This Week in Washington…

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










  • 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.



  • “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)


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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