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

Target data breach fuels drive for new laws; hearings next month

Computer hackers’ massive theft of ­customer data from Target Corp. could break a near-decade long congressional gridlock over proposals to better protect credit and debit card information.

Updated: January 26, 2014, - 07:01 AM

U.S. device companies organize to change foreign business cultures

High-growth overseas partners often lack ethics codes, and rules change without notice.

Updated: January 25, 2014, - 03:13 PM

Klobuchar, Franken set to query Target CFO at Senate hearing

The Feb. 4 hearing by a Senate Judiciary Committee panel will focus on preventing data breaches like Target’s.

Updated: January 25, 2014, - 06:55 AM

Senators want briefing from Target about data theft

Members of the Senate Commerce Committee said Target has “had time to fully examine the cause and impact” of the data breach.

Updated: January 16, 2014, - 05:45 AM

Federal government renews Optum contract

The UnitedHealth subsidiary will get $43 million for overseeing repairs to the federal health insurance exchange.

Updated: January 15, 2014, - 05:41 AM

A lifestyle shrinks with wages

Those touched by the Great Recession adjust to a life where wages don't always go up and change never ends.

Updated: January 14, 2014, - 12:35 PM

Meat industry launches legal assault against U.S. labeling rules

A U.S. government mandate to list where animals are born, raised and slaughtered violates the First Amendment, an industry lawyer told federal appeals court judges.

Updated: January 10, 2014, - 06:27 AM

FDA puts use of antibiotics in livestock under a microscope

Veterinarians are being asked to oversee their use to limit the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Updated: January 07, 2014, - 09:06 AM

Wilfs slapped with $103 million judgment, ordered to post $110 million appeal bond

If Vikings owners lose appeal, wealth could be disclosed by mid-February.

Updated: December 21, 2013, - 09:48 AM

Economists: Budget deal cutting unemployment insurance may not help recovery

Compromise in Congress is not expected to do much to reduce jobless rate.

Updated: December 13, 2013, - 10:06 PM

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