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trump’s latest move could throw environmental rulemaking into chaos


on monday, the president signed “a big one”: an executive order mandating that for every new regulation created, two regulations must be eliminated.the order also says that the total cost of regulatory changes should be zero. rules related to the military, national security, and foreign affairs are exempted, of course.experts are scratching their heads over what this will mean. “the whole rule-writing area is now in complete chaos and environmental rules are going to be caught up in that,” said georgetown environmental law professor hope bab .“an agency can’t just say here’s a regulation and goodbye two,” said georgetown law professor william buzbee. “every change in regulation requires a new rulemaking. what this will really do — this is requiring so much work — is most agencies will have






what's wrong with the copyright office's drm study? / boing boing


but the report's recommendations fall far short of the minimum standard that the copyright office should aspire to, namely: allowing americans to use their property in lawful ways, even if some corporation wishes they wouldn't, because it hopes to sell them expensive parts, service, apps, or other add-ons. eff's lawsuit against the us government seeks to establish that standard: you bought it, you own it, you can use it in any lawful way you choose, even if that make the manufacturer's shareholders sad. the copyright office, by contrast, fails to even show that drm does anything useful in the world, but still advises against allowing people to buy or share tools to let them bypass drm in order to do the kinds of things the copyright office endorses, from repairs to security research. final






fcc chairman plans to 'reverse the mistake' of net neutrality


the u.s. federal communications commission will vote on may 18 to kick off a proceeding to “reverse the mistake” of the agency’s 2-year-old net neutrality rules, fcc chairman ajit pai said.the rulemaking proceeding would be the first step toward repealing the regulations and reversing the agency’s 2015 decision to classify broadband as a regulated, telecom-like service.pai didn’t provide a lot of detail about his proposal during a speech wednesday, but during the rulemaking, the fcc will seek public comment on how best to move forward with new net neutrality rules or guidelines, he said. the fcc is scheduled to release the text of pai’s proposal on thursday.the fcc’s tough net neutrality rules, which departed from two decades of light regulations, addressed a problem that didn’t exist beca






us fcc chairman to propose reversing ‘net neutrality’ rules


the head of the u.s. federal communications commission is proposing to overturn the landmark 2015 obama-era net neutrality rules, setting off a fight over the future of the internet, according to an fcc official.fcc chairman ajit pai is speaking wednesday “to announce his proposal to roll back the massive internet regulatory regime” issued under the obama administration, according to an fcc official email seen by reuters. “this will be accomplished through an open and transparent rulemaking proceeding to reverse heavy-handed” regulations that classified internet service much like a utility.(reporting by david shepardson; editing by tom brown)






insider q&a: duke university expert james cox on sec future


washington — president trump has named jay clayton, a wall street attorney who worked on mergers and ipos, to head the securities and exchange commission. last week trump ordered a review of the 2010 dodd-frank law, which reshaped regulation of the banking industry after the financial crisis. he called the law a "disaster."how are the sec's focus and activity likely to change in an administration that tilts toward easing regulation? we asked james cox, a professor at duke university school of law who's an expert on securities law and a close sec-watcher. the q&a has been edited for clarity and length.__q: how do you think the sec might shift its focus in the trump administration under jay clayton?a: i think the sec's at a good point in time to respond to developments. it's time for con






entire operation of federal consumer regulator under review


new york (ap) — the trump-appointed acting director of the consumer financial protection bureau says the entire operational structure and philosophy of the federal government’s consumer watchdog agency is now under scrutiny.this is the second major step this week that mick mulvaney, who took over as acting director in late november, has taken to reshape the bureau. on tuesday, the bureau announced a review of its recently enacted rules for payday lending.mulvaney said in a statement wednesday that he is putting out formal requests for information for all “enforcement, supervision, rulemaking, market monitoring, and education activities” of the bureau — effectively the entire bureau’s operations. requests for information are a beginning step by federal agencies such as the cfpb to make chan






how to comment on the fcc’s proposal to revoke net neutrality


the fcc has made its initial proposal as to how it intends to do away with net neutrality — and despite what leadership there has said, that’s definitely how the document reads. you are free to make your thoughts known on the notice of proposed rulemaking, as it’s called, and here’s how to do it.because millions of commenters nearly crashed the entire system when net neutrality was being established, the fcc has prudently improved the process ahead of the “significant public engagement and a high volume of filings” sure to come over the months. here’s how to use it.for most peopleif you’re just a citizen who wants to make your voice heard, there are two ways of submitting a comment in the fcc’s electronic comment filing system. first, go to the listing for the “restoring internet freedom”






how to comment on the fcc’s proposal to revoke net neutrality


the fcc has made its initial proposal as to how it intends to do away with net neutrality — and despite what leadership there has said, that’s definitely how the document reads. you are free to make your thoughts known on the notice of proposed rulemaking, as it’s called, and here’s how to do it.because millions of commenters nearly crashed the entire system when net neutrality was being established, the fcc has prudently improved the process ahead of the “significant public engagement and a high volume of filings” sure to come over the months. here’s how to use it.for most peopleif you’re just a citizen who wants to make your voice heard, there are two ways of submitting a comment in the fcc’s electronic comment filing system. first, go to the listing for the “restoring internet freedom”






trump signs order on rulemaking: for every regulation added, agencies have to cu


president trump signed an executive order monday designed to fulfill his paign pledge reduce red tape for businesses. the two-page order requires that when a federal agency proposes new regulations, "it shall identify at least two existing regulations to be repealed." “we want to make the life easier for small businesses” and big business, trump said monday from the roosevelt room of the white house, where he met with nine representatives of the small-business sector. trump said he hoped to see “up to 75%” of federal regulations eliminated during his presidency. “regulation has been horrible for big business, but it’s been worse for small business,” trump said. he also reiterated his promise to gut the dodd-frank act, the financial regulatory overhaul that was p ed after the financia






the gao will investigate potential fraud in the fcc’s net neutrality comments… i


the government accountability office has accepted a congressional request to investigate the possibility of fraud and identify theft in the comments for the fcc’s net neutrality rollback. several members of congress wrote asking for this in december, and the gao will look into it — in five months or so.a letter from the gao sent to representative frank pallone (d-nj) dated january 9 and published today reads:thank you for your letter, jointly signed by a number of your colleagues, requesting that the government accountability office review the extent and pervasiveness of fraud and the misuse of american identities during federal rulemaking processes.gao accepts your request as work that is within the scope of its authority.there’s no guarantee that this will make any waves, but the fcc wou






the fcc’s case against net neutrality rests on a deliberate misrepresentation of


the fcc has just published the notice of proposed rulemaking that would roll back the 2015 open internet order establishing net neutrality. their first and primary justification for doing this is a way of defining broadband access that’s so backwards it’s ridiculous. it would be funny, if the future of the internet didn’t depend on this incredibly disingenuous maneuvering.after the introductory bloviation and half-told history, the “restoring internet freedom” proposal begins its argument in earnest. the first point they make is regarding the text of the 1996 telecommunications act, and how it defines “telecommunications service” (which is how broadband is currently defined) and “information service” (how it was before the net neutrality rule).now, i’m going to list the two definitions. wh






the fcc’s case against net neutrality rests on a deliberate misrepresentation of


the fcc has just published the notice of proposed rulemaking that would roll back the 2015 open internet order establishing net neutrality. their first and primary justification for doing this is a way of defining broadband access that’s so backwards it’s ridiculous. it would be funny if the future of the internet didn’t depend on this incredibly disingenuous maneuvering.after the introductory bloviation and half-told history, the “restoring internet freedom” proposal begins its argument in earnest. the first point they make is regarding the text of the 1996 telecommunications act, and how it defines “telecommunications service” (which is how broadband is currently defined) and “information service” (how it was before the net neutrality rule).now, i’m going to list the two definitions. whi






what if net neutrality goes the way of floppy disks?


federal communications commission chairman ajit pai is set on thursday to begin the process of potentially dismantling federal net neutrality rules that have been in place since 2015. currently, internet service providers (isps) are classified as telecommunication services, a designation that gives the fcc authority to regulate the industry more strictly. among its rules is net neutrality, which prevents isps from arbitrarily prioritizing the content that moves through their pipes.on thursday, the fcc will vote to release a notice of proposed rulemaking. "this is a notice that the fcc is thinking about these issues and soliciting public comments. assuming that happens, there will be multiple phases of comments from public, and then we'll see what the commission decides," said jon peha, pro






the fcc’s case against net neutrality rests on a deliberate misrepresentation of


the fcc has just published the notice of proposed rulemaking that would roll back the 2015 open internet order establishing net neutrality. its first and primary justification for doing this is a way of defining broadband access that’s so backwards it’s ridiculous. it would be funny, if the future of the internet didn’t depend on this incredibly disingenuous maneuvering.after the introductory bloviation and half-told history, the “restoring internet freedom” proposal begins its argument in earnest. the first point the fcc makes is regarding the text of the 1996 telecommunications act, and how it defines “telecommunications service” (how broadband is currently defined, allowing net neutrality rules to be effected) and “information service” (how it was before the net neutrality rule).now, i’






the fcc’s case against net neutrality rests on a fundamental, deliberate misunde


the fcc has just published the notice of proposed rulemaking that would roll back the 2015 open internet order establishing net neutrality. their first and primary justification for doing this is a way of defining broadband access that’s so backwards it’s ridiculous. it would be funny if the future of the internet didn’t depend on this incredibly disingenuous maneuvering.after the introductory bloviation and half-told history, the “restoring internet freedom” proposal begins its argument in earnest. the first point they make is regarding the text of the 1996 telecommunications act, and how it defines “telecommunications service” (which is how broadband is currently defined) and “information service” (how it was before the net neutrality rule).now, i’m going to list the two definitions. whi






the fcc’s anti-net neutrality proposal is a giant question mark


yesterday the fcc’s chairman, ajit pai, put existing net neutrality rules on notice, saying that the agency would continue to protect consumers — but with a lighter touch. just how he plans to do that, however, is an open question. the notice of proposed rulemaking released today, the deceptively is full of questions: some reasonable, some rhetorical, and some desperate. and you get to answer them.the nprm is named, in patriotic fashion, “restoring internet freedom.” to whom, though?i hasten to add that these nprms aren’t intended to be final proposals or anything like that. they’re a cross between regulations saying “we’re going to do this” and honest questions asking “but how should we do that?” so the system is functioning as expected, and in fact chairman pai is following through on a






the fcc’s anti-net neutrality proposal is a giant question mark


yesterday the fcc’s chairman, ajit pai, put existing net neutrality rules on notice, saying that the agency would continue to protect consumers — but with a lighter touch. just how he plans to do that, however, is an open question. the notice of proposed rulemaking released today is full of questions: some reasonable, some rhetorical and some desperate. and you get to answer them.the nprm is named, in patriotic fashion, “restoring internet freedom.” to whom, though?i hasten to add that these nprms aren’t intended to be final proposals or anything like that. they’re a cross between regulations saying “we’re going to do this” and honest questions asking “but how should we do that?” so the system is functioning as expected, and in fact chairman pai is following through on a promise made to ma






it sure looks like the fcc’s anti-net neutrality bot problem got worse


image: gettylast week, we reported that tens of thousands of fraudulent comments had been filed in favor ajit pai’s proposal to roll back net neutrality rules, using text taken from the center for individual freedom (though, according to the cfif, they aren’t behind the fake comments). we spoke to several people who had comments filed under their names and addresses, as did reporters from other outlets, and several more supposed commenters responded to our emails after publication saying they hadn’t filed comments with the fcc.advertisementbut the coverage hasn’t deterred whoever is filing these fake comments, which have ballooned. on wednesday last week, 128,000 of these particular identical comments, beginning “the unprecedented regulatory power the obama administration imposed on the in






fcc chairman vows to follow public course to remake internet rules


in a move that has been widely expected since he was named federal communications commission chairman, ajit pai has announced that he plans to end the changes his predecessor made when the fcc decided that the internet should be covered by title ii of the communications act.pai was a commissioner when former chairman tom wheeler forced through the change at the direction of the obama white house and he said at the time that the change to the status of the internet service providers was a mistake.pai spoke on “the future of internet freedom” at washington’s museum of journalism, the newseum, when he outlined his intention. pai notably said that he intends the whole process of the notice of proposed rulemaking to be handled in the open, with public hearings and open discussions, starting wit






senators ask fbi to look into fcc’s cyberattack claims


the fcc claimed earlier this month that the comment system by which people can weigh in on the proposal to kill net neutrality had been on the receiving end of a distributed denial-of-service attack. today, a group of senators asked that the fbi look into it.brian schatz (d-hawai‘i), al franken (d-minn.), patrick leahy (d-vt.), ed markey (d-mass.) and ron wyden (d-ore.) penned a letter to fbi director andrew mccabe suggesting the matter was too troubling to let alone.“any cyberattack on a federal network is very serious,” the letter reads. “this particular attack may have denied the american people the opportunity to contribute to what is supposed to be a fair and transparent process, which in turn may call into question the integrity of the fcc’s rulemaking proceedings. we request that yo






fcc title i vote brings net neutrality regulation back to square one


there are three things to know about the current claims regarding the federal communications commission's decision on may 18 to begin the process of moving internet regulation back to title i, reversing the reclassification under title ii enacted 2015. the three things are these: title ii does not ensure net neutrality, despite the claims from all sides that it does. title i does not eliminate network neutrality, despite those anguished claims to the contrary. and this is one of those times when the process really matters. the process that matters in this situation began in 2015, when the white house demanded that the fcc reclassify the internet and internet service providers as falling under title ii of the communications act. title ii is the same part of the act that regulates telephone






shameless fcc votes to charge ahead on plan to kill the open internet


image: getty.in a completely expected but still shitty move, the fcc voted today to move ahead with chairman ajit pai’s proposal to roll back net neutrality rules enacted under the open internet order of 2015.advertisementthe commission will now consider pai’s proposal, which would repeal the reclassification of broadband providers as “common carriers” (a little like utilities) under title ii of the telecommunications act. pai’s proposed rulemaking would also “seek comment” on the so-called “bright line” rules—no blocking, throttling, or paid prioritization of internet traffic—likely meaning those rules would be watered down or even erased. we won’t know for sure until closer to the final vote, but without title ii authority, the fcc might not be able to enforce those rules anyway.the lone






shameless fcc votes to charge ahead on plan to kill the open internet


image: getty.in a completely expected but still shitty move, the fcc voted today to move ahead with chairman ajit pai’s proposal to roll back net neutrality rules enacted under the open internet order of 2015.the commission will now consider pai’s proposal, which would repeal the reclassification of broadband providers as “common carriers” (a little like utilities) under title ii of the telecommunications act. pai’s proposed rulemaking would also “seek comment” on the so-called “bright line” rules—no blocking, throttling, or paid prioritization of internet traffic—likely meaning those rules would be watered down or even erased. we won’t know for sure until closer to the final vote, but without title ii authority, the fcc might not be able to enforce those rules anyway.the lone democrat on






dji study suggests drone weight limits could be four times higher -- and still b


why it matters to you the faa guidelines require drones over 250 grams to file a registration -- but that number was pulled from data on airplanes and missiles, which is leading dji to suggest the limits be reconsidered.how big does an out-of-control drone have to be to cause damage? bigger than you think, at least according to a new white paper from the chinese drone manufacturer dji. the paper, published today, suggests that the faa’s 250-gram weight limit is too low — and that a limit four times that would be a better standard for classifying a drone as safe.faa regulations allow unmanned drones to be flown without registration if they weigh 250 grams, or about 0.55 pounds, or less. for commercial flight, pilots must go through a rigorous certification process to fly a drone above 250 g






faa may develop a remote drone identification system for law enforcement: digita


despite present drone regulations in the us, identifying the operator of any given drone in the sky is nearly impossible, making it difficult for law enforcement to deal with drones that are being misused. to address this issue, the federal aviation administration has developed the new uas identification and tracking aviation rulemaking committee (arc), which just recently wrapped up its first meeting.according to the faa, this initial meeting was used to discuss law enforcement concerns related to drones, to present regulations concerning drone tracking and identification, as well as possible legal issues and air traffic drone management. existing drone id tech was reviewed, and 'preliminary...identification parameters' were created.speaking on the behalf of unnamed sources, recode report






secretary of state’s power grab on nonprofit privacy


commentary: we all know how a bill becomes a law, right? a lawmaker writes a bill, the legislature passes it, and then the governor signs it.courtesy photobradley smithat least, that’s what new mexico’s constitution says. unfortunately, losers in the legislative process are increasingly willing to ignore that process, and a rulemaking currently underway in santa fe shows how.this spring, the new mexico legislature considered imposing new donor disclosure rules on nonprofit organizations. the measure was vetoed by governor martinez over privacy concerns. now secretary of state maggie toulouse oliver is attempting to impose those rules by bureaucratic fiat, using a regulation to enact what couldn’t be done through the normal lawmaking process.bureaucratic rulemakings can serve an important f






secretary of state’s power grab on nonprofit privacy


commentary: we all know how a bill becomes a law, right? a lawmaker writes a bill, the legislature passes it, and then the governor signs it.courtesy photobradley smithat least, that’s what new mexico’s constitution says. unfortunately, losers in the legislative process are increasingly willing to ignore that process, and a rulemaking currently underway in santa fe shows how.this spring, the new mexico legislature considered imposing new donor disclosure rules on nonprofit organizations. the measure was vetoed by governor martinez over privacy concerns. now secretary of state maggie toulouse oliver is attempting to impose those rules by bureaucratic fiat, using a regulation to enact what couldn’t be done through the normal lawmaking process.bureaucratic rulemakings can serve an important f






fcc chairman pai pushes for access over competition in rural broadband


you may be familiar with fcc chairman pai as the trump-appointed monster working devotedly to dismantle your internet freedom and security, but that’s not really how it is. pai is certainly on the unpopular (to say the least) side of the net neutrality debate, but in the matter of connecting underserved communities to the internet, he is sincere, as a couple of recent items on the fcc docket show.the april open meeting, due to take place on the 20th, will largely focus on notices of proposed rulemaking and inquiry into reducing barriers to deployment of both wired and wireless infrastructure.everything you need to know about congress' decision to expose your data to internet providersfcc chairman pledges to roll back net neutrality regulations during european addresstrump's fcc chairman pi






fcc chairman pai pushes for access over competition in rural broadband


you may be familiar with fcc chairman pai as the trump-appointed monster working devotedly to dismantle your internet freedom and security, but that’s not really how it is. pai is certainly on the unpopular (to say the least) side of the net neutrality debate, but in the matter of connecting underserved communities to the internet, he is sincere, as a couple recent items on the fcc docket show.the april open meeting, due to take place on the 20th, will largely focus on notices of proposed rulemaking and inquiry into reducing barriers to deployment of both wired and wireless infrastructure.everything you need to know about congress' decision to expose your data to internet providersfcc chairman pledges to roll back net neutrality regulations during european addresstrump's fcc chairman pick






sen. schatz on fcc: ‘they have no idea how outraged people are about to be’


fcc chairman ajit pai stirred up the hive today with his official declaration of war on the net neutrality rules established in 2015. reactions have been mixed — depending on whether the person represents the telecommunications industry or not. in the melee, i had a chance to talk with senator schatz (d-hawaii) about the pronouncement.schatz is the ranking democrat on the cumbrously-named senate commerce subcommittee on communications technology, innovation, and the internet. among numerous other things, this subcommittee oversees the fcc, so this is the senator’s wheelhouse.(some terminology notes: nprm is a notice of proposed rulemaking, a draft document explaining a major regulation that is provided and commented on months ahead of the fcc’s vote. cra is the congressional review act, un






u.s. drops proposal to force airlines to disclose bag fees


an obama administration proposal that would have required airlines disclose checked and carry-on bag fees at the start of a ticket purchase rather than later is being dropped by the department of transportation.the department said in a notice posted online thursday that it is withdrawing the proposed rule, along with a second, early-stage rulemaking to force airlines to disclose more information about their revenue from fees charged for extra services, because the rules would have been "of limited public benefit." it also said airlines would incur "significant costs" if required to report their revenue from fees for services like early boarding or extra legroom.work on the proposals was frozen shortly after president donald trump took office.airlines are already required to disclose bag fe






fcc chairman launches process to reverse net neutrality rules


federal communications commission chairman ajit pai on wednesday laid out his plans to roll back the regulatory framework for net neutrality, the principle that internet service providers (isps) should treat all internet content equally. trump's fcc begins net neutrality attack president trump's assault on net neutrality has begun — with ajit pai leading the way.earlier in the day, pai shared with his fellow fcc commissioners a proposal to reverse what he called the "mistake" of regulating broadband providers under title ii of the 1934 communications act. in a speech in washington, dc, paid said his proposal would bring a "return to the light-touch regulatory framework" that governed the internet before the fcc imposed title ii regulations on isps in 2015. previously, broadband service was






international partnerships to address orbital debris in absence of broader accor


washington — international cooperation in dealing with the growing problem or orbital debris is essential, a panel of experts argued, but said not to expect a comprehensive accord on the issue for the foreseeable future. at a discussion about international approaches to orbital debris, organized by the aerospace corporation here sept. 21, panelists from the united states and several other nations emphasized bilateral and multilateral approaches over comprehensive international accords, like a proposed international code of conduct for outer space activities. that proposed code, introduced by the european union in 2008, included a number of provisions intended to reduce the chance of collisions and minimizing the creation of debris, either though accidental or deliberate actions. while the






new mexicans should be suspicious of secretary of state’s anti-privacy rulemakin


commentary: doug nickle’s recent column (“campaign reporting proposal creates necessary, nation-leading disclosure in nm”) is an example of orwellian doublespeak at its best.courtesy photobradley smithnickle’s purpose is to drum up support for “secretary of state maggie toulouse oliver’s proposed rules and regulations addressing campaign finance reporting,” which, nickle notes, is based on legislation that was vetoed by governor martinez earlier this year due to her concerns about the invasion of privacy triggered by the legislation. so, nickle now wants oliver to impose the failed legislation through bureaucratic fiat.(editor’s note: oliver did just that last week, after this column was submitted for publication.)mr. nickle, please check your old copies of “how a bill becomes a law.”worse






new mexicans should be suspicious of secretary of state’s anti-privacy rulemakin


commentary: doug nickle’s recent column (“campaign reporting proposal creates necessary, nation-leading disclosure in nm”) is an example of orwellian doublespeak at its best.courtesy photobradley smithnickle’s purpose is to drum up support for “secretary of state maggie toulouse oliver’s proposed rules and regulations addressing campaign finance reporting,” which, nickle notes, is based on legislation that was vetoed by governor martinez earlier this year due to her concerns about the invasion of privacy triggered by the legislation. so, nickle now wants oliver to impose the failed legislation through bureaucratic fiat.(editor’s note: oliver did just that last week, after this column was submitted for publication.)mr. nickle, please check your old copies of “how a bill becomes a law.”worse






people, groups should stand proud when they make political donations


commentary: when your job is to reform our democracy by advocating citizen-driven good governance policies, you open yourself up to shots from partisan special interests. when such interests attack you personally, you can rest assured you are making good progress.courtesy photodoug nicklein their partisan and comically titled rant, “new mexicans should be suspicious of secretary of state’s anti-privacy rulemaking,” the center for competitive politics and rio grande foundation teamed up to attack me, a fellow conservative, for daring to support intelligent disclosure regulations. my grave sin? i crossed arbitrary partisan lines in support of commonsense rules proposed by a democratically elected democrat secretary of state.i don’t mind being the target of emotional, non-factual, derision. i






people, groups should stand proud when they make political donations


commentary: when your job is to reform our democracy by advocating citizen-driven good governance policies, you open yourself up to shots from partisan special interests. when such interests attack you personally, you can rest assured you are making good progress.courtesy photodoug nicklein their partisan and comically titled rant, “new mexicans should be suspicious of secretary of state’s anti-privacy rulemaking,” the center for competitive politics and rio grande foundation teamed up to attack me, a fellow conservative, for daring to support intelligent disclosure regulations. my grave sin? i crossed arbitrary partisan lines in support of commonsense rules proposed by a democratically elected democrat secretary of state.i don’t mind being the target of emotional, non-factual, derision. i






people, groups should stand proud when they make political donations


commentary: when your job is to reform our democracy by advocating citizen-driven good governance policies, you open yourself up to shots from partisan special interests. when such interests attack you personally, you can rest assured you are making good progress.courtesy photodoug nicklein their partisan and comically titled rant, “new mexicans should be suspicious of secretary of state’s anti-privacy rulemaking,” the center for competitive politics and rio grande foundation teamed up to attack me, a fellow conservative, for daring to support intelligent disclosure regulations. my grave sin? i crossed arbitrary partisan lines in support of commonsense rules proposed by a democratically elected democrat secretary of state.i don’t mind being the target of emotional, non-factual, derision. i






trump's transportation department drops proposal to make airlines disclose bag f


an obama administration proposal that would have required airlines to disclose fees for checked and carry-on bags at the start of a ticket purchase rather than later is being dropped by the department of transportation.the department said in a notice posted online thursday that it is withdrawing the proposed rule — along with a second, early-stage rulemaking to force airlines to disclose more information about their revenue from fees charged for extra services — because the rules would have been "of limited public benefit." it also said airlines would incur "significant costs" if required to report their revenue from fees for services such as early boarding or extra legroom.advertisementwork on the proposals was frozen shortly after president trump took office.advertisementairlines are alr






liberal ‘wonk’ tries to pretend democrats didn’t cap medicare spending


here’s a policy riddle for you: when is a spending cap not a spending cap? the answer: when a liberal finds it politically inconvenient.during the confirmation hearing for health and human services secretary-designee alex azar, a staffer for the liberal center for budget and policy priorities tweeted that azar supported capping medicaid. i noted that meant he supported capping medicaid spending like the caps democrats enacted as part of obamacare—and that’s when the fun began.first came an attempt at pleading ignorance:then i pointed out that section 3403 of obamacare charges the independent payment advisory board (ipab) with enforcing a cap on per-beneficiary spending in medicare. she responded by saying that ipab contains restrictions on “rationing health care, raising medicare’s premium






legislation would require disclosure of political internet ad sources


the promise by facebook ceo mark zuckerberg to turn over about 3,000 ads placed by russian interests during the 2016 presidential campaign to congress and special counsel robert mueller is only the beginning of a new effort to get a handle on online political advertising.zuckerberg has now also promised that facebook will develop new methods of spotting political advertising and hire 250 employees to manage the process.but facebook is only one medium for political advertising and the fake news that frequently accompanies it. so far, there have been no assurances of such support from others, including google. soon, however, they may not have much choice. the federal election commission has voted to reopen an assessment to update the fec’s online disclosure rules in a rare unanimous vote.the






education secretary seeks rule redo for defrauded college students


u.s. education secretary betsy devos on wednesday called for a “regulatory reset,” and pressed pause on a rule intended to speedily cancel the student-loan debts of people defrauded by for-profit corinthian colleges inc and others, so that it can be rewritten.devos said the department is still granting debt relief that the students are entitled to by law as expeditiously as possible, and some borrowers should expect to obtain discharges within the next several weeks. the education department is processing 16,000 claims for relief.devos, a republican and advocate of public-private partnerships in education, said she was delaying the effective date of the rule on accelerating the process, which was enacted at the end of last year under the administration of former president barack obama, a d






liberals suddenly rediscover federalism for obamacare


on thursday, a series of liberal groups sent a letter to the nation’s insurance departments, asking them to effectively undermine president trump’s october executive order on health care. in so doing, the left suddenly rediscovered the virtues of federalism in setting an independent policy course from washington, particularly when governed by an executive of the opposite party.unfortunately, however, because congress has yet to repeal obamacare’s federally imposed regulations—as i noted just yesterday—legislators in conservative states will have little such recourse to seek freedom from obamacare unless and until congress takes action.liberals want to thwart more affordable coveragethe letter, signed by the liberal center for budget and policy priorities and families usa along with patient






why trump’s epa is far more vulnerable to attack than reagan’s or bush’s


for people concerned with environmental protection, including many epa employees, there is broad agreement: the u.s. environmental protection agency is in deep trouble.the trump administration has begun the third, most formidable white house-led attempt in epa’s brief history to diminish the agency’s regulatory capacity.scott pruitt, trump’s newly appointed epa administrator, is a harsh critic and self-described “leading advocate against epa’s activist agenda.” pruitt’s intention to reduce epa’s budget, workforce and authority is powerfully fortified by president donald trump’s own determination to repeal major epa regulations like the obama’s clean power plan and climate action plan.previous presidents have tried to scale back the work of the epa, but as a former epa staff member and rese






why trump’s epa is far more vulnerable to attack than reagan’s or bush’s


walter rosenbaum, university of floridafor people concerned with environmental protection, including many epa employees, there is broad agreement: the u.s. environmental protection agency is in deep trouble. the trump administration has begun the third, most formidable white house-led attempt in epa’s brief history to diminish the agency’s regulatory capacity. scott pruitt, trump’s newly appointed epa administrator, is a harsh critic and self-described “leading advocate against epa’s activist agenda.” pruitt’s intention to reduce epa’s budget, workforce and authority is powerfully fortified by president donald trump’s own determination to repeal major epa regulations like the obama’s clean power plan and climate action plan. previous presidents have tried to scale back the work of the epa,






buried deep within gop bill: a 'free pass' for payday and car-title lenders


you have to wade all the way to page 403 of the 589-page financial choice act to find a one-sentence provision that obliterates current efforts to bring fairness and responsibility to payday lenders and similar merchants of never-ending debt.section 733 of the bill, which could come up for a vote by the full house of representatives as soon as this week, declares that federal authorities “may not exercise any rulemaking, enforcement or other authority with respect to payday loans, vehicle title loans or other similar loans.”with that one line, republican lawmakers have declared their willingness to allow people facing financial difficulties to be at the mercy of predatory lending practices that typically involve annual interest rates approaching 400%.“they’re trying to sneak in that provis






buried deep within gop bill: a 'free pass' for payday and car-title lenders


you have to wade all the way to page 403 of the 589-page financial choice act to find a one-sentence provision that obliterates current efforts to bring fairness and responsibility to payday lenders and similar merchants of never-ending debt.section 733 of the bill, which could come up for a vote by the full house of representatives as soon as this week, declares that federal authorities “may not exercise any rulemaking, enforcement or other authority with respect to payday loans, vehicle title loans or other similar loans.”with that one line, republican lawmakers have declared their willingness to allow people facing financial difficulties to be at the mercy of predatory lending practices that typically involve annual interest rates approaching 400%.“they’re trying to sneak in that provis






trump orders government to dismantle obama’s climate change policies


president trump on tuesday ordered the federal government to retreat from the battle against climate change launched by president obama, issuing a directive aimed at dismantling the core policies that have made the u.s. a global leader in curbing emissions.the plan unveiled by trump reflects an about-face for the u.s. on energy, and it puts into jeopardy the nation’s ability to meet the obligations it agreed to under the global warming pact signed in paris with 194 other nations. it would shelve the landmark clean power plan that mandates electricity companies reduce their emissions. it seeks to dislodge consideration of climate throughout the federal government, where it has been a factor in every relevant decision in recent years."my administration is putting an end to the war on coal,"






senate republicans introduce resolution ensuring isps don't need your permission


donald trump's new fcc boss, ajit pai, has nuked an obama-era rule that banned isps from selling off your browsing data, location, financial and health information, children's information, social security number and contents of your messages, without your permission. the now-defunct rule also required isps to notify you when they got hacked and your sensitive personal information got out into the wild. report this ad just to be sure that this rule never comes back, senate republicans have introduced a resolution that invalidates the old fcc rule and bans the fcc from ever imposing a rule of this nature. the resolution was authored by senator jeff flake [r-az, twitter, email, dc office 202-224-4521, phoenix office 602-840-1891, tuscon office 520-575-8633] and backed by 23 other republicans.






recreational sales of marijuana in nevada in limbo


carson city, nev. — recreational sales of marijuana in nevada may not begin next month after all.a judge added to the uncertainty tuesday when he extended a temporary order barring the state from issuing pot distribution licenses to existing medical marijuana dispensaries so they can begin recreational sales july 1.carson city district judge james wilson said in a 11-page ruling that the ballot measure voters approved in november dictates that licensed alcohol wholesalers have the exclusive rights to pot distribution licenses for 18 months.state regulators — who earlier indicated they would need at least some legal dispensaries to serve the dual role of retailer and distributor to meet the anticipated demand — said late tuesday they remain determined to launch the first sales next month. b