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Trade-Off: Deal Splits Democrats Between Business, Labor

April 17, 2015 3:20 pm | by Laurie Kellman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The mere announcement of a bipartisan accord on the legislation reignited a longtime feud among liberal and pro-business Democrats over the deal's potential to create or subtract American jobs.

Obama: Trade Politics Difficult, But Opposition Helps China

April 17, 2015 2:07 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under the agreement reached in Congress, Obama would get so-called trade promotion authority to...

Lawmakers 'Fast Track' Trade Legislation

April 16, 2015 3:23 pm | by Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Top lawmakers struck a bipartisan agreement Thursday to allow President Barack Obama to...

Court Skeptical Of Challenge To Obama's Climate Change Plan

April 16, 2015 3:11 pm | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia and other states argue that the plan to regulate carbon emissions from power...

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Obama's Climate Change Plan Faces Legal Test

April 15, 2015 2:11 pm | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit hears arguments Thursday in two cases challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's ambitious proposal to slash carbon pollution from the nation's coal-fired power plants that is blamed for global warming.

Some Governors Support EPA, Push Back At McConnell

April 15, 2015 2:02 pm | by Rick Stevens, The Associated Press | News | Comments

McConnell's call for governors to defy the EPA's proposed pollution limitations has provoked push-back from governors who support the EPA's effort to curb climate change.

Manufacturing Groups Call For Corporate Tax Overhaul

April 15, 2015 10:07 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Converting from a global to a territorial tax system would make U.S. rules more internationally competitive and unlock an estimated $2.1 trillion in stranded profits held abroad by U.S. multinationals," the groups said.

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Skilled Foreign Worker Program Quickly Hits Cap

April 14, 2015 9:22 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Applications exceeded the government’s annual limit within a week for the third consecutive year.

U.S. Telecom Association Files Suit Against FCC's New Internet Rules

April 14, 2015 6:06 am | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

What some companies take issue with is that the FCC put the net neutrality rules in place by regulating Internet access as a telecommunications service — like the telephone, a public utility — rather than as an information service.

Big Retailers Pull Sales Of Weight-Loss Supplements With Dangerous Chemical

April 10, 2015 2:40 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The same report also details how two of the top officials now overseeing supplement regulation at the FDA are former leaders of the supplement industry’s largest trade and lobbying group.

Court Upholds Iowa Natural Gas Tax Reviled By Ethanol Plants

April 10, 2015 2:36 pm | by Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ethanol industry officials said Friday they would now turn their focus to lobbying for a law that would address their concerns by letting plants pay taxes based on the value of assets.

Oregon Ballot Initiative Could Allow GMO Restrictions

April 10, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The spat is just the latest fight over GMOs in Oregon and nationally; an Oregon legislator introduced bills that would establish where GMO crops could be grown, but the proposals received a cool reception during a committee hearing last month.

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European Regulators Find Few Violations Of Pesticide Standards

April 9, 2015 2:22 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The European Food Safety Authority's latest analysis examined nearly 81,000 samples from 27 EU member nations as well as Iceland and Norway, including apples, cabbage, leeks, lettuce, milk, peaches, pork, rye, oats, strawberries, tomatoes and wine.

Is The Pace Of FAA Drone Regulation Approval Too Slow?

April 9, 2015 9:43 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

32 Advisors Founder and CEO Robert Wolf discusses the future of commercial and industrial drones. 

FDA Proposal Would Exempt Certain Farm Sales From Registration Requirements

April 8, 2015 3:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

FDA rules currently require food processing, packing and storage facilities to register with the agency, but farms and restaurants are among those defined as "retail food establishments" that are exempt from the mandate.

California Water Restrictions Largely Avoid Farms

April 8, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Gov. Jerry Brown largely called on Californians to change their habits in response to the drought, potentially including landscape alterations and a rebate program for more efficient appliances.

Obama Presents Climate Change As Health Hazard

April 7, 2015 9:58 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama's effort to link climate change to health comes as he works to build support for steps he's taken to curb U.S. emissions that are opposed by business and industry, including strict limits on vehicles and power plants.

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California Governor Orders Mandatory Water Restrictions

April 1, 2015 3:07 pm | by Fenit Nirappil, The Associated Press | News | Comments

"We're in a historic drought and that demands unprecedented action," Brown said at a news conference in the Sierra Nevada, where dry, brown grass surrounded a site that normally would be snow-covered at this time of year. "We have to pull together and save water in every way we can."

Obama Signs Order Creating New Cyber Sanctions Program

April 1, 2015 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

"Cyber threats pose one of the most serious economic and national security challenges to the United States," Obama said in a statement.

Obama Vetoes Union Election Rule

March 31, 2015 3:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Workers deserve a level playing field that lets them freely choose to make their voices heard, and this requires fair and streamlined procedures for determining whether to have unions as their bargaining representative," Obama said in a statement.

U.S. To Pledge Up To 28 Percent Emission Cut In Global Treaty

March 31, 2015 2:21 pm | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

By announcing its commitment early, the U.S. hopes to dial up the political pressure on other countries to take equally ambitious steps to cut emissions.

Lawmakers Unhappy With New Fracking Rules

March 26, 2015 2:36 pm | by Kevin Freking, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Many have issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.

Republican Lawmakers Target 'Micro-Unions'

March 26, 2015 9:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

“When the National Labor Relations Board decided to allow micro-unions, they tipped the scales dramatically in favor of unions and neglected 77 years’ worth of precedent in collective bargaining.”

Proposed Bill Would Create Organic-Type Labels For Non-Modified Foods

March 25, 2015 10:21 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under the legislation, the Agriculture Department would oversee the certification, as it does with organics.

Meat Industry Exec: Federal Panel Inconsistent In Developing Dietary Guidelines

March 24, 2015 3:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

“It is not appropriate for the person designing a better light bulb to be telling Americans how to make a better sandwich," Booren said. "Sustainability is a complex issue best left to those with the necessary expertise.”

FDA Warns Cosmetics Companies Against Promises That 'Go Too Far'

March 24, 2015 1:47 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The agency issued warning letters to companies regarding skin and hair products indicating they should either remove those claims or seek FDA approval.

GOP Lawmaker Targets Obama Climate Plan

March 24, 2015 1:39 pm | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky unveiled a draft bill that would allow governors to veto compliance with the federal rule if the governor determines it would cause significant rate hikes for electricity or harm reliability in the state.

Obama To Announce $240M In New Pledges For STEM

March 23, 2015 10:16 am | by Darlene Superville, The Associated Press | News | Comments

At the White House Science Fair on Monday, Obama will announce more than $240 million in pledges to boost the study of those fields, known as STEM. This year's fair is focused on diversity.                                            

Obama Administration Proposes Fracking Rules

March 20, 2015 2:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Current federal well-drilling regulations are more than 30 years old and they simply have not kept pace with the technical complexities of today’s hydraulic fracturing operations."                                                     

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