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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