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Senate Terror Report Targets, Part VI: Jay Bybee

Each day this week we’ll be bringing you capsules on figures mentioned in the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the detention and interrogation practices of the George W. Bush administration, how it might affect them, where they are now and what they’ve said about the report, if anything. Up next: Jay Bybee. Previously: Parts I, II, III, IV, V

Group of 36 Democrats Call for Quick FCC Action on Net Neutrality Rules

A group of 36 House and Senate Democrats wrote to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler Thursday, saying it’s “time for action” on net neutrality rules, and that those rules should reclassify broadband service as a common carrier with “appropriate forbearance.”

Tracking the Oil Slowdown

More oil projects are getting scrapped as companies pare off more expensive endeavors in the face of a close to 50 percent drop in prices.

A-10 Goes to War Against ISIS in Iraq, After Winning War in Congress

The A-10 was one of the biggest and most controversial weapons systems on the chopping block in Obama’s budget, and Congress refused to do the chopping last week. Now, the close air support plane commonly known as the Warthog is firing at ISIS in Iraq.

Jim Gerlach Exits Congress, Enters Venable | Downtown Moves

Retiring Rep. Jim Gerlach is heading to Venable LLP, where the Pennsylvania Republican will join other former lawmakers such as Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., and Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., in the legislative and government affairs firm.

FDA Looks to Eliminate Some Drug Label Papers

Prescription drug packages include not only medicine but also an array of folded printed instructions and warning notices, all of which are tightly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. However, the drug regulatory agency wants to eliminate some of the dense reading material. In a rule proposal set for publication on Thursday, the FDA proposes eliminating drug-labeling information provided for those who prescribe the drug, such as physicians and pharmacists. Printed label instructions designed for consumers are not the subject of the rule proposal.


Report: No Consensus on Privacy Infrastructure by 2025

There isn’t a consensus on whether in the next decade we’ll have a commonly-accepted “privacy-rights infrastructure” that balances business innovation and individual privacy options, according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Research Center and Elon University.

McCain Wants 'Comprehensive Cybersecurity Legislation,' Once Fought It

Riffing on the news over Sony pulling “The Interview” following a big cyber hack and threatened attack, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Thursday that Congress must “finally pass long-overdue comprehensive cybersecurity legislation.”

Senate Committee Offers to Help Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

A reported epidemic of abuse of prescription drugs, which is largely focused on the misuse of prescription painkillers, will continue to focus the attention of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee next year. Concern about the issue is one topic that enjoys broad bipartisan support within the committee but the panel is short on new ideas for legislative action.

The Most Encouraging Transportation News Of 2014

To give a retrospective of the past year’s events and trends in transportation, we’ve asked a range of analysts, trade association leaders, and advocates to tell us what they think was the most encouraging, or most discouraging, transportation development, trend, or event of 2014.

Lawmakers Issue Warnings on Lost Subsidies Ahead of Supreme Court Decision

A Supreme Court decision next year could severely complicate the ongoing implementation of Affordable Care Act. A court ruling in favor of a challenge (King v. Burwell) on the legality of insurance subsidies offered on exchanges operated by the federal government could halt subsidies on the federal exchanges and cause a cascade of problems. Current subsidies for 13 million people could be voided and premium prices would effectively skyrocket.

Senate Torture Report Targets, Part V: Scott Muller

Each day this week we’ll be bringing you capsules on figures mentioned in the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the detention and interrogation practices of the George W. Bush administration, how it might affect them, where they are now and what they’ve said about the report, if anything. Up next: Scott Muller. Previously: Parts I, II, III, IV

Oil Plunge Breaks Asia LNG Breakeven

Spot prices for January delivery of liquefied natural gas to Asia dropped by 47 percent from a year ago, down to $10.062 per million British thermal units, the largest one year drop and the lowest level since 2011, according to data from Platts. That is about a cent below the cost to liquefy and ship gas from Louisiana at January prices.

Broken Water Main Highlights Infrastucture Weaknesses

Metrorail service in the nation’s capital was delayed Tuesday morning after a water main burst near 12th and F streets NW in downtown D.C. Service on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines was suspended between the L’Enfant Plaza and Farragut West stops while crews worked to repair damage.

CFPB Files Mobile 'Cramming' Lawsuit Against Sprint

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued Sprint on Tuesday, alleging the company made wireless customers pay for unauthorized third-party charges over a roughly 10-year period.

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