Regulation

Now More Than Ever We Need Science, Not Politics
Opinions
Now More Than Ever We Need Science, Not Politics

The global COVID-19 pandemic, with all its devastating consequences, has reaffirmed why science must be at the center of policy considerations, political debate, and media attention. But, lamentably, it is often at the center for all the wrong reasons. Against... Read More

AstraZeneca Pauses COVID-19 Vaccine Trial After Unexplained Illness
Health
AstraZeneca Pauses COVID-19 Vaccine Trial After Unexplained Illness

AstraZeneca Plc stopped giving shots of its experimental coronavirus vaccine after a person participating in one of the company’s studies got sick, a potential adverse reaction that could delay or derail efforts to speed an immunization against COVID-19 for the... Read More

FDA Blocks Much-Anticipated BioMarin Hemophilia Gene Therapy
Regulation
FDA Blocks Much-Anticipated BioMarin Hemophilia Gene Therapy

FAIRLESS HILLS, PA (AP) — Investors fled drug developer BioMarin in droves on Wednesday, driving shares down by a third after U.S. regulators rejected the company’s potentially game-changing hemophilia A gene therapy over concerns it might not really be a... Read More

Pharmacists Can Give Childhood Shots, U.S. Officials Say
Regulation
Pharmacists Can Give Childhood Shots, U.S. Officials Say

NEW YORK (AP) — Pharmacists in all 50 states are now allowed to give childhood vaccinations under a new directive aimed at preventing future outbreaks of measles and other preventable diseases. Alex Azar, the head of the U.S. Department of... Read More

Supreme Court Affirms Trump's Right to Say 'You're Fired' to Consumer Regulator
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Affirms Trump's Right to Say 'You're Fired' to Consumer Regulator
2020-06-29 19:56:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed President Donald Trump's ability to fire the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Monday, but left undisturbed the rest of the statute that created the agency in the wake of the 2008... Read More

21st Century Flights Still on 20th Century Time
Travel
21st Century Flights Still on 20th Century Time
2019-12-17 21:49:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - We've all dealt with it, and many of us are about to experience it again as we head home for the holidays. The long flight followed by a breathless sprint across an airport terminal all the while hoping... Read More

Appropriators Seek Clarity On Aircraft Inspector Qualifications
Aviation
Appropriators Seek Clarity On Aircraft Inspector Qualifications

WASHINGTON — Top Senate appropriators pressed the Federal Aviation Administration chief to respond after a federal investigator found that safety inspectors lacked sufficient training to certify Boeing 737 Max pilots. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Jack Reed, D-R.I., the chairwoman and... Read More

FCC's Media Deregulation Plan Can't Go Forward, 3rd Circuit Says
Law
FCC's Media Deregulation Plan Can't Go Forward, 3rd Circuit Says
2019-09-23 20:48:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission must redo and better justify an order that eased restrictions on media companies wanting to consolidate their holdings in a single market, the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday. The highly anticipated... Read More

Feds Seek Expanded Habitat Protection As Salmon, Orcas Battle Climate Change
Climate
Feds Seek Expanded Habitat Protection As Salmon, Orcas Battle Climate Change

SEATTLE — Most of the outer coast of Washington, Oregon and California would become protected habitat for southern resident orcas under a federal proposal released Wednesday. The new designation, if approved would greatly expand the area considered “critical” for the... Read More

Senate Democrats Prepare Marathon Floor Session On Gun Violence
U.S. Senate
Senate Democrats Prepare Marathon Floor Session On Gun Violence

WASHINGTON — Nearly two dozen Senate Democrats plan to make it a late night on Tuesday, speaking out on the Senate floor about the impact of gun violence and legislative proposals Congress could explore. The speeches are expected to begin... Read More

Wall Street May Get $40 billion Reprieve From Trump Regulators
Economy
Wall Street May Get $40 billion Reprieve From Trump Regulators

WASHINGTON — Wall Street could soon get one of its most consequential wins of the Trump era as regulators are considering ripping up a rule that’s forced banks to set aside billions of dollars for swaps trades, according to people... Read More

White House Repeals Obama-Era Clean Water Rule
Environment
White House Repeals Obama-Era Clean Water Rule
2019-09-13 19:51:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced Thursday that it is repealing an  Obama-era clean water rule that had placed limits on polluting chemicals that could be used near streams, wetlands and other bodies of water. According to the Environmental Protection... Read More

Texas Democrats Push for Special Session on Gun Violence
State News
Texas Democrats Push for Special Session on Gun Violence

AUSTIN, Texas — Arguing that there has been enough talk without action, Texas Democrats launched a campaign Wednesday urging Gov. Greg Abbott to call the Legislature into an emergency session on gun violence, evoking responses that revealed a rift in... Read More

States Sue Trump Administration Over Lower Fuel Efficiency Penalties
Regulation
States Sue Trump Administration Over Lower Fuel Efficiency Penalties
2019-08-05 21:29:45
by Tom Ramstack

Twelve states are suing the Trump administration over its decision to deeply roll back potential penalties against automakers that violate federal fuel efficiency standards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposes a 61 percent reduction in penalties for violations of... Read More

Industrial Emissions Targeted in New Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation
Climate
Industrial Emissions Targeted in New Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation
2019-07-30 21:58:09
by Sean Trambley

Last week, a bipartisan, bicameral coalition led by freshman Representative Sean Casten D-Ill., introduced legislation aimed at encouraging innovation that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources. Casten and his counterparts in the Senate, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and... Read More

EPA to Allow Political Appointees to Block FOIA Document Disclosures
FOIA
EPA to Allow Political Appointees to Block FOIA Document Disclosures
2019-06-27 13:59:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A new EPA rule published Wednesday in the Federal Register would allow political appointees to review and withhold documents requested by the public under the Freedom of Information Act. The rule was signed by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler... Read More

Federal Debt on Track to Reach 'Unprecedented' Levels, CBO Says
Economy
Federal Debt on Track to Reach 'Unprecedented' Levels, CBO Says
2019-06-25 21:04:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The federal debt is on track to reach unprecedented levels in the next 30 years and will rise to 144 percent of the nation's gross domestic product by 2049 if current laws are maintained, the Congressional Budget Office... Read More

Blue Dogs Call for Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to Expand Broadband Internet Access
Infrastructure
Blue Dogs Call for Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to Expand Broadband Internet Access
2019-05-21 21:33:02
by Dan McCue

Representatives Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., co-chairs of the Blue Dog Task Force on Infrastructure and Job Creation, joined with Representatives Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M., their counterparts on the Blue Dog Task Force on... Read More

Ford Investigated Over Concerns About Improper Emissions Tests
Business
Ford Investigated Over Concerns About Improper Emissions Tests
2019-04-29 18:20:18
by Tom Ramstack

Ford Motor Co. is being investigated by the Justice Department over its emissions certification process, the company said in a government securities filing Friday. Ford said in the quarterly report that the criminal investigation focuses on its “road load estimations,”... Read More

Commerce, Not Safety Long at Forefront of Aviation Industry Oversight
Transportation
Commerce, Not Safety Long at Forefront of Aviation Industry Oversight
2019-03-28 17:50:59
by Dan McCue

The issues raised Wednesday during a meeting of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation and Space went to the very heart of a conflict that has plagued aviation and the entities created to regulate it since the days of Charles... Read More

Shut Out of California’s Legal Marijuana Market, Indian Tribes Pursue Sales on Their Own Land
Regulation
Shut Out of California’s Legal Marijuana Market, Indian Tribes Pursue Sales on Their Own Land

The legalization of recreational marijuana in California left American Indians out in the cold. Proposition 64, approved by voters in 2016, lets local governments decide whether to allow cannabis dispensaries to operate within their jurisdictions. But it made no provisions... Read More

Trump Wants to Own This Economy.  He Might Regret That
Economy
Trump Wants to Own This Economy. He Might Regret That

President Donald Trump this week claimed to have a “magic wand” that allowed him to push the economy’s growth rate above an annual rate of 4 percent in 2018’s second quarter. Read More

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