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Friday, February 27, 2015

  • Posted at 4:47 PM
    Subsequent to the Iranian Resistance's revelations about the Lavizan-3 site, which the religious fascism ruling Iran had hidden for years, panic and fear have set in among the leaders of the regime, who are extremely worried about the implications of the disclosure of the new nuclear site. Instead of inviting International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to visit the location, the regime sidestepped simple questions about Lavizan-3 - the nature of the site and the activities there - and unleashed a ... read more
  • Posted at 1:42 PM
    Three years ago, President Obama promised that his administration would deliver a "Privacy Bill of Rights" to protect American consumers. The bill released today is a serious setback for privacy. Instead of effective rights that Americans can rely on to protect themselves and their families from the onslaught of online and offline data gathering, the administration proposal perversely reduces the power of the Federal Trade Commission to protect the public. It fails to give the FTC, the country's key ... read more
  • NASA Administrator Remembers Leonard Nimoy --- WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015
    Posted at 1:39 PM
    The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the passing of Leonard Nimoy: "Leonard Nimoy was an inspiration to multiple generations of engineers, scientists, astronauts, and other space explorers. As Mr. Spock, he made science and technology important to the story, while never failing to show, by example, that it is the people around us who matter most. "NASA was fortunate to have him as a friend and a colleague. He was much more than the Science Officer ... read more
  • Posted at 11:46 AM
    NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission is set to lift off at 10:44 p.m. EDT Thursday, March 12 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. There is a 30-minute window for the launch. NASA Television launch coverage begins at 8 p.m. NASA TV also will air a prelaunch news conference at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, a mission science briefing at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, and a ... read more
  • Posted at 10:03 AM
    Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) today introduced the Veterans Education Empowerment Act, a bill that would reauthorize a Department of Education (ED) grant program to help institutions of higher education establish, maintain, and improve veteran student centers – dedicated spaces on a college or university campus that ... read more
  • Posted at 9:56 AM
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three American adults has high cholesterol. For those struggling with high cholesterol, getting needed prescriptions and adhering to the prescribed treatment regimen is critical. As Peggy, a Georgia widow with high cholesterol noted, Medicare Part D has relieved the stress of having to decide between purchasing vital medicines or food, and as a result, she can now treat her chronic condition consistently. Adhering to a treatment regimen for ... read more
  • Posted at 9:20 AM
    Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) is voicing its concerns over the report titled “Fixing Veterans Health Care”, released yesterday from Concerned Veterans for America (CVA). While the report does support the continuance of specialized care in the VA ... read more
  • Posted at 9:17 AM
    Kidney Care Partners (KCP) today praised the bicameral introduction of "The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act" (H.R. 1130, S. 598), a bipartisan bill that elevates care, expands access, and promotes research to benefit more than 636,000 Americans living with kidney failure, which is known as end-stage renal disease (ESRD). KCP is a broad-based coalition of patient advocates, clinicians, care professionals, dialysis providers, researchers and manufacturers working together to improve quality of care for individuals with chronic ... read more
  • Posted at 7:54 AM
    American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement: "With hours left before the Department of Homeland Security runs out of funding, Congress needs to do its job and pass a bill providing full-year funding for this vital federal agency. "More than 230,000 federal employees, including 83,000 of our own members, are on pins and needles waiting to hear whether they will be forced to stay home after today or required to go to work ... read more
  • Posted at 7:38 AM
    The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has officially extended its deadline for the Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology. In its second year, the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award was created to honor an outstanding woman in the field of industrial biotechnology and bioprocessing. The Rosalind Franklin ... read more
  • Posted at 6:45 AM
    Successful terrorists have shifted their focus in recent years away from attacking airlines to attacking subway and rail systems, according to an analysis of terrorist attacks over a 30-year period from 1982 to 2011 by a leading health and safety researcher. In his study--"Has Successful Terror Gone to Ground?"--Professor Arnold Barnett of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management writes that strong, statistically significant evidence points to a growing focus of terrorist attacks against ground mass transit. By ... read more
  • Posted at 6:00 AM
    PRIVO, the service that helps websites, apps, and games comply with COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act), announced three new appointments: Rob Layton, from KEL Group, as PRIVO's Chief Technology Officer, Ira Gluck, formerly with the College Board, as Chief Customer Officer and Senior Engineer Matthew Warman, also from the College Board. These new hires solidify PRIVO's position as the industry's leading Safe Harbor and permission management platform. As CTO, Layton will focus on further developing and expanding PRIVO's product suite ... read more
  • Posted at 6:00 AM
    Deltek, the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for professional services firms, today announced that the agency group Serviceplan, has selected Deltek’s ERP solution to provide a foundation for the growth of its global business. With the ... read more

Thursday, February 26, 2015

  • Posted at 4:37 PM
    The Latino Coalition Chairman and former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Hector Barreto today issued the following statement regarding the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) decision to regulate broadband under Title II of the "Communications Act": "The Latino Coalition strongly opposes the FCC decision to impose burdensome and outdated regulations on the Internet," said Hector Barreto, TLC's Chairman and former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. "With this vote, the FCC has successfully taken America backwards by ignoring ... read more
  • Can Coffee Reduce Your Risk of MS? --- WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015
    Posted at 2:15 PM
    Drinking coffee may be associated with a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 67(th) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, April 18 to 25, 2015. "Caffeine intake has been associated with a reduced risk of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, and our study shows that coffee intake may also protect against MS, supporting the idea that the drug may have protective effects for the brain," ... read more
  • Posted at 1:11 PM
    The Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP), a coalition of 19 of the largest national Hispanic organizations, issued a statement today expressing its disappointment with the FCC's decision to impose an onerous and outdated regulatory regimen, over 300 pages of new regulations, on broadband Internet access service, by reclassifying it as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act of 1934. ( "HTTP has always strongly supported an open Internet. We believe that all consumers, particularly Hispanics who ... read more
  • Posted at 1:11 PM
    A Shakespearean tragedy took place in Washington, D.C. today. A young, vibrant and attractive protagonist known as The Internet was snuffed out by Tom “The Annihilator” Wheeler. The self-proclaimed “King of all Communications” and his loyalists conspired to move the Internet back into the dark ages ... read more
  • Posted at 1:07 PM
    "Today's party-line vote by the Federal Communications Commission to reverse three decades of bipartisan communications policy threatens to jeopardize investment and innovation in the network by opening the door to the possibility of pervasive regulation," said Hance Haney the Director and Senior Fellow of the Technology & Democracy Project at the Discovery Institute, in Washington, D.C. ( The Discovery Institute has warned the commission that the classification of broadband Internet access services is a matter of statutory definition, not a policy ... read more
  • Posted at 12:53 PM
    Today the Federal Communications Commission, under Chairman Tom Wheeler's leadership, voted to preserve and protect the open Internet by prohibiting blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization in the provision of Internet service to consumers. The Commission has adopted a common sense set of rules that will allow the virtuous cycle of innovation that has characterized the Internet to continue. These rules will allow Cogent and others to continue to invest in the Internet, improve its quality and capacity, and drive down ... read more
  • Posted at 12:00 PM
    Legislation passed today by the House Ways and Means Committee, includes a pharmacy provision to help prevent inappropriate prescriptions in Medicare Part D from crossing the pharmacy counter. The Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act (PIMA) of 2014, introduced by Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Jim McDermott (D-WA), recognizes the need to address the prescription drug abuse epidemic and implement the right policies, said the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA). "The key to stopping ... read more