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Cardin Wants Lawsuit Over His Bill Dismissed

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Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin helped author a provision in the Wall Street financial reform bill passed in 2010 that makes oil, mining and gas companies disclose payments they make to host governments in countries where they do business.

The Securities and Exchange Commission wrote rules to enforce the law last year, but the American Petroleum Institute sued to stop the SEC from enacting the law. Cardin argues companies are not allowed to impede the power laws like this that were passed by Congress and approved by the president.

Supporters like Ian Gary of Oxfam America are guardedly optimistic a court will side with them.

"We think we have the facts on our side and that the oil industries arguments are frivolous," says Gary. "But you can't predict what's going to happen in a court case."

API has argued the law put US companies at a competitive disadvantage as compared to others than do not have to follow it.

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Eating Insects: The Argument For Adding Bugs To Our Diet

Some say eating insects could save the planet, as we face the potential for global food and protein shortages. It's a common practice in many parts of the world, but what would it take to make bugs more appetizing to the masses here in the U.S.? Does it even make sense to try? A look at the arguments for and against the practice known as entomophagy, and the cultural and environmental issues involved.

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A Federal Official Shakes Up Metro's Board

After another smoke incident and ongoing single tracking delays for fixes, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced a shake-up of Metro's board.

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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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