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

Klobuchar asks NFL to address sex trafficking around Super Bowl

It is difficult to quantify how much sex trafficking the Super Bowl attracts. Klobuchar points to a 2011 study in Dallas that showed a 272% increase in “escort” ads in the weeks leading up to the game.

Updated: February 03, 2014, - 01:15 PM

Minnesota farmers welcome certainty, substance of farm bill

Reshaped policies end subsidies, enhance insurance, cut food stamps.

Updated: January 31, 2014, - 09:56 AM

Farm bill positioned for passage in House, Senate

House leaders of both parties have signaled their support for the 949-page bill.

Updated: January 28, 2014, - 08:34 PM

Pawlenty pushes information sharing in response to Target breach

Financial Services Roundtable chief says his organization looks to “sophisticated simulations” to find ways to protect consumer information.

Updated: January 28, 2014, - 06:03 AM

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

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