Court rules SEC’s internal judges are unconstitutional

Brad Dress

May 20, 2022

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is denying defendants their constitutional right to a jury trial by putting them in front of its own internal judges.

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Justice Dept. boosts focus on environmental cases that harm the poor

David Nakamura and Darryl Fears

May 10, 2022

The Justice Department is ramping up enforcement of environmental cases that officials say disproportionately harm poor and marginalized communities, creating an office to help coordinate investigations…

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F.D.A. Moves to Ban Sales of Menthol Cigarettes

Christina Jewett

April 28, 2022

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced a plan to ban sales of menthol-flavored cigarettes in the United States…

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Biden to Nominate Michael Barr as Top Fed Banking Regulator

Andrew Restuccia and Andrew Duehren

April 15, 2022

President Biden will nominate Michael Barr, a former Treasury Department official, to serve as the Federal Reserve’s top banking regulator, the White House said…

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Supreme Court halts ruling against Trump Clean Water Act rollback in 5-4 decision

Rachel Frazin

April 6, 2022

The Supreme Court on Wednesday halted a prior court ruling that struck down a Trump-era rule limiting state and tribal authority to veto projects that could impact their waters, including pipelines.

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Biden eyes using wartime powers for minerals needed in clean energy push

Josh Siegel, Zack Colman, Jordan Wolman, and Tanya Snyder

March 30, 2022

The White House is weighing using wartime executive powers to boost U.S. battery production to help secure supplies for the growing market for electric vehicles and power storage on the electric grid…

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SEC Floats Mandatory Disclosure of Climate-Change Risks, Emissions

Paul Kiernan

March 21, 2022

U.S. regulators proposed stringent requirements for publicly traded companies to report information on greenhouse-gas emissions and risks related to climate change, in one of the Biden administration’s potentially most significant environmental actions to date.

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Biden Takes Step Toward Regulating Cryptocurrencies

Katie Rogers and Ephrat Livni

March 9, 2022

President Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday that will direct the federal government to come up with a plan to regulate cryptocurrencies, recognizing their popularity and potential to destabilize traditional money and markets.

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Califf narrowly confirmed for FDA commissioner, providing beleaguered agency with its first permanent chief in 13 months

Laurie McGinley and Rachel Roubein

February 15, 2022

Robert M. Califf, a cardiologist who led the Food and Drug Administration briefly in 2016, was confirmed Tuesday by a razor-thin 50 to 46 vote for a second stint as commissioner…

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SEC Seeks More Disclosures From Private-Equity and Hedge Funds

Paul Kiernan

January 26, 2022

Federal regulators proposed measures that would significantly increase their visibility into private-equity funds and some hedge funds, the first in a range of plans to expand oversight of private markets.

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