Innovation

New Website Aims To Help Voters Navigate Vote-By-Mail Process
Voting
New Website Aims To Help Voters Navigate Vote-By-Mail Process
2020-08-11 22:08:06
by Gaspard Le Dem

A new tool, designed to help U.S. voters navigate the task of voting by mail by streamlining the process of applying for an absentee ballot, is now available. The free tool, which can be accessed at VoteByMail.io, first asks users... Read More

At Philip Morris International Smoke-free Future Cornerstone of Sustainability
Innovation
At Philip Morris International Smoke-free Future Cornerstone of Sustainability
2020-07-24 17:26:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It has been an eventful summer for Philip Morris International, the company perhaps best known for its Marlboro and Chesterfield cigarette brands. First, Chief Executive Officer André Calantzopoulos declared in the company’s recently released integrated report that he... Read More

Orlando Firm Harnessing UV Rays to Defeat the Coronavirus
Innovation
Orlando Firm Harnessing UV Rays to Defeat the Coronavirus
2020-05-06 00:30:15
by Dan McCue

Like a lot of us, Mark Nathan noticed that no matter how successful a business trip had been, he regularly returned home only to fall ill from the bacteria and viruses he encountered on airplanes, in hotel and conference rooms... Read More

Coalition Launches to Celebrate and Protect the Bayh-Dole Act
Innovation
Coalition Launches to Celebrate and Protect the Bayh-Dole Act
2020-03-13 14:49:06
by Dan McCue

North Charleston, South Carolina, the smaller, hard-working neighbor of the historic coastal city that shares its name, suddenly found itself at the center of a regional crisis. Home to a thriving Navy base for nearly a century, it learned in... Read More

Select Committee Unanimously Endorses Proposals to Improve Life on Capitol Hill
Innovation
Select Committee Unanimously Endorses Proposals to Improve Life on Capitol Hill
2019-08-02 19:52:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Before leaving Washington to work in their home districts, members of the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress unanimously endorsed a second round of bipartisan proposals to improve life on Capitol Hill. “This committee is committed... Read More

I.M. Pei, Revered Architect Who Designed Eye-Catching Addition to National Gallery, Dies
In The News
I.M. Pei, Revered Architect Who Designed Eye-Catching Addition to National Gallery, Dies
2019-05-17 21:10:50
by Dan McCue

I.M. Pei, the tirelessly globe-trotting architect who placed a giant glass pyramid outside the Louvre and designed the trapezoidal addition to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, among other eye-catching structures, has died at age 102. Pei's death was... Read More

Blue Dogs to Play Key Role on House Rural Broadband Task Force
Infrastructure
Blue Dogs to Play Key Role on House Rural Broadband Task Force
2019-05-15 20:44:21
by Dan McCue

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., has launched a new House Task Force on Rural Broadband to provide coordination and leadership to end the rural-digital divide. The Task Force will work to advance solutions to ensure all Americans have access... Read More

Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Support Startup Jobs, Innovation, and Small Businesses
Innovation
Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Support Startup Jobs, Innovation, and Small Businesses
2019-04-09 23:58:25
by Sean Trambley

This week, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Pat Toomey R-Pa., announced the introduction of the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act, legislation that would support small businesses by removing burdensome restrictions from individuals who want to invest in... Read More

San Francisco Could Become the First US City to Eliminate New HIV Infections
Health
San Francisco Could Become the First US City to Eliminate New HIV Infections

  SAN FRANCISCO — In a different city, in a different decade, the news would have changed David’s life forever. Instead the graduate student, who dreams of some day acting and teaching, told himself one thing as he waited for... Read More

SpaceX Gets Approval from NASA to Test Astronaut Capsule in Saturday Launch
Innovation
SpaceX Gets Approval from NASA to Test Astronaut Capsule in Saturday Launch

ORLANDO, Fla. — The next step in NASA’s plan to return astronauts to space from the U.S. has the green light to proceed. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon astronaut capsule has been given the OK to perform its test flight ... Read More

Drone Deliveries to Fuel On-demand Services for Food, Basic Goods and Organs
Innovation
Drone Deliveries to Fuel On-demand Services for Food, Basic Goods and Organs
2019-02-13 00:16:05
by Michael Cheng

Commercial airline services are great for traveling. Planes are also suitable for transporting large cargo over long distances. But what about time-sensitive and on-demand products, such as food, perishable items and organs? Drone deliveries could be the solution to such... Read More

Wyden, Blunt Move to Support America’s Craft Beverage Industry
Economy
Wyden, Blunt Move to Support America’s Craft Beverage Industry
2019-02-08 20:53:18
by TWN Staff

This week, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Senator Roy Blunt, R-Mo., introduced legislation to help ensure the continued growth of America’s craft beverage industry. The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act would permanently establish reduced... Read More

Bipartisan Bill Would Fight Digital Threats from China
Congress
Bipartisan Bill Would Fight Digital Threats from China
2019-01-19 01:07:04
by TWN Staff

This week, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives to toughen the United States’ position against national security threats posed by technology competitors like China. The bill is sponsored by Representatives Will Hurd (R-TX), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (... Read More

Fighting Food Waste to Feed the Hungry
Innovation
Fighting Food Waste to Feed the Hungry

It’s 10 minutes after closing time, and kitchen workers are busy cleaning up an empty Greenwich Village restaurant. What remains of the day’s menu has been dropped into tin trays that are stacked and waiting for pickup. Read More

Meet the Craft Distillers of Native America
Featured
Meet the Craft Distillers of Native America

One of the last relics of federal prohibition may soon come to an end, after Congress two weeks ago voted to lift a 184-year-old ban that prohibited distilleries on tribal lands. Once signed into law, Native Americans across the country ... Read More

Josh Hawley’s War Against Big Tech Could Bring Down Small Startups
Technology
Josh Hawley’s War Against Big Tech Could Bring Down Small Startups

Josh Hawley wants to be seen as the U.S. Senate’s watchdog of tech giants. But his efforts could actually result in the big companies, which he says he wants to rein in, being the only ones left healthy. ... Read More

Plans Offer a Peek Into Elon Musk’s Secret Tunnel in California, Including an Elevator Hidden in a Garage
Innovation
Plans Offer a Peek Into Elon Musk’s Secret Tunnel in California, Including an Elevator Hidden in a Garage

When Elon Musk’s tunneling firm began digging in Hawthorne, Calif., last year, the construction site next to Space X headquarters was barely noticeable, sandwiched between a home improvement store and a parking garage. Read More

Microsoft Co-Founder and ‘Idea Man’ Paul Allen Dies at 65
In The News
Microsoft Co-Founder and ‘Idea Man’ Paul Allen Dies at 65

Paul Allen, the taciturn computer programmer who founded the software behemoth Microsoft with Bill Gates when he was 22 and walked away eight years later with what would become one of the largest fortunes in the... Read More

Bipartisan Legislation in New Jersey Extends Funding for Manufacturing Workforce Development
Economy
Bipartisan Legislation in New Jersey Extends Funding for Manufacturing Workforce Development
2018-10-03 00:16:37
by TWN Staff

A recent move by the New Jersey State Senate would provide extended funding for manufacturing workforce development in a state where more than 1 million jobs are supported by the industry. The bipartisan legislation... Read More

Headed into Midterms, Blue Dogs Focus on Rural America
Spotlight
Headed into Midterms, Blue Dogs Focus on Rural America
2018-09-22 02:11:29
by TWN Staff

As the midterm elections draw near, the Blue Dog Coalition turned its attention to rural America this week. Read More

Himes on the Challenges of a Changing Economy: It’s a Legacy Problem, Not a Political One
Innovation
Himes on the Challenges of a Changing Economy: It’s a Legacy Problem, Not a Political One

Leaders across the country at all levels of government and private sector are working to implement innovative policies that address the challenges facing American workers every day. Read More

Intel and Other Tech Companies Join Apple Against China Tariffs
Economy
Intel and Other Tech Companies Join Apple Against China Tariffs

Silicon Valley tech companies may not be getting the president’s attention on Twitter, but they are also raising concerns about the planned $200 billion tariffs, which they say would raise the prices of most consumer electronics. Read More

FDA to Bolster Cybersecurity of Medical Devices
Innovation
FDA to Bolster Cybersecurity of Medical Devices

After a series of computer security problems in medical devices, the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to make sure companies do as much as possible to defend against hacking and other threats. Read More

New Democrat Coalition: A Future That Works
Innovation
New Democrat Coalition: A Future That Works
2018-09-12 00:27:13
by TWN Staff

As the number of legislative days this Congress dwindles, the New Democrat Coalition, a group of 68 Democrats in the House of Representatives who are committed to pro-economic growth, pro-innovation, and fiscally responsible policies, continue to push their “New Economic Opportunity ... Read More

Why Democracy Promotion is in the Strategic Interest of the United States
Foreign Affairs
Why Democracy Promotion is in the Strategic Interest of the United States
2018-09-11 17:50:59
by Carrie Lee

The 2017 National Security Strategy emphasizes many themes that reflect what the administration has coined as “pragmatic realism”: a return to great power competition, the prominent placement of America First, and a focus on the military as the predominant instrument of ... Read More

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