Jim Spencer

Washington Correspondent
Phone: 202-383-6123
Jim Spencer works in the Star Tribune’s Washington, D.C., bureau. He covers the intersection of Minnesota businesses and industry with national politics, legislation and regulation. Spencer has more than three decades’ experience as a news reporter, columnist, feature writer and sports writer.

Recent content from Jim Spencer

Debit card swipe fees inflated, judge rules

Retailers, convenience stores, food sellers and gas stations had sued over the Federal Reserve rule on credit and debit card...

Updated: July 31, 2013, - 09:16 PM

For doctors and med firms, a new era of disclosure

New federal law will expose ties to medical device, drug companies.

Updated: July 28, 2013, - 11:53 AM

Paulsen, others want India to stop ignoring U.S. drug patents

Policies may trump U.S. patents to get drugs and devices to the poor.

Updated: July 27, 2013, - 10:27 PM

Medical device tax receipts now top $1 billion, industry says

The tax on medical device makers’ gross receipts helps fund health care reform as Congress seeks elusive alternatives.

Updated: July 16, 2013, - 10:26 AM

House GOP passes farm bill without food stamps

GOP succeeded in splitting off food stamp program from the bill.

Updated: July 12, 2013, - 12:20 AM

Government withholds farmers' information from activists until hearing

Activists are looking for water polluters; farmers claim invasion of privacy. A federal judge will take up the issue.

Updated: July 11, 2013, - 08:15 PM

Xcel moves to 'translate' military work to civilian jobs

CEO says aligning skills is crucial to employing veterans.

Updated: July 10, 2013, - 09:16 PM

Livestock farmers battle information release

Advocates for livestock and poultry farmers, particularly pork producers, have asked a federal judge in Minnesota to block the release...

Updated: July 08, 2013, - 10:43 PM

Injured Infuse users struggle to get their day in court against Medtronic

Constitutional concept, device law and Supreme Court rulings stymie suits.

Updated: July 08, 2013, - 02:20 PM

Pentagon lifts emergency measures on UnitedHealth military contract

Processing delays by the Minnetonka-based health insurer had led to complaints and government intervention.

Updated: July 02, 2013, - 08:16 PM

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