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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