| Sept. 27, 2013, 1:42 p.m.
Scientists have found a way to use a trick of nature to increase crop yields, combat hard-to-kill pests, grow coffee beans with no caffeine and even save the honeybee.
| Sept. 26, 2013, 5 a.m.
Congress almost certainly won’t pass any kind of major cybersecurity legislation in 2013, according to industry officials, lobbyists and others who track the issue.
| Sept. 23, 2013, 3:04 p.m.
A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is adding urgency to an issue lawmakers from both parties say they want to address: the rise of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.
| Sept. 18, 2013, 3:08 p.m.
Industries battling over opposing policy goals is not uncommon in Washington. But few rivalries run deeper than the feud between the broadcasters and pay-TV providers over retransmission consent.
| Sept. 18, 2013, 3:07 p.m.
The Medicare program, and the 49 million elderly and disabled Americans who rely on it, are facing an uphill battle when it comes to quality and cost.
| Sept. 18, 2013, 3:06 p.m.
In many ways it’s a good time to be a broadcaster: Profits are high thanks to the surge in political advertising, and the rise of Twitter and other social media platforms has given a new generation reason to embrace live TV shows as a shared experience.
| Sept. 17, 2013, 11:59 a.m.
One thing I learned during my years of public service is that no piece of legislation is perfect. However, in the current debate over modernizing and strengthening our decades-old chemical regulation law, the status quo is not an option. Not when we finally have the opportunity to pass a bipartisan bill that will ensure the safety of chemicals that Americans are exposed to in their everyday lives.
| Sept. 16, 2013, 6:21 p.m.
Congress is preparing to tackle the increasingly problematic role that “patent trolls” are playing in the high-tech sector and today’s digital economy. But while U.S. lawmakers are working to rein in patent trolls and end abusive practices, some foreign governments are taking the exact opposite course.
| Sept. 16, 2013, 3:44 p.m.
The America Invents Act, passed in 2011, set out to expedite patent reviews, attack infringement overseas and improve patent quality by ensuring patents satisfy the statutory criteria of being “novel” and “non-obvious” and that their terms clearly describe what is covered, and what is not.
| Sept. 16, 2013, 11:39 a.m.
Long before Edward Snowden, even before Bradley Manning, Washington has over the past decade — and with growing prosecutorial zeal — focused on deterring leakers. The government could do many things to cut down on leaks, such as repairing the broken whistle-blower process and fixing a system that rewards overclassification.
| Sept. 11, 2013, 1:25 p.m.
Almost 30 years ago, Paul Blustein introduced the slogan “starving the beast.” It has since become the mantra of conservative policymakers who want to shrink the federal government by cutting taxes and curbing revenues. Blustein was quoting a Reagan White House official in his Wall Street Journal column when he wrote, “We didn’t starve the beast. It’s still eating quite well — by feeding off future generations.”
| Sept. 9, 2013, 4:16 p.m.
The recent news about illnesses related to eating raw oysters is having big impacts on our nation’s shellfish farmers. It is a prime example of how a good year can quickly take an unexpected turn in the opposite direction. Shellfish farmers around the nation confront some of the same threats that land farmers face — unfavorable weather, predators, disease and varying market conditions — any one of which can ruin the harvest for the year.
| Sept. 6, 2013, 1:31 p.m.
Appropriators who have been hamstrung by a moratorium on earmarks in Congress still have tools they can use to favor particular programs, and they are working against strong headwinds to make sure they can continue to use them this year.
| Sept. 6, 2013, 12:56 p.m.
The 21st century has afforded us new technology that allows us tools to be connected in ways we never have been before. Social media and the mobile Web are bringing voices together every day, but, surprisingly, government is still clinging to outdated methods when it comes to driving civic engagement.
| Aug. 26, 2013, 11 a.m.
A growing number of Capitol Hill and executive branch staffers are leaving D.C. to pursue careers in Silicon Valley, especially those who have worked on information technology, energy or cybersecurity policies.
| Aug. 18, 2013, 7 p.m.
The United States’ future as a world economic leader may hinge on how the next Federal Communications Commission chairman approaches broadband policy.
| Aug. 12, 2013, 1:33 p.m.
The Internet continues to offer amazing opportunities for members of Congress and constituents to build relationships and communicate in a genuinely constructive way. When the Congressional Management Foundation surveyed congressional staff in 2010, 57 percent said email and the Internet have made members of Congress more “accountable” to their constituents — only 17 percent disagreed.
| July 31, 2013, 2:09 p.m.
West Virginia University recently became a pioneer in the use of unlicensed spectrum when it launched a Wi-Fi network based on unused airwaves between TV channels known as “white spaces.”
| July 31, 2013, 2:05 p.m.
Baby monitors. Bluetooth headsets. Wi-Fi Internet access. E-Z Pass. These are just some of the common technologies used by consumers every day that run on free, public airwaves known as unlicensed spectrum.
| July 31, 2013, 5 a.m.
It might sound like a crazy thing to say but the United States Senate has been doing a pretty good job at compromise in the past month or so. From student loans, to immigration, to even avoiding a crisis over filibuster reform, Democrats and Republicans have been working together to move forward on getting things done. It’s my hope that this sense of compromise holds intact for an important piece of legislation that stands to make the products we buy online and off store shelves a lot safer when we bring them into our homes.