Government Regulation

British House of Commons Passes Bill to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

February 5, 2013

“After a six-hour debate, the Commons vote was 400 to 175 for the bill. It will have to pass in the House of Lords, where delaying tactics by opponents are possible, but Mr. Cameron has said that he plans to have the bill enacted into law sometime this summer.”

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Report: U.S. Senate Legislation May Not Include Semi-Automatic Weapons Ban

February 4, 2013

“Senate legislation appeared to narrow to expanded background checks and limited ammunition magazines, rather than a ban on semi-automatic rifles that mimic assault weapons.”

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Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) Supports Legalization of Hemp

February 1, 2013

“”The utilization of hemp to produce everything from clothing to paper is real and if there is a capacity to center a new domestic industry in Kentucky that will create jobs in these difficult economic times that sounds like a good thing to me.”"

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DOMA Defense Lawyer to Supreme Court: Marriage Between a Man and Woman Because They Can “Produce Unplanned And Unintended Offspring”

January 31, 2013

“By contrast, when same-sex couples decide to have children, “substantial advance planning is required,” said Paul D. Clement, a lawyer for House Republicans.”

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Pennsylvania Govenrnor Tom Corbett (R) Proposes Privatizing State-Run Liquor Stores to Fund Public Education

January 31, 2013

“The Republican governor said his plan would not impact state revenues. The money it would sacrifice from liquor sales would be offset in part by increased fines and fees and heightened regulation, he said.”

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MSNBC Peddles False Story “Emotional Father of Sandy Hook Victim Heckled at Gun Hearing”

January 31, 2013

““We’re reviewing the video in question,” says an MSNBC source.”

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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to Hold Her Own Hearing on Her Proposed Assault Weapons Ban

January 30, 2013

“Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), unhappy with the witnesses slated to testify at Wednesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing on guns, will hold her own hearing on her proposed ban on assault weapons.”

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) Asks State Supreme Court to Rule on “Right-to-Work” Law

January 29, 2013

“The governor noted that labor unions have publicly promised to challenge the legality of the so-called “right-to-work” law passed by the legislature on December 11.”

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Canada Telecommunications Regulator Unveils Proposal Requiring Cell Phone Carriers to Unlock Devices

January 29, 2013

“Wireless providers be required to unlock customers’ wireless devices under “reasonable terms.” Options for those terms include fees and time frames.”

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New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie Vetoes Minimum Wage Increase

January 28, 2013

“Christie sent the bill back to lawmakers, suggesting a $0.25 per hour increase immediately, with an increase next year of $0.50 and a final raise of $0.25 in the third year.”

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TARP Special Inspector General: U.S. Treasury Department Allowed Pay Increases for Executives at AIG, GM, and Ally Financial

January 28, 2013

“The report says Treasury bypassed rules under the 2008 bailout that limited pay. Treasury approved raises that exceeded pay limits and in some cases failed to link compensation to performance.”

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White House and U.S. Industries Resisting European Push for Internet Consumer Data Privacy

January 25, 2013

“Privacy advocates have embraced a bill before the European Parliament as their best chance to win a range of protections that have failed to gain political traction in Washington.”

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National Transportation Safety Board: Investigators Uncertain of Cause Behind Boeing 787 Dreamliner Problems

January 25, 2013

“The battery damage was so significant, she said, that investigators were having difficulty retrieving information from the battery control system.”

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Senate Republicans Expected to Challenge Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Nominee Richard Cordray

January 24, 2013

“Cordray will have to face the Senate Banking Committee, which will probably vote along party lines, as he seeks confirmation.”

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United States Ban on Unlocking Cell Phones to Take Effect on January 26th

January 24, 2013

“Unlocking a phone frees it from restrictions that keep the device from working on more than one carrier’s network, allowing it run on other networks that use the same wireless standard.”

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