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Want to Find Out Whether a Lawmaker is Job Hunting? Good Luck

Most lawmakers shopping around for high-paying jobs outside of Congress don’t publicly reveal who their next employers may be.

Heading into the 2018 election, 73 House members and eight senators either were serving their last weeks or already gone. A couple dozen more came on the job market after losing their elections. Only one, ex-Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Airz.), filed a public disclosure form.

Loss of USDA Funds for Distribution Threatens Food Bank Aid

The Agriculture Department will continue funding a food assistance program during the government shutdown, but it won’t help pay for food banks to distribute that food, a stance one group says will hurt the program’s effectiveness.

“Food banks are still distributing food, but are running up a balance sheet,” Carrie Calvert, managing director of government relations at Feeding America, said in an interview. The Chicago-based group represents a nationwide network of food banks.

Authoritarian Regimes Pay Millions to K Street Lobbyists

Saudi Arabia and other countries with records of human rights abuses spend tens of millions of dollars every year to put their best faces forward in Washington.

House Democrats Want to Turn Back the Clock on Campaign Finance

House Democrats say they want to try to reverse some of the effects of the Supreme Court decisions that allowed more money to flow to political organizations and permitted some big-dollar donors to keep their identities secret from the public.

2019 Outlook: Four Things About Trump’s Push to Deregulate

President Donald Trump came into office promising to slash regulations, but his drive to roll back federal rules will see brake lights in 2019, regulatory analysts said. Earlier this year, the president touted his administration’s regulatory reform efforts as the most sweeping in history.

Lobbyist Conviction Disclosure Bill Heads to President’s Desk

Bipartisan legislation that would require registered lobbyists to disclose prior convictions is on its way to President Donald Trump’s desk for his approval. The measure was drafted with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty in 2006 to felony corruption charges, in mind.

Colleges’ Online Push Possible Boon to Private Firms (Corrected)

Eastern Michigan University’s move to use a private company to help it offer online degrees raised questions from the faculty union’s president: Why did the contract with the company suggest it would control the curriculum of new degree programs, usually the domain of professors? And why was it partnered with another company offering academic coaches – akin to teaching assistants – as teachers instead of tenured professors?

Gatwick-Style Drone Chaos Could Happen Here, Absent FAA Clarity

At a time London’s Gatwick airport is shut down because of an unsafe drone incursion, there’s no clear definition in the U.S. of how close to an airport is too close for unmanned vehicles to fly.

While it’s illegal to fly drones within a mile of the approach and departure ends of a runway, the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization (Public Law 115-254) signed Oct. 5 immediately repealed a requirement that recreational operators notify air-traffic control when they want to fly within five miles of controlled airspace

Grated American Cheese Wouldn’t Be ‘Natural’ Under Senate Bill

Processed cheese spreads and shreds couldn’t be called natural under a bill the Senate passed last week.

Food producers have been sued over their use of the term “natural” for cheese and other food. The Food and Drug Administration, which sets labeling rules, says natural foods can’t contain certain additives, but otherwise hasn’t set guidelines.