New GAO report evaluates climate change and cybersecurity policies at the federal level

Climate change, cyberinfrastructure, and personal security clearances dominated Wednesday’s House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing. The Government Accountability Office on Wednesday released a biennial report assessing the waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement of government operations. The 2019 report identified 35 areas inside the government that required reevaluation, more than half of which are unchanged sinceContinue reading “New GAO report evaluates climate change and cybersecurity policies at the federal level”

Former Afghani Refugee Gives Back to Community

When he lived outside a metro station in Paris, Shikhali Mirzai received a sleeping bag, tent, and clothes from a student group dedicated to aiding refugees in the city. The kind gesture stayed with the then-22-year-old, who now helps the group distribute similar packages to new arrivals. “[Many Parisians] think refugees are like terrorists. SomeContinue reading “Former Afghani Refugee Gives Back to Community”

Activists shifting abortion debate to focus on human rights

WASHINGTON — With the future of abortion rights on the verge of changing like no time since before Roe v. Wade, advocates are presenting new arguments to plead their cases. Both sides have amped up messaging in an effort to intertwine human rights and abortion since the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy andContinue reading “Activists shifting abortion debate to focus on human rights”

How generations born after Roe v. Wade are leading the country’s abortion debate

WASHINGTON — Younger generations of pro and anti-abortion advocates are digging in their heels and preparing for a long, drawn-out legal battle as President Trump alters access to reproductive care and courts across the country continue to rule on abortion. This past week Trump released proposed changes to Title X, a federal grant program thatContinue reading “How generations born after Roe v. Wade are leading the country’s abortion debate”

House Foreign Affairs Committee wrangles with Saudi relations

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) — The House Foreign Affairs Committee met Wednesday for a hearing on the Arabian Peninsula, wrangling over the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia and how to maintain influence in the region. Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., said the United States values its relationship with Saudi Arabia but will not tolerate the country’sContinue reading “House Foreign Affairs Committee wrangles with Saudi relations”

Hoosick Falls’ Hickey joins Delgado for State of the Union

WASHINGTON — The rebuilding of America’s infrastructure was one of the few proposals that drew bipartisan support Tuesday night during President Donald Trump’s second State of the Union speeches. Attending his first State of the Union address, Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., said passing comprehensive infrastructure spending legislation is one of his top priorities. During theContinue reading “Hoosick Falls’ Hickey joins Delgado for State of the Union”

Intel officials single out China and Russia as major threats to cybersecurity

By Danielle Haynes and Beverly Banks WASHINGTON — Foreign interference in U.S. elections and social media warfare are the primary threats facing Americans in 2019, the nation’s top intelligence officials told senators Tuesday at an annual hearing on “Worldwide Threats.” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence thatContinue reading “Intel officials single out China and Russia as major threats to cybersecurity”

FDA, e-cigarette firms grapple with how to restrict kids’ vaping

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) — The Food and Drug Administration has prioritized combating e-cigarette use among minors, but vaping critics and advocates are split on how to address it. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb hosted a public forum to address the increase of e-cigarette use among high-schoolers and middle-schoolers. “I still believe e-cigarettes present an opportunity for adult smokersContinue reading “FDA, e-cigarette firms grapple with how to restrict kids’ vaping”

FDA to furlough more workers to fund review of new treatments

Jan. 18 (UPI) — WASHINGTON — The longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history continues to disrupt the Food and Drug Administration‘s oversight of potentially life-saving drugs such as allergy medication. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb tweeted Friday the agency will have to furlough more workers to stockpile money for the review of new medications. “As review workload declines, becauseContinue reading “FDA to furlough more workers to fund review of new treatments”

FDA resumes some inspections as workers return — without pay

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) — The Food and Drug Administration has resumed inspections of some high-risk foods, like cheese and milk, with inspectors returning to work without pay during the government shutdown. Other popular foods, like cake mix, peanut butter, and crackers, are still not being inspected, as the shutdown continues in its fourth week. FDA watchdog groupsContinue reading “FDA resumes some inspections as workers return — without pay”