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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