This Week in Washington…

Posted on November 7, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |










  • Verizon and AT&T are tracking Internet activity of customers with so-called “supercookies,” a technology that monitors sites visited and cannot be erased.
  • FBI and Justice Department officials met with House staffers last week for a classified briefing on how encryption is hurting police investigations, according to staffers familiar with the meeting.
  • The Justice Department has petitioned a judicial advisory committee to amend a rule that specifies under what conditions magistrate judges can grant the government search warrants, in an attempt to broaden the FBI’s authority to hack into computers.
  • Facebook received 34,946 data requests from governments around the world in the first half of 2014—a 24 percent rise since the last half of 2013.
  • A panel of three Republican-nominated judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals challenged arguments made Tuesday by a conservative activist and civil-liberties groups that the NSA’s phone spying violates the Fourth Amendment.
  • Lee Terry, R-Neb., lost his House seat, a defeat notable for the tech community because of Terry’s work on data breach and patent-reform legislation.



  • “I am the chairmaaaaaaaaaaan!” — Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who will take over the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, waving a chair over her head at an Election Night party (NPR)
  • “I guarantee you, if we were to walk through my district, people will come up to me — white, black, all colors, some of them high. ‘We love you, Mr. Cummings.’ ‘We love you, man.’ ‘I’ll take a bullet for you.’ Someone told me that yesterday.” — Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. (Roll Call)
  • “American slaves were liberated in 1861 but did not get voting rights until 107 years later, so why can’t Hong Kong wait for a while?” — Financial Services Development Council Chair Laura Cha, opposing a popular push for election reform (Hong Kong Standard)
  • “Who is running the worst campaign? Him. Because fucking abortion is all he talks about. He should not talk about it any more whatsoever. There are so many other issues.” — An unnamed donor to Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo. (The Guardian)
  • “You’re not going to get a Pulitzer Prize or an Emmy by saying ‘Buddy Cianci is a convicted felon.’ Everybody knows that.” — Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci, who waged an unsuccessful bid for his old seat (CNN)
  • “There were several people in the community that felt like it was a dog whistle of sorts to remind the voters that I am a minority woman.” — Kentucky state Senate candidate Ashley Miller, on efforts to disparage her professional history (msnbc)
  • “There have been $2 billion in ads shitting on the president and no one to defend him. He is very fired up to get this campaign behind him, to run through the tape.” — A senior Obama administration official (Politico)
  • “I’ve never played with Obama, but I would. But no, that’s OK, I’d take him out. He’s a hack. … I never said he wasn’t a great politician. I’m just saying he’s a sh–y golfer.” — Michael Jordan (Bloomberg)


Future events

  • Friday, Nov. 7 – The Center for Strategic and International Studies will hold a conference and workshop, “Talking Technology,” focusing on how to communicate about science and technology with policymakers, at 8:15 a.m. at 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW.
  • Monday, Nov. 10 – The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs will hold a discussion, “Addressing Emerging Cyber Threats,” focusing on a recent agreement between the United States and Germany to organize a long-term sustained program, at 6:30 p.m. at 1957 E St. NW.
  • Monday, Nov. 10 – Friends of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Endocrine Society, American Thoracic Society and the National Center for Environmental Health Strategies will hold a briefing, “Ensuring a Healthy Start for Every Child: How the Environment Influences Health & Development,” at noon in B-369 Rayburn.
  • Monday, Nov. 10 – The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies will hold a discussion, “Post-ISIS Iraq: Challenges and Prospects,” at noon at 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 11 – The University of Maryland School of Public Policy will hold a policy forum, “Shale Revolution – Economic, Environmental and Global Policy Implications,” at noon at 1203 Van Munching Hall in College Park.
  • Sunday, Nov. 9 to Tuesday, Nov. 11 – The American Bankers Association and the American Bar Association will hold a Money Laundering Enforcement Conference at 201 Waterfront St. in National Harbor, Md.
  • Thursday, Nov. 6 – The National Archives and the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress will hold a discussion, “Congressional Drama: Midterm Election Analysis,” at 7 p.m. at 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Friday, Nov. 7 – The National Democratic Institute will hold a discussion, “Advances and Challenges in Party Assistance,” at noon at 455 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 12 – The Senate Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing, “U.S. Government Response to the Ebola Outbreak,” at 2 p.m. in G-50 Dirksen.
  • Thursday, Nov. 13 – The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing, “Assessing the Implementation of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014,” at 10 a.m. in 334 Cannon.
  • Thursday, Nov. 6 – The White House will hold a “Salute to the Troops,” in celebration of the men and women who serve the United States, at 7:25 p.m. on the South Lawn. The event will be broadcast on PBS at 9 p.m. on Nov. 7.

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