CyberScoop – Interest is rising in a program that stations technology experts with Congress, giving lawmakers a sorely needed way to understand the litany of society-shifting tech issues that come to their attention.
Quartz – Donald Trump selected a new head of scientific research for the US Department of Agriculture this week: Scott Hutchins, an entomologist who has spent his career at Dow Agroscience’s pesticide and seed division.
FierceBiotech – IBM and the Department of Veterans Affairs have agreed to extend their precision oncology partnership for another year and continue their work in applying Watson technology to the treatment of veterans with late-stage cancer.
Bloomberg – Two pharmaceutical companies say the real culprits in the opioids epidemic are illegal dealers of the painkillers and want them to be on the hook financially for any damages potentially assessed against drugmakers.
Automotive News – Safety and consumer advocates are urging senators to reject a parliamentary maneuver to secure passage for stalled legislation governing self-driving cars by attaching it to a must-pass reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Houston Chronicle – The American Petroleum Institute, the industry's largest lobbying group, said that it was disappointed in the White House's decision to deny an exemption request for tariffs "on imported steel used in certain parts of oil and natural gas industry operations."