Tag: Government

Chronicles of the epic mission to deliver Covid vaccines to the world

The race to deliver a Covid-19 vaccine has been likened to a moonshot, but in several ways landing a man on the moon was easier. In his new book, “A Shot in the Arm: How Science, Engineering, and Supply Chains Converged to Vaccinate the World” (MIT CTL Media, 2021), MIT Professor Yossi Sheffi recounts the […]

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Condoleezza Rice Walked so Candace Owens Could Tap Dance

Advertisement From the Washington Post: The former White House official’s comments were a response in agreement to remarks Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gave on Tuesday. McConnell told reporters it was time for lawmakers “to be talking about the future and not the past,” referring to the discussion about false claims of election fraud […]

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Former cybersecurity leader says U.S. government can improve cybersecurity for all

Former U.S. Department of Homeland Security cybersecurity leader Christopher Krebs laughed off the question without comment at the IT Symposium hosted by research firm Gartner this week: “How would you prefer to be fired, in-person or via Twitter?” Krebs was famously fired by Donald Trump for disagreeing with claims of election fraud following the 2020 […]

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Dual Realities: VW CEO Claims Slow EV Shift Could Cost 30,000 Jobs

<img data-attachment-id="1756310" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2021/03/seat-positioned-to-head-development-on-vw-groups-littlest-evs/id-4-produktion/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/DB2020AU01865_large.jpg" data-orig-size="2000,1296" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"Oliver Killig","camera":"","caption":"Produktion des VW ID4 \/ ID Crozz am 18.09.2020 bei Volkswagen Sachsen in Zwickau . Foto: Oliver Killig","created_timestamp":"1600419041","copyright":"Volkswagen AG","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"ID 4 – Produktion","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="VW logo, VW Badge, Volkswagen logo, Volkswagen emblem, ID 4 – Produktion" data-image-description=" Volkswagen ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/DB2020AU01865_large-450×292.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/DB2020AU01865_large-610×395.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1756310″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/DB2020AU01865_large-610×395.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”395″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/DB2020AU01865_large-610×395.jpg 610w, […]

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Punishment for the people

By some lights, it seems curious how authoritarian leaders can sustain their public support while limiting liberties for citizens. Yes, it can be hard to overthrow an entrenched leader; that does not mean people have to like their ruling autocrats. And yet, many do. After all, authoritarian China consistently polls better on measures of trust […]

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AI technology could reshape the U.S. government, but should it?

The Transform Technology Summits start October 13th with Low-Code/No Code: Enabling Enterprise Agility. Register now! Artificial intelligence is already making its mark on the global economy, and private businesses are not the only ones putting it to good use. Government agencies of all types are adopting AI as well, and in some ways,  exceeding the […]

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New Taxes Could Help Manage Big Tech

Historically technology has undone the economic power it creates.  IBM is a good example, still here, but living off its past and fumbling the future.  Yet for the current generation of tech giants, this time may be different.  It is hard to see what displaces the huge installed base that exists today for these companies.  […]

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Maria Zuber testifies before Congress on striking the right balance between research security and openness

The United States must perform a careful balancing act to secure federally funded research against improper interference from China and other foreign governments without shutting down valuable international scientific research collaborations, MIT Vice President for Research Maria T. Zuber said this week in testimony before Congress. Speaking at a virtual hearing held by two subcommittees […]

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The Would-Be Banking Regulator Who Wants to Eliminate Banks

This piece originally appeared in FIN, James Ledbetter’s fintech newsletter. Perhaps we were not paying the closest attention—shouldn’t-this-have-happened-months-ago?—to who would be nominated to head the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), that backwater financial regulator that is part of Treasury and is impervious to reform because its statutory empowerment dates to the Civil War. […]

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Michigan to Build EV Charging Stations for Scenic Drives, Inductive Roads

<img data-attachment-id="1774954" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2021/09/michigan-to-build-ev-charging-stations-for-scenic-drives-inductive-roads/whitmer-motor-bella-2021/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Whitmer-Motor-Bella-2021.jpg" data-orig-size="2000,1334" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"AA","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"AA","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Whitmer Motor Bella 2021" data-image-description=" michigan.gov ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Whitmer-Motor-Bella-2021-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Whitmer-Motor-Bella-2021-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1774954″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Whitmer-Motor-Bella-2021-610×407.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Whitmer-Motor-Bella-2021-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Whitmer-Motor-Bella-2021-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Whitmer-Motor-Bella-2021-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Whitmer-Motor-Bella-2021-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Whitmer-Motor-Bella-2021-120×80.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced a plan to construct the Lake Michigan Electric Vehicle Circuit that would […]

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Ford ‘Mustang’ Mach-E Passes Police Assessment

<img data-attachment-id="1774530" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2021/09/ford-mustang-mach-e-police-cars-yay-or-nay/all-electric-police-pilot-vehicle-2/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/DSC0233_v1.jpg" data-orig-size="6000,4000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"7.1","credit":"","camera":"ILCE-7M2","caption":"To demonstrate that a vehicle with an electric powertrain can deliver strong performance and stand up to demanding police duty cycles, the company is submitting an all-electric police pilot vehicle based on the 2021 Mustang Mach-E SUV for testing as part of the Michigan State Police 2022 Model Year […]

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Citizens emerge from the slums

Do the world’s nearly 1 billion urban poor, who subsist without legal housing, reliable water and sewer infrastructure, and predictable employment, lack political engagement as well? Ying Gao does not buy the claim by many social scientists that social and economic marginalization necessarily means political marginalization. “My results contradict the prevailing wisdom about slums and […]

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Making roadway spending more sustainable

The share of federal spending on infrastructure has reached an all-time low, falling from 30 percent in 1960 to just 12 percent in 2018. While the nation’s ailing infrastructure will require more funding to reach its full potential, recent MIT research finds that more sustainable and higher performing roads are still possible even with today’s […]

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Opinion: The NYC Dirt Bike Ban is Ridiculous

<img data-attachment-id="1774916" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2021/09/opinion-the-nyc-dirt-bike-ban-is-ridiculous/nyc-dirtbike-ban/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NYC-dirtbike-ban-e1632769667876.png" data-orig-size="3614,2151" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="NYC dirtbike ban" data-image-description=" @NYCMayor via Twitter ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NYC-dirtbike-ban-e1632769667876-450×268.png” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NYC-dirtbike-ban-e1632769667876-610×363.png” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1774916″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NYC-dirtbike-ban-e1632769667876-610×363.png” alt width=”610″ height=”363″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NYC-dirtbike-ban-e1632769667876-610×363.png 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NYC-dirtbike-ban-e1632769667876-75×45.png 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NYC-dirtbike-ban-e1632769667876-450×268.png 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NYC-dirtbike-ban-e1632769667876-768×457.png 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NYC-dirtbike-ban-e1632769667876-120×71.png 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made dirt bikes public enemy number one for traffic enforcement […]

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Automakers Accused of Chip Hoarding, U.S. Considers Defense Production Act

<img data-attachment-id="1694982" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2019/10/trade-war-watch-report-claims-white-house-wants-to-dictate-where-cars-are-manufactured/shutterstock_114757342/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_114757342.jpg" data-orig-size="1000,662" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="white house more like night house" data-image-description=" Orhan Cam/Shutterstock ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_114757342-450×298.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_114757342-610×404.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1694982″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_114757342-610×404.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”404″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_114757342-610×404.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_114757342-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_114757342-450×298.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_114757342-768×508.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_114757342-120×79.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_114757342.jpg 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Despite the occasional media report claiming that the semiconductor shortage is nearly over, […]

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Gas War: Tesla Asks U.S. to Increase Fuel Economy Fines

<img data-attachment-id="1770456" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2021/08/study-suggests-evs-cost-more-to-service/electriccarschargingstationcloseupphoto-vehiclerechargeablebatteriescharing/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/shutterstock_471343589-1.jpg" data-orig-size="1000,667" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"Shutterstock","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"Copyright (c) 2016 Virrage Images\/Shutterstock. No use without permission.","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"Electric,Cars,Charging,Station,Closeup,Photo.,Vehicle,Rechargeable,Batteries,Charing.","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="EV charging tesla superchargers tesla charging station EVs" data-image-description=" Virrage Images/Shutterstock ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/shutterstock_471343589-1-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/shutterstock_471343589-1-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1770456″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/shutterstock_471343589-1-610×407.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/shutterstock_471343589-1-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/shutterstock_471343589-1-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/shutterstock_471343589-1-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/shutterstock_471343589-1-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/shutterstock_471343589-1-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/shutterstock_471343589-1.jpg 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Last month, the […]

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Institute Professor Paula Hammond named to White House science council

Paula Hammond, an MIT Institute Professor and head of MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering, has been chosen to serve on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), the White House announced today. The council advises the president on matters involving science, technology, education, and innovation policy. It also provides the White House […]

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The Senate’s Crypto Theater

Senator Pat Toomey at the Oversight of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission hearing September 14, 2021. This piece originally appeared in FIN, James Ledbetter’s fintech newsletter. While there are probably few superior alternatives, a Congressional hearing is typically a poor venue for gaining insight into the American financial regulatory system. Even when the events are […]

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New views of autocracy emerge from historic archives

“There’s a stereotype of dictatorship where one person decides everything, but that’s not always how politics works in an authoritarian regime,” says Emilia Simison, a sixth-year doctoral student in political science. Since 2015, Simison has been able to access and study documents that chronicle the lawmaking machinery of some of the past century’s most notorious […]

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Opinion: Elon Musk’s Criticisms of the EV Incentive Bill Are Valid

<img data-attachment-id="1571136" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2017/05/nafta-in-90-days/us-capitol/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/us-capitol–e1495132939737.jpg" data-orig-size="2000,1333" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="us-capitol" data-image-description=" Architect of the Capitol/AOC.gov Public Domain ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/us-capitol–450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/us-capitol–610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1571136″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/us-capitol–610×407.jpg” alt=”us-capitol, public domain” width=”610″ height=”407″> Tesla CEO Elon Musk isn’t fond of the new electric-vehicle incentives being proposed by the United States Congress and recently stated as much over social media this week. […]

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What’s the next chapter in Afghanistan?

After nearly 20 years, the U.S. has withdrawn its troops from Afghanistan, and the Taliban has regained control over the country. In light of those developments, a panel of foreign-policy experts on Tuesday addressed two separate but related questions: Why did the U.S. military action in Afghanistan fall short, and what comes next for the […]

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Twist: NHTSA Tesla Autopilot Probe Now Includes Other Automakers

<img data-attachment-id="1770456" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2021/08/study-suggests-evs-cost-more-to-service/electriccarschargingstationcloseupphoto-vehiclerechargeablebatteriescharing/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/shutterstock_471343589-1.jpg" data-orig-size="1000,667" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"Shutterstock","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"Copyright (c) 2016 Virrage Images\/Shutterstock. No use without permission.","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"Electric,Cars,Charging,Station,Closeup,Photo.,Vehicle,Rechargeable,Batteries,Charing.","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="EV charging tesla superchargers tesla charging station EVs" data-image-description=" Virrage Images/Shutterstock ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/shutterstock_471343589-1-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/shutterstock_471343589-1-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1770456″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/shutterstock_471343589-1-610×407.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/shutterstock_471343589-1-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/shutterstock_471343589-1-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/shutterstock_471343589-1-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/shutterstock_471343589-1-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/shutterstock_471343589-1-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/shutterstock_471343589-1.jpg 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> The National Highway […]

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Vaccine Mandates Being Considered By Auto Industry, UAW

<img data-attachment-id="1773672" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2021/09/vaccine-mandates-being-considered-by-auto-industry-uaw/covid-19vaccinationrecordcardsissuedbycdcunitedstatescenters/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/shutterstock_1957539490.jpg" data-orig-size="1000,667" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"Shutterstock","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"Copyright (c) 2021 Michael Vi\/Shutterstock. No use without permission.","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"Covid-19,Vaccination,Record,Cards,Issued,By,Cdc,(united,States,Centers","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="Covid-19,Vaccination,Record,Cards,Issued,By,Cdc,(united,States,Centers" data-image-description=" Michael Vi/Shutterstock ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/shutterstock_1957539490-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/shutterstock_1957539490-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1773672″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/shutterstock_1957539490-610×407.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/shutterstock_1957539490-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/shutterstock_1957539490-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/shutterstock_1957539490-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/shutterstock_1957539490-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/shutterstock_1957539490-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/shutterstock_1957539490.jpg 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> With the Biden administration having announced that it would start requiring […]

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Reflecting on September 11, 20 years later

The 20th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, is an occasion to look back on the American response to the atrocities, how and why they occurred, and what the implications are for future global policy dealing with terrorist groups. The long war in Afghanistan, a war-torn country that harbored Osama bin Laden and […]

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