Tom Ramstack

Tom Ramstack is a long-time Washington, D.C. journalist, author and lawyer. You can contact him at tramstack@aol.com.

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US Court Allows Patent for Marijuana Formulation Litigation
US Court Allows Patent for Marijuana Formulation
April 23, 2019
by Tom Ramstack

A federal court ruling last week set a precedent for property rights to cannabis products in the quickly growing marijuana industry. U.S. District Judge William Martinez, an Obama appointee who presides in Colorado, ruled that cannabinoid formulations can be considered the unique handiwork of their developers... Read More

New Mexico Residents Complain About Oil and Gas Drilling New Mexico
New Mexico Residents Complain About Oil and Gas Drilling
April 16, 2019
by Tom Ramstack

Members of a U.S. House committee advocated for stricter oil and natural gas drilling regulations during a hearing Monday in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Democrats on the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources said lax regulations are creating too much air pollution and depriving residents... Read More

Former White House Counsel Arrested On Lying about Foreign Lobbying Charge In The News
Former White House Counsel Arrested On Lying about Foreign Lobbying Charge
April 12, 2019
by Tom Ramstack

Former White House counsel Gregory Craig was arrested Thursday in Washington, D.C. on charges that he lied to federal investigators about his role in a foreign lobbying campaign on behalf of the Ukrainian government. Craig worked for the Washington law firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher &... Read More

Some Congressmen Want to Halt Appalachian Mountaintop Coal Mining Health
Some Congressmen Want to Halt Appalachian Mountaintop Coal Mining
April 10, 2019
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Residents of Appalachian states warned about severe health and environmental consequences from renewed mountaintop coal mining during a congressional hearing Tuesday. Lawmakers called the hearing to address concerns raised by Trump administration policies to loosen environmental restrictions on coal mining. An occupational health expert... Read More

Social Media Giants Questioned On Encouraging Hate Crimes Technology
Social Media Giants Questioned On Encouraging Hate Crimes
April 10, 2019
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Democrats in Congress used a hearing Tuesday to criticize President Donald Trump and social media companies for encouraging white nationalism and hate crimes. They cited FBI statistics showing hate crimes have increased since Trump took office in 2016. “The president’s rhetoric fans the flames,”... Read More

Congress Seeks New Strategies Against Weapons of Mass Destruction National Security
Congress Seeks New Strategies Against Weapons of Mass Destruction
April 4, 2019
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Two congressional committees met Wednesday on Capitol Hill to figure out the resources they should dedicate to confronting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. During a House Armed Services subcommittee hearing, Pentagon officials explained emerging threats from nuclear, chemical and biological weapons while... Read More

Federal Judge Blocks Medicaid Work Rules In Blow to Administration Health
Federal Judge Blocks Medicaid Work Rules In Blow to Administration
March 29, 2019
by Tom Ramstack

A federal judge this week struck down a Trump administration plan that could have required Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer as a condition of receiving subsidized health care. At least 15 states were planning their own work for health care programs. U.S. District Judge James... Read More

Senate Panel Told 'Space Force' Vital to US Warfighting Mission Pentagon
Senate Panel Told 'Space Force' Vital to US Warfighting Mission
March 27, 2019
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Defense department officials warned a Senate panel Wednesday that the United States risks losing its military advantage in space to growing threats from China and Russia. They are trying to convince Congress to authorize a new branch of the military that would be called... Read More

Alpine Skier Accused of Cheating Has World Cup Victory Reinstated In The News
Alpine Skier Accused of Cheating Has World Cup Victory Reinstated
March 19, 2019
by Tom Ramstack

The international Court of Arbitration for Sport last week reinstated a victory for German alpine skier Stefan Luitz that he won in December during the World Cup skiing competition. He was stripped of his medal by the International Ski Federation for inhaling from an oxygen tank... Read More

Supreme Court Adopts Trump Policy In Case of Illegal Immigrant Detentions Immigration
Supreme Court Adopts Trump Policy In Case of Illegal Immigrant Detentions
March 19, 2019
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that certain immigrants with previous criminal records can be detained without a right to bail. The 5-4 ruling is a significant victory for the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration policies but one that is outraging civil rights advocates. The... Read More

Congress Told Budget for Cleanup Of Toxic Chemical is Inadequate Environment
Congress Told Budget for Cleanup Of Toxic Chemical is Inadequate
March 7, 2019
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress expressed frustration Wednesday at the years and billions of dollars needed to clean up a class of toxic chemicals polluting some of the nation’s drinking water. The House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on the environment held the hearing to examine the... Read More

Democrats Try to Override Trump’s Climate Change Policy Spotlight
Democrats Try to Override Trump’s Climate Change Policy
March 1, 2019
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats sharply criticized President Donald Trump Thursday during a hearing on Capitol Hill for pulling out of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. They are trying to figure out how to act without the president’s approval to bring the United States into... Read More

Congress Talks Tough on Venezuela Venezuela
Congress Talks Tough on Venezuela
February 27, 2019
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Tough talk about the troubled Venezuelan government during a congressional hearing Tuesday raised more questions about whether U.S. military intervention is possible soon. A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee called the hearing to determine how the U.S. government should respond to an economic and humanitarian... Read More

US Military Warns Senate About Foreign Cyber Threats Cybersecurity
US Military Warns Senate About Foreign Cyber Threats
February 16, 2019
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Senators at a congressional hearing Thursday thanked the Defense Department’s cyber security force for protecting the 2018 midterm elections but warned that foreign hacking threats are likely to only get worse. Americans sometimes unrealistically convince themselves they have the world’s best defenses against cyber-attacks,... Read More

Marijuana Businesses Ask Congress To Grant Them Banking Services Economy
Marijuana Businesses Ask Congress To Grant Them Banking Services
February 16, 2019
by Tom Ramstack

The lack of legal banking services for marijuana-related businesses is creating unnecessary economic barriers and encouraging crime, the owner of a Washington, D.C. marijuana business told Congress this week. A House Financial Services subcommittee called the hearing to determine whether federal law that bans banking services... Read More

Trump Political Advisor Argues Against Gag Order Before His Criminal Trial Spotlight
Trump Political Advisor Argues Against Gag Order Before His Criminal Trial
February 8, 2019
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Political advisor Roger Stone is setting up a First Amendment free speech challenge during his pre-trial proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He told a federal judge Friday that she had no constitutional right to silence him with a... Read More

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking to Preserve Obamacare Health
Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking to Preserve Obamacare
February 5, 2019
by Tom Ramstack

A decision last week by a federal judge in a Maryland lawsuit is expected to influence an appeal by other states that seek to protect their health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. The state of Maryland filed a lawsuit in September to protect its... Read More

Inspector General Report Implies Trump Violated Constitution with Hotel Lease Spotlight
Inspector General Report Implies Trump Violated Constitution with Hotel Lease
January 25, 2019
by Tom Ramstack

The U.S. General Services Administration demonstrated “serious shortcomings” in reviewing conflicts of interest in the lease on Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington, a report this week says. The report by... Read More

Indictment Against Trump Advisor Points Evidence Toward President Spotlight
Indictment Against Trump Advisor Points Evidence Toward President
January 25, 2019
by Tom Ramstack

The indictment Friday of political advisor Roger J. Stone alleges a pattern of lies that casts serious doubt on the credibility of President Donald Trump. It accuses Stone of falsely telling Congress that he did not inform... Read More

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