edinburgh Evening News)
  • “Maybe someday I’ll write a little article about whether it was more difficult to go through the paperwork to work with anthrax, or whether it’s going to be more difficult for me to make some bourbon. They’ve both awfully complicated, so we’ll see.” — Dr. Ian Glomski, who left a microbiology position to open a bourbon distillery (NPR)
  • “I don’t know how I’ll get home. Maybe I’ll hitch a ride on a tank.” — Ukrainian finance student Vladyslav, who traveled to Kiev to watch exiled soccer team Shakhtar Donetsk (New York Times)
  • “You’re acting very warlike yourself. Would you please leave?” — Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., to Code Pink protesters (Roll Call)
  • “At that moment, if I could have just disappeared, I would have. If I could have just melted in tears, I would have. But I had to just sit there and talk to him. … I didn’t hear a word he said, but I wasn’t in a place where I could tell him to go fuck himself.” — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., on a labor leader’s disparaging comment about her weight several years ago (Huffington Post)
  • “You know what I say? ‘That’s my boy Grimm.’ Nobody is perfect. He didn’t murder anyone.” — Staten Island resident John Colombo, on Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y. (National Journal)

CHARTS AND GRAPHICS

  • The Martin Prosperity Institute charts the geographic distribution of singles, who now comprise more than half of the U.S. adult population.
  • Using data from Twitter, forensic linguist Dr. Jack Grieve maps Americans’ choice of filler words “um” and “uh.”
  • The New York Times tracks the roughly 342,000 swings Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has taken during his professional career.
  • The Washington Post charts the success of Miss America and Miss USA pageant contestants by state.
  • Barclays charts the migration patterns for high net worth individuals from around the world.
  • The Hollywood Reporter maps the risk of infectious disease at Los Angeles schools, which has risen due to parents’ opposition to vaccinations.
  • DNAInfo New York charts the 1,585 children who disappeared from a city-operated shelter from Feb. 2013 to March 2014.

Future events

  • Friday, Sept. 19 – The White House will host an event to launch “It’s On Us,” a new public awareness and action campaign designed to prevent sexual assault at colleges and universities, change the culture on our campuses, and better engage men in this effort.
  • Friday, Sept. 19 – Vice President Biden will hold a roundtable discussion on domestic violence in Denver.
  • Friday, Sept. 19 – The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing, “21st Century Cures: Examining Ways to Combat Antibiotic Resistance and Foster New Drug Development,” at 11:30 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 23 – The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing, “The FANS Act: Are Sports Blackouts and Antitrust Exemptions Harming Fans, Consumers, and the Games Themselves?” at 10 a.m. in 226 Dirksen.
  • Thursday, Sept. 18 to Friday, Sept. 19 – The Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum holds the 21st annual National Issues Conference at 901 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Scheduled participants include first lady Michelle Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
  • Thursday, Sept. 18 to Saturday, Sept. 20 – The Campaign for Liberty holds its fourth Liberty Political Action Conference at 5000 Seminary Rd. in Alexandria. Scheduled participants include Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 17 to Friday, Sept. 19 – The Corporation for Enterprise Development holds its 2014 Assets Learning Conference, “Platforms for Prosperity,” at 901 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Monday, Sept. 22 – The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research will hold a discussion, “Policy Implications of the New U.S. Labor Market Normal,” at 2:30 p.m. at 1150 17th St. NW.
  • Friday, Sept. 19 – The Center for American Progress will hold a discussion, “The Cost of Climate Inaction,” at 10 a.m. at 1333 H St. NW.
  • Friday, Sept. 19 – The Brookings Institution will hold a discussion, “Transforming the Electricity Portfolio: Lessons from Germany and Japan in Deploying Renewable Energy,” at 1 p.m. at 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Thursday, Sept. 18 – The Institute of World Politics will hold a presentation, “Threat Assessments: Managing the Threat of Terrorism, Espionage and Violence,” at 4 p.m. at 1521 16th St. NW.
  • Thursday, Sept. 18 – The Women’s Foreign Policy Group will hold a discussion, “Looking Toward UNGA 69, Peace, Security and Development: New Perspectives and Partnerships,” at 6 p.m. at 37 Observatory Cir. NW.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 23 – The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies will hold a discussion, “The Future of the Union: The UK and Europe After the Scottish Referendum,” at 6 p.m. at 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Thursday, Sept. 18 – Susan G. Komen will hold its 2014 gala, “Honoring the Promise,” at 5:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW.
  • Friday, Sept. 19 – The Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus will hold the 5th annual Childhood Cancer Summit at 9 a.m. in the Capitol Visitors Center.
  • Friday, Sept. 19 – The Center for the History of the New America and the Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland will hold a conference, “Health Across Borders: Migration, Disease, Medicine and Public Health in a Global Age,” at 9 a.m. at the University of Maryland.
  • Thursday, Sept. 18 – The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies will hold adiscussion, “The U.S.-Japan Internet Economy Dialogue: A New Role for the Alliance in Preserving the Global Internet,” at 4:30 p.m. at 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Friday, Sept. 19 – The New America Foundation will hold adiscussion, “Digital Borders and Technological Sovereignty: Breaking or Saving the Internet as We Know It?” at 9 a.m. at 1899 L St. NW.

 

 

 

 

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This Week in Washington…

Posted on September 11, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

TOP 5 STORIES THIS WEEK

WHITE HOUSE

CONGRESS

POLITICS

BUDGET & ECONOMY

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

HEALTH CARE

  • Administration officials acknowledged Sept. 4 that hackers infiltrated gov in July, but maintain that no consumer data was compromised during the attack, which involved the upload of malicious code to a test server.
  • Workers found six more dangerous agents, including ricin, improperly stored in NIH and FDA labs, following the July discovery of smallpox vials in federal facilities.
  • The Government Accountability Office estimated that the state’s private-option plan will cost nearly 25 percent more than providing the coverage through traditional Medicaid, saying that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services did not ensure that the program would be budget-neutral when approving it.
  • The Health and Human Services Department announced $60 million in ACA Navigator grants in 2015.
  • Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe unveiled his “alternative” to Medicaid expansion, which the state’s Republican Legislature had repeatedly denied—a significantly scaled-back program that would cover about 250,000 Virginians, compared to 400,000 who could gain coverage under Medicaid.
  • The average premium for employer-based coverage rose by only 3 percent this year, a major improvement over double digit hikes in the 1990s, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s annual survey of the employer insurance market. But employers are shifting more health care costs to employees, with higher deductibles.
  • Ebola infections are increasing exponentially in West Africa, with nearly 4,300 cases reported, due in part to a surge of infections in Liberia, where the World Health Organization estimated more than 500 new cases were reported in a week. The death toll in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal is thought to have exceeded 2,200.
  • Resource commitments have picked up in the last week, but international efforts to control the outbreak have been slow moving; what’s urgently needed is more funding, more personnel, and better coordination.

TECHNOLOGY

  • Senators unveiled draft legislation that would reduce the leverage of broadcast stations like NBC or Fox in negotiations with providers, aiming to ultimately lower people’s cable bills.
  • Netflix, Reddit, Digg, and other major websites took part in a protest calling for net-neutrality regulations by displaying a “loading” icon saying that without rules stopping Internet providers from hindering Internet traffic, the Web page could still be loading.
  • FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a speech that Internet access on smartphones is a “key component” of what the commission is looking to protect with its net-neutrality rules, indicating that those rules could be expanded to cover cell-phone service.
  • Sources on and off Capitol Hill say NSA reform legislation is not a high priority as the Senate calendar gets filled with debates over a continuing resolution and the Import-Export Bank.
  • Dozens of left-leaning organizations called on Google to end its affiliation with the American Legislative Exchange Council shortly after the conservative group expressed support for the proposed Comcast-Time Warner merger.

Look ahead

  • The FCC will hold a vote later this month aimed at ending the NFL’s blackout rules that don’t allow TV stations to air games that haven’t sold out.
  • The iPhone 6 will store credit-card information using a service called Apple Pay, and hopes to overcome fears about data breaches by storing information on a separate chip that keeps the data away from iCloud.

Future events

  • Monday, Sept. 15 — The Brookings Institution will hold a forum, “The Future of Civilian Robotics,” focusing on the legal and regulatory aspects of civilian robotics, at 2 p.m. at 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 16 – The Center for American Progress will hold a discussion, “Wired for the Future: U.S.-Japan Cooperation for the New Internet Economy,” at 9:30 a.m. at 1333 H St. NW.

OTHER NEWS

  • The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of running back Ray Rice, and the NFL suspended him indefinitely, following the release Monday of a video showing him punching then-fiancée Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City casino elevator.
  • Comedian Joan Rivers died Sept. 4, after going into cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure at a New York physician’s office.
  • Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson announced plans to sell his franchise amid revelations that he sent a racially insensitive email regarding the team’s fan base.
  • South African Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled Olympian Oscar Pistorius “negligent” in the Feb. 14, 2013 death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but said the state had failed to prove premeditated murder; a final verdict on the charge of culpable homicide is expected Friday.
  • Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child; son George was born in July 2013.

QUOTES

  • “A lot of people would like to stay on the sideline and say, ‘Just bomb the place and tell us about it later.’ It’s an election year. A lot of Democrats don’t know how it would play in their party, and Republicans don’t want to change anything. We like the path we’re on now. We can denounce it if it goes bad, and praise it if it goes well and ask what took him so long.” – Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., on what House Republicans want President Obama to do about ISIS (New York Times)
  • “We lived in a soulless suburb. It wasn’t the right place for us, and we needed a change.” — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, in her memoir, on Arlington, Va. (Washington City Paper)
  • “I’ve seen the ugly in Washington, D.C. I’ve been caught by its trappings.” – Iowa Republican congressional candidate David Young, as shown in a Democratic campaign ad (DCCC TV ad)
  • “I grew up watching Saturday Night Live, I love Saturday Night Live. Saturday Night Live over the years has had some of the most tremendous political satire. Who can forget in 2008, Saturday Night Live‘s wickedly funny characterization of the Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin?” – Sen. Ted Cruz, arguing against a bill that he said could lead to censorship of political speech (Politico)
  • “Whenever we can, we follow the law.” – IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, testifying at a House Ways and Means subcommittee hearing (The Hill)

CHARTS AND GRAPHICS

  • The Washington Post graphs net job growth under presidents since Eisenhower.
  • FiveThirtyEight maps which U.S. high schools use Native American mascots.
  • The New York Times charts the popularity of Sunday show guests since the start of 2009.
  • MarketWatch charts the proliferation of dollar stores across the United States.
  • Quartz graphs the disparity in people’s views on immigration after learning how many immigrants are in their country.
  • Oxford University researchers map the areas at risk of Ebola emergence via animal-to-human transmission.
  • The New York Times charts the financial well-being of American families.

Future events

  • Friday, Sept. 12 – President Obama will deliver remarks at an AmeriCorps pledge ceremony marking the program’s 20th anniversary on the South Lawn of the White House.
  • Monday, Sept. 15 – President Obama will confer the Medal of Honor upon retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and to Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat for conspicuous gallantry during combat operations in Vietnam.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 16 — The Atlantic will host a “Women of Washington” conversation with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., at 8:30 a.m. at 101 Constitution Ave. NW.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 16 — The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing, “U.S. Policy Toward Iraq and Syria and the Threat Posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL),” at 9:30 a.m. in 216 Hart.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 16 — The University of Maryland will hold a forum, “Managing Congressional Polarization,” at noon at 7621 Mowatt Ln. in College Park.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 16 — The Sunlight Foundation and ReThink Media will hold a discussion, “The Price We Pay for Money’s Influence on Politics,” at 9:30 a.m. at 1110 Vermont Ave. NW.
  • Monday, Sept. 15 — The Brookings Institution will hold a discussion, “Childhood Food Insecurity in the U.S.: Trends, Causes, and Policy Options,” at 9 a.m. at 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Monday, Sept. 15 to Tuesday, Sept. 16 — The Bipartisan Policy Center will hold its 2014 Housing Summit, “Housing America’s Future: New Directions for National Policy,” at 999 Ninth St. NW.
  • Thursday, Sept. 11 — The World Resources Institute will hold a briefing on a new report, “Global Shale and Water Risk,” at 4 p.m. at 10 G St. NE.
  • Friday, Sept. 12 — The Law & Economics Center at George Mason University School of Law will hold a public policy conference, “Administration Unbound? Delegation, Deference, and Discretion,” at 8 a.m. at 3301 Fairfax Dr. in Arlington.
  • Friday, Sept. 12 — The Center for American Progress will hold a discussion, “Defeating ISIS: Building a Framework to Support a Reliable and Effective Opposition to Assad and ISIS,” at noon at 1333 H St. NW.
  • Monday, Sept. 15 — The Atlantic Council will hold a discussion, “After the Summit: NATO’s Path Forward,” at 11 a.m. at 1030 15th St. NW.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 16 — The Big Cities Health Coalition will hold a briefing, “The Opioid Epidemic: Reporting from the Front Lines of America’s Big Cities,” at 9 a.m. in G-11 Dirksen.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 16 — The Bipartisan Policy Center will hold a discussion, “Building Better Health: Innovative Strategies from America’s Business Leaders—A Report from the CEO Council on Health and Innovation,” at 1:30 p.m. at 1225 I St. NW.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 16 — The Senate Special Committee on Aging will hold a hearing, “Harnessing the Power of Telehealth: Promises and Challenges,” at 2 p.m. in 562 Dirksen.
  • Monday, Sept. 15 — The Brookings Institution will hold a forum, “The Future of Civilian Robotics,” focusing on the legal and regulatory aspects of civilian robotics, at 2 p.m. at 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 16 – The Center for American Progress will hold a discussion, “Wired for the Future: U.S.-Japan Cooperation for the New Internet Economy,” at 9:30 a.m. at 1333 H St. NW.

 

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This Week in Washington…

Posted on September 5, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

TOP 5 STORIES THIS WEEK

WHITE HOUSE

CONGRESS

POLITICS

BUDGET & ECONOMY

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

  • Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, announced his support for an end to the decades-old domestic ban on the export of crude oil, putting him at odds with some members of his party who have taken a more cautious approach to the issue.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General released a report concluding that the agency and states it has partnered with have not taken adequate action to monitor and improve water quality in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Republican Rep. Darrell Issa and Republican Sen. David Vitter have teamed up to probe what they have described as the “outsized role” played by the Natural Resources Defense Council in helping draft the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations to limit air pollution from power plants.
  • Halliburton Energy Services Inc. has reached a settlement of $1.1 billion that will be paid to business and property owners impacted by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill caused by a rig blowout on the Deepwater Horizon in 2010.
  • A new study was released showing that chemicals found in certain kinds of sunblock could damage the ocean ecosystem.
  • The California Legislature passed a bill that would ban single-use plastic bags in the state.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

HEALTH CARE

TECHNOLOGY

OTHER NEWS

QUOTES

  • “We don’t forget. We take care of those who are grieving, and when that’s finished, they should know we will follow them to the gates of hell until they are brought to justice, because hell is where they will reside.” – Vice President Joe Biden, on ISIS (Washington Post)
  • “Here in the Baltics, it would mean positioning more American equipment so it’s ready, if needed. It would mean more training and exercises between our militaries. And it would mean more U.S. forces, including American boots on the ground, continuously rotating through Estonia and Latvia and Lithuania.” – President Obama, on American support for Ukraine and the U.S.’s future in Eastern Europe (National Journal)
  • “Russia has come before UNSC to say everything except truth. It has manipulated. It has obfuscated. It has outright lied. We have learned to measure Russia by its actions, not its words. In last 48 hours, Russia’s actions have spoken volumes.” – Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., at a U.N. Security Council meeting (National Journal)
  • “Just to be clear: I do not know this person, I have not met this person, and I’m not interested in accepting endorsements from people I have never heard of before.” – New York state Senate candidate John Liu, rejecting an endorsement from lieutenant governor candidate Tim Wu (New York Daily News)
  • “As your congressman, I’ve had the honor of being part of a team that’s working hard and getting results. I’m of course talking about the football team I coach when I’m home every weekend. Go Tornadoes! As far as D.C. goes, the only thing they’re good at is creating problems.” — Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., in a campaign ad (CapitolFax.com)
  • “I never leave home without my Bible and my woman, Hannity.” – Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, to Fox’s Sean Hannity (Washington Post)

CHARTS AND GRAPHICS

  • The Washington Post compares generic ballot results with actual congressional election results.
  • Pew Research Center graphs the demographics of candidates for public office.
  • The New York Times graphs the recent decline in per capita Medicare spending.
  • The New Republic maps which states have made “revenge porn” illegal.
  • The Washington Post maps the nation’s largest political donors by home state.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek charts the time required to double one’s investment using a variety of instruments.
  • The New York Times charts the racial disparities between police departments and their communities.

Future events

  • Monday, Sept. 8 – Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will hold an event to announce the launch of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program at 9:30 a.m. at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Monday, Sept. 8 – First Lady Michelle Obama will join Education Secretary Arne Duncan at a back-to-school “Prep Rally” at 1:30 p.m. at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta.
  • Thursday, Sept. 4 – Bloomberg Government holds a webinar, “The Outlook for Congressional Action This Fall,” beginning at 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 9 – The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of Sharon Block to serve as a member of the National Labor Relations Board at 10 a.m. in 430 Rayburn.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 9 – The House Education and the Workforce Committee’s Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee will hold a hearing, “Expanding Joint Employer Status: What Does it Mean for Workers and Job Creators?” at 10 a.m. in 2175 Rayburn.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 9 – The State Department will hold a discussion, “Citizen Activism: Building Coalitions for Civil Rights,” at 9 a.m. at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 9 – The Federalist Society’s Civil Rights Practice Group, the Cato Institute, and the Heritage Foundation will hold a conference, “Civil Rights in the United States,” at 9 a.m. at 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • Friday, Sept. 5 – The Labor Department’s Employment and Training Administration will hold a meeting by webinar on the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, focusing on “Services to Disconnected Youth,” beginning at 2 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 8 to Wednesday, Sept. 10 – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Corporate Citizenship Conference, “The Impact Equation: Stronger Business, Greater Results, Better World,” at 1615 H St. NW.
  • Monday, Sept. 8 – The New America Foundation will hold a discussion, “Investing in the American Dream: Immigrants, Financial Institutions, and Financial Inclusion in America,” at 12:15 p.m. at 1899 L St. NW.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 9 – Politico will host a “Morning Money” breakfast briefing on “the intersection of Washington and Wall Street” at 8 a.m. at 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 9 – The Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute will hold a discussion, “Effects of Income Tax Changes on Economic Growth,” at 12:30 p.m. at 2100 M St. NW.
  • Friday, Sept. 5 – The American Council on Renewable Energy will hold a discussion, “Renewable Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean: Project Finance and Deal-Structuring in South America,” at 8 a.m. at 1333 New Hampshire Ave. NW.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 9 – The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy and Power Subcommittee will hold a hearing, “State Perspectives: Questions Concerning EPA’s Proposed Clean-Power Plan,” at 10 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn.
  • Thursday, Sept. 4 – The McCain Institute will hold a debate, “The Global War on Terrorism: Is it Time to Double Down?” at 5:45 p.m. at 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 3 to Saturday, Sept. 6 – The National Alliance on Mental Illness holds its annual national convention, “Advocates for Change: From Dialogue to Action,” at 2660 Woodley Rd. NW.
  • Monday, Sept. 8 – Health Affairs will hold a briefing, “Advancing Global Health Policy,” at 9 a.m. at 529 14th St. NW.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 9 – Politico Pro will host a breakfast briefing on hospital consolidations and the impact on the economy, consumers, and providers, at 8 a.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 5 – America’s Future Foundation will hold a debate, “Is Copyright a Property Right?” at noon in 2220 Rayburn.
  • Monday, Sept. 8 – The Hudson Institute will hold a seminar, “How Much is the Internet Worth to the U.S. Economy?” at noon at 1015 15th St. NW.

 

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