This Week in Washington…

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










  • 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.



  • “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)


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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