This Week in Washington…

Posted on November 27, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |










  • Five months after a Supreme Court decision effectively destroyed its business model, Aereo, the streaming television startup, announced it is entering Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • Lawmakers are vocally opposing a nonbinding plan by the European Parliament to “unbundle” Google’s search engine business from its other operations.
  • Sony agreed to settle federal charges that it misled customers about features on its PlayStation Vita handheld gaming device, and has promised refunds of $25 in cash or $50 in merchandise to customers.
  • The Federal Communications Commission announced that T-Mobile has agreed to disclose more information to its customers when it reduces their data speeds.
  • Rebecca Richards, the NSA’s recently installed civil liberties and privacy officer, answered user-submitted questions on the intelligence community’s official Tumblr page as part of a growing agency effort to “begin to rebuild that trust” lost after the Snowden revelations.
  • In response to a letter from Sens. Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he plans to establish a working group to develop new cable set-top-box encryption standards.



  • “I still think we should buy them. He is on your schedule for Dec 15 or 16—we will need to sell him. I have a plan.” — Twitter CFO Anthony Noto, in a since-deleted tweet (CNBC)
  • “All I can say about this camp, Langley, it’s pretty much vacation. It’s Wi-Fi everywhere, flat screens everywhere, big gym to either lift or run. There’s an asphalt road kind of running around the perimeter that you can work out on. This isn’t bad at all.” — Navy Chief Petty Officer Jason Knifley, on Ebola isolation (Associated Press)
  • “The reason I have a clean conscience is ’cause I know I did my job right.” Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, on shooting Michael Brown (ABC News)
  • “The white police officers wouldn’t be there if you weren’t killing each other 70-75% of the time.” — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, on police practices in black communities (NBC News)


Future events

  • Tuesday, Dec. 2 — The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association will hold its 39th annual Winter Gala at 7:30 p.m. at 1250 New York Ave. NW.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 3 — The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing, “Transforming Federal Spending: Implementing the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act,” at 9:30 a.m. in 2154 Rayburn.
  • Monday, Dec. 1 — The Brookings Institution’s Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform will hold a discussion, “Enhancing Health System Transparency through Meaningful Health Data Releases,” at 2 p.m. at 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Monday, Dec. 1 — University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan will deliver a National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon address on trends in higher education at 12:30 p.m. at 529 14th St. NW.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 2 — The Thomas B. Fordham Institute will hold a conference, “Education for Upward Mobility,” at 8:45 a.m. at 999 Ninth St. NW.
  • Monday, Dec. 1 — The Westminster Institute will hold a discussion, “ISIS: Its Origin, Methodology and Objectives,” at 9:30 a.m. at 6729 Curran St. in McLean, Va.
  • Monday, Dec. 1 — The Woodrow Wilson Center will hold a briefing, “Iran Nuclear Extension: Key to Deal or an Empty Room?” at 10 a.m. at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 2 — The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will hold a “China Oil Forum” at 9 a.m. at 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 2 — The Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies will hold its 2014 annual S. Telecoms Symposium, “Competition-Competition-Competition or Regulation-Regulation-Regulation?” at 8:30 a.m. at 1135 16th St. NW.
  • Monday, Dec. 1 — The Woodrow Wilson Center will hold a discussion, “Waking From the Dream: the Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King,” at 4 p.m. at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Monday, Dec. 1 — The Cato Institute will hold a discussion, “Reviving Federalism,” focusing on the “damage caused by federal aid-to-state programs,” at noon in B-354 Rayburn.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 2 — The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing, “President Obama’s Executive Overreach on Immigration,” at 1 p.m. in 2141 Rayburn.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 3 — President Obama will host the White House Tribal Nations Conference at 8:30 a.m. at 1001 16th St. NW.

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