Government Regulation

White House Issues Dire Warning About Sequestration Spending Cuts

February 8, 2013

“The White House said on Friday that government spending cuts due to take effect March 1 would have harsh consequences for ordinary Americans and the U.S. economy, seeking to turn up pressure on Congress to come up with a plan to avoid what Washington calls “sequestration.”"

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California State Lawmakers Propose Stricter Gun Control Reforms Than Those Passed in New York

February 8, 2013

“Those buying ammunition would have to pay a fee and undergo an initial background check by the state Department of Justice, similar to what is required now before buyers can purchase a weapon.”

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North Dakota Senate Passes Anti-Abortion Constitutional Amendment to Appear on the State Ballot

February 8, 2013

“The North Dakota Senate on Thursday approved placing on the state ballot a constitutional amendment that declares that life begins at conception.”

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Catholic Bishops Reject President Obama’s Contraceptive Coverage Compromise

February 8, 2013

“But the cardinal, one of the most prominent voices in the American Catholic Church, said new federal rules proposed last week offer only “second-class status” to church-affiliated universities, hospitals and charities by failing to grant them the same full exemption afforded to houses of worship.”

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Records: Compounding Pharmacies Linked to Illness, Contamination, and Safety Concerns For Years

February 8, 2013

“The review found serious problems at three of 15 large-scale compounding pharmacies that dominate the industry. These multimillion-dollar companies mass-produce medications and ship them across state lines.”

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) Vetoes Internet Gambling Bill

February 7, 2013

“Nevada and Delaware have passed laws legalizing Internet betting, which also is going on offshore, untaxed and unregulated.”

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House Democrats Release 15-Point Proposal on Gun Control Reform

February 7, 2013

“The task force established by House Democrats to explore gun legislation … called Thursday for renewing the assault weapons ban, outlawing high-capacity magazines, stricter federal penalties for gun trafficking, and requiring universal background checks.”

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Quinnipiac University Poll: 92% of American Voters Support Universal Background Chekcs

February 7, 2013

“In households with a gun, 91 percent were in favor, while 8 percent were opposed, Quinnipiac said.”

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European Union Proposes New Rules Requiring the Reporting of Cyber Security Breaches

February 7, 2013

“Over 40,000 firms, including energy providers, banks and hospitals could be required to report cyber-break-ins under new rules proposed by the EU.”

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Vice President Biden Calls On House Democrats To “Continue to Fight For” Gun Control Reform

February 7, 2013

“The vice president said he rejected those who would say the political risk “is too high, the outcome is too certain.””

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Health Insurance Companies Preparing For 2014 ObamaCare Regulations

February 6, 2013

“Insurers will have to offer a policy to anyone who wants one, regardless of their health, and will not be allowed to charge more in premiums to people with expensive medical conditions.”

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Royal Bank of Scotland Agrees to Pay $612 Million Settlement to American and British Authorities

February 6, 2013

“The [U.S.] regulator, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, noted that R.B.S. employees “aided and abetted” UBS and other firms in the rate-rigging scheme.”

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Analysis: Assault Weapons Ban Inclusion Complicates Passage of Gun Reform

February 6, 2013

“Senate leaders — including Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) — would prefer to see the assault weapons ban offered as an amendment to gun control legislation on the floor.”

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Bipartisan Representatives Introduce Bill to Create Stricter Penalties for Gun Trafficking

February 5, 2013

“The bill, strongly backed by law enforcement groups, would strengthen penalties on “straw purchasers,” who buy guns for those who are barred by law from buying their own weapons.”

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Illinois Cook County Commissioners Approve Stricter Gun Control Measures

February 5, 2013

“[The measure calls] for firearms owners to report the make, model and serial number of lost, stolen, sold, transferred or destroyed firearms to the sheriff within 48 hours and empower the sheriff to share that information with his local law enforcement counterparts.”

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