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This Week in Washington…

Posted on January 22, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

TOP 5 STORIES THIS WEEK

WHITE HOUSE

CONGRESS

POLITICS

BUDGET, ECONOMY & FINANCE

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

FOREIGN AFFAIRS & DEFENSE

HEALTH CARE

TECHNOLOGY

  • President Obama’s State of the Union touched on cybersecurity, broadband, NSA spying, and trade agreements, although patent reform earned no love.
  • Google reportedly plans to become a wireless carrier by relying on wholesale access to the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile to sell phone plans.
  • GOP lawmakers are desperately trying to find a compromise on Internet regulation—but Democrats are in no hurry.
  • The FCC fined Viacom and ESPN $1.4 million collectively for airing promos for the movie Olympus Has Fallen that included improper use of emergency-alert tones.
  • Backers of broad patent reform formed a new United for Patent Reform group that brings several Silicon Valley giants together with retail and restaurant groups.
  • The Justice Department reached a $134,000 settlement with a New York woman after DEA agents used info from her cell phone to create a fake Facebook page in her name.

OTHER NEWS

QUOTES

  • “He’s on official business. There’s no Argentinian lover involved.” — Brian Robinson, a spokesman for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, whose whereabouts were unknown during an economic development mission to the United Kingdom (New York Times)
  • “It’s still fun. My constituents look for me, like seeing me, expect me to be there. It can even be months later, and someone will still come up to me and say—I saw you on TV with the president.” — Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., who for 26 years has been among the first to arrive in the House chamber before the State of the Union Address (Bloomberg)
  • “Since the first day of my arrival to participate to Miss Universe, I was very cautious to avoid being in any photo or communication with Miss Israel. I was having a photo with Miss Japan, Miss Slovenia and myself, suddenly Miss Israel jumped in, took a selfie, and put it on her social media.” — Miss Lebanon, Saly Greige, responding to criticism over her appearance in a photo with Miss Israel, Doron Matalon (New York Times)
  • “We’re always looking for something to do, it’s cold. No one wants to go outside, better find something.” — Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn, explaining the team’s embrace of board game Settlers of Catan (Wall Street Journal)
  • “We went and had one or five large and delicious Old-Fashioneds when I was in Washington. I told him you’re Sam Seaborn from the show ‘The West Wing.’ I mean, Cody Keenan, it sounds like a made-up name.” — Comedian Stephen Colbert, on the president’s chief speechwriter (New York Times)
  • “Some think, excuse me if I use the word, that in order to be good Catholics, we have to be like rabbits – but no.” — Pope Francis, explaining that despite its ban on contraception, the Church promotes “responsible parenthood” (Reuters)
  • “They were all memorable. All of them.” — Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., on the 33 consecutive presidential addresses he watched with his brother, retired Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. (Wall Street Journal)

CHARTS AND GRAPHICS

Future events

  • Friday, Jan. 23 to Saturday, Jan. 24 – Fosterly will hold a conference, “Collaborate: The Innovator’s Conference,” at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Monday, Jan. 26 – The R Street Institute and Public Knowledge will hold a briefing, “Understand copyright in the Internet age,” at 2 p.m. in 2168 Rayburn.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 27 – The Internet Education Foundation will hold the 11th annual State of the Net conference at 9 a.m. at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Thursday, Jan. 22 – The Center for a New American Security will hold a discussion, “Health Care Technology as a National Security Asset and Improving Outcomes,” at 5:30 p.m. at 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Thursday, Jan. 22 to Saturday, Jan. 24 – Families USA holds its Health Action 2015 Conference, “Building Real Progress,” at 400 New Jersey Ave. NW.
  • Thursday, Jan. 22 to Saturday, Jan. 24 – The Association of American Colleges and Universities will hold its 2015 annual meeting, “Liberal Education, Global Flourishing, and the Equity Imperative,” at 901 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 27 – The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing, “Fixing No Child Left Behind: Supporting Teachers and School Leaders,” at 10 a.m. in 430 Dirksen.
  • Thursday, Jan. 22 – Senate Armed Services ranking member Jack Reed, D-R.I., will hold a meeting with Defense secretary nominee Ashton Carter at 4 p.m. in 728 Hart.
  • Monday, Jan. 26 – The Washington Institute for Near East Policy will hold a policy forum, “Expanding Counterterrorism Partnerships: U.S. Efforts to Tackle the Evolving Terrorist Threat,” at noon at 1828 L St. NW.
  • Friday, Jan. 23 – The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will hold a discussion, “Global Oil and the Middle East Economic Outlook,” at noon at 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Monday, Jan. 26 – The Center for American Progress will hold a discussion, “Energy and Climate Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region,” at 9:30 a.m. at 1333 H St. NW.
  • Friday, Jan. 23 – The Brookings Institution’s Tax Policy Center and the International Tax Policy Forum will hold a conference, “Corporate Inversions and Tax Policy,” at 8:50 a.m. at 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Monday, Jan. 26 – The Brookings Institution will hold a discussion, “Dynamic Scoring: Now What?” at 9:30 a.m. at 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 27 to Wednesday, Jan. 28 – The Federal Open Market Committee will hold a policy meeting at 20th St. and Constitution Ave.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 21 to Friday, Jan. 23 – The United States Conference of Mayors holds its 83rd winter meeting at 1001 16th St. NW.
  • Friday, Jan. 23 – Bloomberg Government will hold a webinar, beginning at 10 a.m., “Lobbying Fact & Fiction: How Is (and Isn’t) Lobbying Changing.”
  • Tuesday, Jan. 27 – The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing, “Global Challenges and U.S. National Security Strategy,” at 9:30 a.m. in G-50 Dirksen.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 27 – The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing, “President Obama’s 2015 Trade Policy Agenda,” at 10 a.m. in 215 Dirksen.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 28 to Friday, Jan. 30 – The House Democratic Caucus will hold its Issues Conference in Philadelphia.
  • Monday, Jan. 26 – Vice President Joe Biden will host the first Caribbean Energy Security Summit at 2201 C St. NW.
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This Week in Washington…

Posted on January 9, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

TOP 5 STORIES THIS WEEK

WHITE HOUSE

CONGRESS

POLITICS

BUDGET, ECONOMY & FINANCE

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

  • The Environmental Protection Agency pushed back the release date for carbon rules on new, modified, and existing power plants until midsummer.
  • Even as her government works to combat deforestation and step up its international climate work, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is drawing criticism for naming climate skeptic Aldo Rebelo as science minister.
  • The president will not sign legislation green-lighting the Keystone XL oil-sands pipeline, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Tuesday
  • Republican Sen. John Barrasso and Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich reopened the debate over liquefied natural gas exports today, introducing a bill that would speed up approvals for LNG exports.
  • Scientists say that 77 minor earthquakes around Poland, Ohio, can be linked to hydraulic fracturing activity on two sites run by Hilcorp Energy, according to a new study published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.
  • S. oil prices briefly dropped below $50 a barrel on Monday amid sustained concern over a production glut.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS & DEFENSE

HEALTH CARE

TECHNOLOGY

  • Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler indicated that he’s in favor of President Obama’s net- neutrality proposal, which would classify broadband Internet service under Title II of the Communications Act.
  • Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., reintroduced a net-neutrality bill that would bar Internet providers from striking any pay-for-priority Internet traffic deals.
  • Several Republican senators said the attack on French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo was a reminder that curtailing surveillance powers is a risky proposition.
  • FBI Director James Comey told cyber conference attendees in New York that the Sony hackers “got sloppy” and exposed North Korea-linked IP addresses during their recent attack.
  • Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam pushed back on rumors that the telecom giant is in deep talks to purchase AOL, saying, “If I had a dollar for every company we are supposed to buy, I’d be in good shape financially.”

OTHER NEWS

QUOTES

  • “He has to really stay on the down low, he has to make sure that he blends in. He’s a politician so he should use his political skills of dealing with different types of people.” — Former Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, who served 17 months in prison, offering advice to former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (Daily Beast)
  • “My heart wouldn’t be in it for Hillary to the extent that it might be if it was a different candidate. I admire Hillary, she’d be a great president, but you know, she isn’t my first choice I guess.” — Jennifer Herrington, chair of Iowa’s Page County Democrats (Wall Street Journal)
  • “You come out, and it’s completely dead. I would like them to come back and bring back the comfort of being safe.” — New Yorker Stephanie Garcia, on the recent decline in NYPD enforcement actions (New York Times)
  • “So let me be clear…………do not contact me and do not use my name or reference me in an unauthorized form in the future. … Use my name again unauthorized and you’ll be paying for an Attorney. Your rights stop where mine start.” — Frederick County (Md.) Councilman Kirby Delauter, addressing reporter Bethany Rodgers via Facebook (Frederick News-Post)
  • “To all of those non Cowboy fans who have their panties in a ringer because the Governor of NJ is a Cowboys fan—GET A LIFE !!! The Gov has been a Cowboys fan for his entire life and ALL of you would sit with the owner of your favorite team in a heartbeat if given the chance.” — Todd Christie, in a Facebook post defending his brother, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, for his Dallas Cowboys fandom (Washington Post)

CHARTS AND GRAPHICS

Future events

  • Monday, Jan. 12 to Thursday, Jan. 15 – The Transportation Research Board will hold its 94th annual meeting, “Corridors to the Future: Transportation and Technology,” at 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 14 – NetCompetition will hold a discussion, “Modernizing Communications Law for American Consumers,” at noon in 2322 Rayburn.
  • Thursday, Jan. 8 – The George Washington University will hold a discussion, “New College Rating System: What Do Higher Ed Experts Think?” at 4:30 p.m. at 2201 G St. NW.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 13 – The Center for Global Development will hold a discussion, “Liberia after Ebola,” at 10:30 a.m. at 2055 L St. NW. Scheduled participants include Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Liberian Minister of Public Works Gyude Moore.
  • Monday, Jan. 12 – The Brookings Institution’s Center on the United States and Europe and Center on Middle East Policy will hold a discussion, “Be Afraid. Be a Little Afraid: The Threat of Terrorism from Western Foreign Fighters in Syria and Iraq,” at 10 a.m. at 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 14 – The Washington Office on Latin America and Community Solutions will hold a discussion, “Cuba’s Energy Revolution: Lessons for the World,” at noon at 1666 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 14 – The Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Energy and National Security Program will hold a discussion, “The U.S. Energy Renaissance and Exports,” at 2 p.m. at 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW.
  • Friday, Jan. 9 – The Brookings Institution will hold a forum, “Asset Management, Financial Stability and Economic Growth,” at 8:30 a.m. at 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 13 – HUD Secretary Julian Castro will hold a news conference on the state of housing and HUD’s plans for the coming year at noon at 528 14th St. NW.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 14 – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual State of American Business address and news conference at 9 a.m. at 1615 H St. NW.
  • Monday, Jan. 12 – The American Enterprise Institute will hold a discussion, “A Debate over Executive Power: Obama’s Immigration Decision,” at noon at 1150 17th St. NW.
  • Monday, Jan. 12 – The Center for American Progress will hold a discussion, “Valuing All Our Families: Progressive Policies that Strengthen Family Commitments and Reduce Family Disparities,” at noon at 1333 H St. NW.
  • Friday, Jan. 9 – The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold an organizational meeting at 9 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 13 – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing, “The National Interest: Articulating The Case For American Leadership In The World,” at 10 a.m. in 419 Dirksen.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 13 – The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing, “Moving America Forward: With a Focus on Economic Growth,” at 10 a.m.  in HVC-210 in the Capitol.
  • Monday, Jan. 12 – The president will host an event at the White House to honor the San Antonio Spurs for the team’s 2014 NBA Championship victory and players’ efforts to give back to their communities.
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