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Pitt Cyber founder selected for House committee role

David Hickton, the founding director of Pitt’s Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security was selected to be staff director and senior counsel for the U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.

By Ashton Crawley, Senior Staff Writer

May 27, 2020

David Hickton, the director and founder of Pitt’s Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security was selected to be staff director and senior counsel for the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. The bipartisan committee, which was created on April 23 by a House vote, will oversee the use of funds supplied by Congress to aid the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Editorial: House bill necessary to reform higher education

A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives Tuesday would increase Pell Grants, create a fund of $500 million for states to identify and prioritize colleges with high numbers of minority and low-income students and simplify student loan repayment plans.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 15, 2019

A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives Tuesday is a reasonable starting point to make college more affordable.

Editorial: Trump’s test of emergency powers

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to the press before departing the White House to visit the Texas border as the federal government shutdown continues on Thursday.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 11, 2019

The National Emergencies Act of 1976 was originally passed to provide a check on presidential power while codifying specific constraints under which presidents could declare states of emergency. Congress must enforce this intent.

Everything Pitt students need to know about the 2018 midterm elections

Students line up to vote in Posvar Hall in November 2016. About 80 people cast their vote at the polling station in November 2017.

By Dylan Giacobbe, Hannah Schneider, and Ashley Priore

October 19, 2018

The 2018 midterm elections in Pennsylvania take place Nov. 6 — but Pitt students who vote in these elections have traditionally been low in number.

Makers of driverless cars want Congress to free them from state safety standards

A Waymo self-driving autonomous vehicle in Tempe, Ariz., on February 3, 2018. (Kristoffer Tripplaar/Sipa USA/TNS)

By Eliza Fawcett, Los Angeles Times

July 12, 2018

The House passed a bill last fall and similar legislation is pending in the Senate. Both aim to boost the driverless car industry by streamlining rules and preventing states from imposing their own safety and performance standards.

Editorial: Wolf’s budget is progressive, but needs Democratic legislature to pass

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during the last day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on July 28, 2016. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 7, 2018

Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled the fourth yearly budget of his term Tuesday — and unlike his previous three, we might actually see it fully passed before the end of the year thanks to the 2018 midterm elections. The 2018-19 budget is notably progressive — Wolf is calling to raise both funding for publi...

Rep. John Conyers quits House committee post amid sexual harassment probe

By Tracy Wilkinson | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

November 27, 2017

Sexual abuse allegations continued to roil U.S. politics Sunday, with Democrat Rep. John Conyers Jr. stepping down from a powerful House post and President Donald Trump again voicing support for Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. Conyers announced he was stepping down as ranking member...

Florida Republican who once claimed alien abduction announces House bid

By Griffin Connolly | Roll Call (TNS)

October 16, 2017

Either Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera has been watching too much Syfy Channel or she's really just that special. We'll probably never know for sure. No matter, the 59-year-old Republican, who once recalled in an interview a visit from three blond-haired aliens who took her aboard their spacecraft, is...

Don’t count out conservative Democrats

Former congressman Jason Altmire represented Pennsylvania's fourth district from 2007 to 2013. (Photo via Wikimedia commons)

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor

September 17, 2017

With a mix of fear, anger and sheer disbelief, I watched the television screen in my friends’ apartment as CNN’s correspondent tapped an interactive map, coloring Pennsylvania red. Last fall’s presidential election came as a shock to many, but for me the blow came when my home state cast its ...

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