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Sei Chong

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Washington, DC, United States

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Past articles by Sei:

Finance Brief: Week in Review & What's Ahead

, according to two people familiar with the issue, which affects mainly smaller firms. The review, led by the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, is asking the firms about their fees and how they deal with clients, amid a broader crackdown on potential misconduct in digital currencies. → Read More

Finance Brief: Week in Review & What's Ahead

By Sei Chong Week in Review Tariffs U.S. tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods, such as semiconductors and airplane parts, started at 12:01 a.m. Friday, and China immediately retaliated, imposing tariffs on U.S. whiskey and soybeans, among other U.S. imports. Mexico started its second stage of tariffs in response to Trump’s duties on … → Read More

Finance Brief: China Warns It Will Respond as Soon as U.S. Tariffs Go Into Effect

By Sei Chong Top Stories China warned that it would put its own tariffs on U.S. goods immediately if the Trump administration’s tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods go into effect on Friday as scheduled. Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said that the U.S. tariffs are “essentially attacking global supply and value chains” and … → Read More

Finance Brief: Trump Defends Tariffs, Says Won’t Sign New NAFTA Deal Until After Midterm Elections

By Sei Chong Top Stories President Donald Trump defended U.S. tariffs during an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” saying that “every country” is looking to make a deal with the United States. Trump also said that he would wait until after the midterm elections to sign any renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement. … → Read More

Health Brief: House Passes 25 Bills to Combat Increase in Opioid-Related Deaths and Addiction

By Sei Chong Top Stories The House passed 25 bills to help stem the rise in drug-related deaths from opioid overdoses, including a measure that would provide resources for hospitals to give patients the overdose-reversal drug naloxone after they are discharged following an overdose. Other legislation would also grant the Food and Drug Administration more … → Read More

Health Brief: Week in Review & What's Ahead

By Sei Chong Week in Review Payers Virginia’s Republican-controlled Senate voted for a budget that includes an expansion of Medicaid to an additional 400,000 low-income adults next year. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is expected to sign the budget. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed a law that requires all state residents to have health … → Read More

Health Brief: CDC Report Finds Injury-Related Fatalities Behind Rise in U.S. Youth Death Rate

By Sei Chong Top Stories The total death rate for 10- to 19-year-olds in the United States spiked up 12 percent between 2013 and 2016, after having fallen 33 percent between 1999 and 2013, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The … → Read More

Health Brief: New Jersey Governor Signs Health Insurance Mandate Into Law

By Sei Chong Top Stories New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed a law that requires all state residents to have health insurance or pay a penalty. Democratic legislators in the state had drafted the legislation after the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate penalty was removed as part of Congress’ tax reform package. ( During … → Read More

Health Brief: HHS Rebuts Reports of 1,500 Missing Immigrant Children

By Sei Chong Top Stories The Department of Health and Human Services said reports that it had lost 1,500 immigrant children were misleading. HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan said in a statement that the children’s sponsors have not responded to follow-up calls from the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the HHS department that handles unaccompanied minors, … → Read More

Health Brief: Trump Administration to Link Clinics' Funding to Abortion Restrictions

By Sei Chong Top Stories The Trump administration is planning to issue a new rule that would take away federal funding from clinics that conduct abortions or refer patients to providers that offer them, three administration officials said, a move that would directly affect Planned Parenthood. The rule, which is expected to be announced today, … → Read More

Health Brief: Top Lawyer Leaves Novartis Over Payments to Trump Attorney

By Sei Chong Top Stories Novartis AG said general counsel Felix Ehrat will retire from the company for his role in making $1.2 million in payments to President Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen’s shell company, Essential Consultants LLC, with the goal of gaining insights into the Trump administration’s policymaking. Ehrat said in a statement that … → Read More

Energy Brief: Automakers to Meet With Trump to Discuss Emissions Standards Rollback

By Sei Chong Top Stories The chief executives of General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will be among the attendees at a meeting with President Donald Trump today to discuss Obama-era emissions regulations, which California and other states support but the Trump administration wants to roll back. Automakers have sought … → Read More

Health Brief: Prominent Theranos Investors Lost Over $600 Million

By Sei Chong Top Stories Documents in a lawsuit against Theranos Inc. show that prominent figures lost more than $600 million they invested in the Silicon Valley blood-testing company, which collapsed after Theranos’ founder, Elizabeth Holmes, was charged with fraud by government regulators. The investors who face the biggest losses include Education Secretary Betsy DeVos … → Read More

Energy Brief: Three GOP Senators Express Concerns About Pruitt's Actions

By Sei Chong Top Stories As Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s spending and management of staff come under increasing scrutiny, Republican Sens. John Kennedy (La.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Susan Collins (Maine) expressed concerns about Pruitt’s actions, a day after President Donald Trump went on Twitter to say that Pruitt was doing “a great … → Read More

Energy Brief: EPA Inspector General Considering Investigation of Pruitt's Rental Agreement

By Sei Chong Top Stories A spokesman for the Environmental Protection Agency inspector general confirmed that the office is considering an investigation of Administrator Scott Pruitt’s $50-a-night rental agreement for a condo linked to a lobbyist. The inspector general already is conducting investigations into the cost of Pruitt’s taxpayer-financed trips, his use of a special … → Read More

Energy Brief: White House Said to Review Pruitt's Rental Agreement

By Sei Chong Top Stories The White House is reviewing Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s actions to “dig a little deeper” into Pruitt’s $50-a-night rental agreement for an apartment owned by the family of an energy lobbyist, according to a White House official. Though there is no sign that Pruitt’s job is in danger, … → Read More

Energy Brief: Dallas Fed Survey Finds Break-Even Price for New Oil Wells at $52 a Barrel

By Sei Chong Top Stories A Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas survey of 136 oil and gas executives showed that the average oil price needed to cover the costs of new developments was $52, and $35 for existing wells, well below the current U.S. benchmark price, and more than half of the respondents said they … → Read More

Energy Brief: Waymo to Buy Up to 20,000 Electric Cars From Jaguar for Driverless Ride Service

By Sei Chong Top Stories Waymo, the driverless car company, said it will be buying as many as 20,000 Jaguar Land Rover electric vehicles, a deal worth up to $1 billion, as it seeks to ramp up its autonomous ride service efforts over the next two years. Waymo CEO John Krafcik predicted that the company’s … → Read More

Energy Brief: California Said to Consider Decoupling Auto Emissions Rules from Federal Standards

By Sei Chong Top Stories If the Environmental Protection Agency eases Obama-era rules on vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, California is likely to push back by decoupling the state’s standards from the federal rules and has begun informing the nine states that have adopted California’s standards of the possibility, two people familiar with the matter said. … → Read More

Energy Brief: EPA Said to Argue for Easing of Vehicle Emissions Standards

By Sei Chong Top Stories The Environmental Protection Agency has drafted a “final determination” that argues for the relaxing of vehicle emissions standards that require automakers to sell cars that average more than 50 miles a gallon by 2025, according to a person familiar with the matter. The EPA, which must decide by April 1 … → Read More