March 25, 2018 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

March 25, 2018

1. H.R.1865 [115th] Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017
2. H.R.5087 [115th] Assault Weapons Ban of 2018
3. H.R.1625 [115th] Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018
4. H.R.1 [115th] An Act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018.
5. S.1571 [115th] Read the Bills Act
6. H.R.4909 [115th] STOP School Violence Act of 2018
7. H.R.5103 [115th] Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act of 2018
8. H.R.38 [115th] Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017
9. S.2155 [115th] Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act
10. H.R.535 [115th] Taiwan Travel Act

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Charged: A Reuters roadmap to the changing auto economy | Reuters.com


Aluminum had been seen as the key to offsetting the weight of batteries in order to extend the range of electric vehicles, crucial to increased consumer acceptance.

But as makers of battery-powered cars look to tap into bigger markets with cheaper vehicles – and embrace technological developments in batteries and components – many are increasingly looking to steel to cut costs.

Source: Charged | Reuters.com

China draws up plans to promote standardization in electric vehicles


China said it will work to improve levels of standardization in its electric vehicle industry – a sector it is aggressively promoting to help combat smog and to position the country as a leading car-making giant in the future.

This year its standardization efforts will focus on recharging, battery design and fuel consumption, the industry ministry said in a statement.

China will also work to promote its own standards and benchmarks for electric and plug-in electric vehicles overseas, taking advantage of economies of scale to become a global leader in standardization, it said.

Source: China draws up plans to promote standardization in electric vehicles

GSK buys out Novartis in $13 billion consumer healthcare shake-up


GSK’s biggest move since Emma Walmsley became chief executive last year follows the British drugmaker’s decision last week to quit the race to buy Pfizer’s consumer healthcare business, endangering an auction the U.S. company hoped would bring in as much as $20 billion.

Consumer remedies sold over the counter have lower margins than prescription drugs, but they are typically very well known and durable brands with loyal customers.

Source: GSK buys out Novartis in $13 billion consumer healthcare shake-up

Whistleblower says Canadian company worked on software to find Republican voters

Christopher Wylie has previously disclosed how users’ data from Facebook was used by Cambridge Analytica to help elect U.S. President Donald Trump.

Ripon, the town in which the Republican Party was founded in 1854, was the name given to a tool that let a campaign manage its voter database, target specific voters, conduct canvassing, manage fundraising and carry out surveys.

“There’s now tangible proof in the public domain that AIQ actually built Ripon, which is the software that utilised the algorithms from the Facebook data,” Wylie told the British Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

Source: Whistleblower says Canadian company worked on software to find Republican voters

Facebook’s Zuckerberg will not answer UK lawmakers’ questions over data scandal


Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg will not answer questions from British lawmakers over how millions of users’ data got into the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica as the company faces further pressure on both sides of the Atlantic.

Zuckerberg will instead send his Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer or Chief Product Officer Chris Cox to appear before parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee.

Source: Facebook’s Zuckerberg will not answer UK lawmakers’ questions over data scandal

Fight fire with fire: opponents borrow from Trump’s playbook


With suggestive statements, cryptic tweets, provocative lawsuits and must-see television interviews, Trump’s adversaries are using some of his own tactics to grab — and keep — the spotlight.

From adult film star Stormy Daniels to former FBI Director James Comey, each has become a must-see supporting character in the president’s daily drama.

He mastered the art of the tease, building suspense in the name of more attention, long before he ran for office. He’s employed similar tactics in the White House, bringing reality show stylings to the often mundane functions of government.

Source: Fight fire with fire: opponents borrow from Trump’s playbook

Before expulsions, a brick-by-brick hardening of U.S. stance toward Russia


America’s most sweeping expulsion of Russian diplomats since the Cold War may have seemed like a dramatic escalation in Washington’s response to Moscow, but the groundwork for a more confrontational U.S. posture had been taking shape for months — in plain sight.

Regardless of the tough actions, the inconsistent messaging may undermine Washington’s strategy to deter Moscow’s aggressive behavior, experts warn.

Source: Before expulsions, a brick-by-brick hardening of U.S. stance toward Russia

Technical education struggles to gain funding traction | TheHill


CTE (Career and Technical Education) programs are drawing increased attention as the economy reaches nearly full employment and a “skills gap” — the unavailability of trained workers to fill high-skill positions — threatens to slow economic growth.

“The beauty of skills-based education is if you can have a defined set of time, you can come away with a credential, a specialization, a certification where you go into the workforce and you don’t have a student debt that’s the size of a mortgage, and there’s a job sitting there at the end of the day,” Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) added.

Source: Technical education struggles to gain funding traction | TheHill

Nevada lawmaker: ‘Rumor mill’ says Ryan headed for exit | TheHill


“The rumor mill is that Paul Ryan is getting ready to resign in the next 30 to 60 days and that Steve Scalise will be the new Speaker,” Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) told Nevada Newsmakers, referring to the Majority Whip from Louisiana.

Source: Nevada lawmaker: ‘Rumor mill’ says Ryan headed for exit | TheHill