Tag Archives: Federal Government

Editorial: Congress should look at taxes on electronic cigarettes

Not all cigarettes are equal under federal law. Electronic cigarettes are exempt from federal tobacco taxes. That makes sense, because they don’t burn tobacco. But if electronic cigarettes contain highly addictive nicotine and other chemicals, doesn’t it make sense to look at how the federal government should tax them? Source: Editorial: Congress should look at […]
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Trump challenges California power to control auto pollution

The Trump administration on Friday launched an all-out assault on California over automotive mileage rules, telling state officials that only the federal government has the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy. The assault began with the Justice Department opening an antitrust investigation into a deal between California and four automakers for tougher […]
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Trump administration releases plan to revamp housing market, ending federal control of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac 

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. Proposal would release Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from government control. President Trump’s administration released a sweeping […]
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Feds are blocking marijuana reform

As someone who has worked for more than two decades in public health education and nursing, I find the federal government’s continued reluctance to relax laws regarding marijuana difficult to accept. I have witnessed first-hand our opioid crisis that continues to claim 130 lives every day and destroy communities. And I have seen how, for […]
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Feds are key to hemp

Congress set off a farming frenzy when it legalized hemp nationwide in last year’s farm bill. The rush to plant fields of industrial hemp swept into the Rogue Valley, eclipsing the number of acres devoted to pears and wine grapes combined. Whether everyone involved will still be in business next year remains to be seen, […]
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Trademarking cannabis products can be tricky

Federal patent office refuses registration for marijuana products. Illinois’ burgeoning marijuana industry has a trademark problem. Since selling weed is still illegal on a national level, cannabis companies can get federal trademarks on some — but not all — parts of their business. They can’t trademark the marijuana itself, including the wacky and easy-to-remember names […]
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USDA 2020 dietary guidelines: Trump administration limits the scope of the science 

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. The 80 topics that will be addressed exclude the health effects of consuming red and processed meat. […]
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Pollen ‘nerds’: U.S. government enlists scientists to track drug loads, crack cold cases 

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. In a small, obscure government laboratory here, two self-described “nerds” are doing microscopic detective work, trying to […]
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U.S. citizens really don’t trust the government 

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. Also, you can let the library know if we should add the book that is reviewed […]
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West Coast fishermen have few options against sea lions

The federal government continues to use explosives despite their ineffectiveness. With the lights of Moss Landing, California, twinkling in the distance, Captain Porter McHenry stood on the top deck of the Merva W, a large commercial fishing boat. Ocean water sprayed his face and dampened his thick brown beard. A third-generation fisherman, McHenry employs a crew […]
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