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Home Office adviser quits drugs panel over ‘political vetting’ of applicants critical of government policy

A drug policy expert on the government’s advisory panel has resigned, warning the Home Office’s “political vetting” of applicants is undermining the body’s independence. Professor Alex Stevens cited recent instances where a minister blocked suitable applicants from the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), after they criticised government drug …

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Elaine Chao Investigated by House Panel for Possible Conflicts

WASHINGTON — The House Oversight and Reform Committee asked Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Monday to turn over documents related to communication with her family’s shipping company as the panel stepped up an investigation into whether any actions taken by Ms. Chao amount to a conflict of interest. The request …

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House Antitrust Panel Seeks Documents From 4 Big Tech Firms

A House committee investigating Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google over possible antitrust violations on Friday sent the four companies detailed requests for documents, emails and other communications. House investigators are seeking information on the big technology companies’ businesses, acquisitions and conduct in digital markets including internet search, advertising and e-commerce. …

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House Foreign Affairs Panel Subpoenas Top Afghanistan Negotiator

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday subpoenaed President Trump’s top negotiator for Afghanistan, complaining that the administration had stonewalled lawmakers’ attempts to get a straight story about its strategy for bringing the war there to an end. The subpoena, the first authorized by Representative …

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House Panel Will End Recess Early for Gun Safety Votes

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee, spurred by recent massacres in Ohio and Texas, announced on Friday that lawmakers would cut their summer recess short and return to Washington in early September to vote on three gun safety bills. The measures put forth by Democrats for a vote on Sept. …

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