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U.S. Shows Slight Uptick in Unemployment
Friday, February 01, 2013 (2754 reads)


The U.S. economy added 157,000 jobs in January while unemployment rose to 7.9 percent. Most analysts predicted job growth of around 170,000.



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U.S. Economy Shows Small Contraction
Thursday, January 31, 2013 (2728 reads)


The U.S. economy unexpectedly contracted in the last three months of 2012, according to early data released by the Dept. of Commerce on Jan. 30.



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HAI, AAMS Win 2-Year Extension of FAA LOX Exemption
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 (726 reads)


On Wednesday, January 30, 2013, the FAA notified HAI that it is granting a 2-year extension of an exemption for helicopter EMS operators. Exemption 6002 allows properly trained air medical pilots to remove and reinstall liquid oxygen system containers under specified conditions. The exemption was set to expire on Thursday, January 31, 2013, but is now extended until January 31, 2015.



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DOT Secretary LaHood Announces Retirement
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 (2829 reads)


U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood announced his retirement on Jan. 29, a move expected by many in the transportation industry.



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Bipartisan Immigration Plan Unfolding
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 (2423 reads)


President Obama's speech on Jan. 29 in Nevada will mark the public unveiling of private planning that has been in the works at the White House and Congress for at least a year.



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LaHood: "State of American Aviation is Strong"
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 (3400 reads)


U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood reaffirmed the strength of the U.S. aviation industry on Jan. 23 in an address to the Aero Club of Washington marking four years to the day from when he was sworn in as Secretary of Transportation.



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Obama Sets Progressive Tone for Second Term
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 (2631 reads)


President Obama's inaugural address, delivered on Jan. 21, shed a new light on his second-term legislative priorities by sketching out an activist, progressive agenda only barely related to his centrist address four years ago.



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IRS Announces New Options for Home Office Tax Deduction
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 (3536 reads)


The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has announced a simplified option for taking a deduction for costs associated with a business office in your home.



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Treasury Dept. Issues Final Tax-Evasion Rules
Friday, January 18, 2013 (3139 reads)


The U.S. Treasury Dept. published the long-awaited Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act rules this week aimed at those who dodge U.S. taxes by keeping their assets overseas.



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Administration Fails to Act on Industry Recommendations
Thursday, January 17, 2013 (3389 reads)


In an effort to bridge the impasse in negotiations on the fiscal cliff and sequestration, the Business Coalition for Fair Competition showed President Obama and Congressional leaders last month how to save $795 billion. Most of these recommendations were never acted upon.



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Carbon Tax Talk Heating Up
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 (3206 reads)


Budget experts in Washington are now saying there is one obvious option for reducing the deficit that lawmakers can no longer ignore: a carbon tax.



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The Fed's Role if Debt Ceiling Compromise Fails
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 (2823 reads)


The stakes for the U.S. economy are huge and would affect the central bank's monetary policy stance if the White House and Congress are unable to reach an agreement on raising the debt ceiling.



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CBO Report Reveals Revenue Tweak
Thursday, January 10, 2013 (2405 reads)


According to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office, one small change to the way the United States taxes corporations could raise $114 billion over 10 years.



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U.S. GAO Supports Highway User Fees Scheme
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 (2540 reads)


According to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report released Jan. 8, user fees based on miles traveled could lead to "more equitable and efficient" use of roadways.



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U.S. Interior Secretary Orders Review of Arctic Drilling
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 (2361 reads)


U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is to order an expedited assessment of the 2012 Arctic offshore drilling program, which has come under increased scrutiny since Shell Oil encountered operational problems with its two drilling rigs and the certification of its containment vessel which would be deployed in case of an oil spill.



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IRS Delays Tax Filing Season in Wake of Fiscal Cliff
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 (2461 reads)


The Internal Revenue Service will begin accepting tax filings eight days later than planned this year thanks to the fiscal-cliff deal lawmakers passed last week.



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Falling Gas Prices and Rising Domestic Production
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 (2403 reads)


In its Jan. 8 short-term outlook, the Energy Information Administration predicts that falling crude oil prices will push gasoline's retail price down to an average of $3.44 a gallon in 2013 and $3.34 a gallon in 2014.



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Temporary Exception for Non-Part 141 Flight Schools
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 (2603 reads)


In December 2012, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued guidance stating that Student Exchange Visitor Program-certified flight schools that do not currently have Part 141 and 142 certifications may continue to train flight students until February, 2012.



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Sights Set on Immigration Reform
Friday, January 04, 2013 (2526 reads)


The high-stakes fiscal cliff poker game has thus far dominated Washington, to the exclusion of all else. But immigration is never a forgotten topic.



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December U.S. Employment Report Shows Modest Uptick
Friday, January 04, 2013 (2388 reads)


According to a Jan. 4 Dept. of Labor statement, the U.S. economy added 155,000 jobs in December, bringing the total number of jobs created in 2012 to 1.84 million. The unemployment rate held steady at 7.8 percent.



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New Design for Mechanic and Repairman Certificates
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 (2278 reads)


On January 1, 2013, the Airmen Certification branch of the FAA began issuing Mechanic and Repairman certificates with a new design on the back honoring Charles Taylor, the Wright brothers' mechanic credited with building the engine for the 1903 Wright Flyer.



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DHS Determines 13 States Meet Real ID Standards
Friday, December 21, 2012 (2759 reads)


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has determined that thirteen states have met the standards of the REAL ID Act of 2005 for driver's licenses and identification cards, and has granted a temporary deferment for all other states and territories.



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List of Parks Exempt from Air Tour Management Act
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 (2473 reads)


The U.S. Department of Transportation has published a list of parks exempt from the provisions of the Air Tour Management Act.



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FAA and NPS Release Air Tour Reporting Guidance
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 (3318 reads)


The recently passed FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 included a provision requiring air tour operators conducting tours over national parks and abutting tribal lands to submit reports to the FAA and the National Park Service.



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TSA to Study Health Effects of Full Body Scanners
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 (2806 reads)


The Transportation Security Administration has contracted out a study into the health impacts of radiation emitted by backscatter airport scanning machines.



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Aviation Industry Groups Ask for Study on Pilot Shortage
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 (2382 reads)


A laundry list of aviation groups is asking for a Government Accountability Office study "to gain a better understanding of pilot supply and demand and its potential effects on the U.S. aviation industry and the U.S. economy."



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Poll Reveals Some Tax Deductions Have Limited Support
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 (2556 reads)


According to results of the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, Americans are divided on specific revenue-raisers currently under consideration as Congress and the White House continue to wrangle over the fiscal cliff and sequestration.



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Obamacare Pre-Existing Condition Fee Cost to Companies
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 (2456 reads)


A new $63-per head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul is buried in a recent regulation that will cost some companies tens of millions of dollars.



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Business Group Offers Nearly $1 billion in Savings to Congress
Monday, December 10, 2012 (2365 reads)


In an effort to bridge the impasse in negotiations on the fiscal cliff and sequestration, the Business Coalition for Fair Competition has provided President Obama and congressional leaders budget savings of $795 billion.



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States Urge White House to Stand Firm on Air Pollution Rule
Monday, December 10, 2012 (2041 reads)


A group of Democratic-leaning U.S. states is urging the White House to not curtail an air pollution standard the administration has said it will finalize by Dec. 14.



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U.S. Unemployment Falls to 7.7 Percent
Friday, December 07, 2012 (2327 reads)


According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, employers added a larger-than-expected 146,000 jobs in November, with the unemployment rate falling to 7.7 percent.



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U.S. to Gain from Natural Gas Exports
Thursday, December 06, 2012 (2263 reads)


According to a long-awaited U.S. Energy Department report released Dec. 5, the U.S. is sitting on a glut of cheap natural gas and stands to gain economically by exporting the resource to other countries.



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EPA Wants to Exempt Logging Roads from Clean Water Act
Monday, December 03, 2012 (2409 reads)


The Environmental Protection Agency has released a proposed rule designed to get around a federal court decision that required a new layer of permitting for forest roads. The proposed rule would codify a policy that had existed for decades until upended by the U.S. Court of Appeals in 2010.



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U.S. Interior Dept. Announces Offshore Wind Farm Leases
Monday, December 03, 2012 (2472 reads)


Just two days after auctioning off wide swaths of the Gulf of Mexico to new oil and gas drilling, the U.S. Interior Department announced competitive lease sales for offshore wind energy development in federal waters off the coasts of Virginia, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.



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U.S. GDP Grows Faster than Expected
Thursday, November 29, 2012 (2558 reads)


The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that real gross domestic product in the U.S. rose at an annual rate of 2.7 percent in the third quarter, up from an initial estimate of 2 percent.



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DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Minimums
Thursday, November 29, 2012 (2680 reads)


The U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance has released its minimum requirements for drug and alcohol testing of employees at various DOT agencies in 2013.



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President Obama Signs Emissions Trading Scheme Bill
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 (2607 reads)


A bill exempting U.S. airlines from the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme has been signed into law by President Barack Obama.



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Huerta: FAA May Miss Deadline for UAV Test Sites
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 (2858 reads)


The FAA may miss its year-end deadline for selecting six sites to test integrating unmanned aerial vehicles into the airspace, over privacy concerns.



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Obama Administration Reveals Details on Obamacare
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 (2853 reads)


On Nov. 20, the Obama administration issued new rules that require insurance companies to cover people with preexisting medical conditions — one of the most popular provisions of President Obama's healthcare law.



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OSHA Urges Hurricane Recovery Workers to Watch for Hazards
Monday, November 19, 2012 (2600 reads)


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is urging workers and members of the public engaged in Hurricane Sandy cleanup and recovery efforts to be aware of the hazards they might encounter and the steps they should take to protect themselves.



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Optimism after White House Meeting over Fiscal Cliff
Friday, November 16, 2012 (2452 reads)


Optimism was the word of the day when congressional leaders emerged from a White House meeting with President Obama on Fri., Nov. 16.



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White House Extends Insurance Exchange Deadline for States
Friday, November 16, 2012 (2436 reads)


The Obama administration has extended by 30 days the deadline for states to decide whether they plan to create their own online insurance marketplace.



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Fiscal Cliff: Punt, Extend All, or Temporary Fix?
Friday, November 16, 2012 (2568 reads)


Congressional leaders and President Obama began talks on Nov. 16 to find ways to avert a fiscal cliff of huge spending cuts and tax hikes.



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Controversial Carbon Tax Emerging as Part of Fiscal Cliff Deal
Thursday, November 15, 2012 (3169 reads)


Following White House comments earlier in the week over the Obama administration's "committment" to reducing airplane carbon emissions through the International Civil Aviation Organization, the controversial idea of adding a carbon tax as part of a deal on the fiscal cliff is emerging in numerous circles in Washington.



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Tax Plan Could Be Passed as Early as Next Week
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (3101 reads)


On Nov. 14, President Obama escalated pressure on congressional Republicans to consent to legislation that would extend the Bush-era tax cuts on the first $250,000 of income.



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Decoding the "Fiscal Cliff"
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (2985 reads)


There is a lot of talk in Washington about the so-called "Fiscal Cliff," but what is it? The cliff  encompasses a variety of events, most of which are scheduled to take effect in January 2013.



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NTSB Permitted Access to Safety Data
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (3006 reads)


The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board now has access to safety data gathered by the FAA, airlines, and pilots, thanks to an agreement signed earlier this month.



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Business Groups to Bring Energy Issues Front and Center
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (2959 reads)


President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Tom Donohue, claims business lobby plans to insert energy development into the already complicated debate over the "fiscal cliff."



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EU Emissions Bill Heads to White House
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (2880 reads)


The bill exempting U.S. Airlines from the European Union's emissions trading scheme has passed the House of Representatives, and now heads to President Obama's desk.



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ICAO Flight Plan Amendment
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (2987 reads)


On November 15, 2012, the new ICAO Flight Plan Amendment will take effect, changing the way all ICAO flight plans are filed. You must take these new changes into account when filing your ICAO flight plans, or your flight plans will be rejected by ATC.



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Congressional Budget Office Renews Warning over "Fiscal Cliff"
Thursday, November 08, 2012 (3075 reads)


The Congressional Budget Office has renewed its warning of a recession if the U.S. goes over the "fiscal cliff," with a report that says jumping off the fiscal cliff would lead to a .5 percent contraction in gross domestic product in 2013.



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Geithner Gears Up as Wall Street Prepares for Fiscal Cliff
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 (3107 reads)


U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is set to play a crucial role as the administration's top economic official and a liaison to both Capitol Hill and the financial markets.



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Gulf of Mexico AWOS Update
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 (3320 reads)


The FAA has issued an important Gulf of Mexico Automated Weather Observation Station update.



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U.S. Worried about European Financial Tax
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 (3296 reads)


According to The Hill, the U.S. financial industry is worried that a European move toward establishing a tax on financial transactions could hit the United States.



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October Jobs Report Shows Slow Progress toward Recovery
Friday, November 02, 2012 (4435 reads)


Latest jobs report shows U.S. economy added a stronger-than-expected 171,000 jobs in October, but the unemployment rate inched higher from 7.8 to 7.9 percent.



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Poll Shows Americans Prefer Divided Government
Thursday, November 01, 2012 (2604 reads)


Latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection poll finds that voters lean toward retaining the status quo in Washington.



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Six Days and Counting: What Will the Lame Duck Accomplish?
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 (2534 reads)


Even though the next U.S. president will not take office until late January, the outcome of next week’s election will have a monumental effect on how Congress deals with budgetary, financial, and taxation issues during its lame duck session. Furthermore, the winner of the presidential election might not be known the morning after Election Day, particularly if initial tallies are so tight that absentee and military ballots could be deciding factors.



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White House Quiet on Sequester Details
Thursday, October 25, 2012 (2773 reads)


When it comes to the details of the impending $1.2 trillion cut to their budgets, agency officials often find themselves unable to explain just how those cuts would affect the myriad programs on the ground, offering instead a unified message: talk to the Office of Management and Budget.



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Federal Reserve Stands Firm on Monetary Policy
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 (2281 reads)


The U.S. Federal Reserve concluded its latest two-day policy-setting meeting Oct. 24, deciding to take no new monetary policy actions.



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Presidential Debate: U.S. Foreign Policy and Tax
Monday, October 22, 2012 (2558 reads)


October 22 is the third and final U.S. presidential debate in the close race between President Obama and Mitt Romney.



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U.S. Cannot Stay Competitive with High Pay
Thursday, October 18, 2012 (2578 reads)


A majority of Harvard Business School graduates surveyed say that the U.S. cannot stay competitive globally while also maintaining high wages at home.



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EPA to Speed up Regulation after U.S. Election
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 (3197 reads)


No matter who wins the White House, Election Day is likely to unleash a flurry of regulatory action within the Environmental Protection Agency. But if Mitt Romney wins, the stakes will be particularly high.



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"Wastebook" Targets Transit Funding
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 (2499 reads)


Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) released a report Oct. 16 that targets a number of transportation projects as part of $18 billion in "wasteful spending."



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Voters Would Accept Tax Hikes for Debt Deal
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 (3066 reads)


U.S. voters are more likely to embrace tax increases for households making $250,000 or more than cuts to Medicare or other domestic spending. They are also more worried about cuts in entitlement programs than about tax hikes.



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NTSB Solicits Comments on Appeals Process
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 (2466 reads)


The National Transportation Safety Board, in its role as the "court of appeals" for FAA certificate actions, has issued an interim final rule as a result of the recently enacted Pilot Bill of Rights, and is seeking public comment on the changes. Although the interim final rule is effective immediately, the NTSB is accepting formal comments for 60 days, until Dec. 17.



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Acting FAA Administrator Addresses Aircraft Certification Delays
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 (2520 reads)


FAA acting administrator Michael Huerta indicates that the FAA is conducting a re-evaluation of how the agency certifies aircraft and new technology operators might want to install.



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Economic Indicators Point to Increased Inflation
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 (2241 reads)


The jump in gasoline prices for the second month in a row is likely responsible for an increase in U.S. consumer inflation.



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Bernanke Defends Fed's Actions against Emerging Markets
Monday, October 15, 2012 (2514 reads)


Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke defends his organization against critics who say its policies are destabilizing currencies abroad.



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High Consumer Confidence Suggests Little Fear of 'Fiscal Cliff'
Monday, October 15, 2012 (2216 reads)


According to Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary October consumer sentiment index, confidence for October reached its highest level since September 2007.



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Fed Officials May Embrace Higher Inflation
Monday, October 15, 2012 (2000 reads)


According to Reuters, three Federal Reserve officials have argued for plans to boost employment in the U.S. by letting inflation rise above the organization's stated 2 percent goal.



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Questions Surround Drop in Jobless Claims and Unemployment
Friday, October 12, 2012 (2605 reads)


Experts say to not count on last week's jobless claims by the U.S. Labor Department as being accurate. The drop appears likely to be the result of out-of-whack seasonal adjustments for the first week of a new quarter.



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EU May Sanction Members over Air Traffic Control
Thursday, October 11, 2012 (2428 reads)


The creation of a unified European airspace is seriously off track, potentially requiring the European Union to use sanctions to force compliance from member states.



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Inspector General Cites TSA Failures in 2010 Baggage Screening
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 (2347 reads)


U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents failed to properly screen baggage at Honolulu airport in 2010 partly because of poor supervision and ineffective screening procedures, according to a report released Oct. 9 by the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security.



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Business Leaders Discuss How to Break U.S. Government Gridlock
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 (2525 reads)


Leaders of the business community gathered at Washington, D.C.’s Newseum on Oct. 9 to discuss what actions are necessary to break the gridlock in the nation’s capital and get the U.S. economy moving again. Asked if the wave of economic malaise that has hit the United States is the “new normal,” all of the panelists agreed it was not. “The U.S. could lead the world to a recovery if the government would just get out of the wa," said Gov. Engler.



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U.S. unemployment rate falls to 7.8 percent
Friday, October 05, 2012 (2378 reads)


The U.S. unemployment rate dropped sharply to 7.8 percent in September, its lowest level since the month President Obama took office, the Labor Department said Oct. 12. However the positive news comes amid a raft of mixed signs for the economy.



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Extra Aviation Costs Still Part of Administration Planning
Thursday, October 04, 2012 (2407 reads)


During his Oct. 3 debate with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama mentioned business aviation as one of the areas he would take aim at.

The tax break in question allows taxes many aircraft owners to accelerate their depreciation of the asset.




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DOT-IG Releases ERAM Audit
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 (2610 reads)


U.S. Department of Transportation report says "weakness" in FAA program and contract management of En Route Automation Modernization to blame for schedule slips and cost overruns that could reach $500 million.



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U.S. Gas Prices Remain at Record Highs
Monday, October 01, 2012 (2318 reads)


A modest pullback in gasoline prices has not provided much relief for drivers, says the AAA, with retail pump prices posting 43 consecutive daily records.



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Obama Signs Resolution to Fund U.S. Government
Monday, October 01, 2012 (2364 reads)


President Barack Obama has signed the continuing resolution approved by both Houses of Congress, funding the U.S. government until spring of 2013.



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White House Urges Contractors Not to Issue Mass Layoffs
Monday, October 01, 2012 (2439 reads)


Guidance from U.S. Office of Management and Budget urges defense industry and other government contractors to not issue mass layoffs in light of pending sequestration.



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Money Market Oversight; 386,000 New Jobs Missed
Friday, September 28, 2012 (2596 reads)


Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Timothy Geithner is pressing the Financial Stability Oversight Council to address risks to the financial system from money market mutual funds.



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FAA Selects Universities for Center for Excellence
Friday, September 28, 2012 (2513 reads)


The FAA has selected a handful of universities to lead an Air Transportation Center for Excellence, focused on general aviation issues such as safety and airport technology.



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LightSquared Asks to Share Airwaves with Government Users
Friday, September 28, 2012 (2545 reads)


Bankrupt LightSquared Inc. is seeking to share airwaves with federal government users. In return, the company would give up the right to some operations in airwaves near those used by GPS.



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Fiscal Cliff Drives Corporate Pessimism
Thursday, September 27, 2012 (2438 reads)


Pessimism among executives at large U.S. businesses hit a three-year high in the third quarter because of global economic weakness and fear that Congress will be unable to resolve its standoff over tax increases and automatic spending cuts.



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U.S. Second Quarter GDP Weaker than Expected
Thursday, September 27, 2012 (2248 reads)


According to the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, the U.S. economy grew at 1.3 percent in the second quarter of the year, below the previously reported rate of 1.7 percent.



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FAA Issues Guidance for Part 135 New-Hire Pilot Training
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 (3018 reads)


The FAA has published new guidance explaining operator options for crafting Initial New Hire training programs for pilots who may have previous aircraft and/or air carrier experience.



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Group Presses FAA to Establish Drone Test Sites
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 (3864 reads)


The Aerospace States Association and the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International are pushing the FAA to expedite a plan to set up six test sites for unmanned aircraft systems.



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Lawmakers Express Concern Over Internet 'Do Not Track' Policy
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 (2670 reads)


U.S. Lawmakers and Federal Trade Commission are being lobbied re a "do-not-track" option giving consumers the choice of whether they want to be tracked online.



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NextGen Institute Annual Meeting Spotlights Road Ahead
Monday, September 24, 2012 (3237 reads)


The NextGen Institute held its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 21, where U.S. government officials and industry representatives gathered to highlight accomplishments in the development of NextGen and to discuss the road ahead.



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Small Business Health Care Planning Tool
Monday, September 24, 2012 (2578 reads)


Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the health care reform law, many HAI members have been wondering what to do. The Small Business Legislative Council has provided HAI with a health care reform planning tool.



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FAA Proposes New Helicopter Noise Standards
Sunday, September 23, 2012 (2785 reads)


FAA issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for more stringent Stage 3 Helicopter Noise Certification Standards.



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Interagency Helicopter Pilot Qualification Card
Friday, September 21, 2012 (1009 reads)


A new Interagency Helicopter Pilot Qualification Card will be issued commencing 1 October 2012. Previously issued pilot qualification cards shall continue to remain valid until the card expiration date.



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Oil Prices Raise Questions of Possible Reserve Tap
Thursday, September 20, 2012 (2458 reads)


Renewed unrest throughout the Middle East and North Africa, as well as other geopolitical and economic pressures, could prompt the Obama Administration to tap oil reserves for a second time during this presidency.



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White House Releases Travel, Tourism Report
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 (2496 reads)


White House releases progress report on response from the departments of State and Homeland Security to President Barack Obama's call to boost travel and tourism.



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Shell Postpones Arctic Drilling Until 2013
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 (2446 reads)


Shell Oil reported on Sept. 16 that it will not be conducting exploratory drilling in the Arctic this summer.



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FAA Replaces Order 8120.2G and Order 8120.15
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 (2719 reads)


A new FAA order provides guidance for Aircraft Certification Service personnel to accomplish certain agency responsibilities. These include the evaluation and approval of production activities of manufacturers and their suppliers producing products or articles in accordance with Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations.



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U.S. and Germany Sign Alternative Aviation Fuels Agreement
Monday, September 17, 2012 (2370 reads)


At the ILA Berlin Air Show, the FAA and German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development formally agreed to a cooperative effort to develop sustainable aviation fuels.



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FAA Creates Fuel Office for Unleaded Avgas Research
Monday, September 17, 2012 (2672 reads)


The FAA announces formation of a new office responsible for providing technical information and guidance related to developments in aviation fuels, including unleaded options.



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TSA Continues to Pursue Repair Station Rule
Monday, September 17, 2012 (3262 reads)


The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is "aggressively pursuing" the release of a final repair station rule, but cannot give any guarantees that it will be out by the end of the year.



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Some Portions of FAA Budget Exempt from Sequester
Monday, September 17, 2012 (3989 reads)


Thirty percent of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's budget will be exempt from mandatory sequestration cuts sent to take effect on Jan. 3. However, the agency's $11.5 billion operations budget will be reduced by $377 million from 2012 levels.



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White House Releases Grim Details of Sequestration
Friday, September 14, 2012 (2811 reads)


U.S. Office of Management and Budget releases a report on Sept. 14 detailing how sequestration would affect various government agencies and programs.



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Federal Reserve Announces New Economic Stimulus Measures
Thursday, September 13, 2012 (2292 reads)


U.S. Federal Reserve taking aim at driving down mortgage rates in an attempt to foster a nascent recovery in the real estate market.



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EU Emissions Trading Scheme & Euro Zone Rescue
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 (2395 reads)


At ILA Berlin air show, ministers from Spain, France, Germany and the U.K. issued a joint statement calling for ways to implement transition from a European to a global emissions trading system.



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Arctic Drilling Moving Forward in Alaska
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 (2402 reads)


Only obstacle to Shell Oil exploratory drilling remains certification of the company's oil-spill containment barge and delivery of the barge off the north coast of Alaska in the Chukshi Sea.



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White House Misses Deadline on Fiscal Cliff Report
Friday, September 07, 2012 (2441 reads)


White House will miss legal deadline for delivering report to Congress on the spending cuts from sequestration that are scheduled to take effect in 2013. The report will now be released week of Sept. 10.



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BLS Releases Disappointing August Employment Data
Friday, September 07, 2012 (2431 reads)


U.S. economy adds 96,000 jobs in August, while U.S. unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent – but only because more people gave up looking for work.



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TransCanada Releases New Keystone Route Proposal
Thursday, September 06, 2012 (2388 reads)


Company behind the Keystone XL oil pipeline proposes re-routing U.S. portion in order to gain support from environmental groups that have pressured President Obama to block the project.



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Oil Industry Offers Cautious Look for Immediate Future
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 (2391 reads)


Companies operating crude oil tankers offer mixed message for the industry, painting bleak picture for the immediate future but potential for a long-term rebound.



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FAA 34th Annual General Aviation and Part 135 Survey
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 (2753 reads)


The FAA's 34th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Survey for 2011 data is underway and available online.



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U.S. Gulf Oil Production Resumes
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 (2460 reads)


U.S. offshore oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico are beginning to ramp up production as crews are returning in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. However about 12 percent of the region’s platforms were still without staff on Sept. 4.



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Obama Administration Releases Light Truck Fuel Standard
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 (2412 reads)


President Obama announces fuel standards that would push fuel efficiency to 54.5 mpg for light-duty trucks and passenger vehicles by 2025.



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Gulf Drilling Shuts Down in Advance of Isaac
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 (2286 reads)


Seventy-eight percent of daily oil production in the Gulf of Mexico and 48 percent of daily natural-gas production in the Gulf has been halted in anticipation of Hurricane Isaac.



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FAA Plans to Study Portable Electronics Usage
Monday, August 27, 2012 (2587 reads)


FAA to form government-industry group to study the current Portable Electronic Device policies and procedures aircraft operators use to determine when these devices can be used safely during flight.



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ICAO Plans UAV Framework
Monday, August 27, 2012 (3246 reads)


International Civil Aviation Organization continues to develop regulatory framework for integration of unmanned aerial vehicles.



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U.S. Transportation Dept. Updating Truck Safety Program
Friday, August 24, 2012 (2371 reads)


The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is making several technical changes to the Compliance Safety Accountability trucking program.



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DOT Inspector General: Better Data Needed on Bird Strikes
Friday, August 24, 2012 (2859 reads)


Department of Transportation inspector general says FAA program to address bird strikes is not well-enforced, and that data is not uniformly collected.



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Japan Considering Aviation Deregulation
Thursday, August 23, 2012 (2422 reads)


Japanese transport ministry reviewing 100 aviation safety regulations with view to making it easier for low-cost carriers to enter Japanese market, and to enhancing competitiveness of nation's airline industry.



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U.S. Jobless Claims Rise
Thursday, August 23, 2012 (3431 reads)


Number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits rises, suggesting that labor market is healing too slowly to make much of a dent in the unemployment rate.



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FAA Misses Deadline to Create UAV Pilot Program
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 (3227 reads)


Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International writes to Dept. of Transportation secretary and acting Federal Aviation Administration administrator, urging them to create pilot program for integration of pilotless planes into national airspace system.



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U.S. Considering Petroleum Reserve Draw
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 (2313 reads)


The U.S. national gasoline price average reached $3.72 per gallon on Aug. 20 – the highest price on record and a 12 percent increase since July 1.



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Offshore Wind Tract Hazards and Air Traffic
Friday, August 17, 2012 (3543 reads)


FAA study determines Cape Wind project off coast of Nantucket Sound presents no hazards to air navigation.



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Obama Considers Oil Reserve Release
Friday, August 17, 2012 (2874 reads)


The Obama administration is once again considering releasing the United States' Strategic Petroleum Reserve in order to prevent high gasoline prices from undermining sanctions on Iran.



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Obama Transportation Bills and Distribution of Funds
Friday, August 17, 2012 (2984 reads)


President Obama signs transportation bills adding charging stations to the Capitol and helping to protect the jobs of TSA workers serving in the reserves or National Guard.



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Shell Arctic Drilling on Hold
Thursday, August 16, 2012 (2734 reads)


Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Ken Salazar, announces that planned drilling by Shell oil could be delayed, possibly until 2013.



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NextGen Institute Hosts Annual Public Meeting
Thursday, August 16, 2012 (2412 reads)


The NextGen Institute is bringing together aviation thought leaders to discuss some of the critical issues facing NextGen at its Annual Public Meeting on Sept. 21, 2012.



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U.S. Economic Recovery Weakest Since Second World War
Thursday, August 16, 2012 (2331 reads)


Current U.S. economic recovery is the weakest of the nine three-year recoveries with sufficient data since the Second World War. Economic growth, consumer spending, and wage gains have never been weaker.



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Interior Department Final Offshore Drilling Safety Rule
Thursday, August 16, 2012 (2293 reads)


U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement issues final drilling safety rule stemming from 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill.



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FAA Seeks Comments re Direction Finder Availability in Alaska
Thursday, August 16, 2012 (2256 reads)


The FAA has issued a Notice Announcement requesting public comment on a proposal to decommission all 29 Direction Finders and associated approaches in Alaska.



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U.S. Aviation Could Take Large Hit from Sequester
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 (2551 reads)


Across-the-board cuts resulting from the end of year sequester could slice $1 billion a year from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's funding.



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USCIS Announces Deferred-Action Program
Friday, August 10, 2012 (2500 reads)


On Aug. 3, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency announced the steps young illegal immigrants will need to take to apply for a temporary reprieve from deportation under the government’s new deferred-action program.



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Obama Signs Law Requiring Report on Spending Cuts
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 (2350 reads)


President Obama signs Sequestration Transparency Act, which requires White House to detail to Congress how the first phase of spending cuts across the federal budget will be carried out.



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Defense and Interior Departments Join Forces on Clean Power
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 (2441 reads)


U.S. Defense Secretary and Interior Secretary sign Memorandum of Understanding encouraging development of renewable energy on federal lands set aside for military use.



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Large Companies Look to Health Care Exchanges for Coverage
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 (2489 reads)


Large employers viewing U.S. health reform law insurance exchanges as viable option for some current and former employees.



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U.S. Fed Survey Shows Slight Uptick for Big Business
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 (2068 reads)


U.S. Federal Reserve's Senior Loan Officer Survey finds that "large businesses and prime-credit households are the main beneficiaries of a thawing credit market."



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Oilfield Hours-of-Service Exceptions Comment Period Extended
Monday, August 06, 2012 (2568 reads)


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is extending public comment period on regulatory guidance for how hours-of-service exceptions for motor vehicles apply to oilfield operations.



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Obama Signs Pilot's Bill of Rights
Friday, August 03, 2012 (3258 reads)


President Obama signs pilot's bill of rights on Aug. 4. The measure easily passed both chambers of Congress.



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U.S. Jobs Report Shows Little Change
Friday, August 03, 2012 (2393 reads)


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases assessment of current employment conditions, showing that the economy added 163,000 net jobs last month.



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Defense Sequester "Highly Destructive" to National Security
Thursday, August 02, 2012 (2350 reads)


White House Office of Management and Budget issues letter on the automatic defense and non-defense budget cuts scheduled to occur on Jan. 2, 2013.



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What to do with Health Care Rebate Check
Thursday, August 02, 2012 (2298 reads)


HAI members may have received rebate checks from their health care insurance companies, as a result of a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.



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No Immediate New Action on U.S. Economy
Thursday, August 02, 2012 (2315 reads)


U.S. Federal Reserve took no new action after a two-day policy meeting, but acknowledged that economic activity had slowed over the first half of the year.



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Pressure Mounts on Obama to Tackle EU Emissions Plan
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 (2329 reads)


White House has been involved in intense diplomatic efforts to try to get the EU to back away from its plan to impose emissions standards on all international flights entering its borders.



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Will Fed Boost U.S. Economy Now or in Sept.?
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 (2222 reads)


The big question is not whether a third round of quantitative easing is on the way, it is whether QE3 will come now or in September. Consensus is shifting toward the latter.



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Dueling Shale Gas Campaigns Ramp Up
Friday, July 27, 2012 (2318 reads)


The two sides of the debate over developing shale natural gas will be on full display over the next few days in Washington, D.C.



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State of the U.S. Economy
Friday, July 27, 2012 (2005 reads)


The U.S. Federal Reserve will once more weigh whether it is time to act to boost the U.S. economy when its policy-setting committee meets the week of July 30.



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Homeland Security to Investigate FAA Contract
Thursday, July 26, 2012 (2384 reads)


U.S. Senator to haul FAA officials before Homeland Security oversight subcommittee re an $860 million air traffic controller training contract that will run out of money a year before the contract end date.



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Pilot's Bill of Rights to Streamline NOTAMs, Improve Medicals
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 (3046 reads)


The Pilot's Bill of Rights awaiting President Obama's signature makes a number of improvements to the regulatory landscape surrounding general aviation, including streamlining Notice to Airman publications and provisions to improve the pilot medical certification process.



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White House Report Warns of Middle-Class Tax Hikes
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 (2212 reads)


Obama administration advisers warned of dire consequences should taxes rise for the middle class at the end of the year due to some temporary cuts expiring.



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President, Congress Asked to Support Biofuels
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 (2580 reads)


More than 350 U.S. veterans and national security officials sign letter calling on President Obama and members of Congress to support Defense Department efforts to invest in alternative fuels.



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Arctic Drilling Delay Heightens Environmental Worries
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 (2448 reads)


A month behind on its plans to start drilling in the Arctic Ocean off the Alaskan coast, Shell Oil is suddenly in a position where less may be more.



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GAO: Debt Limit Battle Cost at Least $1.3 Billion
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 (2731 reads)


The political fight last year over raising the United States' debt ceiling created uncertainty in the Treasury bond market that caused the Treasury Department's borrowing costs to rise by at least $1.3 billion.



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Court Ruling Affecting Air Tour Operators
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 (2361 reads)


On Feb. 14, 2012, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court denied American Aviation's petition for additional interim operating authority over the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area.



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FAA Requests Comments from Commercial Air Tour Operators
Monday, July 23, 2012 (2386 reads)


FAA requests comment on intent to request approval from Office of Management and Budget to renew for three years an information collection that had previously been granted emergency clearance.



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Think Tank Urges Court to Compel Body Scanner Rule
Thursday, July 19, 2012 (3224 reads)


Competitive Enterprise Institute has filed a court brief urging District of Columbia circuit court to set timetable for a public rulemaking within 60 days on use of full body scanners in U.S. airports.



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Sequestration, U.S. Economy, and the Financial Outlook
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 (2543 reads)


Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve warns of dire risks surrounding the approaching fiscal cliff.



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NTSB Recommends Tougher Standards for Experimental Aircraft
Monday, July 16, 2012 (2331 reads)


In a safety recommendation to the Experimental Aircraft Association, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board issued four recommendations regarding experimental kit-built aircraft, including kit-built helicopters.



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U.S. to Host Meeting of EU Emissions Scheme Law
Friday, July 13, 2012 (2385 reads)


U.S. government to host a meeting July 31 of some dozen countries that oppose an EU law that forces all foreign aircraft to pay for greenhouse gas emissions.



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ICAO Commits to Metric Definition of CO2 Emissions
Thursday, July 12, 2012 (2389 reads)


International Civil Aviation Organization announces that member countries have agreed on a metric definition to measure carbon dioxide emissions.



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Huerta Nomination Remains Up in the Air
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 (2408 reads)


Barack Obama's nominee to head the Federal Aviation Administration, Michael Huerta, remains in limbo as he continues to await his confirmation.



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Pressure on Medicaid Expansion and Health Care Exchanges
Monday, July 09, 2012 (2385 reads)


U.S. Supreme Court may have had the final say on whether the health care law is constitutional, but that has not helped Republican-leaning states quickly decide whether they want to run their own insurance exchanges or expand Medicaid programs.



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Jobs Data Shows Sluggish U.S. Economy
Friday, July 06, 2012 (2334 reads)


The U.S. economy added just 80,000 jobs in June, while the unemployment rate held steady at 8.2 percent – a further sign that the economic recovery has begun to lose some momentum.



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EU Leaders Reach Sovereign Debt Agreement, But Work Remains
Friday, June 29, 2012 (2287 reads)


European Union (EU) leaders have reached an agreement use the continent’s bailout funds to recapitalize struggling banks, allowing the euro zone leaders to help banks without adding directly to countries’ sovereign debt. That was an especially important issue for Spain and Italy, given the high interest rates on their debt.



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Shell’s Alaska Drilling Permit Nears Final Approval
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 (2568 reads)


The U.S. Interior Department said on June 26 that Shell Oil is on track for approval to start exploratory drilling off the coast of Alaska this summer. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and other administration officials have insisted that Shell will have intensive regulatory oversight.



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U.S. Federal Court Upholds EPA Climate-Change Rules
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 (2326 reads)


A U.S. federal appeals court on June 26 upheld Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations to reduce greenhouse gases. The ruling throws out legal challenges by states and industry groups, which had argued the EPA exceeded its authority under the Clean Air Act when the agency declared that carbon emissions endanger public health.



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U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Immigration
Monday, June 25, 2012 (2217 reads)


The U.S. Supreme Court on June 25 issued its opinion on the Arizona immigration bill, upholding the “Show Me Papers” provision while overturning the other contested sections - leaving other states weighing similar laws with little certainty on how to proceed.



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Finance and Banking Update
Friday, June 22, 2012 (2203 reads)


At meeting in Luxembourg on June 21, European Union finance ministers suggest rules governing Greece's bailout could be loosened.



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Obama Health Reform Argument Could Pose Difficulties
Thursday, June 21, 2012 (2233 reads)


If U.S. Supreme Court strikes down individual mandate at heart of 2010 health reform law, an alternative option recommended by Obama administration could create an even bigger policy headache.



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U.S. House Releases FY 2013 Interior and Environmental Bill
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 (2536 reads)


U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee releases fiscal year 2013 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill June 19, and is set to vote on draft plan June 20.



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Ariz. Republican Freshmen Against Obama Immigration Policy
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 (2428 reads)


Two Republican freshman congressmen from Arizona propose nearly identical bills to block enforcement of President Obama's new immigration policy.



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Canada and Mexico Invited to Join Pacific Free Trade Talks
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 (2305 reads)


U.S. formally announces that Mexico and Canada have been invited to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks.



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Keystone Environmental Review Underway
Monday, June 18, 2012 (2252 reads)


Studies underway to consider merits of alternative northern route for Keystone XL pipeline to carry oil from Canadian tar sands to Gulf Coast refineries.



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Obama to Halt Deportation of Young Immigrants
Friday, June 15, 2012 (2273 reads)


Responding to lack of congressional action to "fix our broken system," U.S. President Barack Obama announces that administration will halt the deportation of some young immigrants.



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U.S. Senate to Hold FAA Confirmation Hearing
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 (2265 reads)


U.S. Senate Commerce Committee to hold confirmation hearing for Michael Huerta's nomination to job of FAA administrator on June 21.



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U.S. Customs Accused of Inadequate UAV Support
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 (3264 reads)


U.S. Department of Homeland Security warns Customs and Boarder Protection that it has not adequately obtained resources to support its unmanned drones, and has failed to properly plan for use of the aircraft.



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Europe and the Economy Take Center Stage
Friday, June 08, 2012 (2683 reads)


Lawmakers discuss U.S. economic outlook and Europe’s sovereign debt crisis with Federal Reserve Chairman at Joint Economic Committee hearing.



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Secretary and Industry Sound Off in EU ETS Hearing
Thursday, June 07, 2012 (2374 reads)


U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood makes it clear during Senate Commerce Committee hearing that Obama administration strongly opposes EU emission trading scheme.



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The U.S. and World Economy
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 (2402 reads)


Congressional Budget Office Long-Term Budget Outlook report warns federal debt is set to surpass 70 percent of U.S. annual economic output.



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Developers Plan Offshore Wind Tract for Massachusetts
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 (2541 reads)


Developers express interest in building energy-generating wind farms off the coast of Massachusetts, enough to power approx. 1.7 million homes.



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G7 Nations Hold Emergency Talks
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 (2077 reads)


Finance ministers and bank governors from Group of Seven leading industrial nations hold conference call June 5 to discuss financial crisis in eurozone and implications for the global economy.



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Economy Takes Center Stage at Small Business Summit
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 (2337 reads)


Small business owners from across U.S. gather to learn how to improve their businesses at U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Summit in Washington, DC.



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Spain and Greece Call for Unification to Solve EU Economic Crisis
Monday, June 04, 2012 (2719 reads)


Italy has called for using euro bonds to create a quicker path to common debt for Europe, while Spain has floated the idea of a common fiscal authority in Europe to synchronize budgets and manage debts.



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Small Businesses Find Challenge in Healthcare Tax Credit
Monday, June 04, 2012 (2184 reads)


In 2010, the U.S. Congress created a tax credit as part of the overhaul of the healthcare system. It was intended to be an incentive for small businesses to offer health insurance to their employees. However, many companies found that they do not qualify.



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Air Traffic Control Facility Consolidation Faces Delays
Friday, June 01, 2012 (2803 reads)


Subcommittee on Aviation of U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee examines delays in FAA’s planned consolidation of air traffic control facilities.



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U.S. Jobs Report Reflects Global Slowdown
Friday, June 01, 2012 (2504 reads)


Monthly jobs report released by U.S. Labor Department shows smallest net job growth in a year and an unemployment rate moving in the wrong direction.



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