Week in Review

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Goldman CEO says stricter regs are necessary, FDA studies arsenic levels in rice, and more.

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  • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Jon Leibowitz said the agency will decide on possible Google antitrust action by the end of the year.
  • Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and chief executive of Goldman Sachs said tougher financial regulation is necessary.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that it is collecting data and will “evaluate strategies designed to limit arsenic exposure from rice and rice products” in the wake of a report this week in Consumer Reports magazine.
  • A coalition of 23 consumer, labor, public health, and civil rights groups sent a letter to the Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging the agency to withdraw its proposal that would increase poultry processing line speeds and potentially remove hundreds of federal inspectors from poultry processing plants.
  • An International Energy Agency report published Wednesday analyzes the full policy package needed to increase automobile fuel economy.
  • The Virginia Board of Health voted to pass a set of building regulations that could force many abortion clinics in the state to shut down.
  • The Library of Congress unveiled beta.congress.gov, a much-anticipated website redesign that will eventually replace the 17-year-old THOMAS.gov website and other existing legislative information systems.