This Week in Washington…

Posted on October 30, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |










  • AT&T misled millions of smartphone consumers who had signed up for “unlimited” data plans, according to a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission.
  • The FTC also sued an online dating company for setting
  • Rite Aid and CVS stopped accepting Apple Pay in their stores, reportedly to make room for a rival payment system due for release next year.
  • British authorities are capable of tapping into bulk communications data collected by other countries’ intelligence services—including the National Security Agency—without a warrant, according to secret government documents released Tuesday.
  • The Seattle Times said it was “outraged” that the FBI has created a fake news story “in the style” of the newspaper to help catch a suspect in a series of 2007 bomb threats.



  • “God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life. Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.” — Pope Francis, addressing the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (Washington Post)
  • “I actually do.” — Libertarian Senate candidate Sean Haugh of North Carolina, asked whether he has smoked marijuana during the campaign (Bloomberg)
  • “With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon. You know all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, and he’s like … yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon, [but] it doesn’t work out.” — Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk (CBS News)
  • “Over the years, Elton would say, ‘Why don’t you make more albums?’ And I’d say, ‘Why don’t you make less?’ ” — Billy Joel (New Yorker)
  • “Now he’s messed with the wrong redhead.” — Nursing student Ted Wilbur, describing girlfriend Kaci Hickox’s reaction to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s isolation order (New York Times)
  • “The current and increasing level of the lobbying of attorneys general creates, at the minimum, the appearance of undue influence, and is therefore unseemly. It is undermining the credibility of the office of attorney general.” — Former Maine Attorney General James Tierney (New York Times)
  • “Why would congressmen come around here? They’re shoo-ins. They go to Washington, and the money is flowing, and pretty soon they feel entitled and they feel dug-in, and they don’t need us anymore. I want a front-row seat on Judgment Day so I can watch them all get sucked to hell.” — Aiken, S.C., resident Beverly Huff, a Republican (Washington Post)


Future events

  • Friday, Oct. 31 to Saturday, Nov. 1 — The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering will hold the Senior Executive Cyber Security Conference at 100 Mason Hall in Baltimore.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 5 — Government Executive Media Group will hold a Web event, beginning at 2 p.m., “Data Transparency: The DATA Act and Beyond.”
  • Friday, Oct. 31 — The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’ International Center for Terrorism Studies will hold a seminar, “Health Security Challenges and Responses: From Ebola to Terrorism,” at noon at 901 North Stuart St. in Arlington.
  • Monday, Nov. 3 — The Women’s Foreign Policy Group will hold a discussion, “Combating the Spread of Ebola: The U.S. Air Effort in Liberia,” at 6 p.m. at 1307 L St. NW.
  • Thursday, Oct. 30 — The School Superintendents Association, Consortium for School Networking, and National School Boards Association will hold a webinar, beginning at 3 p.m., on “how K-12 district leaders can take the digital leap.”
  • Wednesday, Nov. 5 — The Cato Institute will hold a discussion, “Federal Policy, the Election, and the Changing Ivory Tower,” at noon at 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Friday, Oct. 31 — The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies will hold a discussion, “The Geopolitics of TTIP: Repositioning the Transatlantic Relationship for a Changing World,” at 12:30 p.m. at 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Friday, Oct. 31 — The Woodrow Wilson Center will hold a discussion, “Impact of Low Oil Prices: Petro Power or Petro Poverty?” at 10 a.m. at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Monday, Nov. 3 to Tuesday, Nov. 4 — The National Academy of Sciences and the Pew Charitable Trusts will hold a conference, “Modeling the Health Risks of Climate Change,” at 901 E St. NW.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 4 — The U.S. Energy Association will hold a discussion, “Removing Carbon from the Atmosphere: What the Emergence of ‘Carbon Negative’ Strategies Means for Industry and Government,” at 2 p.m. at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Thursday, Oct. 30 — The Center for Strategic and International Studies will hold a forum, “Promoting Labor Rights and Leveling the International Playing Field,” at 3 p.m. at 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW.
  • Thursday, Nov. 6 — The Cato Institute will hold its 32nd annual Monetary Conference, “Alternatives to Central Banking: Toward Free-Market Money,” at 9 a.m. at 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 4 — Yahoo News will hold a midterm election night discussion at 5 p.m. at 229 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 5 — National Journal will hold its Day After Conference on the “results of the 2014 elections and their likely impact on Congress, the executive branch, K Street, and the most important policy issues of the day,” at 8:30 a.m. at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 5 — The Bipartisan Policy Center will hold a discussion, “A Path Forward: What’s Next for the Divided States of America,” focusing on the results of the midterm elections and the future of the Senate, at 11 a.m. at 1225 I St. NW. Scheduled participants include former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Trent Lott.
  • Thursday, Nov. 6 — The Senate Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak at 2 p.m. in G-50 Dirksen.
  • Saturday, Nov. 1 – President Obama will participate in a campaign event for Senate candidate Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer in Detroit.
  • Sunday, Nov. 2 – President Obama will participate in a campaign event for gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf in Philadelphia.

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