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OMB Director Warns of Warming's Fiscal Costs

Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan used his first speech in his new position to decry a multibillion-dollar drain on the federal budget that lawmakers don’t account for – climate change.

Weekly Recap: Net Neutrality, Satellite Television Reauthorization and Boeing/SpaceX

It was a big net neutrality week in Washington: the deadline hit for Open Internet comments with the Federal Communications Commission, the agency held Open Internet roundtables with stakeholders and the Senate held its own hearing on net neutrality. A few highlights from the week:

A Look Back: Foreign Air Carrier Competition, Drones & Defective Cars

This week on The Container, we spent lot of time reporting on aviation but with some focus on highways and the vehicles that travel on them.

UC Board of Regents Votes to Approve New Sustainable Investment Framework

The sustainable investment movement gained more momentum after the University of California’s Board of Regents voted Wednesday to approve a new framework – Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) – for its investments. According to Pensions & Investments, the new proposal calls for “$1 billion of university endowment and retirement assets to be invested in solutions-oriented investments such as renewable power and fuels, energy efficiency and/or sustainable food and agriculture.”

FDA Unveils Details on Proposed Food Safety Rules

A seemingly regular cycle of food contamination scares about various food processing facilities prompted Congress to require revisions to Food and Drug Administration food safety regulations. Today, the FDA offered an early look at proposed rules on produce safety and preventive controls in human food production, plus preventive controls in animal food production and on foreign supplier verification programs. A comment period on the rule proposals will begin after they are officially published in the Federal Register on Sept. 29.

The Container’s Friday Q & A: Rep. Sam Graves

We spoke with Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., co-chairman of the House General Aviation Caucus and a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week after he told an aviation industry conference in Washington about some of his misgivings about drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles.

The Time a Computer Interrogated a Suspected CIA Agent

There’s a treasure trove of declassified CIA documents that have hit the street, many of them entertaining, some of them illuminating. Journalists are plumbing their depths. One is an early experiment in artificial intelligence teaming up with, well, intelligence.

Friday Q&A: ICANN's Christopher Modini, Part One

You might be familiar with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers from policy debates here in Washington about Internet governance and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s plan to step back from its role in certain functions of the Internet domain name system. Technocrat talked with ICANN’s Christopher Modini about what ICANN does, how it’s governed, what its stakeholders are concerned about and more.

Coal Politics & Shifting Loyalties in the Mountain State

National Review has a story up that looks (with glee) at the shifting party allegiance in West Virginia. Once a reliably blue state, West Virginia has been supporting Republicans in recent elections. Of course, this all comes down to one issue: coal.

Commission Examines Short Hospital Stay Payments

Congress needs lots of help in deciphering and analyzing Medicare provider payment policies and created an expert group – the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission – to advise on payment policy changes. A current major topic on Medicare payments relates to how hospitals are paid based upon the length of a hospital stay.

Analyst Decries ‘A Sense of Entitlement’ in Air Travelers

The most amusing analysis this week of how the airline business works or ought to work came from Wolfe Research investment analyst Hunter Keay who explained that travelers must be re-educated out of expecting something for nothing.

Pentagon Transfers $1 Billion to Ebola Relief Effort

Prior to leaving for a seven-week recess break, the Senate on Thursday completed action on a stopgap spending bill funding federal health agencies until Dec. 11. Included in the bill is additional Health and Human Services agency funding and transfers to respond to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Mark Sanford Spars With TSA Official Over Those Lists

Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., spoke for those Americans Thursday who are exasperated with all those lists that the Transportation Security Administration and other federal agencies keep to check up on airline passengers.

Event Reminder: National Security, the Midterms and the 114th Congress

Don’t forget to RSVP for the joint Just Security/CQ Roll Call event Monday, Sept. 22, where a panel (including yours truly) will discuss what role national security is playing in the 2014 elections — then what happens in the next Congress. Also, there are drinks afterward, in celebration of the birthday of Just Security.

Moniz Unveiled

CQ Roll Call’s Geof Koss sat down with Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz earlier this summer to discuss his relationship with Congress, as we mentioned last week. The whole story is now available outside the paywall.

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