The Leader’s Weekly Schedule | Week of 10/26/15

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WEEK OF OCTOBER 26TH

Source: The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 10/26/15

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity | House Benghazi Hearings: Too Much Too Late


As might be expected, however, the “Benghazi Committee” hearings have proven not much more than a means for each party to grandstand for political points.

In fact, I would call these Congressional hearings “too much, too late.”

Source: The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity : House Benghazi Hearings: Too Much Too Late

Rep. Ribble Introduces the Long-Term SCORE Act | Congressman Reid Ribble


The Long-Term SCORE Act, or Studies of Comprehensive Outcomes and Returns to the Economy, takes a fiscally sound look at a major problem: more than three out of every four Medicare dollars are spent on treating chronic diseases, many of which are largely preventable.

Small investments in reducing the prevalence of these diseases in the short term could result in huge improvements in people’s lives and tremendous savings of taxpayer dollars in the long term.

Source: Rep. Ribble Introduces the Long-Term SCORE Act | Congressman Reid Ribble

Almost 100 Homeland Security employees have been paid to stay home for over a year | The Washington Post

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A year after auditors documented tens of thousands of federal workers on paid leave for at least a month and longer stretches that exceed a year, close to 100 Department of Homeland Security employees still are being paid not to work for more than a year.

The large number persists even after the Obama administration urged agencies in June to curtail their reliance on what is known as administrative leave, the government’s go-to strategy for dealing with employees facing allegations of misconduct

Source: Almost 100 Homeland Security employees have been paid to stay home for over a year – The Washington Post

Budget Deal Isn’t Boehner’s ‘Grand Bargain’ but Gets Job Done | The New York Times


The agreement, negotiated in secret by top congressional and White House aides, is a recognition by Mr. Boehner and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, that they were staring into a fiscal and political abyss.

Source: Budget Deal Isn’t Boehner’s ‘Grand Bargain’ but Gets Job Done – The New York Times

Cyber bill to sail in Senate | TheHill


The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) would encourage companies to share their data on hackers with the government.

With the House having already approved its companion legislation and the White House on board, the Senate’s is the final OK needed for Congress to enact its first major cybersecurity bill in years.

“We have been at this for six years,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a CISA co-sponsor, on the floor last week. “This is the third bill. We have been bipartisan.”

Source: Cyber bill to sail in Senate | TheHill

Ex-Im bank supporters force House vote | TheHill


Sixty-two Republicans voted with all Democrats in a 246-177 vote to begin the process of what’s known as a discharge petition.

The tactic was last successfully used in 2002 to move campaign finance reform legislation.

Source: Ex-Im bank supporters force House vote | TheHill

Ryan and Pelosi’s challenge: Each other | TheHill


The Speaker-in-waiting and House Democratic leader have been prominent voices in their respective parties for many years, but they have not, by all accounts, worked closely together — legislatively or otherwise.

Source: Ryan and Pelosi’s challenge: Each other | TheHill

Inside Paul Ryan’s brain trust | TheHill


With the Wisconsin Republican set to ascend to the Speaker’s office on Thursday (Oct 29), there’s been a scramble to identify Ryan’s closest friends in Congress and his most trusted advisers off Capitol Hill.

Source: Inside Paul Ryan’s brain trust | TheHill

Photons open the gateway for quantum networks


.. in order to create a network with photons, you need a photon contact, a kind of transistor that can control the transport of photons in a circuit.

Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute in collaboration with researchers from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology have managed to create such a contact.

Source: Photons open the gateway for quantum networks