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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