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

Retailers lose round in fight over card fees

An appeals court upheld Fed transaction fee limits but called law confusing.

Updated: March 21, 2014, - 08:11 PM

Cargill official named a Young Global Leader

Devry Boughner Vorwerk was recognized for her work on free trade.

Updated: March 12, 2014, - 05:57 AM

Obama praises U women’s hockey

President cites Gophers women for their Olympic contributions as well as a second consecutive NCAA championship.

Updated: March 10, 2014, - 09:52 PM

Slow pace of oil train fixes draws Senate ire

On Capitol Hill, senators were told that none of the thousands of inadequately protected rail cars has been removed from...

Updated: March 10, 2014, - 10:50 AM

Med-tech costs are in the cross hairs of UnitedHealth, Medtronic

A network of 135 hospitals working with a UnitedHealth subsidiary guarantees purchases from Medtronic, Abbott, and gets big discounts.

Updated: March 10, 2014, - 10:32 AM

House subcommittee questions oil train safety after fiery crashes

Fiery and sometimes deadly derailments have drawn attention to the safety of train cars.

Updated: February 27, 2014, - 09:04 AM

Health reform law drove merger of Hazelden, Betty Ford Center

After joining with Betty Ford, the new institution hopes to serve millions of newly insured patients.

Updated: February 23, 2014, - 08:54 PM

Financial, retail industries keep cybersecurity mistakes secret

The private sector polices itself for poor performance or neglect, leaving customers in the dark about how their credit data was stolen.

Updated: February 23, 2014, - 04:10 PM

Group says tax on medical device makers has cost jobs

Association says survey points to 14,000 job cuts and 19,000 delayed hirings, but others say 38-firm sample is too small.

Updated: February 19, 2014, - 10:33 AM

Half in state disapprove of Obama's performance for first time since election

President Obama’s job approval rating has turned negative for the first time since 2009, according to the Star Tribune Minnesota...

Updated: February 15, 2014, - 10:07 PM

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