Sept. 19, 2014

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Why a Global Anti-Poverty Group Is Suing the SEC | Commentary

On Thursday, we at Oxfam America filed a lawsuit against the Securities and Exchange Commission. Yes, it is unusual for a global anti-poverty organization to sue the SEC, but we had felt it was necessary given the SEC’s feet-dragging in finishing a landmark transparency rule for the oil, gas and mining industry.

Moniz Gives Shout-out to 3D Printed Car

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz lauded efforts to produce a crowd-sourced electric car, the structure of which was printed in 44 hours at the International Manufacturing Technology Show last week.

FDA Panels Examine Testosterone Treatment

Food and Drug Administration panels this week are mulling the impact of the expanded use of testosterone medicine. The New York Times reported Wednesday that a drug advisory panel voted overwhelmingly to curb the prescribing of testosterone to middle-aged and elderly men for unproven uses such as low energy and low libido. Today, the FDA panels weigh whether the agency should approve an easier to use capsule version of the hormone. Clarus Therapeutics aims to get approval of the capsule for use in a market that now features gels, patches, injections and a gum treatment. But the advisers at the first day of a two-day meeting in Hyattsville, Md., expressed concern about possible side effects associated with testosterone, linked by some studies to a higher risk of stroke and heart attack. It now is only approved by the agency for men with low or no testosterone stemming from specific medical conditions.

Disagreement Between FCC and its Watchdog Over New 'Strike Force'

It was a jam-packed day of tech policy activity on the Hill Wednesday, with the Senate Judiciary Committee holding a hearing on net neutrality, a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee markup of a satellite television reauthorization bill, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler testifying before the House Small Business Committee, a House Judiciary subcommittee copyright hearing, and more. So, in case you missed it, there was an interesting rift that emerged between the FCC and its watchdog body during Wednesday’s House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on FCC oversight, CQ Roll Call’s Joanna Anderson reports (subscription).

African-American Voters Targeted in New North Carolina Ad (Video)

Sen. Kay Hagan’s campaign and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee are launching a coordinated radio buy Thursday targeting African-American voters.

McDonnell Appeal Begs Question: What Is Corruption?

As Bob McDonnell’s lawyers gear up to appeal the former Virginia Governor’s conviction on 11 counts of bribery, conspiracy and extortion, federal prosecutors, legal experts and elected officials around the country are all watching closely.

Kansas City Police Arrest Suspect in Attempted Bombing of Cleaver Office

Police charged a Kansas City man on Wednesday with throwing two Molotov cocktails at the district office of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II on Sept. 11.

Allies Home to Fast-Growing Rivals for U.S. Air Carriers

Some United States allies in its struggle against the Islamic State are home to fast-growing airlines such as Etihad and Emirates competing with U.S. carriers. And that worries U.S. airlines.

Head of U.S. Copyright Office Will Tell Lawmakers Office is Understaffed

The U.S. Copyright Office is understaffed and could face additional strains in the future, according testimony by the head of the U.S. Copyright Office.

Party Like it's 1994: Gingrich, DeLay Reunite With 'Greatest Class'

While most of Congress trekked down Pennsylvania Avenue Wednesday night to the annual White House picnic, a select group of current and former members took a trip down Memory Lane instead, converging on the Hill to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the historic House GOP class of 1994.

Rocket Launch Race Taking Off: Jeff Bezos Vs. Elon Musk

The multibillion dollar battle pitting Elon Musk‘s SpaceX vs. defense industry giants Lockheed Martin/Boeing over Pentagon satellite launch contracts was already one of the most interesting in the national security world, if not all of the federal government. This week, it has gotten even hotter.

Confronting the Kochs | Commentary

We’re fewer than 60 days away from a critical Election Day. Control of the Senate hangs in the balance. And two billionaire brothers are spending big to make sure the election goes their way.

Keep the Internet Free of Taxes | Commentary

Congress has fewer than 50 days to permanently extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act and prevent an unnecessary and detrimental tax from being inflicted on the American people.

Keeping the Internet Open and Free | Commentary

From Eastern Europe to the South China Sea, to Northern Iraq and Syria, the West’s post-war world order faces challenges today that were unimaginable two decades ago.

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