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States to Fight Dismissal of Antitrust Lawsuit Against Facebook
Antitrust
States to Fight Dismissal of Antitrust Lawsuit Against Facebook
2021-07-28 15:42:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Attorneys general from 45 states, the District of Columbia and Guam served notice on Wednesday that they are appealing a federal judge’s decision to throw out their antitrust lawsuit against Facebook. “We filed this notice of appeal because... Read More

FDA Commits to Proposal to Ban Menthol Cigarettes
Health
FDA Commits to Proposal to Ban Menthol Cigarettes
2021-07-27 13:12:41
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration announced they are working toward issuing proposed product standards within the next year to ban menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and all characterizing flavors in cigars.  Menthol flavoring has been known... Read More

Dog Cancer Treatment Gets Green Light from FDA
Regulation
Dog Cancer Treatment Gets Green Light from FDA
2021-07-21 13:17:47
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - Dog-owners whose pets are diagnosed with a common form of cancer now have a federally approved treatment option.  That new treatment, the first fully approved drug for canine lymphoma, has shown the conditional track of animal medicine can... Read More

Trump Showerhead Rule to Increase Water Flow Being Dropped
Regulation
Trump Showerhead Rule to Increase Water Flow Being Dropped

WASHINGTON (AP) — So much for Donald Trump's quest for "perfect" hair.  President Joe Biden's administration is reversing a Trump-era rule approved after the former president complained he wasn't getting wet enough because of limits on water flow from showerheads.... Read More

DeGette, Bucshon Lead Bipartisan Push to Improve Diagnostic Testing
Health
DeGette, Bucshon Lead Bipartisan Push to Improve Diagnostic Testing
2021-07-14 20:00:54
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Reps. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and Dr. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., are leading a renewed bipartisan drive to improve the nation’s diagnostic testing capabilities and ensure hospitals and laboratories across the country are better able to respond to future national... Read More

FCC Affirms $25,000 Fine on Mobile Relay Associates
Telecom
FCC Affirms $25,000 Fine on Mobile Relay Associates
2021-07-13 19:56:58
by Victoria Turner

The Federal Communications Commission affirmed a $25,000 fine Tuesday against Mobile Relay Associates for overuse of a shared spectrum channel and causing interference to other FCC licensees.  The first notice of violation against the radio communications company was issued in... Read More

Federal, State Laws Should Bolster Social Media Accountability, Carr says
Technology
Federal, State Laws Should Bolster Social Media Accountability, Carr says
2021-07-12 17:12:25
by Victoria Turner

Reforming Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act is not enough to curb the power of social media platforms, and should be bolstered by federal and state laws to enforce transparency, accountability and anti-discrimination, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said. ... Read More

FDA Changes Prescribing Instructions for Controversial Alzheimer’s Drug
Prescription Drugs
FDA Changes Prescribing Instructions for Controversial Alzheimer’s Drug
2021-07-08 17:38:20
by Dan McCue

U.S. health regulators on Thursday approved new prescribing instructions that are likely to limit use of a controversial new Alzheimer’s drug. The announcement came through Biogen Inc., the maker of Aduhelm, which stated the update is intended to “clarify” the... Read More

SEC Appoints Grewal as Director of Enforcement
Regulation
SEC Appoints Grewal as Director of Enforcement
2021-06-30 19:10:43
by Brock Blasdell

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Tuesday that Gurbir Grewal, New Jersey’s attorney general since 2018, has been appointed as the director of the Division of Enforcement.  “I’m honored and delighted to welcome Attorney General Grewal to the SEC,” Gary... Read More

After 9 Years and $10M, Georgia Spaceport Nears FAA Approval
In The States
After 9 Years and $10M, Georgia Spaceport Nears FAA Approval

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — After nine years of planning and $10 million invested by local taxpayers, county officials in Georgia's coastal southeast corner came a big step closer Thursday to winning federal approval of a project engineered to literally inject... Read More

Biden's Budget Seeks Bigger Investments And Expanded Authority For FDA
Federal Budget
Biden's Budget Seeks Bigger Investments And Expanded Authority For FDA
2021-06-02 19:28:23
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- The Biden Administration's 2022 budget, released at the end of last week, seeks significant spending increases for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  The fiscal year 2022 budget request sets out $6.5 billion for the FDA, an increase of... Read More

CEOs Say Regulatory Reform Key to Climate, Infrastructure Plan Success
Regulation
CEOs Say Regulatory Reform Key to Climate, Infrastructure Plan Success
2021-05-19 14:30:02
by TWN Staff

If the White House and Democrats in Congress truly want to achieve President Joe Biden's economic goals, they should not overlook the need to modernize and improve the nation's cumbersome regulatory system, according to a new report from The Business... Read More

FDA Expected to OK Pfizer Vaccine for Teens Within Week
Health
FDA Expected to OK Pfizer Vaccine for Teens Within Week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters ages 12 to 15 by next week, according to a federal official and a person familiar with the process, setting up shots... Read More

Supreme Court Upholds FCC Bid to Loosen Media Ownership Rules
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Upholds FCC Bid to Loosen Media Ownership Rules
2021-04-01 16:47:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a decision by the Federal Communication Commission to relax media ownership rules. The unanimous ruling, written by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, is a major win for broadcasters. The petitioners in the case, the... Read More

Social Media Platforms’ Self-Regulation Era is Over
Social Media
Social Media Platforms’ Self-Regulation Era is Over
2021-03-25 20:37:23
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, R-Wash., said at a congressional hearing today that as a parent of three school-aged children, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are her “biggest fear.”  After spikes in teenage suicides in her community, everyone she reached... Read More

FDA Says J&J 1-Dose Shot Prevents COVID; Final Decision Soon
Health
FDA Says J&J 1-Dose Shot Prevents COVID; Final Decision Soon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19, according to an analysis by U.S. regulators Wednesday that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic.  The Food... Read More

New Firm Seeks to Advance Moderate-Driven, Bipartisan Policy Solutions
Public Policy
New Firm Seeks to Advance Moderate-Driven, Bipartisan Policy Solutions
2021-02-08 18:31:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A new lobbying firm in town hopes to seize what its principals call a "unique opportunity" to advance moderate-driven, bipartisan policy solutions on Capitol Hill and beyond. Called the SMART Policy Group, the firm brings together more than... Read More

CISA Needs to be ‘Quarterback’ of U.S. Cybersecurity, Rep. Katko Says
Cybersecurity
CISA Needs to be ‘Quarterback’ of U.S. Cybersecurity, Rep. Katko Says
2021-01-28 15:01:08
by Victoria Turner

Recent cyberattacks on U.S. federal systems point to the need to make the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency the "centralizing authority system" for the nation, said Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., during a fireside chat at the State of Net Conference. That... Read More

Clayton’s SEC Sets Up Cryptocurrency Firms to Fail
Opinions
Clayton’s SEC Sets Up Cryptocurrency Firms to Fail

Cryptocurrency may still seem like a strange, foreign concept in many American households – but the technology has reached the point where it is entering the everyday economy. The price of Bitcoin has hit a record-high, G7 officials are pushing... Read More

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
Congress
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

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