This Week in Washington…

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












  • “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)


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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