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Regulation

2021-12-01 19:10:26
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court Case Hints at Change In Federal Agency Regulation Decisions

WASHINGTON — Conservative judges on the Supreme Court suggested this week during arguments in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit over Medicare drug... Read More

WASHINGTON — Conservative judges on the Supreme Court suggested this week during arguments in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit over Medicare drug reimbursement that now might be the time to overturn a decades-old guiding principle of administrative law. The issue in American... Read More

2021-11-30 23:02:56
by Dan McCue
FDA Panel Narrowly Approves Merck COVID-19 Pill

WASHINGTON — An advisory panel for the Food and Drug Administration narrowly approved the use of a COVID-19 pill manufactured... Read More

WASHINGTON — An advisory panel for the Food and Drug Administration narrowly approved the use of a COVID-19 pill manufactured by Merck. If the agency accepts the recommendation, molnupiravir would be the first drug Americans could be prescribed and take... Read More

2021-11-23 16:47:06
by Dan McCue
Pixstory Striving to Address the Need for User Safety On Social Media

WASHINGTON - Social media, once a venue for pet pictures and catching up with friends from high school, has turned... Read More

WASHINGTON - Social media, once a venue for pet pictures and catching up with friends from high school, has turned toxic in many cases. And it’s almost impossible to escape the most divisive of political commentary. Among those trying to... Read More

2021-11-23 14:58:24
by Dan McCue
FEC Approves Rental of Schiff Campaign Email List to Promote New Book

WASHINGTON — Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is free to rent the email list compiled by his principal campaign committee, Schiff... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is free to rent the email list compiled by his principal campaign committee, Schiff for Congress, to promote his new memoir, “Midnight in Washington,” the Federal Election Commission said in an advisory opinion announced... Read More

2021-11-17 22:21:21
by Dan McCue
Biden Administration Suspends Enforcement of Vaccine Mandate

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday suspended enforcement of a vaccine mandate on private companies with 100 or more... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday suspended enforcement of a vaccine mandate on private companies with 100 or more employees. The decision, which was carried out through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, comes less than a week after... Read More

2021-11-17 16:07:15
by Dan McCue
Biden Suspects Oil Companies Are Illegally Jacking Up Prices At The Pump

WASHINGTON — President Biden asked the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to investigate if oil companies are illegally driving up... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Biden asked the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to investigate if oil companies are illegally driving up gas prices. In a letter to FTC Chair Lina Khan, the president says there is “mounting evidence of anti-consumer behavior... Read More

2021-11-09 21:09:12
by Dan McCue
Pfizer Asking FDA to Approve COVID-19 Booster Shots for All Adults

WASHINGTON — Pfizer and BioNTech SE asked the Food and Drug Administration Tuesday to allow boosters of its COVID-19 vaccine... Read More

WASHINGTON — Pfizer and BioNTech SE asked the Food and Drug Administration Tuesday to allow boosters of its COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 18 or older. Currently, COVID-19 booster shots are only available to older Americans and those with underlying health... Read More

2021-10-26 17:55:30
by Dan McCue
Biden Names Jessica Rosenworcel Permanent FCC Chair

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden made it official Tuesday, announcing he wants Jessica Rosenworcel, who has been acting FCC chair... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden made it official Tuesday, announcing he wants Jessica Rosenworcel, who has been acting FCC chair since January, to be his permanent head of the agency. If Rosenworcel is confirmed, she would be the first woman... Read More

2021-10-21 18:36:44
by Reece Nations
FCC Announces $554 Million Broadband Opportunity Fund Program

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission announced on Wednesday it is set to approve a total of $554,150,641 for the... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission announced on Wednesday it is set to approve a total of $554,150,641 for the third round of funding in deployments of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. The FCC previously announced over $1 billion in... Read More

2021-10-20 22:27:05
by Dan McCue
FDA Signs Off on Moderna, J&J Boosters, Mixing Vaccines

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday said Americans who got either the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday said Americans who got either the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine can now get a COVID-19 booster, and also say that those eligible for a booster don’t have to get... Read More

2021-10-19 20:58:31
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Wants Tougher Enforcement of Sanctions Against ‘Malign Actors’

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee tried Tuesday to chart a better course through the minefield of monetary sanctions against U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee tried Tuesday to chart a better course through the minefield of monetary sanctions against U.S. foreign adversaries. The Senate seeks to protect U.S. economic policies without trampling foreign entities that could be trading partners and... Read More

US Expected to Authorize Mix-and-Match COVID Booster Shots

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are expected to authorize the mixing and matching of COVID-19 booster shots this week in... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are expected to authorize the mixing and matching of COVID-19 booster shots this week in an effort to provide flexibility for those seeking to maintain protection against the coronavirus. The upcoming announcement by the Food... Read More

FDA Spells Out Lower Sodium Goals for Food Industry

NEW YORK (AP) — Food companies are coming under renewed pressure to use less salt after U.S. regulators spelled out... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Food companies are coming under renewed pressure to use less salt after U.S. regulators spelled out long-awaited guidelines aimed at reducing sodium levels in dozens of foods including condiments, cereals, french fries and potato chips. The... Read More

2021-10-13 14:29:12
by Dan McCue
In a First, FDA Permits Marketing of E-Cigarette Products in the US

WASHINGTON  -- The Food and Drug Administration late Tuesday authorized the marketing of an electronic cigarette in the United States.... Read More

WASHINGTON  -- The Food and Drug Administration late Tuesday authorized the marketing of an electronic cigarette in the United States. A groundbreaking development in a long running debate over the healthfulness of such products. Specifically, the FDA granted the R.J.... Read More

2021-10-12 18:40:45
by Victoria Turner
Family of Slain Journalist Claims Facebook Exploited Tragedy for Profit

WASHINGTON -- Imagine knowing your daughter’s moment of death has been immortalized in a video online. Now imagine that it... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Imagine knowing your daughter’s moment of death has been immortalized in a video online. Now imagine that it keeps popping up over and over again on Facebook, Instagram, and Google’s YouTube for six years and counting, despite your... Read More

Next on FDA's Agenda: Booster Shots of Moderna, J&J Vaccines

WASHINGTON (AP) — With many Americans who got Pfizer vaccinations already rolling up their sleeves for a booster shot, millions... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — With many Americans who got Pfizer vaccinations already rolling up their sleeves for a booster shot, millions of others who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine wait anxiously to learn when it's their turn. Federal... Read More

2021-10-08 17:55:30
by Dan McCue
White House Restoring Stricter Environmental Reviews for Major Projects

WASHINGTON -- The White House Council on Environmental Quality is restoring provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act set aside... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The White House Council on Environmental Quality is restoring provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act set aside by the Trump administration to bolster the environmental review process for a wide range of projects. The former president, a... Read More

New FDA Chief Can't Come Soon Enough for Beleaguered Agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — Straining under a pandemic workload and battered by a string of public controversies, one of the leading... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Straining under a pandemic workload and battered by a string of public controversies, one of the leading agencies in the government's fight against COVID-19 is finally on the verge of getting a new commissioner. After nearly nine... Read More

2021-09-17 18:47:14
by Victoria Turner
FTC Rescinds Recently Issued Merger Guidelines

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission rescinded its Vertical Merger Guidelines Wednesday signaling the start of what may be a... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission rescinded its Vertical Merger Guidelines Wednesday signaling the start of what may be a ramping up of antitrust efforts by the agency. The guidelines were issued jointly by the FTC and the Justice Department’s... Read More

2021-09-04 18:07:26
by Dan McCue
Broadcasters Say Media Ownership Rules Are Detrimental to Competition, Diversity

WASHINGTON -- Regulations governing the ownership of broadcast radio and television stations harms broadcasters’ ability to compete in the marketplace,... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Regulations governing the ownership of broadcast radio and television stations harms broadcasters’ ability to compete in the marketplace, stymies service to local communities and fails to promote diversity in ownership, the National Association of Broadcasters said in a... Read More

2021-08-30 19:52:25
by Victoria Turner
FTC Commissioner Says There are Benefits to a Federal Privacy Law

WASHINGTON -- As a number of states move towards enacting their own data privacy laws, the U.S. Congress should come... Read More

WASHINGTON -- As a number of states move towards enacting their own data privacy laws, the U.S. Congress should come up with its own comprehensive privacy statute enforced by the Federal Trade Commission, said FTC Commissioner Noah Phillips Monday. Having... Read More

2021-08-30 17:50:33
by Dan McCue
SEC Seeks Info on Digital Engagement by Investment Advisors, Brokers

WASHINGTON - The Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking information from the public and industry professionals on the digital engagement... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking information from the public and industry professionals on the digital engagement practices of investment advisors and brokers. These tools include behavioral prompts, differential marketing, game-like features (also known as gamification) and... Read More

2021-08-23 14:20:37
by TWN Staff
FDA Grants Full Approval to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for people 16 and... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for people 16 and over, making it the first to move beyond emergency use status in the United States. The approval comes as parts... Read More

2021-08-20 15:30:32
by Dan McCue
Corn Growers, Others Seek Rehearing on Fuel Blend Standard

WASHINGTON -- The National Corn Growers Association, Renewable Fuels Association, and Growth Energy asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The National Corn Growers Association, Renewable Fuels Association, and Growth Energy asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision to disallow year-round sales of a 15% ethanol fuel blend. In a petition filed with the... Read More

US Opens Formal Probe into Tesla Autopilot System

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government has opened a formal investigation into Tesla's Autopilot partially automated driving system after a... Read More

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government has opened a formal investigation into Tesla's Autopilot partially automated driving system after a series of collisions with parked emergency vehicles.  The investigation covers 765,000 vehicles, almost everything that Tesla has sold in the... Read More

2021-08-13 15:53:27
by TWN Staff
FDA Approves Additional COVID Vaccine Dose for Some Individuals

The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines... Read More

The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for organ transplant recipients diagnosed as immunocompromised. Thursday’s announcement came ahead of a meeting today of the Centers for Disease... Read More

2021-08-11 20:27:32
by Alexa Hornbeck
What FDA Approval Might Mean for Vaccine Mandates

As the Delta variant continues to spread, COVID cases surge among the unvaccinated, and rates of new vaccinations decline, the... Read More

As the Delta variant continues to spread, COVID cases surge among the unvaccinated, and rates of new vaccinations decline, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is receiving pressure from President Joe Biden to approve a COVID vaccine. Biden recently said... Read More

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

WASHINGTON -- Attorneys general from 45 states, the District of Columbia and Guam served notice on Wednesday that they are... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration announced they are working toward issuing proposed product standards within the next year... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Dog-owners whose pets are diagnosed with a common form of cancer now have a federally approved treatment option. ... Read More

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

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