Congress just got a bumper-crop of scientists. Meet the 10 new science whizzes on Capitol Hill.

David Zalubowski/AP 10 newly elected scientists are representing Americans in the 116th Congress. Eight of the new-comers are Democrats and two are Republicans. Here’s what these engineers, doctors, and other scientists want to do in 2019.  The 116th Congress was sworn in on Thursday, with 10 new scientists in the ranks.  Many of the incoming […]

Congress just quietly passed a law that could spark a boom for the $1 billion marijuana-linked CBD industry

Shutterstock The US Farm Bill passed on Wednesday legalizes hemp, a plant that’s roughly identical to marijuana and is a key source of highly touted wellness ingredient CBD. The bill defines hemp as an agricultural product for the first time and amends a major drug law that hadn’t been altered in 50 years. Experts said the […]

Inflation in Venezuela hits 1,300,000%, opposition-led Congress claims

Venezuela’s National Assembly, an opposition-controlled legislative body, said annual inflation has reached 1,300,000 percent in November as the country struggles through its worst economic crisis ever. At the same time, the rate of monthly inflation has gradually decelerated during three months through November. According to the report by the National Assembly, the figure declined to […]

Donald Trump is strong-arming Congress into accepting the new NAFTA

FOR YEARS President Donald Trump has been itching to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a trade deal between America, Canada and Mexico. But as long as negotiations about a revamp continued, he held off. The day after signing a new deal on November 30th, rebranded the USMCA, he announced that he […]

Congress: Amazon didn’t give “sufficient answers” about facial recognition

Enlarge / Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive of Amazon.com, in May 2018. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Seven members of the House of Representatives and one United States senator have now sent a second letter to Amazon’s CEO, asking for more clarification about the company’s use of facial-recognition technology. Although two House members in the […]

Midterm Elections Add Ticking Clock Element to Congress’ Self-Driving Car Bill

It looks like Congress’ new self-driving bill might have to wait until a new batch of unmentionables plant their collective rear ends in the seats populating Capitol Hill. Already passed in the House, the SELF DRIVE Act has managed to garner bipartisan support — a true miracle in these troubled times. However, it’ll have to spread wings […]