Johnson Amendment Gets a Hearing

Even as President Donald Trump took executive action last week to provide relief from the burden of the Johnson Amendment, a congressional panel was examining the issue in light of legislation to provide a more permanent fix.

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Broadcasting and Internet on FCC Agenda

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s effort to reverse the previous administration’s internet power grab will most certainly be the headliner of the agency’s open meeting next week...

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FCC to Begin ‘Net Neutrality’ Order Repeal

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced this week that he would be initiating a process aimed at upending the previous administration’s internet power grab.

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Commissioner Warns of International Internet Power Plays

While the domestic “net neutrality” battle has been a focus for many this week, an important blog post by FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly on international internet freedom should not be missed.

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Watchdog Releases International Religious Freedom Report

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) this week released its 2017 report on the state of religious freedom around the globe.

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FCC Approves NRB-Inspired Charitable Giving Measure

This week the FCC unanimously approved an order finalizing an NRB-inspired idea to aid charitable activity.

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Supreme Court Hears Major First Amendment Case

This week the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a major religious liberty case, and a number of observers are hopeful the justices will rule in a way honoring the equality of religious citizens.

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FCC Loosens NCE Board Reporting Requirements

In a packed meeting this week, in addition to approving an NRB-inspired order to help noncommercial (NCE) stations support third-party charitable giving...

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Key Committee Leaders Want Another Look at IRS Targeting

Top leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee are calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to take a “fresh look” at the IRS conservative targeting scandal that came to light in 2013.

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Gorsuch Confirmed to Supreme Court

As promised, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has ushered the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to a final vote on confirmation today.

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Agency Heads Move to Curtail Privacy Critics

President Donald Trump this week signed into law a congressional joint resolution nullifying a broadband privacy order pushed through the FCC last fall by former Chairman Tom Wheeler.

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Senators Push for Executive Action on Religious Freedom

Eighteen senators this week called on President Donald Trump to issue “without delay” an executive order requiring federal agencies to respect religious freedom.

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Members of Congress Weigh in for Compassion in India

Last month more than a hundred Members of Congress sent a letter to the Indian government urging it to allow Compassion International to continue its work serving children in need in that country.

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FCC Readies Charitable Giving Order for Action

This week FCC Chairman Ajit Pai circulated to his fellow commissioners a draft order that would finalize an NRB-inspired idea to aid charitable activity.

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Performance Tax Bill Re-Introduced

Several key Members of Congress are once again pushing for legislation that would benefit record labels by creating a new terrestrial radio performance right, which would be...

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New U.S. Ambassador to Israel

This week there was much support expressed for Israel in the nation’s capital. At the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference...

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