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Congressmen Ask Justice Dept. to Investigate Amazon
Business
Congressmen Ask Justice Dept. to Investigate Amazon
2022-03-11 20:32:19
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON – Members of Congress are asking the Justice Department to investigate whether Amazon.com officials lied last year when they denied giving preference to their own offerings on their website. They sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland... Read More

Broadcasters Accuse FCC of Overreach with Rules on Foreign Disclosures
Media
Broadcasters Accuse FCC of Overreach with Rules on Foreign Disclosures
2022-02-22 18:29:24
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission is defending itself in court against allegations from U.S. broadcasters that the agency exceeds its authority with new rules on business transactions with foreign governments. The rules approved by the FCC last spring require... Read More

Coaches Sue Washington Nationals After Defying Vaccination Mandate
Litigation
Coaches Sue Washington Nationals After Defying Vaccination Mandate
2022-01-03 18:56:36
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Two coaches from the Washington Nationals baseball team are adding to the lawsuits spun off from mandates by the federal government and private employers requiring employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The federal mandate announced by President Joe... Read More

Supreme Court to Hold Special Hearing on Biden Vaccine Mandates
Supreme Court
Supreme Court to Hold Special Hearing on Biden Vaccine Mandates
2021-12-23 13:52:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced Wednesday night that it will hold a special hearing in January to consider the constitutionality of vaccine mandates imposed by the Biden administration. Both of the cases the justices will hear on Friday, Jan.... Read More

Major Outage at Amazon Disrupts Businesses Across the US
Business
Major Outage at Amazon Disrupts Businesses Across the US

A major outage in Amazon's cloud computing network Tuesday severely disrupted services at a wide range of U.S. companies for more than five hours, the latest sign of just how concentrated the business of keeping the internet running has become.... Read More

Stores Kick Off Black Friday But Pandemic Woes Linger
Economy
Stores Kick Off Black Friday But Pandemic Woes Linger

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers are expected to usher in the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season Friday with bigger crowds than last year in a closer step toward normalcy. But the fallout from the pandemic continues to weigh... Read More

US Companies Face Dilemma When Business Helps Dictators
Business
US Companies Face Dilemma When Business Helps Dictators
2021-11-23 14:17:49
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Foreign policy experts described an enormous challenge Monday for U.S. corporations wanting to improve their international business while facing political pressure from authoritarian governments. Some cave to the pressure to increase their revenue while others resist, putting them... Read More

General Electric to Split Into Three Public Companies
In The News
General Electric to Split Into Three Public Companies

General Electric, the storied American manufacturer that struggled under its own weight after growing to become a sprawling conglomerate, will divide itself into three public companies focused on aviation, healthcare and energy. It is the culmination of an arduous, years-long... Read More

Facebook Accused of Deceit in Suit by Defunct Competitor
Antitrust
Facebook Accused of Deceit in Suit by Defunct Competitor
2021-11-08 21:36:11
by Tom Ramstack

NEW YORK — Facebook used illegal trade practices to run former competitor and photo app Phhhoto Inc. out of business, officials from the now-defunct company said in a lawsuit filed Thursday. It represents the latest antitrust challenge to the social... Read More

Half of US Workers Favor Employee Shot Mandate: AP-NORC poll
Opinion Polls
Half of US Workers Favor Employee Shot Mandate: AP-NORC poll

NEW YORK (AP) — Half of American workers are in favor of vaccine requirements at their workplaces, according to a new poll, at a time when such mandates gain traction following the federal government's full approval of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. ... Read More

Business Groups Push Back Against Sweeping EO Aimed At Curbing Corporate Power
White House
Business Groups Push Back Against Sweeping EO Aimed At Curbing Corporate Power
2021-07-10 15:48:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Business groups are pushing back this weekend against a sweeping executive order signed by President Joe Biden on Friday intended to curb anti-competitive practice in tech, telecom and other business sectors. Executive Order 14036, also known by its... Read More

As Employers Struggle to Fill Jobs, Teens Come to the Rescue
Employment
As Employers Struggle to Fill Jobs, Teens Come to the Rescue

WASHINGTON (AP) — The owners of restaurants, amusement parks and retail shops, many of them desperate for workers, are sounding an unusual note of gratitude this summer: Thank goodness for teenagers. As the U.S. economy bounds back with unexpected speed... Read More

Consistently Teaching Employees New Skills Enhances Loyalty, New Report Shows
Future of Work
Consistently Teaching Employees New Skills Enhances Loyalty, New Report Shows
2021-06-28 15:01:39
by Dan McCue

Programs that teach employees a new skill - whether it's something additional to better perform a current role, or a new set of capabilities to prepare someone for a different role, will be a key component in competing for the... Read More

Wedding Boom is On in US as Vendors Scramble to Keep Up
Business
Wedding Boom is On in US as Vendors Scramble to Keep Up

NEW YORK (AP) — Couples in the U.S. are racing to the altar in a vaccination-era wedding boom that has venues and other vendors in high demand. With restrictions on large gatherings loosening, wedding planners and others who make the... Read More

Princess Reema bint Bandar Says American Childhood Prepared Her for Ambassadorship
Political News
Princess Reema bint Bandar Says American Childhood Prepared Her for Ambassadorship
2021-06-01 14:38:50
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar remembers DC’s cicadas. In fact, she says she lived through the “cicada invasion” twice during her “non-diplomatic, but highly socially-connected” childhood in Northern Virginia while her father served as Saudi Arabian... Read More

‘People can’t buy what can’t be delivered’: Addressing Global Supply Chain Vulnerabilities
Economy
‘People can’t buy what can’t be delivered’: Addressing Global Supply Chain Vulnerabilities
2021-04-14 13:52:27
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — We all remember last year’s short-term stampede for toilet paper. But while stores were able to eventually restock personal products and cleaning supplies, will we be able to do the same with a shortage of semiconductors and other... Read More

Business Faces Tricky Path Navigating Post-Trump Politics
Political News
Business Faces Tricky Path Navigating Post-Trump Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — For more than a half-century, the voice emerging from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's monolithic, Beaux Arts-styled building near the White House was predictable: It was the embodiment of American business and, more specifically, a shared set... Read More

ESG Definitions and Standards Currently ‘A Little Bit of the Wild Wild West’
Think Tanks
ESG Definitions and Standards Currently ‘A Little Bit of the Wild Wild West’
2021-04-01 13:32:35
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance are three central factors that shareholders are increasingly using to measure the sustainability and societal impact of their investments in companies or businesses. But there continues to be a range of opinions on... Read More

Devastation of the Arts Caused by COVID-19 Pandemic
Arts
Devastation of the Arts Caused by COVID-19 Pandemic
2021-03-26 12:44:56
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- No one at a congressional hearing Thursday doubted the arts and humanities suffered severely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The question was how much longer the government should continue to bail them out with financial rescue grants. “We know... Read More

Supply Bottlenecks Leave Ships Stranded, Businesses Stymied
Economy
Supply Bottlenecks Leave Ships Stranded, Businesses Stymied

NEW YORK (AP) — A trade bottleneck born of the COVID-19 outbreak has U.S. businesses anxiously awaiting goods from Asia — while off the coast of California, dozens of container ships sit anchored, unable to unload their cargo.  The pandemic... Read More

State Department Continues to Advise Against International Travel
Travel
State Department Continues to Advise Against International Travel
2021-03-15 13:28:27
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — COVID-19 has caused colossal damage to the U.S. travel industry, grounding airlines, emptying hotels, and stopping almost all business and leisure travel for months. The State Department isn’t suggesting this will change any time soon. In a discussion... Read More

FCC Needs to Act in Advancing 5G
Technology
FCC Needs to Act in Advancing 5G
2021-02-23 21:15:02
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - In the near future, cellular networks, particularly in advancing 5G, need to evolve away from their previously hardware-driven functions and become more virtual or software-based, the acting head of the Federal Communications Commissions believes. To advance those beliefs,... Read More

Lockdowns Weigh on German Beer Sales, Hurt Small Brewers
International
Lockdowns Weigh on German Beer Sales, Hurt Small Brewers

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Bars have been closed for more than three months, Carnival celebrations are canceled, and it's not clear when things will get better in Germany. That has left the boss of Brauerei Heller, an organic brewery in... Read More

Virus Dims Carnival Joy and Commerce on a New Orleans Street
Cities
Virus Dims Carnival Joy and Commerce on a New Orleans Street

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — During last year's Carnival season, tourists at the Elysian Fields Inn gathered over breakfast to talk about parades from the night before. At NOLA Art Bar, they sipped cocktails and watched a parade go by. At... Read More

DC Mayor Unveils New Program to Help Local Businesses Reduce Energy Costs
Cities
DC Mayor Unveils New Program to Help Local Businesses Reduce Energy Costs
2021-02-09 20:02:06
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON – A new city program will all allow local businesses to aggregate into larger buying groups, enabling them to lower their energy costs by taking advantage of bulk purchase prices, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Tuesday. The new program, "District... Read More

Around the Globe, Virus Cancels Spring Travel for Millions
Economy
Around the Globe, Virus Cancels Spring Travel for Millions

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — They are the annual journeys of late winter and early spring: Factory workers in China heading home for the Lunar New Year; American college students going on road trips and hitting the beach over spring break;... Read More

Businesses Face Hard Decisions on Whether, When to Hire
Economy
Businesses Face Hard Decisions on Whether, When to Hire

NEW YORK (AP) — As the U.S. economy undergoes an uneven recovery from the virus pandemic, many small business owners face a tough decision on whether and when to take on employees. The pandemic forced Meghan Gardner to let go... Read More

CBO Report Says US Economy to Return to Pre-Pandemic Levels by Mid-2021
Economy
CBO Report Says US Economy to Return to Pre-Pandemic Levels by Mid-2021
2021-02-01 20:59:56
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the U.S. economy will return to its pre-pandemic level by mid-2021, but employment levels will not fully return to normalcy until 2024. The nonpartisan federal agency that provides budget and economic analyses... Read More

Biden’s Buy American Order Gets Mixed Industry Reaction
Economy
Biden’s Buy American Order Gets Mixed Industry Reaction
2021-01-26 20:24:03
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden’s executive order Monday to boost American manufacturing is receiving a warm welcome from some major industry associations but words of caution from U.S. trade partners. The order requires federal agencies to purchase more of their... Read More

Michigan Passes $465 Million COVID-19 Relief Stimulus Package
State News
Michigan Passes $465 Million COVID-19 Relief Stimulus Package
2020-12-21 21:43:50
by Sara Wilkerson

LANSING, Mich. - Today, the Michigan state legislature passed Senate Bill 748, a bipartisan bill that provides $465 million in COVID-19 economic relief from state and federal tax revenues. The spending plan was passed earlier today in Michigan’s state House... Read More

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