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This Week in Washington…

Posted on October 30, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

TOP 5 STORIES THIS WEEK

WHITE HOUSE

CONGRESS

POLITICS

BUDGET, ECONOMY & FINANCE

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

FOREIGN AFFAIRS & DEFENSE

HEALTH CARE

TECHNOLOGY

  • AT&T misled millions of smartphone consumers who had signed up for “unlimited” data plans, according to a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission.
  • The FTC also sued an online dating company for setting
  • Rite Aid and CVS stopped accepting Apple Pay in their stores, reportedly to make room for a rival payment system due for release next year.
  • British authorities are capable of tapping into bulk communications data collected by other countries’ intelligence services—including the National Security Agency—without a warrant, according to secret government documents released Tuesday.
  • The Seattle Times said it was “outraged” that the FBI has created a fake news story “in the style” of the newspaper to help catch a suspect in a series of 2007 bomb threats.

OTHER NEWS

QUOTES

  • “God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life. Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.” — Pope Francis, addressing the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (Washington Post)
  • “I actually do.” — Libertarian Senate candidate Sean Haugh of North Carolina, asked whether he has smoked marijuana during the campaign (Bloomberg)
  • “With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon. You know all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, and he’s like … yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon, [but] it doesn’t work out.” — Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk (CBS News)
  • “Over the years, Elton would say, ‘Why don’t you make more albums?’ And I’d say, ‘Why don’t you make less?’ ” — Billy Joel (New Yorker)
  • “Now he’s messed with the wrong redhead.” — Nursing student Ted Wilbur, describing girlfriend Kaci Hickox’s reaction to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s isolation order (New York Times)
  • “The current and increasing level of the lobbying of attorneys general creates, at the minimum, the appearance of undue influence, and is therefore unseemly. It is undermining the credibility of the office of attorney general.” — Former Maine Attorney General James Tierney (New York Times)
  • “Why would congressmen come around here? They’re shoo-ins. They go to Washington, and the money is flowing, and pretty soon they feel entitled and they feel dug-in, and they don’t need us anymore. I want a front-row seat on Judgment Day so I can watch them all get sucked to hell.” — Aiken, S.C., resident Beverly Huff, a Republican (Washington Post)

CHARTS AND GRAPHICS

Future events

  • Friday, Oct. 31 to Saturday, Nov. 1 — The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering will hold the Senior Executive Cyber Security Conference at 100 Mason Hall in Baltimore.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 5 — Government Executive Media Group will hold a Web event, beginning at 2 p.m., “Data Transparency: The DATA Act and Beyond.”
  • Friday, Oct. 31 — The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’ International Center for Terrorism Studies will hold a seminar, “Health Security Challenges and Responses: From Ebola to Terrorism,” at noon at 901 North Stuart St. in Arlington.
  • Monday, Nov. 3 — The Women’s Foreign Policy Group will hold a discussion, “Combating the Spread of Ebola: The U.S. Air Effort in Liberia,” at 6 p.m. at 1307 L St. NW.
  • Thursday, Oct. 30 — The School Superintendents Association, Consortium for School Networking, and National School Boards Association will hold a webinar, beginning at 3 p.m., on “how K-12 district leaders can take the digital leap.”
  • Wednesday, Nov. 5 — The Cato Institute will hold a discussion, “Federal Policy, the Election, and the Changing Ivory Tower,” at noon at 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Friday, Oct. 31 — The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies will hold a discussion, “The Geopolitics of TTIP: Repositioning the Transatlantic Relationship for a Changing World,” at 12:30 p.m. at 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Friday, Oct. 31 — The Woodrow Wilson Center will hold a discussion, “Impact of Low Oil Prices: Petro Power or Petro Poverty?” at 10 a.m. at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Monday, Nov. 3 to Tuesday, Nov. 4 — The National Academy of Sciences and the Pew Charitable Trusts will hold a conference, “Modeling the Health Risks of Climate Change,” at 901 E St. NW.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 4 — The U.S. Energy Association will hold a discussion, “Removing Carbon from the Atmosphere: What the Emergence of ‘Carbon Negative’ Strategies Means for Industry and Government,” at 2 p.m. at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Thursday, Oct. 30 — The Center for Strategic and International Studies will hold a forum, “Promoting Labor Rights and Leveling the International Playing Field,” at 3 p.m. at 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW.
  • Thursday, Nov. 6 — The Cato Institute will hold its 32nd annual Monetary Conference, “Alternatives to Central Banking: Toward Free-Market Money,” at 9 a.m. at 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 4 — Yahoo News will hold a midterm election night discussion at 5 p.m. at 229 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 5 — National Journal will hold its Day After Conference on the “results of the 2014 elections and their likely impact on Congress, the executive branch, K Street, and the most important policy issues of the day,” at 8:30 a.m. at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 5 — The Bipartisan Policy Center will hold a discussion, “A Path Forward: What’s Next for the Divided States of America,” focusing on the results of the midterm elections and the future of the Senate, at 11 a.m. at 1225 I St. NW. Scheduled participants include former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Trent Lott.
  • Thursday, Nov. 6 — The Senate Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak at 2 p.m. in G-50 Dirksen.
  • Saturday, Nov. 1 – President Obama will participate in a campaign event for Senate candidate Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer in Detroit.
  • Sunday, Nov. 2 – President Obama will participate in a campaign event for gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf in Philadelphia.
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This Week in Washington…

Posted on October 24, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

TOP 5 STORIES THIS WEEK

WHITE HOUSE

CONGRESS

POLITICS

BUDGET, ECONOMY & FINANCE

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

FOREIGN AFFAIRS & DEFENSE

HEALTH CARE

TECHNOLOGY

OTHER NEWS

QUOTES

  • “I didn’t exchange any bodily fluids with anyone, so I’m not worried about it. I’m much more likely to be mistakenly killed by a police officer in this country than to be killed by Ebola, even if you were in the same bridal shop.” — Cleveland attorney Peter Pattakos, who visited the same shop as Ebola patient Amber Vinson (ClevelandPlain Dealer)
  • “It’s not going to be an easy election, it’s a close election. Like I said, much closer than I can even understand why. I don’t want to say anything about your Wisconsin voters but, some of them might not be as sharp as a knife.” — Republican National Committee co-chair Sharon Day, in a visit to a GOP field office in Waukesha (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
  • “Know that our message does not originate from a Republican, Democratic, or even family affiliation. It has to do with the most basic question all voters must ask themselves when they step into the voting booth, ‘Who really is the best qualified candidate for attorney general for the state of Nevada?'” — Seven relatives of Adam Laxalt, in an op-ed endorsing his rival (Las Vegas Sun)
  • “I think a law clerk told me about this tumblr and also explained to me what Notorious RBG was a parody on. And now my grandchildren love it and I try to keep abreast of the latest that’s on the tumblr. … I have quite a large supply.” — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on the “Notorious RBG” T-shirts bearing her image (Time)
  • “If anybody is going to tell you what’s going to happen in Staten Island, you should slap them in the mouth.” — A Hill Democratic operative, on the race in New York’s 11th Congressional District (Roll Call)
  • “Good leaders have to be able to criticize constructively. We just have too little of that in American business now. Everybody is way too nice to everybody.” — Former General Motors vice chairman Bob Lutz (Washington Post)
  • “You know, I’m not particularly good at that, but everything I read says — there are people who do that and do that pretty much for a living — and they’re all saying now somewhere between 60% and 65%. But if anybody can mess this up my side has the total capacity to here at the last minute to figure out how to turn 65% into 25%.” — Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., on the GOP’s prospects of winning the Senate (KTRS Radio)
  • “I was patient zero – the first person ever to have her reputation instantaneously destroyed worldwide via the Internet.” — Monica Lewinsky, addressing the Forbes Under 30 Summit (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • “Well, what, do you just go to the doctor and get diagnosed with suicide?” — Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, addressing students at Wasilla High School (Alaska Dispatch News)

CHARTS AND GRAPHICS

Future events

  • Thursday, Oct. 23 – First lady Michelle Obama will participate in a campaign event for Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo.
  • Friday, Oct. 24 – The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing, “The Ebola Crisis: Coordination of a Multi-Agency Response,” at 9:30 a.m. in 2154 Rayburn.
  • Friday, Oct. 24 – Inter-American Dialogue will hold a discussion, “Politics and Possibilities for Immigration Reform,” at 9:30 a.m. at 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • Friday, Oct. 24 – Bloomberg Government will hold a webinar, beginning at 2 p.m., featuring analysis of the midterm elections.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 29 and Thursday, Oct. 30 – The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute will hold the sixth annual Washington Ideas Forum at 610 F St. NW.
  • Friday, Oct. 24 – The Aspen Institute will hold a discussion, “Beyond Great Places to Work: The Business Case for Investing in Front-Line Workers,” at noon at 1 Dupont Cir. NW.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28 to Wednesday, Oct. 29 – The Federal Open Market Committee will hold a policy meeting at 20th St. and Constitution Ave. NW.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28 – The American Enterprise Institute will hold a discussion, “For Richer, for Poorer: How Family Structures Economic Success in America,” at 9:30 a.m. at 1150 17th St. NW.
  • Friday, Oct. 24 – The Hill will hold a discussion, “America’s Energy Landscape: A Policy Discussion on Nuclear Energy,” at 8:30 a.m. at 529 14th St. NW.
  • Friday, Oct. 24 – Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy will hold a conference, “The Power of Opinion: How Americans’ Preferences on Energy Point a Way Forward on Climate Change,” at 9:30 a.m. at 3700 O St. NW.
  • Thursday, Oct. 23 – The McCain Institute will hold a discussion, “China: Is Engagement Still Working?” at 5 p.m. at 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Monday, Oct. 27 – The Peterson Institute for International Economics will hold the 10th Whitman Lecture, “What Lies Ahead for the Global Economy: A BRICS Perspective,” at 12:15 p.m. at 1750 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28 to Wednesday, Oct. 29 – The National Academy of Sciences will hold a workshop, “Defining the Expertise Needed for the 21st Century Neuroscience Workforce,” at 500 Fifth St. NW.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22 to Friday, Oct. 24 – The Organization of American States and the Inter-American Development Bank hold the Regional Workshop on Cyber Security Policies at 1300 New York Ave. NW.
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This Week in Washington

Posted on October 16, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

TOP 5 STORIES THIS WEEK

WHITE HOUSE

CONGRESS

POLITICS

BUDGET, ECONOMY & FINANCE

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

  • A global surge in natural-gas production thanks to hydraulic fracturing would not slash global greenhouse-gas emissions even though the fuel emits much less carbon dioxide than coal when consumed, according to a peer-reviewed study published in the journal Nature.
  • ExxonMobil criticized the fossil-fuel divestment movement, a campaign that urges investors to dump stock in petroleum and coal companies, calling the effort misguided.
  • The Pentagon issued a report illustrating the steps it is taking to shore up U.S. resilience to climate change, while warning that national security is at risk from a warming planet.
  • Electric-car manufacturer Tesla debuted its newest vehicle, an all-wheel-drive version of its Model S sedan.
  • President Obama designated 350,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountain range in California a national monument.
  • Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in Houston that decades-old restrictions on the export of crude oil have not hindered domestic output.
  • Thursday, Oct. 16 – The Brookings Institution will hold the Raymond Aron lecture, “The Road to Paris: Transatlantic Cooperation and the 2015 Climate-Change Conference,” at 5:30 p.m. at 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Monday, Oct. 20 – The Atlantic Council will hold a discussion, “Russia’s Energy Relations with the West: The Energy Charter Perspective,” at 4:30 p.m. at 1030 15th St. NW.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS & DEFENSE

HEALTH CARE

TECHNOLOGY

OTHER NEWS

QUOTES

  • “My reaction is, if she wants to attack a guy in a wheelchair, that’s her prerogative.” — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, responding to an ad from his gubernatorial opponent, state Sen. Wendy Davis (Bloomberg)
  • “We think they are days from failure. They think it is a temporary problem. This disconnect is dangerous.” — “Edward Quince,” a pseudonym for then-Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke, in a September 2008 email discussing AIG (Wall Street Journal)
  • “I think they realize that he’s a guy that can represent them, that he’s just a normal person like everyone else.” New Hampshire state Rep. Joe Sweeney, describing his fellow UNH students’ impressions of former Sen. Scott Brown, who attended a campus tailgate on Oct. 11 (Huffington Post)
  • “When I say I’m never running for public office in New Jersey again, I mean: I’m never running for public office in New Jersey again. The only job left for me to run for is United States Senate, and let me just say this: I would rather die than be in the United States Senate.” — Gov. Chris Christie, addressing the annual conference of the state NAACP (CBS News)

CHARTS AND GRAPHICS

Future events

  • Friday, Oct. 17 – First lady Michelle Obama will take part in “Commit to Vote” events in Miami and Orlando, Fla.
  • Thursday, Oct. 16 – The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a field hearing, “Accessing Support: How the Violence Against Women Act Serves Hawaii Military Families Experiencing Domestic Violence,” at 4 p.m. at the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21 – The American Enterprise Institute will hold a forum, “AEI Election Watch 2014: What Will Happen and Why it Matters,” at 8:30 a.m. at 1150 17th St. NW.
  • Monday, Oct. 20 – Labor Secretary Thomas Perez will deliver a National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon address on the minimum wage at 12:30 p.m. at 529 14th St. NW.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21 – The Heritage Foundation will hold a discussion, “Lessons Learned From Past Tax Reform Efforts,” at 11 a.m. at 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE.
  • Thursday, Oct. 16 – The Brookings Institution will hold the Raymond Aron lecture, “The Road to Paris: Transatlantic Cooperation and the 2015 Climate-Change Conference,” at 5:30 p.m. at 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Monday, Oct. 20 – The Atlantic Council will hold a discussion, “Russia’s Energy Relations with the West: The Energy Charter Perspective,” at 4:30 p.m. at 1030 15th St. NW.
  • Thursday, Oct. 16 to Friday, Oct. 17 – America’s Health Insurance Plans holds its State Health Issues Conference at 2500 Calvert St. NW.
  • Monday, Oct. 20 – The Institute of Medicine will hold its 2014 annual meeting, “The World Within: The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease,” at 8 a.m. at 2101 Constitution Ave. NW.
  • Thursday, Oct. 16 – The Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus will hold a briefing, “Does the Internet Need a Revised Communications Act?” at 3 p.m. in 2226 Rayburn.
  • Monday, Oct. 20 – Georgetown University will hold a discussion on the digital “Right to be Forgotten,” focusing on the legal ability to remove personal online information, at 5 p.m. at 1221 36th St. NW.
  • Friday, Oct. 17 – First lady Michelle Obama will take part in “Commit to Vote” events in Miami and Orlando, Fla.
  • Thursday, Oct. 16 – The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a field hearing, “Accessing Support: How the Violence Against Women Act Serves Hawaii Military Families Experiencing Domestic Violence,” at 4 p.m. at the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21 – The American Enterprise Institute will hold a forum, “AEI Election Watch 2014: What Will Happen and Why it Matters,” at 8:30 a.m. at 1150 17th St. NW.
  • Monday, Oct. 20 – Labor Secretary Thomas Perez will deliver a National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon address on the minimum wage at 12:30 p.m. at 529 14th St. NW.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21 – The Heritage Foundation will hold a discussion, “Lessons Learned From Past Tax Reform Efforts,” at 11 a.m. at 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE.
  • Friday, Oct. 17 – The Meridian International Center will hold its third annual Global Leadership Summit at 11 a.m. at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21 – The Center for Strategic and International Studies and the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Transition Initiatives will hold a conference, “Advances and Challenges in Political Transitions,” at 8 a.m. at 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22 – The Bipartisan Policy Center will hold a discussion, “Ensuring a Strong U.S. Defense for the Future: Findings of the National Defense Panel,” at 10 a.m. at 1225 I St. NW.
  • Thursday, Oct. 16 to Friday, Oct. 17 – America’s Health Insurance Plans holds its State Health Issues Conference at 2500 Calvert St. NW.
  • Monday, Oct. 20 – The Institute of Medicine will hold its 2014 annual meeting, “The World Within: The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease,” at 8 a.m. at 2101 Constitution Ave. NW.
  • Thursday, Oct. 16 – The Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus will hold a briefing, “Does the Internet Need a Revised Communications Act?” at 3 p.m. in 2226 Rayburn.
  • Monday, Oct. 20 – Georgetown University will hold a discussion on the digital “Right to be Forgotten,” focusing on the legal ability to remove personal online information, at 5 p.m. at 1221 36th St. NW.
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This Week in Washington…

Posted on October 9, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

TOP 5 STORIES THIS WEEK

WHITE HOUSE

CONGRESS

POLITICS

BUDGET, ECONOMY & FINANCE

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

FOREIGN AFFAIRS & DEFENSE

HEALTH CARE

TECHNOLOGY

  • After 75 years together, Hewlett-Packard announced it is breaking up its hardware and software businesses into two separate companies.
  • Twitter sued the Justice Department and the FBI on claims that restrictions placed on its ability to disclose information about government surveillance orders violate the First Amendment.
  • Some 99 percent of Comcast shareholders voted to approve the company’s $45 billion bid to merge with Time Warner during a meeting in Philadelphia.
  • More than 80 left-leaning organizations sent a letter to eBay executives urging the e-commerce site to end its affiliation with the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council because of the group’s views on climate change.
  • AT&T agreed to a $105 million settlement with the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and attorneys general from all 50 states due to illegally charging consumers for bogus third-party services, such as text messages of horoscopes and celebrity gossip.
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit heard oral arguments in a case reviewing the FBI’s use of national security letters, which allow for warrantless surveillance on electronic communications data.

OTHER NEWS

QUOTES

  • “I wish President Obama had watched The Incredibles, because then he’d know that when everybody’s special, nobody is.” — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (Bloomberg)
  • “Most of the time you’re in prison, you forget that—you lose your humanity, based on the fact that you’re incarcerated; you’re behind walls. You’re treated with less than respect as a human being, so when you come out here, you get to be a human being. You get to play baseball. That’s all it is, is 18 guys, between the lines, and we get to have a good time and have fun, man.” — San Quentin Giants third baseman Chris Deragon (WBUR)
  • “We’ve not been able to identify it as of yet. But it did have quite a number of characteristics that were similar to a cannabis plant.” — Georgia State Patrol Capt. Kermit Stokes, following a raid on the home of retiree Dwayne Perry, who was growing okra in his backyard (WSB-TV)
  • “I just wanted to protect myself.” — Ozark Co., Arkansas coroner Doug Wortham, explaining his procurement of a Humvee, an assault rifle, and a handgun through the Pentagon’s 1033 Program (Associated Press)
  • “Isn’t it a bitch?” — Vice President Biden, responding to Harvard senior Sietse Goffard’s introduction as vice president of the Undergraduate Council (Harvard Crimson)
  • “I liken them a bit to a drunk burglar. They’re kicking in the front door, knocking over the vase, while they’re walking out with your television set. They’re just prolific. Their strategy seems to be: We’ll just be everywhere all the time. And there’s no way they can stop us.” — FBI Director James Comey, on Chinese hackers targeting U.S. intellectual property (CBS News)
  • “It’s like in some societies, they used to cut off the hand of people caught stealing. I feel like this is the same kind of primitive, unethical rule. It goes too far.” — Indian sprinter Dutee Chand, 18, who has been barred from competition until she lowers her testosterone level, which is elevated due to hyperandrogenism (New York Times)

CHARTS AND GRAPHICS

Future events

  • Friday, Oct. 10 – President Obama will participate in a Democratic National Committee event in San Francisco.
  • Saturday, Oct. 11 – The president will attend a DNC roundtable in San Francisco.
  • Friday, Oct. 10 – The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a field hearing, “Ebola in the Homeland: The Importance of Effective International, Federal, State, and Local Coordination,” at noon at 3200 East Airfield Dr. in Dallas.
  • Thursday, Oct. 16 – The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will hold a hearing, “Examining the U.S. Public Health Response to the Ebola Outbreak,” at noon in 2123 Rayburn.
  • Thursday, Oct. 9 – The National Press Club Newsmaker Program will hold a news conference, “Is Gun Carry Good for the Nation – and its Capital City?” at 3 p.m. at 529 14th St. NW.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 14 – The Heritage Foundation will hold a discussion, “Keeping Elections Honest: How States Can Protect Your Vote,” at noon at 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 7 to Sunday, Oct. 12 – The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group hold their2014 annual meetings at various locations in Washington.
  • Thursday, Oct. 9 – The Peterson Institute for International Economics will hold abook discussion on The Shift and the Shocks: What We’ve Learned – and Have Still to Learn – from the Financial Crisis at 5:30 p.m. at 1750 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Thursday, Oct. 9 – The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies will hold a discussion, “Addressing the Climate-Change Challenge: COP20 and the Road to Lima,” at 5 p.m. at 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Friday, Oct. 10 – The World Resources Institute will hold an event to release a report, “Seeing Is Believing: Creating a New Climate Economy in the United States,” at 10 a.m. at 1957 E St. NW.
  • Thursday, Oct. 9 – The Center for Strategic & International Studies will host Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for a Statesmen’s Forum address, “Border Security in the 21st Century,” at 3 p.m. at 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW.
  • Monday, Oct. 13 to Wednesday, Oct. 15 – The Association of the United States Army will hold its annual meeting at 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW.
  • Thursday, Oct. 9 – The Washington Foreign Press Center will hold a briefing for foreign media, “Preview of USAID Administrator Shah’s Upcoming Travel to Sierra Leone and Liberia & Update on the U.S. Government’s Efforts in West Africa on the Ebola Outbreak,” at 4 p.m. at 529 14th St. NW.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 15 – The Heritage Foundation will hold a discussion, “Unleashing Free-Market TV,” at noon at 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE.

 

 

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This Week in Washington…

Posted on October 2, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

TOP 5 STORIES THIS WEEK

WHITE HOUSE

CONGRESS

POLITICS

BUDGET, ECONOMY & FINANCE

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

FOREIGN AFFAIRS & DEFENSE

HEALTH CARE

TECHNOLOGY

  • EBay announced it was spinning off PayPal into a separate entity to create two independently traded companies beginning in 2015.
  • The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to repeal federal regulations that helped the NFL and other sports leagues black out games on television.
  • FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler also said his agency is considering a petition filed by a law professor earlier this month that would ban TV stations from saying “Redskins,” the name of Washington’s football team, on the air.
  • Attorney General Eric Holder said he is concerned new data-encryption protections on Apple and Google phones designed to lock out law-enforcement officials could hamper investigations of criminals, including kidnappers and sexual predators.
  • The Justice Department charged four members of an international computer-hacking ring with stealing $100 million in software and data, some of which was stolen from Microsoft’s networks.
  • The Treasury Department’s lawyers disagree on whether it must disclose that it relied on warrantless surveillance when determining whether to lists individuals or groups as foreign terrorists.

OTHER NEWS

QUOTES

  • “They could use the alias ‘Polly-O string cheese’ for all I care. But giving any name at all was making people—you know, the undercover agents—feel very uncomfortable. It just didn’t work for this location.” — Food services supervisor at the CIA Starbucks (Washington Post)
  • “College was a long time ago. The high-jinks reported by others make my college experience sound way more adventuresome than it actually was.” — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., responding to friends’ accounts of nitrous-oxide use during their undergraduate years (The New Yorker)
  • “He will be the candidate that all sides will have something good to say about. They may be more passionate about another candidate, but he’ll be on everyone’s list of acceptable. That’s a good place to be, going into Iowa.” — Former Wisconsin state Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen, on Gov. Scott Walker (GQ)
  • “He screamed at me, ‘I hope you burn in hell.’ I said, ‘But Doug, you killed my wife.’ ” — USDA economist Ed Slattery, recounting a conversation with trucker Doug Bouch (Bloomberg)
  • “As you can imagine, the job of the Russian Embassy spokesperson was not very easy and was very challenging…. And I would like to thank you for accepting a frequent ‘no comments’ reply.” — Yevgeniy Khorishko, in an email announcing his resignation (Washington Post)
  • “I learn a lot from watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Like, use the shit you’ve got.” — Robert Zimmerman, brother of George and self-described “Zimmerman in charge of rebranding” (GQ)
  • “I think he’s somewhat living in a world of dreams when he says that he can bring the two parties together. But if anybody can, he can.” — Kansas voter Diane Wahto, on independent Senate candidate Greg Orman (Washington Post)
  • “It’s like going fishing for a week and not getting one nibble. It’s like fishing in the desert.” — “Joe Dirt,” a San Francisco Giants fan who collects home-run balls from the team’s McCovey Cove (New York Times)

CHARTS AND GRAPHICS

Future events

  • Friday, Oct. 3 – President Obama will deliver remarks on the economy at Millennium Steel Service in Princeton, Ind.
  • Thursday, Oct. 2 – The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute holds its Public Policy Conference at 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW. President Obama is scheduled to deliver keynote remarks.
  • Monday, Oct. 6 – The National Endowment for Democracy’s International Forum for Democratic Studies will hold a discussion, “The Governance Agenda and Democratic Development” at noon at 1025 F St. NW.
  • Friday, Oct. 3 – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Urban Alliance will hold an event, “Youth Employment Matters: High-Quality Solutions and the Role of Corporate Engagement,” at 9 a.m. at 1615 H St. NW.
  • Friday, Oct. 3 – The American Enterprise Institute will hold a discussion, “Harnessing the power of markets to tackle global poverty,” at noon at 1150 17th St. NW.
  • Thursday, Oct. 2 – The East-West Center in Washington will hold a discussion, “Climate Change Realities: Perspectives From the Asia Pacific,” at 4:30 p.m. at 1819 L St. NW.
  • Thursday, Oct. 2 – The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies will hold a discussion, “Fracking: Technology, Impacts and Regulation,” at 5 p.m. at 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Monday, Oct. 6 to Thursday, Oct. 9 – The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement will hold its 2014 Homeland Security Week Conference at 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW.
  • Monday, Oct. 6 to Wednesday, Oct. 8 – U.S. News & World Report will hold the Hospital of Tomorrow conference, “Best Insights, Best Idea, Best Hospitals,” at 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • Friday, Oct. 3 – The State Department will hold the “Tech@State: Mobile Diplomacy” conference, “Technology Empowering U.S. Diplomacy and Development,” at 8:30 a.m. at 805 21st St. NW.
  • Friday, Oct. 3 – USTelecom will hold a discussion, “How to Preserve Today’s Open Internet: Solution Within the FCC’s Jurisdiction,” at 11:30 a.m. at 607 14th St. NW.

 

 

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