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Senators ask FDA to update rules on certain pot products

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s two senators on Tuesday urged the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to update federal regulations to permit interstate commerce of food products containing a key non-psychoactive ingredient of cannabis. The appeal by Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley came after Congress legalized the production and sale of […]
Tags: Business, News, Congress, Oregon, Ap, Nation, Fda, Northwest, U S Food and Drug Administration, Sens Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley


America’s Most And Least Trusted Professions

Source: Statista Some professions have a better reputation for honesty than others. Mistrust is pretty common in everyday life, whether its questioning a doctor’s honesty or ethics regarding a diagnosis or blaming the salesperson when your “new” used car breaks down after one day and 30 miles on the road. So that raises the question: what professions do Americans regard as the most honest and ethical today? Gallup examined the issue and released an interesting poll showing that nurses are the mo...
Tags: Jobs, Congress, Trust, Job, America, Infographic, Radio, Least, Most, Trusted, Gallup, Statista, General Interest


The president of Microsoft says top leaders at the world's biggest tech companies meet regularly to talk about the major issues facing Silicon Valley and the world (MSFT)

Microsoft President Brad Smith told a room full of journalists that he has "sympathy" for executives at tech companies who find themselves under regulatory scrutiny these days. Smith was working at Microsoft back in the '90s, when Microsoft was sued by the federal government over its business practices, and put under a decade of government oversight. Smith said that after the Trump administration's travel ban some 23 months ago, the tech industry came together for a meeting.  Since then, he's ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Congress, Trends, Muslim, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Smith, Donald Trump, Sheryl Sandberg, Trump, Wilmington Delaware


Your phone is also a surveillance device, and it's turning your life into a map

Members of the new Congress plan to float a wide range of new privacy legislation this year, with location data at the heart of the debate. New laws will need to thread the needle between protecting personal information and enabling useful innovation. Our phones' GPS and location capabilities are a key part of what make them magical — enabling them to speed our commutes, hail rides, and find the devices when we lose them. These capabilities are also ground zero for the looming fight over de...
Tags: Amazon, Twitter, Congress, Trends, Iran, Crimea, Google Maps Waze, Cuba Syria Iran


IT pros in Washington DC are ready to ditch their current jobs and flock to Amazon's HQ2, says a new survey (AMZN)

Washington DC IT professionals are happy that Amazon is opening up one of its HQ2 campuses in the area, a new poll indicates.  Almost three-quarters of them said they would be willing to leave their current job to work for Amazon. Many are hoping that Amazon will pay higher salaries. But there are other reasons they like the idea of working for the tech giant, too. While Amazon has faced a slew of protests over its decision to hire up to 25,000 people for its new HQ2 offices in New York, it c...
Tags: Google, Amazon, New York, Congress, San Francisco, Trends, Washington Dc, Pentagon, Dc, Seattle, Alexa, Trump, AMZN, Crystal City Virginia, Amazon Many, Virginia Washington DC


Raise boys who end the #MeToo crisis

Former FOX News host Gretchen Carlson says that, as a culture, we didn't know how to speak openly about sexual harassment until very, very recently. And there's still a lot of work to be done. Her docuseries on the subject, Breaking the Silence airs January 14 at 8 PM on Lifetime. Her own experiences of sexual harassment played out on air in real time... and were wrongly condoned by a major news organization. Gretchen has emerged as one of the most influential voices in the #MeToo movement, lo...
Tags: Congress, Women, Innovation, Men, Gretchen, Gretchen Carlson, Media Industry, Sexual Violence, Big Problems


How Will the Government Shutdown Affect Your Wallet?

All aboard! We’re navigating you through uncharted water. Here’s how the longest government shutdown in American history may impact your wallet and what you can do about it. Table of Contents Impact on Tax Returns Tips for Government Employees Affected Tips for Government Retirees General Tips to Budget for Emergency Scenarios Bottom Line A s of this weekend, we’ve now reached the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. The last government shutdown of this magnitude was in the m...
Tags: Personal Finance, New York, Budget, News, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Marketing, House, Npr, Ira, Instacart, Irs, Cnbc, Opm, Yahoo Finance


Americans blame Trump and GOP much more than Democrats for shutdown - poll

By a wide margin, more Americans blame President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress than congressional Democrats for the now record-breaking government shutdown, and most reject the president's assertion that there is an illegal-immigration... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, Congress, Gop, Donald Trump, Trump


Policy Changes the Reason for Record Small Business Optimism, NFIB Says

Small businesses have a sense of optimism which hasn’t been seen by the 45-year-old National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) index. The 108.8 record high was set in August of 2018, which is part of a 24-month positive trend the likes of which the NFIB hasn’t recorded. This led the NFIB to ask what exactly is driving this optimism in a new infographic aptly titled, “Small Business Optimism Soars.” For small businesses operating in this current environment, the news is more than welco...
Tags: Congress, Washington, US, Sales, Trump, NFIB, Duggan, Small Business News, National Federation of Independent Businesses NFIB, Juanita D Duggan


President Bolsonaro should boost Brazil’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

Romero Rodrigues Contributor Romero Rodrigues is a managing partner at Redpoint eVentures, the Brazilian-focused arm of the Silicon Valley venture firm Redpoint. More posts by this contributor Brazil’s fintech boom offers new vertical opportunities for investors Brazil’s tech-sector bright spots beckon as it begins to emerge from long economic crisis In late October following a significant victory for Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s p...
Tags: Amazon, Column, South Korea, Japan, Politics, Congress, Australia, Finance, Singapore, Tech, Chicago, United States, Chile, New York Times, President, Venture Capital


The shutdown today: Government closure is now longest ever

By The Associated Press Here’s what’s up with the partial government shutdown on Day 22. WHAT’S NEW TODAY The shutdown officially is the longest in U.S. history, eclipsing a 21-day closure that ended Jan. 6, 1996, during President Bill Clinton’s administration. The House and Senate adjourned for the weekend, with lawmakers scattering to their states and districts before snow blankets the nation’s capital. With no negotiations expected during the weekend, the shutdown will enter its fourth week n...
Tags: Business, News, Congress, Washington, Senate, Uncategorized, Sport, Nasa, Soccer, Alaska, House, Bill Clinton, Smithsonian, Miami, Homeland Security, Donald Trump


Here's how the government shutdown could affect the race between Amazon and Microsoft for a $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract (AMZN, MSFT, ORCL, IBM)

The bid for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, a $10 billion cloud contract with the Pentagon that cloud giants are competing for, might potentially be delayed because of the government shutdown, some analysts say. Since the Department of Defense wasn't closed from the shutdown, there won't be a direct impact on the JEDI race. However, the shutdown could affect government cybersecurity, the ability of companies to obtain government security certifications, and the tim...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Congress, Washington, China, Trends, Department Of Defense, Ibm, Pentagon, Donald Trump, King, Oracle, Forrester, Murphy, Jedi


All of the major tech companies are going their separate ways, making things more difficult for regulators

Investors fell in love with a basket of stocks they called FAANG (for Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google) and rode those investments up a tall curve for years. Policymakers and regulators found it convenient to paint a single big target on "the big tech platforms" as the spate of privacy- and election-related controversies since 2016 raised calls for government action. But the closer the government looks at the companies' problems, the harder it gets to settle on any one-size-fits-al...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, New York, Hollywood, Microsoft, Congress, Washington, Trends, Cisco, Eu, Netflix, Internet Association, Silicon Valley


There's a race for a $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract underway. Here's how the government shutdown could affect it (AMZN, MSFT, ORCL, IBM)

The bid for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, a $10 billion cloud contract with the Pentagon that cloud giants are competing for, might potentially be delayed because of the government shutdown, some analysts say. Since the Department of Defense wasn't closed from the shutdown, there won't be a direct impact on the JEDI race. However, the shutdown could affect government cybersecurity, the ability of companies to obtain government security certifications, and the tim...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Congress, Washington, Trends, Department Of Defense, Ibm, Pentagon, Donald Trump, King, Oracle, Forrester, Murphy, Jedi, Charles King, Wedbush Securities


Tax reform reminders

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted on December 22, 2017 was mostly effective starting in 2018. That was not enough time for anyone to get a good understanding of all of its over 100 changes and the effect and relevance.  The IRS has issued a lot of guidance, but there wasn't enough time to even get all of this finalized by the time any estimated tax payments for 2018 returns were due.  If any practitioners have ever used Reg. 1.163-8T, 1.163-10T or temporary regulations under section 469, that'...
Tags: Taxes, Congress, California, Senate, House, Irs, Bluebook, Professor Nellen, Nellen, 115th Congress, Joint Committee on Taxation JCT, TCJA, Technical Corrections, 116th Congress, JCT Bluebook, Ways Means Committee Chair Brady


The U.S. continues to hammer Chinese tech

It’s another week, and another bevy of hits on Chinese tech by the U.S. government. Let’s get up to speed, plus a request for startup lawyer recommendations. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rough draft of something new — provide your feedback directly to the author (Danny at [email protected]) if you like or hate something here. Venture capital’s leading advocate NVCA pushes for narrower restrictions on foreign investment Let’s start with the most exciting subj...
Tags: Asia, New York, Congress, Washington Post, Government, China, Boston, Softbank, America, Tech, Policy, United States, House, Venture Capital, Tencent, Silicon Valley


AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile announce plans to stop selling your location data to outside companies amid growing pressure from federal lawmakers

AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have all announced plans to cease the sale of real-time location sharing to third parties. The development follows an investigation conducted by Vice's Motherboard where a bounty hunter was able to track down a reporter's phone by using just a phone number.  Senators and policy makers are now calling for increased legislation on the carriers and have called the practice a breach of national security.  Amid increasing pressure from federal lawmakers, three of the m...
Tags: Verizon, Fcc, Congress, US, Trends, Sprint, Motherboard, The New York Times, Msnbc, Ron Wyden, John Legere, Sen Mark Warner D Va, Queens New York, Google Pixel, Rosenworcel, AT T T Mobile


The US continues to hammer Chinese tech

It’s another week, and another bevy of hits on Chinese tech by the U.S. government. Let’s get up to speed, plus a request for startup lawyer recommendations. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rough draft of something new — provide your feedback directly to the author (Danny at [email protected]) if you like or hate something here. Venture capital’s leading advocate NVCA pushes for narrower restrictions on foreign investment Let’s start with the most exciting subj...
Tags: Asia, New York, Congress, Washington Post, Government, China, Boston, Softbank, US, America, Tech, Policy, United States, House, Venture Capital, Tencent


U.S. House Passes Bill to Fund HUD, Transportation Dept.

At the end of the 20th day of the partial United States government shutdown, the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives passed a standalone spending bill to fund and reopen both the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Transportation, along with a handful of other agencies. According to The Hill, the House voted 244-180 in favor of the measure to provide clean funding to the relevant departments. 12 Republicans crossed party lines to vote with De...
Tags: Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Finance, Senate, White House, United States, House, House Of Representatives, Hud, Mitch McConnell, Department Of Transportation, U S House, The Hill, Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD, HUD Transportation Dept


Google's top lobbyist reportedly sent his staff a blank organization chart making employees fear for their jobs (GOOG)

Google's head of public policy Karan Bhatia has reportedly hinted at restructuring the company's Washington, DC, team responsible for lobbying on Capitol Hill. Sources told Bloomberg that Bhatia shared a blank organizational chart that had only his own name filled in at the top. The chart prompted employees to fear for their jobs. Bhatia joined Google in June to head up the company's policy team, and has previously worked for General Electric, and as deputy U.S. trade representative under Geor...
Tags: Apple, Google, Ge, Congress, China, Trends, Bloomberg, Washington Dc, Dc, Jeff Bezos, General Electric, George W Bush, Sundar Pichai, Trump, Bhatia, Susan Molinari


The U.S. states hit hardest by the federal government shutdown

A new map from WalletHub, generated by comparing various federal data, shows the states most affected by the government shutdown.About 800,000 federal employees are furloughed or are working without pay.Government shutdowns have become an increasingly common political tool, but it wasn't until the early 1980s that they started resulting in the closing of federal agencies. None Friday marked the 21st day of the federal government shutdown, tying the record with the longest-running one in American...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Government, White House, Economics, United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Innovation, Secret Service, District Of Columbia, Vox, Border Patrol, Forest Service, Standard Poor, Federal Bureau of Prisons


FDA inspectors, furloughed in shutdown, put food safety at risk

By Laurie McGinley and Joel Achenbach, The Washington Post The furloughing of hundreds of Food and Drug Administration inspectors has sharply reduced inspections of the nation’s food supply – one of many repercussions of the partial government shutdown that make Americans potentially less safe. The agency, which oversees 80 percent of the food supply, has suspended all routine inspections of domestic food-processing facilities, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in an interview. He said he’s w...
Tags: Business, News, Congress, Washington Post, Usda, Sport, Nasa, Earth, Dhs, Soccer, United States, Food And Drug Administration, Secret Service, Fda, Tsa, Donald Trump


A scary type of scam call causes Apple's logo and phone number to pop up on your iPhone lock screen, but there's a way to protect yourself (AAPL)

Phone phishing scams that pretend to be Apple are getting more advanced. The newest technique is that attackers sometimes pretend to call from Apple's help line. Because iPhones come with the number for Apple's help line pre-loaded in contacts, that means that Apple's logo and name pops up on the iPhone caller ID when an attacker manages to successfully fake the call's origins. The best way to protect yourself is if you get a suspicious call, hang up, and call Apple (or your bank, carrier) dir...
Tags: Apple, Fcc, Congress, Trends, Social Security, Brian Krebs, Aapl, Don, Andres, San Diego State University, Steven Andrés, Fowler College of Business


Income equality is getting worse. Can the co-op model solve this problem?

The cooperative model accounts for $154B every year in America.America leads the world with cooperatives, with over 30,000 businesses operating under this model. Co-op advocate Nathan Schneider believes this model can help level the economic playing field. What is a Co-operative? Nathan Schneider plays a game at strip malls. The activist-journalist and University of Colorado Boulder media studies professor tries to guess how many businesses were directly or indirectly inspired by co-ops. Th...
Tags: Work, Home Depot, Technology, Congress, Colorado, America, Investment, Bank Of America, Innovation, Manufacturing, Consumerism, Derek, Schneider, America America, Nathan Schneider, Dee Hock


Twitter will begin testing ‘ice breakers’ to spark healthy conversation

Last year, Twitter touted a handful of features meant to spur conversation on the platform. Or, “increase the health of public conversation,” as CEO Jack Dorsey told Congress last year. At CES today, company representatives confirmed to Engadget that the features would roll out to certain users in the coming weeks as part of a public test. The first of these was a Facebook-like presence indicator that displays when users are online. Presumably, it’s easier to start a conversation with people who...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Congress, Social Media, Ces, Jack Dorsey, Engadget


How Existing Funding Could Keep The FAA Open In A Future Shutdown

The United States is entering the third week of a partial government shutdown, and there is no end in sight. One of the departments affected is the Department of Transportation under which the Federal Aviation Administration is housed. Only a small number of FAA employees have been furloughed and forced to stay at home during the government shutdown. Most employees have been required to work with the promise of pay once funds are fully appropriated.   Most of those working are air traffic cont...
Tags: Taxes, Congress, Legislation, Nas, Spotlight, United States, Editorials, Aviation, Airport, Faa, Shutdown, Department Of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Dot, Usdot, Peter DeFazio


How the Latest Government Shutdown May Impact Your Small Business

We are now on the third government shutdown of the last 13 months, with the two previous instances taking place in January 2018 lasting two days and February 2018 for just nine hours. The impact of both shutdowns was minimal. This time around President Trump is insisting the shutdown will not end unless Congress funds the border wall. So far no one has blinked, but the longer the shutdown lasts, the more its impact will permeate into the lives of ordinary Americans across the country. If it con...
Tags: Congress, Sales, Trump, Small Business Administration, SBA, EIN, Small Business Operations


Tax filing season 2019 will start Jan. 28, even if the IRS is still in partial shutdown

Tax filing time! (Photo by MoneyBlogNewz via Flickr) The Internal Revenue Service will begin processing 2018 tax returns on Jan. 28. That's essentially the same the time, the last Monday of the month, that filing season started last year. Free File, the partnership between the IRS and the tax software industry, has in the past opened at least a few days earlier (it was available on Jan. 12 last year), but there's no word on that 2019 no-cost online tax prep and filing option yet. But one th...
Tags: Taxes, Congress, White House, Treasury, Irs, Internal Revenue Service, Treasury Department, OMB, Congress The IRS, Office of Management and Budget OMB, Trump Administration, Chuck Rettig, MoneyBlogNewz


How The U.S. Government Shutdown Affects Traveling Americans And Visitors From Abroad

The United States Federal Government has been partially closed since December 22nd, indefinitely, until the Congress with the president’s approval can pass a budget to allocate funds for several major agencies. Since government shutdowns like the one in Washington DC are exceedingly rare elsewhere in the developed world, the procedures and cutbacks pertaining to services, travel or otherwise can be unclear. Many are ad-hoc to an extent; based in part on how long the showshutdown will last. For ...
Tags: Travel, Money, Congress, Washington, Mexico, Advice, Wikipedia, New York City, US, Nasa, Austin, United States, Washington Dc, Treasury, Tsa, State Department


For Reverse Mortgage Originators, Government Shutdown is Business as Usual

Although new endorsements of Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) have been halted due to the partial government shutdown that began on December 22, reverse mortgage originators are largely conducting business as usual in spite of the gridlock plaguing Washington, D.C. Certain FHA services related to pre-existing HECM loans will still be available during the shutdown, according to an announcement from the U.S. Federal Housing Administration (FHA). “The shutdown has not affected me at this...
Tags: Featured, Congress, Finance, White House, Regulation, House Of Representatives, Hud, U.s. Government, FHA, Bellingham Wash, San Diego Calif, Ormond Beach Fla, Lenders, HECM, LRS, Christina Harmes



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